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Akere Muna Writes UNSG, Raises Alarm on Urgent Humanitarian Crisis in Ambazonia

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Akere Muna Writes UN Secretary General, Raises Alarm on Urgent Humanitarian Crisis in Ambazonia

Presidential candidate in the 2018 Presidential Elections in La Republique du Cameroun (LRC), and former Member and Chairperson of the eminent Persons Panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism, Ambazonian born Barrister Akere Muna, has alerted the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutiérrez, of an urgent humanitarian crisis in Ambazonia.

In a letter dated Monday May 14, 2018 and addressed to the UNSG, the legal luminary, presented a brief narrative of the evolution of the present conflict between LRC and the Federal Republic of Ambazonia. He blames the colonial regime for the escalation, through its mismanagement of the cultural identity and customs of the people in her colony of Southern Cameroons.

He further accused the colonial terrorist forces of LRC for meting out collective punishment on the people of Ambazonia, where its personnel are alleged to have been killed by restoration forces. This according to him, contravenes the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Cameroon is a state-party.

Akere Muna, notes in his letter that the situation has let to the radicalization of the Ambazonian people, leading to increasing calls for retaliatory collective punishment, and an increase in the propagation of hate speeches. He blames both sides, and particularly single out the statement by Comrade Chris Anu, Secretary of State for Communications and ICT, of the Interim Government of Ambazonia in which LRC citizens have been given latest May ending to leave the territory of Ambazonia and vice versa.

It is important to note that Akere Muna, recently called for the arrest of Comrade Chris Anu, the Secretary of Communications and ICT of the Interim Government of Ambazonia, for his utterances, which the Barrister considers as hate speech which could spark genocide. The question one is tempted to ask is whether genocide is not going on already.

This is the second letter to the UNSG by the legal mind. The first one was in 2017, when he called the attention of the UNSG to the escalating nature of the crisis then and the genocidal utterances of Vision 4 TV journalists who referred to Ambazonians and rats and cockroaches on which the process of “raticide” must be applied.

BaretaNews continue to maintain that Ambazonians from the beginning of this conflict have exercised a lot of restrain without any reaction or the international community coming to their aid. Ambazonians did not declare war, LRC President declared the war. Ambazonians are not the aggressors but LRC is the aggressor. Ambazonians have been on the receiving end of military violence and collective punishment in their own sovereign territory, while the international community maintains a conspiracy of silence.

To further anger the people, the colonial regime has blocked all support institutions from offering humanitarian support to IDPs across Ambazonia, even as their terrorist continue the burning of Ambazonian villages. At this juncture, Ambazonians are very right to say that the colonial regime doesn’t have the monopoly of violence.

The statement from Chris Anu, is just a note of caution to citizens of LRC in Ambazonia and vice-versa to do the needful for their own security. When Ambazonains citizens must have taken enough of the violence and can no longer take it, they wouldn’t wait for instructions from the interim government to retaliate. These are basic truths everywhere and no one can pretend not to know this or overlook them.

BaretaNews hopes that the UNSG gives very due and urgent attention to this letter by Barrister Akere Muna before it is too late.

Below is Muna’s full letter to the UNSG.

 

H.E. Antonio   Guterres

Secretary-General

The United Nations

1st Ave at 46th St.

New York City, NY 10017

 

Monday, May 14, 2018.       

           Urgent Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon

Your Excellency Secretary General,

It is with great sadness that I avail myself of this opportunity to write to you as a concerned citizen of Cameroon. For close to two years now, the crisis sweeping through the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon has been slowly escalating. The diversity in Cameroon has been mismanaged for years and what began as demonstrations by lawyers and teachers in response to this has now reignited this sentiment, which had been dormant for years. The lawyers and teachers had brought to the fore the concrete facts that were symptomatic of bad governance in the area of the management of the diversity of our country. Unfortunately, the initial response was the repressive treatment of demonstrators followed by a feeble effort at negotiation and dialogue, which turned out to be a ruse to identify and arrest the demonstrating leaders.

