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The Ambazonia War: The Shortcut to the Negotiation Table

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The Ambazonia War: The Shortcut to the Negotiation Table

Like every other war in history, it will finally end with a truce no matter how long the fighting lasts. There will be some kind of negotiation at the end. There are two ways to that negotiation both camps are currently using with neither of them solid, in my opinion: One is to keep fighting until both sides are exhausted and call for negotiations themselves and the second is to keep fighting until a third party imposes a ceasefire on the two camps. That third party could be some powerful international organization or country.

Option one is the option we are currently engaged in without any idea of how long it might take to get to the end. In terms of numbers, strength, resources and skill to resist long-term battle, La Republique du Cameroun is sure to win using this option. In fact it is their preferred option because at the end of it, the conquer of the people and territory they have always wished for would have been finally accomplished once and for all. Ambazonia Restoration Forces on the other hand have a lot to lose in this option: The battlegrounds are on their territory, the fleeing population is theirs and the loss of property is theirs. Sooner or later whatever resources they have will dwindle down to nothing in a shorter time span compared to the situation in the opposite camp. This option from all analyses is not a favorable option for Ambazonia and should be strongly discouraged. Unless there is serious proof of the availability of resources necessary to support a long-term battle, this option is to say the least suicidal.

Option two is what Ambazonia pro-Independence fighters wished for from day 1 since the revolution started. They knew option one was not a favorable option for them and so went straight for option two with the hope that some third party intervention could bring them full victory or at least some partial victory. They were counting on the solidity of the truth of the arguments backing their cause. Unfortunately, they learnt soon that the world was not one governed by truth and fair play as they had thought. International organizations like The United Nations, The African Union, and The Commonwealth of Nations have sympathized with the cause but shown how far they can go in this kind of crisis. Powerful countries around the world that know the origin and history of the crisis very well have also sympathized with the cause but shown that they have more to benefit from the current La Republique du Cameroon than from Ambazonia. These two facts point to the bitter conclusion that third party serious intervention to broker peace might only come if the interests of those third parties in the region are threatened. Other than that, the current crisis even though openly condemned by everyone on a daily basis, might just be the beginning of new good business for the stakeholders that be. After all, the lawless state of the region now creates perfect room for crime, ruthless exploitation of the region, shady deals as well as grab-and-run practices and the longer that lasts, the more the malpractices thrive.

From the above analysis, we can all see that following option one means following the wish of La Republique du Cameroun to their victory, which is what Ambazonia Restoration Forces are doing now. Following option two means a little hope for Ambazonia if only there is some very tactful strategy put in place. That tactful strategy, far from being a soft solution or a walk in the park, is the shortest way to the negotiation table.

The bottom line of the whole war is the rich natural resources of the territory of Ambazonia. Had Ambazonia been barren land, no tricky fake union between the two countries would have ever taken place to start with. There wouldn’t be any Ambazonia war. Whatever powers profit from these resources would kill to the last insect to maintain possession over them. Forget the loss of lives on both camps everyday. Forget the abductions, kidnappings and mass arrests. They are mere drama for the distraction of the masses whereas the bottom line remains untouched. The exploitation of profitable resources continues to belong to those who have owned them for decades. The day this source of profits and livelihood is hit, negotiations will take place the next day whether both camps like it or not.

So dear advocates of armed conflict, homeland defense, block-by-bock, dialogue, negotiations, ceasefire, armistice, truce or whatever you want to call it. Put in place meaningful strategies that move the revolution towards a win-win ending not strategies aimed at creating sensational news headlines and more social media heroes. No matter what you do, as long as the umbilical cord from mother Ambazonia – the breadbasket, to the baby is still connected and functioning nothing serious in the name of negotiations will take place and whatever does take place will crumble soon.

The rationale behind killing one to three armed forces from La Republique du Cameroun only to have an entire village of thousands of Ambazonians evicted into the forest, with some losing their lives in the process, others arrested and all leaving their property behind for destruction, doesn’t make a lot of sense considering the plethora of intellectuals in Ambazonia. Ambazonians can do better than that kind of thinking if they stop focusing on grandstanding and aggrandizement all over social media while misfiring in terms of strategy on ground zero. Wake up and smart up Ambazonians if the goal is really to win.

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Ndoh Emmanuel

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  1. MIH CALEB DIAGHA

    February 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    To Mark Bareta.

    What will bé the validity of acadèmic certificats acquired during this period of revolucion?

  2. Amba

    February 12, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Mr. Ndoh Emmanuel,

    I hope you had Mark Bareta read your article before publishing it. When this struggle started, I had a lot of respect for Mark Bareta and Akoson Pauline. When they foolishly decided to advocate for an ill conceive idea of ADF I had to conclude that at best these are naive individuals with lack of foresign and any prospective on history.

    The ADF is nothing but a scam. It is a way to extort money from our vulnerable population by the same actors who have been collecting money for years in the name of the struggle but have never render any account. The real people resisting on the ground don’t talk on social media.

