Les habitants de Muea, une localité à la périphérie de Buea, situé dans la région du Sud-Ouest au Cameroun, ont été victimes des arrestations incessantes massives et surtout, impromptues plus connus sur le nom “calé-calé” par la police et les gendarmes.
L’un de ceux qui ont été récemment arrêtés par les forces de l’ordre le jeudi 9 septembre dernier, a déclaré que des dizaines de jeunes se trouvaient toujours à la commissariat centrale de Buea où ils avaient été arrêtés et détenus.
S’adressant à MMI, la victime qui a préféré l’anonymat, a déclaré avoir dépensé plus de 100 000 FCFA ($118) pour se soustraire à la police à deux reprises au cours des deux derniers mois.
«Ils m’ont appelé lorsqu’ils m’ont vu et m’ont demandé ma carte d’identité. Ils m’ont alors dit de monter abord de leur véhicule et nous avons été emmenés au GMI. De là, nous avons été emmenés au commissariat central. Les cellules étaient bourrés des gens et certains d’entre nous étaient détenus dans la cellule des femmes. Ils ont passé nos mains à travers une machine pour détecter si nous avions déjà eu à tenir des armes à feu », a-t-il dit.
Bien que ses mains aient signalé vert, signifiant qu’il ne s’est jamais servi d’une arme à feu, il a été enfermé jusqu’à samedi après-midi, le 11 septembre, quand il s’est libéré avec une caution de 37 000 FCFA ($43).
Il a déclaré que la plupart des personnes détenues étaient des personnes qui n’avaient pas immédiatement soudoyé des agents lors de leur arrestation et que celles qui pouvaient donner de l’argent avaient été libérées avant d’arriver au poste.
Un autre habitant de la localité qui a survécu à l’arrestation massive a déclaré à notre rédaction que les policiers libéraient généralement les personnes qui peuvent immédiatement les soudoyer avec de l’argent et que ceix qui n’ont pas d’argent sont emmenées au commissariat et parfois détenues jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient libérés sous caution.
«Ils ont pris ma carte d’identité et m’ont demandé de les suivre jusqu’à la gare. Après avoir parcouru un peu de distance, ils ont dit que je devrais leur donner quelque chose (de l’argent) pour qu’ils me lâchent. Mais quand j’ai hésité et préféré être emmené à la gare. Ils ont alors dit que je devrais y aller. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi ils devraient toujours venir harceler les gens et collecter de l’argent auprès des autres »,
a raconté une victime d’arrestation massive à Buea.
Lors de l’arrestation de jeudi dernier, cet habitant a déclaré que les policiers avaient déclaré, lors de son arrestation, qu’ils avaient reçu pour instruction de prendre toute personne âgée de moins de 40 ans.
Il a déclaré que la crise anglophone avait rendu la vie difficile, mais que les hommes en tenue en aggravaient les choses en collectant auprès des gens les maigres revenus qu’ils tirent de comme recette quotidiennes.
Le lundi 14 septembre, dit-il, des dizaines de garçons ont de nouveau été arrêtés par des policiers en patrouille et la plupart ont acheté leur liberté en payant a somme de 10 000 FCFA chacun.
Les arrestations massives (calé-calé) sont un moyen de gagner de l’argent courant pour les militaires depuis la monté en puissance des violences dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest.
La police et les gendarmes utilisent généralement cela comme un prétexte pour traquer les combattants séparatistes parmi la population, mais beaucoup se sont demandé si cette méthode avait amélioré la situation sécuritaire, car certaines des personnes arrêtées soudoyaient généralement des agents et se faisaient libérer, sans aucune note sur le fait qu’ils sont une menace pour la paix ou non.
Cependant, un calme relatif est revenu à Muea, qui était l’une des zones les plus dangereuses de Buea, car les coups de feu sont désormais moins répandus, selon un habitant.
La plupart des commerces en bordure de route ont rouvert et la vie se normalise progressivement avec la population, principalement des agriculteurs, qui reprennent le travail sur leurs sites autrefois abandonnés.
