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Editorial: Should Yaoundé be concerned about “radicalized” MRC leaders?

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When President Biya on Friday, October 4th, 2019 extended a hand of fellowship by ordering the discontinuance of proceedings to his political foes who were facing trial in Yaoundé for “insurrection” along with other charges, many Cameroonians celebrated the move as the right step for a nation in search of political healing.

The presidential pardon against his opponents, many say should not have been arrested in the first place was just one show, in a series of rare political lavishness to the people of Cameroon.

First, was the summoning of major national dialogue in a rare September 10th Speech, then the release of 333 Cameroonians who committed misdemeanors in the course of the Anglophone crisis and then Kamto and some of his supporters to crown the week of political generosity.

But as the debate whether people with misdemeanors should be trialed in a military tribunal or not rages on, punctuated by calls for the commander in chief to do more and release Sissikou and Co (Sentenced Ambazonian leaders), the freed kamto and his inner circle have been making headlines once again.

Unrepentant Kamto and Dzongang give a defiant speech

Moments after he was released around 1 PM on Saturday 5th October 2019, the leader of the MRC party Maurice kamto, gave a defiant speech in front of a cheering and impressive crowd.

Hundreds of his supporters had lineup along the highways linking the courts to his residence, chanting songs of freedom and defiance at the same breath as they await the release of a man they believe is their leader.

In front of the expectant crowd, kamto did not fail the information-hungry media whom he had snubbed minutes earlier and his expectant supporters.

“I said I will not talk to the media earlier, but to you my people I must talk to you” he started “I will never let you people down,” he said to a raucous crowd before adding that he will continue to lead a peaceful protest against democratic reforms in the country.

If they think arresting us will deter us then they are lying because none of the things we demanded have been given, he continued to a cheering and reenergized crowd.

But as kamto’s defiant tone was reverberating across the country with the promise of another showdown between the government and a man who has refused to accept the results of an election he lost 11 months ago, another member of kamto’s inner circle was making news of his own in Douala, another stronghold of the party.

“The President (Kamto), tells me that it is thanks to you that the enemy has retreated, it is thanks to our children who fled the misery to go where there is at least, the freedom to speak, I mean the DIASPORA” Albert Nzongang told waiting crowds of his own as he arrived Douala on October 5th, 2019 hours after they were released. “We remained in prison physically but we were on moral freedom” he continued to an applauding crowd but assuring them that the fight will go on.

Another political showdown

But as the nation hopes the population especially Anglophones will find solace in the resolutions of the just-ended national dialogue, many are those who worry that the release of kamto will empower the legal juggernaut to continue his fight.

There have been debates about the conditions surrounding his release, but his party has insisted that no negotiation was done with the government, adding they weren’t guilty in the first place despite staging unauthorized protests across the country back in January.

Kamto’s arrest has brought massive international pressure on government, putting Cameroon in the spotlight like never before and awakes a tired diaspora. His incarceration has led to the creation of the B.A.S movement, fearless groups of the diaspora who have made it a duty to make Europe hostile for the president and close aides in the last few months.

The BAS protest in front of the Intercontinental Hotel in Swizz capital, forcing the Presidential couple to rerun home earlier than schedule epitomizes the commitment of the Kamto learning diaspora population to free their leader back home.

Their measured response to the release of kamto and some of his supporters and the defiant tone of kamto and Dzogang promises thirsty months ahead for the country.

 

 

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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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