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After wum killing: Tah Mai schools government on way forward for repentant Amba fighters

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The killing of a repentant Amba fighter Polycap  Bah  who publicly dropped his weapon on Wednesday October 16 2019 during the installation  of the SDO for WUM, Menchum division of  North West region has shocked the nation, with many now  calling for the resignation of the governor of North West region

Many are beginning to ask serious questions about the safety of repentant Amba fighters and the message it sends to potential fighters who might be willing to drop their guns given that Polycap was killed barely 24 hours after he surrendered his weapon  by the people he once fought for.

But amidst the public anger and frustration from a war weary  public, journalist and negotiation expert Tah Mai Jarvis Pens down the way forward for future disarmament to build confidence and encourage more armed youths to drop their weapons.

He writes:

 DDR Lack of Policies and Procedures in Cameroon Kills Ex-Amba Fighter in Wum (Policap Ikom)

The ongoing anglophone crisis is an emotional charged conflict which can never be won with soldiers and fighters on the field
And the government needs to understand that the non-state arm groups are not monolithic hence, there are some fighters that maybe willing to cooperate with the government we called these sets of fighters “Partner For Peace”
The partner for peace are those fighters who have a great role in the conflict and must have caused havoc in the course of the conflict and later on realizes that they can’t win the war and decides to drop their arms with the hope of convincing others to do so.
Futher more, the Partner for Peace can also be those individuals in a conflict who joined the conflict for reason because of a particular interest and once that interest is solved by the other party as we had with the MND they may decide to drop their arms
There are some whom out of fraudstration and the long duration of the conflict they may decide to drop their arms so as to return back to their normal activities (Kawah Kawah Yannick)
They maybe others whom out of resources and fear to be killed decide to chicken out and drop their weapons
Regardless of the reasons the government has it as obligations to protect the Partner for peace and must look for experts who are knowledgeable in Conflict/Negotiation to guard the process.
The partner for peace need to stay alive and must be given witness protection this will help others who are willing to drop their arms
If the partner for peace is killed it will deter others from dropping their arms and it will give the other side good publicity material to radicalize other partners for peace not to drop their arms.
Partner for peace play a very important role in the DDR process.

If Ikom Polycarp refused witness protection the commanding officers in charge should have refused because his dead is a blow to the process of getting more partner for peace.
The government was more focused on the substance than the process
The substance here is that the government is more focused in getting arm groups drop their arms than the process .
When I talk of the process I mean; what have been done to protect those who are willing to drop their arms, what is the procedure for arms to be drop, when an Ex Fighter drop the arm where is he taking to and how will he be treated? If the fighter or fighters appears in public what will be done to guarantee their security or his security after the ceremony?
When should an ex-fighter after appearing in public be let go back into the society and after letting go the ex-fighter into the society are there any follow up?
Simply put! The government need to establish P&Ps better know as policies and procedures for ex- Fighters and they government need to do a check list for the process to be effective

Tah Mai Javis
Journalist/Negotiator

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Coronavirus war: What could the entire nation learn from Tiko Council?

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The coronavirus outbreak has been keeping the world busy, Cameroon like the rest of the world is facing a virus which has shutdown global activities, restrict travels and deny the world’s 7 billion people basic freedoms which they once enjoyed just weeks back.

From US to France, Italy to Pakistan, Cameroon to Spain and Mongolia to Russia, the whole world is on edge as scientists struggle to find a vaccine and governments race to mitigate its impact and reduce loss of lives

Cameroon has recorded over 600 infections with about 9 deaths, small number when compared to hundreds of thousands in advance countries like Spain, US and Italy or thousands in South Africa, Russia, Ecuador and many other countries.