The information has been circulating on social media for a while now, and the signatories to the announcement who chose anonymity have specified that T-shirts will be printed for the demonstrators. It will take place in front of the Cameroon embassy in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
With MRC president, Maurice Kamto bent on going ahead with his threats of organizing a massive nationwide protest on September 22, 2020, despite numerous government warnings, his supporters and sympathizers both in Cameroon and abroad seem ready to respond positively to his call for a general action against the regime of President Paul Biya.
The Minster of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji has on two occasions turned to the press to make his threats to Maurice Kamto and to any other individuals who would dare go out on the streets to march come the 22nd of September.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji has equally instructed local authorities in the West, Center and the Littoral Regions to use all necessary military action needed to clamp down on any uprisings if the need arises.
Cameroonians in Belgium, in this regard, decided to schedule their own protest in Brussels on September 19, 2020. Details of the gathering in front of the Cameroon Embassy in Brussels suggest it will take place between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, with black t-shirts to be made available to the protesters.
Un nouveau développement dans la crise à la Mairie de Douala 5è. Hier le Maire Richard Nfeungwang a décidé de sceller la recette municipale. Le chef de l’exécutif municipal soupçonne des détournements de deniers publics imputables à la receveure municipale. Une mesure de représailles sous fond de graves tensions entre les deux personnalités communales.
En rappel les agents de la municipalité sont à plus de 02 mois sans salaires. La receveur municipal s’opposant catégoriquement à tout décaissement. En mis Août dernier, c’est le 6è adjoint au Maire de Douala 5è qui avait bloqué la recette municipale pour dénoncer l’indifférence de la patronne des lieux.
La médiation du préfet du Wouri n’a pas mis fin à cette discorde qui dure au sein de la municipalité.
Government has been restless since Prof Maurice Kamto, leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party announced a protest.
Ahead of the September 22 show, administrative authorities in different parts of the national territory have taken different measures to prohibit the nationwide protests aimed at chasing out President Paul Biya.
The latest to react is Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi.
The minister in a communiqué today says the state has taken note of a planned “insurrection” by a political party.
The party’s planned move, he adds, violates law no. 2014/028 of 23rd December 2014 condemning acts of terrorism also punishable by the penal code.
“…no demonstration can be considered peaceful when its declared intent is to trigger an uprising and overthrow the democratically elected Republican institutions,” Sadi’s communiqué reads.
Those associated with the move, he warns, will be brought to book before the competent judicial authorities.
“In this regard, the defence and security forces will take every necessary step to strictly maintain law and order as well as social peace,” he adds.
Ahead of the September 22 protest, Kamto has among other moves met with a number of political parties, many of which had earlier announced a boycott of the December 6 regional elections.
Among their demands, Kamto and the MRC want government to resolve the Anglophone crisis before any election is held in the country.
Militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM party in Maroua II Subdivision in the Far North region of Cameroon have declared to competent administrative authorities their intention to carry out a nonviolent protest on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
In a letter addressed to the subdivisional officer of Maroua II on Monday 14th September 2020, three signatories of the letter, on behalf of CRM party in Maroua II, say the protest will take place at “Carrefour Monts Mandara” from 8:00 am to 6:00pm.
They add that henceforth, protest actions of the CRM party will take place every Saturday at the same venue until the regime of president Paul Biya is forced to resign.
The signatories of the declaration Boutche Jean Pierre, Ousmoula Bouba and Wounawang Dawai state that President Paul Biya should go on retirement.
To them, Paul Biya has no respect for the constitution, incapable of resolving the anglophone crisis and constant violation of human rights in Cameroon.
CRM Maroua II Subdivision says their declaration at the office of the Divisional Officer for Maroua II is in respect of the law in Cameroon while stressing that the protest is constitutionally protected.
At the time of this report, the Divisional Officer for Maroua II Subdivision had not issued an official response to the declaration letter tabled by the CRM party.
Earlier, the Minister of Territorial Administration stated that anyone, group or political party that dares to protest will face the wrath of the administration.
