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October 1st celebrations in NOSO: Yaoundé is on borrowed time

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As the now controversial dialogue-at least  on social media  enters day two in Yaoundé conference center amidst a sea of criticism, accusations and counter-accusations about government’s real intentions to resolve the three years old bloody conflict in North West and South West region continues, another drama is playing out in the affected regions-even though its full of reality

Armed Ambazonian fighters have done what many could barely ever dreamt a few years back.

Stunning images of huge crowds of people watching and applauding a parading “military” force celebrating October 1 across the two English speaking regions have rubbished talks of any kind of decentralization, dealing a big blow to the ongoing dialogue

As Yaoundé battles over nomenclature as to the way forward for the bilingual and bi-cultural west African nation, armed fighters seem to be looking beyond the post-1961 borders when the population of the English speaking regions voted unanimously to join the then La Republique du Cameroun on February 11th, 1961 referendum which united the country.

But the marriage hasn’t been peaceful. Plaque by troubles of discrimination, marginalization, and assimilation, cracks begun to emerge.

As the nation’s best minds rally in Yaoundé to find the best possible formula of living together as divorce looms over the estranged marriage, many are those who believe Yaoundé is on borrowed time if events of October 1, 2019, and indeed the past three years are anything to go by.

A massive display of “military prowess” both on Land and in the sea by armed groups flooded social media as activists seized on the images to up their propaganda and embarrass the government, showing the world that the people believe in their course and are embracing them on the ground- different reality from the kind  of  elitist come together taking place at the Yaoundé conference center

While former fighters are on an apology spree in Yaoundé begging the nation for forgiveness for being “deceived” into picking up arms, their unrepentant counterparts who are still in the bushes are indeed now living amongst the population are busy celebration new found independence-even if it only exists in their minds.

Separatists have a stronghold in most villages, controlling the population and radicalizing the kids and jobless young persons are who targeted for recruitment at an increasing rate,  making it a military and ideological warfare.

Armed fighters are hugely welcome in small towns and villages and the population perceives them as a savior from “aggressive army” even though armed grops in the past have been barbaric and grueseme in their killings of civilains

Separatists’ leaders snubbed Major National dialogue

Separatists’ leaders were quick to distance themselves from the dialogue in Yaoundé, labeling it “political charade” even as the dialogue received huge support from the majority of the people of English speaking Cameroonians according to our polls.

In a rare area of unity within separatists’ ranks, they roll out a series of pre-dialogue demands such as any dialogue must take place out of Cameroon, such diaolgue must be  chaired by a neutral person and have their incarcerated leaders in attendance-as if they say they are in no rush and are winning.

Many of them say the government has no true intentions, adding “they have a pre-planned agenda”

Pessimistic tone filters out of the dialogue

As leaked information from disgruntled delegates accusing government officials of high jacking, the dialogue surfaced almost immediately as some accuse the government of refusing to discuss the form of the state many now believe the separatists were right after all.

Barely one day to the dialogue, internationally acclaimed lawyer and opposition leader Akere Muna says Prime Minister Dion Ngute and Chair of the dialogue has warned delegates from discussing taboo topics such as federation and constitutional reforms, cautioning them to “stick to the agenda of the dialogue” and not to “go out of topic”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sultan Mbombo Njoya calls for limitation on the Presidential term of office to 2x5years and two round Presidential election. The PM reminds us to stick to the agenda and not go out of topic.</p>&mdash; Akere Muna (@AkereMuna) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AkereMuna/status/1178701280551882753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>September 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Opposition kingpin John Fru Ndi after day one of the dialogue says it won’t solve the Anglophone crisis and even some CPDM supporters and MPs have decried how the dialogue has been conducted as many fear it might be a waste of taxpayers’ money

But with time running out and an unpleasant outcome risk radicalizing more people back on ground zero, Barrister Agbor Balla- frontline leader of the Anglophone movement fired a warning shot during one of their committee deliberations “federation will be the minimum the people back home” will accept, a stark reminder perhaps to the power brokers in Yaoundé that time for politics is over and the script might need a series of editing if they love the unity of the country we all call home.

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Senior French official visits Cameroon

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French minister for Europe and Foreign affairs Jean Yves Ledrian visits Cameroon. He was received upon arrival by minister of communications Emmanuel Rene Sadi today October 23rd 2019. He is scheduled to meet President Biya and some opposition leaders.