Experts are warning that the county’s low number could be attributed to inadequate testing as many are believed to be lose, infecting others on the go and the numbers might likely be in their thousands by now

Government is leading a national fight to combat the disease, imposing 13 points measures to curb the spread weeks back and local administrators, DOs, SDOs, governors and even council mayors are talking measures to protect their people, in this fight against coronavirus, every measure counts

While Bamenda City council was applauded for suspending payment of rents for city council shops for the next two months as he disinfect  the entire city, Douala two mayor was condemned for ‘forcing’ traders to contribute 1000 frs each to help the council fight the virus

But admits the policies across the nation, a council at the heart of South West region is making the difference

Under the stable leadership of HRM chief Peter Ikome Mesoso, the Tiko council has rollout innovative measures to prevent the spread, enforcing a non-negotiable hygienic policy of washing of hands and sanitizers across the entire municipality

There is basically no single shop, restaurants, call box or any kind of business in Tiko municipality where you won’t find water and disinfectant for potential customers

The council and administration has embarked on weeks long massive sensitisation campaign before insulating the municipality with hygienic measures compared to known in the region

Stickers and banners carrying messages about the virus are basically loitered in every corner of the municipality. The mayor and his council workers on a tireless sensitisation war and defaulters are punished to enforce the laws

The message from Tiko council has been simple, safety of the population is the utmost priority of the mayor and hand washing post has been installed in all entrances leading to the municipality

A resident in Buea who had just visited Tiko told teboPost ‘I am very pleased with what Tiko council is doing, if you visit five shops there you wash your hands five times’

Another Mutengene resident by name Atah Terence, a business man in the municipality says ‘the mayor doesn’t joke with these measures and we are happy because it’s for our own good, we are behind the mayor to ensure we are safe’

Speaking to TeboPost, the mayor of the town says he has to do all within his powers and within the framework put in place by government to keep the people safe, he promised to continuously work hard to shield his town despite limited resources from the deadly coronavirus pandemic

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Coronavirus:Cameroon research minister makes outrageous claim, says alarming kissing caused the worldwide spread

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The Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, Magdaleine Tchuenté, calls on Cameroonians to stop eating bats and scaly anteaters or pangolins.
She adds that the problem is also human habits.

“Young people kiss too much. We were once young but weren’t kissing. We greeted at a distance…” These seem to be the scientific findings of of the Minister with respect to coronavirus.Credi: Mua Paul

PS: There is no scientific data in the world which shows coronavirus can be transmitted by eating any kind of food and there is absolutely no data to show the virus spread because of alarming kissing

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Editorial: President Biya is working ubiquitously, if you want to hear from him, rendezvous May 20th

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There have been wide ranging debate lately over the well-being of the President of the republic and the country’s commander in Chief amidst the escalating health situation caused by the coronavirus

Many have been questioning the silence of their leader with remorse even dare to say he must have died

That President Biya is killed on social media is nothing new in the country but what is particularly unique about this situation is the fact that the Unity palace occupant is silent amidst a ravaging global pandemic which has kept almost every world leader busy

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto recently called on the President to take his full responsibilities as a leader and tackle the virus heads on, warning he will assume the office of the President should the 87 years old chided to remain behind the scene

The 7 days ultimatum from the opposition leader further fueled the debate on the whereabouts of their President amidst a health challenge which is fast becoming a national emergency

But his supporters aren’t buying, many say the President is already tackling the crisis through his government and must not necessarily be seen on TV talking about it.

A leading French newspaper in one of its recent editions wonders what the population wants the president to say.

Nothing new?

President Biya thrives in uncertainty and has proven time and time again that he has a very thick skin and resistant to public pressure nomatter the time and moments

He is also known to be awkwardly physically absent in major moments of crisis, opting to execute through his government ministers and other other representatives while operating from behind the scenes.

Examples are abound of the President significantly absent From the national stage each time the nation comes calling, only appearing on scheduled traditional media outings to talk to the Cameroonians people.

During the deadly Eseka train disasters on October 30th 2016 which killed hundreds of Cameroonians, many criticized the President for his total absence from the national stage, arguing he should have atleast address the nation or visit the disaster site.

But while government speedily rollout measures including compensation package to victims, the President waited for many months, only to address the issue at his traditional new year message in December, invoking old wounds and questioning his proximity to the people

The President has rarely addressed the nation out of his traditional pre-scheduled state addresses when it comes to the Anglophone crisis despite to numeours deaths and interntional pressure each time people are killed.

But as fresh remorse continuous to spread about his state of health, observers of this country’ politics are aware that nomatter how bad the coronavirus situation might be, President Biya will only address it during his traditional May 20th speech and that’s as good as we can get.

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