Prof. Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party alongside other parties and groups are calling for a nonviolent protest to oust the regime of President Paul Biya. To them, the regime has failed in all fronts since 1982.
A military operation code-name “Bamenda Clean” enters the second week in the troubled city of Bamenda of the North West region.
It is one of the anglophone regions marked by the war of independence where separatist fighters battle with the regular military each day.
From 5:00 am to 1:00pm on Tuesday September 15 2020, inhabitants of Meta quarters in Bamenda were caught in the web of unannounced military search as part of the operation.
A local speaking to Mimi Mefo Info on phone said “We are home as military men are parading from one house to the other. We cannot come out because I am waiting when they will come to check my house. They did not inform us. All what I was to do today is cancelled, the situation is really deplorable”.
According to an inhabitant of Nitop quarter in Bamenda(name withheld for security reasons), “When the military came to our house, they demanded receipts for all valuable items. I had some and some were missing. They then demanded that I pay the sum of 25.000fcfa. This is really sad given the brutal manner in asking and searching houses.”
“Besides this, anyone suspected of having links with the fighters is summarily arrested and taken for detention” he added.
At Ngomham quarter, inhabitants are decrying the fact that security agents on mission of “Bamenda Clean” are sometimes demanding authorizations for cutlasses used in houses.
“Those who fail to show legal documents for their cutlasses were arrested and charged different fines to ensure their release” one said.
As people in Bamenda battle with the odds, the senior divisional officer of Mezam has equally prohibited undeclared meetings and public manifestations. Simon Emile Mooh stresses that defaulters will face the law.
In a statement at the weekend in Bamenda, the governor of the North West region says Bamenda Clean will be extended to other towns and villages in the region. Adolph Lele L’Afrique reiterates the importance of the North West region of Cameroon to the republic.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), has reacted to the accusations made by resigned CPDM militant Louise Romeo Dika.
Owona describes the ace musician’s accusations as “lies” and an attempt to “spread hatred” among the Cameroonian people.
The Cameroon music icon few days ago had the media buzzing after he decided to make a public show of his fallout with the Head of States, Paul Biya and the entire CPDM party over the nonpayment of accumulated benefits worth 90 Million FCFA.
Romeo Dika accused President Paul Biya of being untrustworthy and not deserving of being a president for the Cameroonian people. He added that Professor Maurice Kamto, President of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM will make a better president for the country after Biya.
Louise Romeo Dika also mentioned in one of his media tirades that the ruling CPDM party had been hijacked by certain key individuals who now manage it to suit personal objectives.
He also claimed that the reason for which he had not been paid his acclaimed 90 Million FCFA was due to the fact that he denied to adhere to certain conditions laid out by these individuals.
Feeling directly targeted by Louise Romeo Dika’s accusations, Deputy Secretary General of the CPDM party, Gregoire Owona reacted on his Facebook Page on September 14, 2020, in a bid to counter the accusations.
“I would like to thank you all for not having accepted all these hatred, all these lies and insanities that certain newspapers or certain radio stations and social media networks have seen fit to broadcast …coming from people in need of popularity and buzz…,” he wrote. “Thank you to all those knowing me did not believe it.”
“Indeed, they are only lies both as regards my private and family life and as regards the nonpayment of tens and sometimes hundreds of millions. Let us continue through to the path of development which only makes sense in work, discipline and love, a path so well traced by President Paul Biya,” read the post on Owona’s Facebook timeline.
A national dialogue was organized by the Cameroon government from September 30 to October 4, 2019. It was presented as a magic wand to end the crisis but however failed to end the ongoing violence which has only intensified.
A quest for an independent state called Ambazonia continues in the central African nation’s English-speaking regions. A December 2014 law on the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cameron has made reporting on the conflict difficult – hindering discussions on the true picture of what happens on the ground.
Talking to separatist fighters in Cameroon is as good as toying with an indefinite jail sentence for the reporter. For the fighters, it is often difficult as they are not sure who they can trust. But some separatist fighters braved the potential repercussions to grant an exclusive interview to Mimi Mefo Info (MMI). This report gives a first-hand account of what obtains on the ground.
