The War in Ambazonia and the Fight Over Control of Buea: Civilians Trapped Between Two Elephants
Buea is the Federal Capital of the Southern Cameroons, now popularly referred to as the Federal Republic of Ambazonia by freedom fighters. It can, therefore, be described as the political epicenter of the Ambazonia war of Independence. As the conflict enters a more deadly phase, Buea is increasingly becoming a centre of violent actions as the belligerent parties – the colonial government of French Cameroon and the
Since the beginning of the conflict, the colonial mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema and the occupational governor Bilai Okalia have consistently tried to flex their muscles of total political control over the city. They have employed all types of illegal measures to kill the weekly ghost town operations declared by revolutionary forces but to no avail. The announcement of the 9 days lock-down of Ambazonia by the Self Defense Forces and the anti-lock-down threats from the colonial governor that followed the announcement, set the stage for more violent activities on both sides in a show of force. There continue to be sporadic clashes within the city as Ambazonians seek to enforce the lock-down which runs from February 5th to 14th.
After a bloody and fierced ghost town on Monday February 4, 2019, and a little bit relaxed February 5, denizens woke up today February 6, to a series of violent activities and sporadic gunshots. An element of the colonial force was reportedly beheaded and his head placed on a fence at the sandpit neighbourhood. Some four vehicles including a taxi were set ablazed around Bonduma, while the sceen of a black Toyota Camry that had taken to the road early in the morning was also shattered.
It’s important to state that three of the vehicles burnt this morning were stationed infront of the doors of the owners and people have been questioning why the Ambazonian fighters had to burnt them down when they were not on the road in disobedient to the lock-down instructions. Sources within the revolutionary forces have hinted BaretaNews that the owners of the vehicles are civil servants who were probably monitored by Amba fighters driving their cars to work on Monday and Tuesday in obedience to the instructions of the occupational governor that all civil servants must be on their job sides during this period whether there is lock-down or no lock-down, or risk being sacked for absenteeism. The citizens are therefore victims of a fight between two elephants as they tustle over the control of the city of Buea.
The independence seekers expect all business activities and transportation to be grounded during this 9 days period, as they continue in their attempts to completely
The increasing activities of the restoration forces within the capital city this morning extending right up to Great Soppo entrance which is very close to a colonial gendarmerie brigade is an indication that Buea has been completely infiltrated by them. With the avoidance of open confrontation and increasing use of guerrilla warfare tactics, it’s evident that colonial forces have a lot of work to do and this also further put innocent civilians in danger, a catch 22 position which now puts everyone to be on alert so as to stay completely safe as Ambazonia fighters implore more guerrilla moves within the city
These civilians therefore have no choice than to stay indoors and avoid being victims of the show of forces by both sides. Ambazonia is at war and citizens must learn to obey war instructions that help them to preserve their properties and stay alive. Okalia Bilai or Ekema Patrick shall not be there to resurrect you if you die or replace your property that is destroyed because you wanted to obey their instructions.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst