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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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Limbe chiefs vomit embattled Motanga amidst corruption scandal

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Report from the city of Limbe says 7 chiefs have written a memo calling on Andrew Motanga – government delegate to the Limbe city council to resign

The leaked letter from the chiefs which TeboPost has a copy says the chiefs are not happy with the embezzlement allegations hovering over the head of the embattled government delegate hence,he should resign immediately

Motanga is due to appear before the special criminal court in Yaounde on the 5th February 2020 to answer to charges of embezzlement of 9 billions francs CFA at the Limbe city council

The money CONAC (Cameroon’s anti corruption agency) says was stolen over a 9 years period and the government degate has been occupying that seat for almost a decade.

Motanga is running as Councillor of Limbe II council and was widely expected to be the new city mayor of limbe following special status granted to Anglophone regions.

The positions of government delegates are expected to be scrapped and be replaced by city mayors who will be exted by other councilors

But his political future now looks shattered amidst biting allegations which risk sending him behind bars for a very long time if found guilty

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Cameroon teachers under attack: Why is everyone beating up teachers?

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The latest shocking incident in a government high school in Ayos where a divisional officer unchorograhically brutalized a teacher in front of students comes to cap a month of ceaseless attacks on teachers and indeed the noble profession

Reports there (Ayos) say the Divisional Officer was momentarily blocked from entering a class in the school she was visiting because students were taking exams.

But the teacher’s plea for the DO to give more time to the students to complete their evaluation was met with brutal force from an administrative official whose superiors have been noted for reckless brutality against the people

Earlier this year, a teacher was stabbed by a 15-year-old student in a class to dead for violating school rules and bringing a phone to class, the attack shocked the nation and sparked an on-line debate about the safety and security of teachers in school.

Teachers have therefore been the laughing stock of the Cameroonian society; lately as many have been subjected to ridicule and their once revered status disappeared.

On Thursday, September 29, 2019, a military officer, adjudant Boris Djouledem, got a teacher in government school Garage Militaire in Bafoussam almost beaten to death for punishing a form five student who happens to be his son who failed to do his assignment.

According to the ministry of secondary education, teachers have been attacked at least 15 times in the past month alone by parents, begging the question of what is happening?

Records of administrative officials and powerful parents beating up teachers with the complicity of some reckless law enforcement officers are not new but becoming rampant lately

The rich and powerful are wasting no time to benefit from Cameroon’s lawless system to beat up teachers, lock them up for very basic reasons as correcting their kids in school in a manner they do not like.

It’s no news that the rich and powerful in the country are themselves the law. Most of them have the powers to incarcerate the poor and underprivileged even for no crime for as long as they are satisfied, but what is surprising is the fact that this culture has been brought even to the people responsible for their children’s future-teachers were once seen as noble and secondary parents of kids

For a profession once admired and regarded as one belonging to the morally upright and privileged few who are charged with the colossal task to raise future doctors, engineers, scientists, and all other professions, the long respect and ‘adoration’ teachers once enjoy is now history.

Some argue the teachers are partly to be blamed for their own misfortunes in a brutal and increasingly hostile workspace, arguing that teaching profession has been ridiculed, filled with incompetent workers who can afford to buy their way through government entrance exams to the teaching profession even without the passion for the job, committing unacceptable mistakes in the process thereby attracting the rod of brutal and powerful parents and administrators.

But even that argument will not justify the latest aggressive onslaught against teachers by those who should be protecting them-after all; everybody was once a pupil or student under a teacher

The latest incident in Ayos involving a DO brutalizing a teacher for protecting the right of students have sparked debate in the country about the state of the law in Cameroon as   attacks from present and current students increases and salary stagnates, making them a laughing stock of the society

There have been calls for the administrator to be sanctioned by authorities. The secondary education minister has expectedly maintained sealed lips over the incident…but this is Cameroon, Some DOs are more powerful than some ministers and the business of sanctioning can be quiet tricky.

Students in the Ayos high shool today January 24th, 2020 staged a protest earlier in the morning calling for their teacher who was locked up for defending them in the hands of an overzealous administrators, some teachers announced a protest of their own, calling for no chalk day-But many of them will be consoled by the fact that at least they still have the rights to protest. Other Cameroonian doesn’t seem to posses even that basic right to protest against what they think is wrong-Excerpt, of course, it’s to support the regime in place

Faced by multiple crises, armed conflict in Anglophone regions, rebels in the east and terrorists in the North, many say the state of Cameroon is gradually fragmenting and losing hold of its strength, as everything seems to be wrong at these moments.

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Ghastly motor accident in Yaounde claims senator’s entire family

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Senator Dingha Ignatius Bayin said to have lost his son, daughter-in-law, father-in-law and grandson in a ghastly motor accident this morning January 24th 2020 in Yaounde

Reports say the family left the senator’s house at about 2 am. And was crushed by a trailer on thier way out of Bastos.

The son lives at Emana. They were at the father’s residence to attend the wake of their uncle (family chop chair).

He was kidnapped in Balikumbat and kept without his medication for three days and he died as a consequence. Now, the former senator will have to bury four , including the unborn.

May their soul Rest In Peace!

 

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