Why we picked up arms against the government According to *James, (not his real name) a separatist fighter in location X in the restive North West Region of Cameroon, he joined the fight because of how he and his family were maltreated by the Cameroon government.
“I’m 28 years old and I joined the separatist squad in 2017. It was not my initial intention to join the fighters but when they caused me to liquidate my life savings in paying bail bonds for no offence, I decided to pick up arms,”
James, an Ambazonian fighter tells Mimi Mefo Info
James narrates further that: “When the crisis started, I had just graduated as a welder. I travelled to Mbanga and worked in the plantations, made some money and bought my filing machine. I immediately returned to location X. I set up my workshop and had 3 apprentices. I was arrested three times. First, they accused me of being an accomplice to the fighters. I was beaten and detained for days. I had to pay one hundred and fifty thousand francs CFA to regain my freedom. The second time, I was accused of manufacturing guns for the separatists. I was arrested, beaten, and I paid a hundred thousand francs CFA. After my release the third time, I decided to join the fighters even against the wish of my family. I am intent on revenging the maltreatment on me”.
“My home land is the best country in West Africa. My brothers and sisters have been killed by the military and I strongly believe that our freedom is coming soon. I’m not afraid of anything at all. Only the independence of our country will stop me from fighting even death,” he told MMI.
Even former fighters still nurse hopes for a new nation-Ambazonia According to Martin, a former fighter from the conflict-hit South West Region, even though he no longer fights, he still believes in the new nation baptized as Ambazonia in 2017.
“I do not regret being a fighter because I knew why I was fighting though I left along the way. I just believe God had a reason for the decision I took. Deep in me, I know and believe. I haven’t given up. I live to fight another day, not that I am a coward. I have no regret in me for defending my mothers, fathers, sisters… from the colonial forces,” Martin said. In an exclusive chat with one of the fighters on the ground, a renowned Ambazonian General who leads separatist groups in Anglophone Cameroon, ‘Field Marshall’ RK of the British Southern Cameroons Resistant Forces, tells MMI that the struggle is far from ending any time soon.
Atrocities Committed By Separatist Fighters Recently, there have been images of horrific atrocities like the beheading of civilians by the fighters. RK says such acts are not committed by his true fighters seeking the liberation of the Anglophone people.
“We know that the government of Cameroon has created fake Amba groups here and their mission is to commit all kinds of atrocities and abominable acts that will discourage the Ambazonian peoples from supporting the real fighters. Ambazonian fighters are against all forms of civilian killings. It’s against our code to turn our backs on the very people that are supporting us, the very people that are doing the little they can to make sure that we liberate our homeland. We do not kill our own people. This is war and at times things happen accidentally. We respect the Geneva Convention. If an Ambazonian is caught red-handed working with an agent of the Cameroon government in order to take civilian life, take sides with their soldiers or even participate in the process, we arrest you and not kill. It’s the military of Cameroon that kill without discrimination. Once they talk to you in French and you can’t respond well in French, you are killed,” the self-decorated Field Marshall said.
This position has sadly been countered on several occasions by the outings of some Ambazonian leaders who sought to justify the killings or even encourage the killing of anyone who was considered a ‘blackleg’.
Will You One Day Stop Fighting? The conflict will soon be four years old, and RK says there is no end in sight. He adds that until he achieves independence for his country Ambazonia, there will be no hope of him stopping the fight.
“The only thing that will stop us from fighting is the independence of Ambazonia when our nation is recognized as a state, a nation with its sovereignty when we must have liberated Ambazonia when the government of Cameroon must have pulled out its troops from our land when we must have celebrated in Buea. Now that we are still under the forceful occupation of the Cameroon government, we shall continue to resist and we do not care how long it takes,”
RK tells MMI in an exclusive interview.
RK’s optimism is not shared by some Ambazonian fighters such as Martin, who says he had to stop fighting because to him, the independence struggle had lost focus and he could no longer cope with what it takes to be a separatist fighter.