    The strategy you outlined above-that of stopping la Republique from exploiting our resources is the only strategy that will force a solution to the crisis. Killing a few soldiers here and there will take us to nowhere. When the IMF and other international lenders don’t get paid because the timber is no longer transportated to La Republique, the oil is no longer exploited, the road from Nigeria to Kumba cannot be used again (La Republique gets about 400 millions FCFA a month from custom duties on this road) you will hear about a security council meeting to resolve the crisis. Hit and run here and there will not led to anything significant. On the contrary we run the risk of having a food crisis if people cannot farm for a long time.

    The truth is that kind of strategic planning is what the IG can do. You saw some of that licked on social media after the abduction of the IG members. The Interim Government (IG) has both the legitimacy and the support of our people. We need to fund the IG will millions of dollars. A $20/month citizen levy will not cut it.

    For those of you who said the IG is dormant. Why did the French, La Republique, and Nigeria conspired to abduct the IG. Because the IG was getting very close and they could not take the chance of seeing a new nation. The unfortunate part is that the IG cannot come in public and revail the details of its plans. That void is unfortunately being filled by scammers in the name of ADF.

    Ambazonians, please open your eyes. The only self defense is that which involves preventing La Republique from exploiting our resources. That takes a lot of money and cannot be finance through gofundme campaign. Anyone telling you to donate a few dollars online to free homeland is a scammer. It takes more than a few dollars from each of us.

  3. Pa Dee

    February 12, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    It is a revolution that took most people unawares. They can only learn from mistakes but repeating mistakes is stupid.

    • Malis

      February 12, 2018 at 6:43 PM

      You are so right.

  4. Malis

    February 12, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    The most effective means we have to fight not only LRC but its partners supporting it all at once is disrupt the source from which they get their revenue.

    Human live has no value to these creatures, but material resources are worship as God.

    The best way to hurt the evil trying to eliminate one is to figure out what is the thing it takes to be the most valuable thing and then go after that.

    • George

      February 13, 2018 at 5:14 AM

      Fully agree with you.

  5. Abducted

    February 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    @ Ndoh Emmanuel, it has taken +15 months before something sensible comes out from that your block head. How many lives have been lost? How many kids have no future anymore? How many businesses have been lost? How many schools have been burnt down? How many brothers/sisters/parents are in LRC jails?

    mark bareta is busy taking donations to make up for his time wasted in Europe, maybe donations have stopped flowing in that’s why you can think now. AMBAZONIA doesn’t have the resources to fight LRC, AMBAZONIA doesn’t have any international support, the abducted leaders will soon be forgotten in jail or maybe they are not even alive.

    It’s never too late, it’s good you have started thinking, maybe you or someone close to you have incurred some losses too.

  6. Jojo

    February 12, 2018 at 10:23 PM

    @Ndoh Emmanuel this is the best analysis I read since this struggle started. Great job, at least someone has a brain.

  7. Jojo

    February 12, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    @Abducted, my brother that is the same thing I have been saying from day one. I am at least happy that Mark is realizing that, we the people are not stupid and that he cannot lie to us indefinitely. Even option two is not viable with the current situation, we lost all leverages we have before of killings. The world view us now as another terrorist organization. I agreed with our SDF chairman, that people doing all the killings are not from NW or SW, rather those who want to make us look bad. Please let us go back to the basic of federalism and we will see how the entire country will rally behind us. With the current situation, We are the one suffering.

  8. George

    February 13, 2018 at 3:52 AM

    The kidnapping of the DO of Batibo makes the regime very nervous. That is one of their weak points. But killing gendarms or soldiers is not the way forward. We need to attack the administration instead. DOs and SDOs should not feel safe in Ambaland anymore. As I said it before alienate and attack so called “elites”. Those elevated slaves are the worst. Moreover disrupt the timber exploitation. No timber shall leave Ambazonia anymore. Oil installations such as pipelines are very important for the regime. The administration and the economy (cash crops,timber and oil) are the weak points and need to be attacked.

  9. Pa Dee

    February 13, 2018 at 4:39 AM

    Actually sabotaging those resources from flowing out from Ambazonia is not easy too. It requires much planning by good strategists

    • George

      February 13, 2018 at 5:19 AM

      Sure Pa Dee. Nobody thinks the task is easy. Concerning the timber.
      1. Locate places of timber extraction.
      2. Attack the lorries carrying the timber out.

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Genocide in Ambazonia: Colonial Forces Continue to Massacre Children & Razing of Houses

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Genocide in Ambazonia: Colonial Forces Continue to Massacre Children & Razing of Houses

Graphic and unbelievable images of genocide and French Cameroon’s colonial brutality have continued to emerge from Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia). The latest of those images and footages is that showing the massacre of Children and their parents in Pete Bakundu, Meme County of the Southern Zone of Ambazonia.