This was followed by  massive arrests and detention of many Anglophone  Cameroonians all charged with terrorism, threat to state security and many other related offences. The repressive methods used in reaction to these            genuine demands from citizens pushed many to adopt a more radical stance, with some going to the extent of taking action against    government forces and in certain cases public servants. The unacceptable occurred, and some members of the forces of law and order were murdered. In reaction  to that, the government opted for was collective punishment  – the burning of houses in the villages in which the soldiers were harmed. Such behavior is very reminiscent of the 1941 killing of almost 2,300 civilians in the Kragujevac massacre  as retaliation for 10 German soldiers  killed by Yugoslav Partisans in German-occupied Serbia.

Collective punishment has been the government’s preferred solution since. A high-ranking General of the Army admitted that the burnings were by the army who had no mastery of  the terrain and had difficulties locating the perpetrators of the killing of the soldiers. He was immediately relieved of his duties. According to the Fourth       Geneva Convention to which Cameroon is a state-party:

Collective punishment is a form of retaliation whereby a suspected  perpetrator’s family members, friends, acquaintances, sect, neighbors or entire ethnic group is targeted. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individual or groups, or direct control over their actions. Governments have used historically  collective punishment or occupying forces have used to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (such as destroying entire towns and villages which were believed to have harbored or aided such resistance movements)”.

This crisis has resulted in over 30,000 refugees who have fled and continue to flee to neighboring Nigeria and tens     of thousands of people who are internally displaced. When soldiers in a country are put in the position of fighting and in some cases killing their own citizens, conditions become fertile for sowing hatred and emboldening the         irresponsible persons who advocate actions from afar while the innocent villagers pay a heavy price.

Most recently, there was video broadcast by  a person calling himself the spokesperson of those advocating for       the creation of an independent Anglophone state, calling for all Francophones to leave the Anglophone regions and  for all Anglophones to leave the Francophone regions. This video sets the date limit at May 31, 2018, after which, he states, “the safety of Francophones cannot   be guaranteed”. I am comforted by the forceful rejection by a vast   majority of Cameroonians of such a proclamation. I do, however, wonder for how much longer such suffering can be  endured. I am  also comforted by the vast majority of Francophones who are more and more expressing their bewilderment at the systematic attacks on villages throughout the North West and the South West regions, as well as their outrage at the mass detentions without any judicial oversight.

The unwillingness of the present government of Cameroon to engage in any form  of meaningful dialogue is glaring. The choice of opacity as the common denominator of its actions transpires through its interaction with most international processes it is party to. For example, Cameroon has been a member of the African Peer Review Mechanism since 2004. That process is one that would have quickly alerted the government and assisted it in dealing with the management of diversity. Fourteen years afterwards, the basic requirements to start the evaluation      processes are not in place. As a former Member of the eminent Persons Panel of the APRM and former Chairperson, I have been in a position to see the effect of this on any African  countries grappling with governance issues as regards the management of diversity.

All know, your Excellency, that beyond the gravity of the humanitarian crisis taking place, geographically, Cameroon is at the heart of Central    Africa. The destabilization of Cameroon will have immediate consequences on the Central African Sub-Region, which hangs on the most delicate balance.

For the reasons stated  hitherto and more, it is urgent for there to be  an investigation, by a  team of the United Nations or by The International Criminal Court, of the instances of collective punishment which is a war crime, as well as any killings or other crimes committed against the civilian population. Killings and other crimes committed against the army or civil servants must be investigated with equal rigor. Exception cannot be made  for those from either   side of the conflict who incite or use language geared at inflaming violent conflict.

 

Most Respectfully Yours,

Akere T. Muna

Cc:       All current members of the Security Council.

 

 

James Agbor,

BaretaNews Political Analyst

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Tabot

    May 16, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Akere Muna, should anything Chris Anu, we shall hold you responsible. Your father is the reason we have the ongoing genocide. He got away treason, but if we cannot get an elephant, we certainly settle for a monkey. When francophone governor or SO or SDO used the same language, were where you AKERE MUNA? You are doing this to satisfy your puppet master France? You will never lead the people of SC.

    • homeboy

      May 16, 2018 at 5:03 PM

      The genocide has been caused and it’s been escalated by your FB leaders sponsoring terrorist groups to behead their own brothers in the name of fighting for an independent country. You are all under the same group as alshabab, IS and boko haram.