“I am no longer fighting because I noticed there was a lot of division and in-fighting amongst fighters mostly caused by ‘some gullible diaspora’, self-interest, power tussle, backstabbing, sabotage, insufficient materials, high level of propaganda…,” he said.
Martin continued: “One of the main reasons that made me have second thoughts and pull out was in-fighting. I couldn’t just stand to see a fighter killing his fellow fighter no matter what. I said to myself, than to be killed by my fellow brother instead of the enemy, it’s better I take a back seat for now. He talked about how fighters use traditional amulets or charms called ‘Odeshi’ to protect themselves against bullets.
“Life wasn’t easy. You have to make sure you are always being fortified frequently by “Odeshi” which has so many complicated rules. You don’t have to take a bath, you need not have anything in common with a woman especially those on their period, you don’t have to visit the family because you might fail the rules, you don’t eat what you want but what “Odeshi” wants. You have to stay only in the camps deep in the forest which is not easy. This is why some who couldn’t uphold the rules always go to town and end up being pointed out by blacklegs or informants working with the military. In fact, you have to live like a prisoner. You don’t have human feelings and don’t regret any action being carried out,” Martin narrated to MMI.
How long is the revolution? Most Anglophones today, who have had some form of education, believe that the Anglophone crisis stemmed from a bad union of two independent states that came together on the proviso of having equal status, yet one has been wallowing under the occupation of another since 1961.
The Ambazonian RK says the revolution is as old as he can remember.
“I have been in the revolution from birth. Our forefathers started the revolution way back in the 1960s. It did not start with me and will not end with me”.
Efforts of the international community The UN and international organizations have so far been commenting on the crisis in Cameroon with some establishing themselves on the ground to give humanitarian assistance.
According to RK, the ground zero separatist leader, the efforts of the international community is too slow and not enough. “They are too slow because each day in Ambazonia, the Cameroon military keeps slaughtering women, children, babies, raping and killing both the young and the old. They have refused to recognize that a genocide is going on in Ambazonia.
RK invited the international community to come to the Anglophone regions to see the destruction for themselves and investigate it.
“If they doubt our leaders and us the fighters, let them send in the international press to come do independent reports. They should comment on the fact that the Cameroon government has barred the international press from coming to do reports on the ground. If the international community steps foot on the Ambazonia territory, they will be surprised we are losing lives daily. Information is not reaching the international community.
“We welcome their efforts but they are too slow to save the lives of millions perishing by the day. Nothing can demoralize me as a fighter and citizen of Ambazonian land. I know at the political level we might have differences but nothing can demoralize me,” added RK.
Better life and education For some time, the Cameroonian government has asked separatist fighters to drop their weapons, leave the bushes and go to the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Centres to get reformed and reintegrated into the society. According to RK still fighting in the bushes, he can only accept such an offer from the Ambazonian government.
“I will accept a better life from the Ambazonian government tomorrow. Nothing from the Cameroon government is good for me and my people. After the liberation of our country, I will accept any offer of a better life. After the war, I will gladly burn all my certificates. Go back to school and acquire pure Anglo-Saxon education,” he said, rubbishing the government-created DDR.
According to ex fighter Martin, he will never convince anyone to drop their weapons because any fighter has his own personal reason why he or she joined the conflict.
“If I am given an opportunity I won’t convince any fighter still in the bush. It should be noted that each and everyone has the right to his or her opinion. They didn’t just get up one morning or evening and decide to rebel against the government. It’s due to the brutality meted by the forces of law and order on the population that caused us to pick up arms. As we all know, the government declared war on Ambazonia and even before the declaration made by Mr Paul Biya in late 2017, they were already killing and arbitrary arresting harmless civilians who protested against bad governance which met with a high level of brutality”.
Martin is adamant that the government is the main instigator of the fighting in the Anglophone Regions and have done little to resolve the problem.