France is the main backer of the Yaounde regime and some back home believe the European nation is largely responsible for the worsening  economic and political situation in the country.

As former colonial master of East Cameroon, France still plays a very heavy role in the affairs of the country like all its former colonies in Africa.

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Editorial: Anglophone crisis is in purgatory

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Ndumu Vincent-Government delegate of Bamenda City council begs population to end war

When the government delegate of the crisis-hit Bamenda City Council took the unusual step to beg his population on bended knees to end the crisis yesterday October 22nd, 2019, many saw it as another comic action from a senior government official who knows what to do to end the crisis but chooses a political theater

For keen observers of the now infamous Anglophone crisis, Vincent Ndumu’s action might reflect the reality on the ground-a government basically on its knees but adamant to continue a senseless war for interests far bigger than Yaoundé.

The three year’s war has ravaged the economy of the country not least the two English speaking regions of North West and South West.

More than 3000 billion francs CFA has been lost, hundreds of businesses closed and CDC-Cameroon’s second-largest employer after the state is a mockery of its former self as repeated attacks on its workers by armed groups has forced the corporation to shut down close to 90% of production capacity, sending tens of thousands to the employment world

Cameroon’s economy is on its knees and Bamenda City is the hardest hit. For a city which was already suffering from punitive neglect from the Yaoundé controlled government before the crisis, it was no surprise therefore that one of the immediate courses of the crisis was the protest by Mancho Bibixy over the state of roads in the city back in 2016.

His coffin revolution at the Bamenda City Chemist roundabout sparked a region wide protest which quickly spread across the two regions.

Many have died and many continue to die, in fact we have lost counts of the death but estimates put it at more than three thousands most of whom are civilians.

Hundreds of thousands have been displaced internally and in neighboring Nigeria and more than 200 villages burnt to ashes according the CHRDA.

Cameroon, once an island of peace in a turbulent central African region suddenly looks in tatters as its political leaders snail-walk their way to finding lasting solutions to a historic problem threatening the unity of the nation they swore to uphold.

After resisting calls at home and abroad to end the war which is driving thousands to die in high seas along US Mexico border, radicalizing more youths at home and displacing millions, President Biy finally called for major national dialogue during a rare address to the nation on September 1th 2019

After the 5 days major national dialogue organized by government and boycotted by separatists concluded in Yaoundé on October 4th, 2019, many are even more confused as to the fate of impoverished Anglophones as it is fast becoming clear that even the half-baked solutions and efforts were intended to shrug off international pressure rather than end the conflict,

President Biya quickly jetted out of the country immediately after the summit to brief France-te country’s colonial master about its outcome, brushing calls by US, EU and separatist leaders for yet another more inclusive dialogue out of the country’s borders to find lasting solutions to the crisis.

But as politics play out in Yaoundé and other western capitals, many continue to die and local administrators in the regions are increasingly under attack.

Governor Lele of North West, the New SDO of Bui all came under attack by separatists fighters this week in the North West regions even as government struggles brandish serene Anglophone regions

The Dismissal of about 16 ENAM grads last week by MINAT boss Paul Atanga Nji for refusing to report to work after their appointments in the restive northwest region further reveals the growing discontent even with the ruling class about the security situation in a region government says it’s under control

There have been multiple reports of fighting between government forces and armed Ambazonian fighters across the regions, leaving many dead as the population continues to pray and hope for an end to a crisis they suddenly  they have no say about its directions.

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Biya finally orders Inoni’s evacuation

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Biya finally orders Inoni’s evacuation abaroad for treatment

Information reaching us says President Biya has finally ordered the evacuation of former premier Chief Ephraim Inoni Abroad for treatment

Chief Inoni who is incarcerated at Kondengui maximum security prison for embezzlement has been seriously sick for a long time and many fear he could die in prison if not given urgent medical attention.

Appointed prime minister in 2004, the chief of Bakingiki held the position till 2008 before he was fired. In 2016, Inoni was sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement of funds meant to buy a Presidential jet.

His supporters insist he is not guilty, arguing that there were no evidence showing him directly involved with the infamous purchase of a jet which has since sent many senior government officials to prison.

There have been calls especially from his native South West region for the President to order for his evacuation so that he can be treated.

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