      For every crime your terrorists group commits, it overshadows 50 crimes committed by LRC military. Put that at the back of your mind, and be reminded all of you shall one day be held accountable no matter how long it takes.

      • Calvin Stubbington

        May 17, 2018 at 4:26 AM

        You are so full of shit your stinking Franco dogshit breath reeks from Cameroon all the way to canada Franco badtard. Even a white like me can see through your degeneracy!!!

  2. George

    May 16, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Mr. Muna has his own policy. Apart that he is widely seen as a traitor within the Southern Cameroonian community he is well international connected. But since he benefited plenty from that system he has a deaf ear for the real plight of his own people. The Yaoundé regime must talk with the right people. And those are Sisiku, Pa Tassang and Mancho. The bloody conflict can end quickly. Release them, redeploy your army and start talking.

  3. Malis

    May 16, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    To hell.

  4. George

    May 16, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    LRP is just wasting time its time. Its army is poor equipped, soldiers are poorly paid and moral is very low. To win a fight against a people who just defend their homeland is impossible. Engage in genuine dialogue. But with the right people. And Akere Muna is definitely not the right person. Release those in prison. I’ve still little hope that in the East Camerounian ruling apparatus are some people who are reason. Remove that old diaper wearing grandfather and then start talking with the right people.

    • homeboy

      May 16, 2018 at 5:29 PM

      stop begging for dialogue, no country will dialogue with terrorist organisations, all what LRC wanted was a point to proof why you are tagged terrorists and you have given them that by beheading your own brothers, chopping off kids hands, kidnapping and what you must understand now is that ONLY total force and destruction will clean these devilish groups.

  5. ndolloz

    May 16, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    another pretend puppet,biyas declared war on unarmed people of SCs for demanding a better English Educational and judiciary system,as old dictators do not take criticism very well,he ordered his colonial french forces to kill,abduct,rape young university students,jail innocent young people,maiming many in 2016,then when a peaceful match with peace plant was used by the people in October 2017, he escalated his barbarism,militarisation,burning of villages,sending people into bushes,causing refugee crisis,no human being will sit with folded arms after going through abuse from a dictator,Souhern Cameroonians will never give up this time,the revolution will continue until our independence in restored in BUEA,note that F/B warriors are working in solidarity with ground zero with all the funding and support they need, french Cameroon will never ever win this war, biya and his murderous regime collaborators chiroma etc will be taken to the highest international criminal court,where is Mr Sisiku,Mr Tassang and the other abducted SCs leaders in Abuja, including those burnt alive in their homes,those innocent vulnerable SCs killed by his lrc forces, those killed in jails,biya the old wicked francophone semi dead wizard has blood in his hand, his entire wicked family will be exiled just like his predecessor, The Republic of Ambazonia is patriotic, united and winning the devil

  6. Mukong

    May 16, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    This write up by Akere Muna constitutes political rhetoric to appease the people of LRC for political gains while attempting to sacrifice Mr. Chris Anu.
    Where was this spoiled brat when Nadine Njoya was proudly requesting genocide of Ambazonians or when Ernest Obama was making similar genocidal utterances on Channel 4?
    As long as we have people like this in our community, our very existence will continue to be in question.

    • George

      May 16, 2018 at 6:28 PM

      That is the patronage system installed by the french. It’s like cancer. The same like rule and divide. I hope we can let those things behind us. That kept us in submission for 57 years. Aluta continua et vitoria e certa.

  7. Atem Bakia

    May 16, 2018 at 8:20 PM

    Screw Akere Muna!

  8. Mbeuh

    May 16, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    If all citizens of Southern Cameroons were resolutely for our freedom and independence from the illegal union with Yaoundé, this fight would long have been over. But that is never going to happen. In fact, even in democratic governments such as The United States, Great Britain or France, there is always an opposition party with opposing views of the government’s agenda. Hence the views of Atanga Nji, Musonge, Akere Muna, Agbor Balla and others who see nothing wrong with the status quo and will like to continue being enslaved by LRC. Good for them. The rest of us will soldier on in words and deeds as the march to Buea is irreversible.

  9. bamenda boy

    May 17, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    THIS CLOWN AKERE MUNA MAKES ME LAUGH.

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