“As we speak, it’s still ongoing, thus causing more anger and hatred towards the regime. The government pushed the population to pick up arms and now they only believe in a free Ambazonia. The reasons that prompted the resort to arms have not been addressed. So, any journey to convince anyone who is still in the bush is futile. Besides, the government has shown a lot of bad faith, which makes it very difficult to embark on such a fruitless mission,”
Martin, a separatist fighter tells MMI.
Encouragement to fight For close to four years, ‘Filed Marshall’ RK has been in gun battles with the Cameroon military on several fronts across the two Anglophone Regions of Cameroon. He says what gives him encouragement is that; he looks at his efforts as a call from God.
“I have answered a call from God to save my people. Whom God has chosen, He empowers. He chose Joshua and Moses and empowered them. When He chose Joseph, He gave him wisdom. When He chose David, He gave him the strength to overcome Goliath.
“What prompted me to pick up stones against the government of Cameroon was because their military pushed me to defend my people. I can’t sit and fold my arms and see mothers, sisters slaughtered because they asked for reforms to better their misery in the union with the Cameroon government,” he explained.
Do separatist fighters still have civilian support? The fighting has caused untold suffering, misery, hunger and pain within the ranks of the civilian population. Public opinion now holds that many civilians have now turned their back against the fight for independence.
There are also reports that the traditional ghost town observed every Monday, instituted since January 2017, is now being respected by civilians for fear of reprisals from the separatists.
But RK, who has been a fighter from day one, says his troops still have the full support of the people. “I know my people are caught on both sides of the smoking guns. If not for the support of the people, we would not have existed beyond a day. If we are still resisting till today, they gave us the orders to do so. The people know who is burning their villages, their homes. They know who is killing their mothers and sisters, killing babies, raping their daughters. They pray for our safety daily and we keep gaining grounds. The administrative mechanism of the Cameroon government in the Ambazonian territory has crumbled, and we have the full support of the people,” RK told MMI.
What prospects for government reconstruction plan? The government has on several occasions defended its troops on the ground, describing them as professional – though international organisations like Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International have accused them of serious human rights abuses and killings.
In the meantime, the Cameroon government with the support of the United Nations and other organizations have launched the reconstruction of the two Anglophone regions, torn by the conflict. This, the government plans to achieve without any hope of an end to the current crisis. RK says it is a failed mission that will never see the light of day.
“What reconstruction? You burn down villages, loot, kill people, and turn around to talk about reconstruction? It will not work. As we speak, the Cameroon government through its killer military is still killing people here, burning and raping my people. We are at war and that’s a fool’s plan. Will they reconstruct the lives of the thousands who died? It is an impossibility given that genocide is going on,” revealed the Ambazonian General.
Can mediation efforts silence the guns?
There has been much talk about the Swiss talks and recently, jailed Anglophone leaders in Yaoundé announced they had started pre-talks with the Cameroon government, though the government later denied this. According to RK, everyone loves peace but the peace should not come in pieces”.
“We do not trust the Cameroon government and their partners in crime. We reject mediation from France. They keep giving the Cameroon government arms to come and kill my people. Yes, I support mediation out of Cameroon. All Amazonians detained illegally must be released, and those missing should be accounted for. Such mediation would take place in the presence of the African Union and United Nations intervention forces. The Cameroon troops pulled out of our territory. We are the ones that have been wronged. The little ammunition we used, we seized from the Cameroon military. We started our resistance with stones and clubs just to stay alive,” says RK.
Even though Martin no longer fights, he says the terms of mediation should be favourable. “The only way out is to free all arrested, withdraw all military currently causing havoc in Ambazonia, then engage in a sincere and transparent negotiations in a neutral ground. All the leaders of Ambazonia can tell you everyone will like to leave the bush but depending on the conditions met. If this isn’t done then anyone thinking of convincing the fighters to leave the bush is merely wasting time,” concluded Martin.
Thoughts about Diaspora Leaders The leaders of the Anglophone separatist movement in the diaspora have been accused of division, backbiting and igniting disunity within the ranks of fighters on the ground.
Some have formed multiple leadership commands in the diaspora, this to the anguish of many Anglophones. RK says he regrets such moves but wishes for a united front that could fast-track the independence they now seek.
“They are doing their best. I’m not a politician but I know the differences existing among the various groups are not good. I can’t condemn anybody or what they are doing to make Ambazonia liberated. I will have loved a united approach to speed up the liberation of Ambazonia. All the groups and factions have the same goal, total and unconditional independence of Ambazonia; they should not betray the people,” emphasised RK.
Dream for Ambazonia as a State Field Marshall RK says he wants a nation with equity and justice.
“I want a nation where everyone is treated equally with no form of corruption and discrimination. A nation where people are judged by their character, not tribal affiliations or who relates with who. A nation where the law is precise to all, a nation where there is religious freedom, respect of gender equality, no class stratification and a nation where success is determined by the zeal or power of hard work.”
Martin, the ex-Ambazonian fighter says he still stands in support of the fight even though not at the battlefield. “Though I have taken a step backwards, it doesn’t mean I am against the revolution. I am still in full support of a free Ambazonia. The facts still remain unchangeable; we were colonized by French Cameroun.”
Why the Urgent Need For Independence Quizzed on why there is the urgent need for a new nation after the union with Cameroon for decades, RK says the resistance from captivity did not just start in 2017 but way back in 1961 after independence.
“We want recognition. We had our independence in 1961 and were forcefully occupied. We shall continue to resist until Ambazonia is recognized as an independent nation as in 1961. Some call us separatists and rebels. We’re simply resisting occupation and we have been resisting peacefully and diplomatically until the Cameroon government declared war on us.”
Not Afraid To Die The close to four years fighting has spilled much blood, yet RK and his troops say they are still determined to fight and are not afraid of death.
“I’m not afraid to die for they destroy the flesh and not the soul. It’s an honour that many have longed to have. Our brothers and sisters in arms are not afraid. You can’t kill an ideology that is almost a part of genetic structures. I know we can’t match the Cameroon military directly but I’m determined to liberate my people, free Ambazonia from this demonic grip by the Cameroon government. We shall fight till liberation.”
With the separatist fighters and the Cameroon government still engaging in frequent gun battles with no signs of an end soon, it is feared happiness might be just a single and momentary episode in a long drama of pain to come.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji has followed up his September 7, 2020 threats to Maurice Kamto during a press conference with a communiqué today September 14, 2020, warning that any person seen on the streets on September 22, 2020 would be doing so at his own peril.
The Minister of Territorial Administration in the communiqué has specified that the authorities would by no means tolerate any form of illegal public demonstrations particularly in key towns around the country like Yaounde, Douala and Bafoussam, as he insists they are the most affected towns in terms of positive COVID-19 cases.
The communiqué states that any persons who despite the several warnings defy them by going out to the protest, would face the prospect of being arrested and kept under detention, irrespective of their political affiliation or status.
The Minister of Territorial Administration also gave a firm warning to those instigating people to boycott elections or to go on a protest through main stream media, social media or the written press to get ready for what might possibly befall them whether before or after the holding of the regional elections.
The Popular Action Party, PAP has expressed its desire to form a coalition with the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, in its quest to oust the Biya regime.
In a proposal on the “Coalition of Opposition for Resistance”, the party outlines what it says are detailed strategic mechanisms. These, the party says, detail how “coordinated non-violent action will help to oust the failed incumbent government to Prof Maurice Kamto and other Progressive Forces.”
This was one of the outcomes of a meeting between a PAP delegation headed by its national president, Njang Denis and the CRM Party represented by its National President, Prof Maurice Kamto.
PAP says the session’s aim was “to discuss common strategies and guarantee that the plight of the people of Southern Cameroons is resolved in any process of Political Transition.”
“We also discussed the need to continuously lobby for other progressive forces, to be more tolerant, the need to harmonize our views for a common goal,” adds Fabrice Lena, Secretary General of the PAP party.
The meeting with the PAP is one of several meetings Maurice Kamto has been holding with opposition parties over the past days.