According to reports from the scene, French Cameroun terrorist soldiers invaded the village on August 6th 2018 in the early hours of the morning when most villages were still asleep. In exercise of their rampaging and terrorizing culture, they executed 9 civilians, mostly children. Among those massacred were two young children of 12 and 7 years old, a breastfeeding mother and her two babies. The terrorist forces went further to raze down the entire village and looting civilian properties as other villagers scamper into nearby cocoa farms for safety.

Video of Biya’s forces killings

Elsewhere still in Ambazonia, 7 innocent civilians were also massacred in Kumbo and Wum, Northern zone of Ambazonia (including the son of a serving Senator in the colonial Parliament of French Cameroun) following an invasion of communities by the French Cameroun terrorists. They had invaded the communities in response to a self-defense action by Ambazonian rebels in which five terrorist Gendarmes were taken out setting up illegal barricades and extorting money from the defenseless villagers. About 4 other innocent citizens are also reported to have been massacred since Monday in Manyu County.

Civilian massacres and burning of villages remain a daily occurrence in Ambazonia as the colonial regime of French Cameroun, aided by some members of the international community is bent of wiping out the entire people of Southern Cameroons. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to conclude that the Rwanda Genocide is currently repeating itself in the Southern Cameroons under the full watch and supervision of those that had sworn never to allow such happened again.

Massacre in Bakundu, South West Region

The 86 years old blood sucker Paul Biya continue to spill the blood of innocent citizens to remain in Power and to hold tight on his colony of Ambazonia. Some greedy members of the international community like Squire Patton Boggs, a US based Law Firm are aiding the regime to hide the massacre from global attention.

The Law firm has been hired by the bloody regime to lobby for the old dictator as he seeks to become the eternal king of the La Republic du Cameroun and by extension the occupied territory of Ambazonia. Moral justice demands that said law firm should turn down such a deal. It is shameful for any US lobby organization to accept at this juncture to coverup genocide being committed on Camera by an 86 years old dictator who has refused to use simple dialogue and negotiation to settle a simple conflict.

As the massacre continues with criminal organizations abating the killings, the Ambazonian people have however refused to give up their destinies to a blood sucking colonial regime. The people have resolved to resist the oppressor until the last man standing.

James Agbor

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How Quarter Head Allegedly Set up Massacred Ambazonians in Buea on Ghost town Day

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How Quarter Head Allegedly Set up Massacred Ambazonians in Buea on Ghost town Day

BaretaNews reporters have now gotten firsthand accounts from survivor victims and other eye witnesses in Bakweri town of how terrorist forces of La Republic du Cameroun (LRC) massacred more than 9 young men in Buea, Capital of Ambazonia, on Monday July 30, 2018.

The boys were playing different games (ludo and cards) while smoking weed in a popular weed joint patronized even by colonial forces; the quarter head, a retired warder set up the young men for execution; Some were killed on the scene of action while others ferried in a military hilux and executed in a banana plantation after Liongo village, towards Ekona. Colonial Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema showed up shortly after with AK47 wielding terrorist forces and seized the corpses to an unknown destination; how the life of a “francophone victim” was spared after identifying himself to the terrorist forces; all those massacred identified as native Bakwerians born and breath in Buea; how the family of Esambe Roland Ndune saw him dead in a vision and pleaded with him not to go out on ghost town days.

What actually happened to the Young Men in Buea?

According to a survivor of the attack, it was around mid-day when more than 10 of them (young men) gathered at their usual joint in Bakweri town – under a tree right inside the quarter where they always come and play bet games popularly known as” njambo” in local parlance. While playing their games, they suddenly heard a gunshot and saw one of their colleagues down in a pool of blood.

“I don’t know how I and others suddenly found ourselves running into the nearby bush. As we were running, we continued hearing gunshots, its only after the shooting ended that two of us came out of the bush as we heard people crying and shouting… I was shocked to see my friends all shot dead and soaked in blood” said a survivor.

Narrating his own side of the story, the second survivor told BaretaNews reporters that while he was on his way to the joint, he passed in front of the house of the quarter head Mr. Tonga, a retired warder and over heard him telling somebody on phone that; “they are already here playing njambo and smoking banga (Indian herm.)”

The victim said he didn’t take the phone conversation of the quarter head serious because he (the quarter head) knows very well most of the boys who often come to gather under the tree to play games. It was only after the attack that he started thinking who could have told the colonial forces that they were in that place at that particular time, considering that the scene of action is very faraway from the main road.

According to him, there are some colonial military officers who often joined them on weekends at the joint to smoke weed and play “njambo.”  As proof that it was the quarter head who allegedly set up the victims, residents of that quarter have given different versions of how he had been referring to the youngmen who often meet under the tree to smoke and play games as Amba boys.

The population gathered the four corpses in the neighborhood and identified them to be all children of the neighborhood born and breath in Buea. As the mourning and waling was ongoing, the colonial mayor of Buea suddenly showed up with a gun guided by a group of colonial forces. He demanded the youths to bring forth all the corpses which they then ferried away to an unknown destination.

How Esambe Roland was Killed and how family members begged him not to go out

As all these were happening, the population did not know that other victims were shot and they ran and died in the nearby bushes, while three others were caught and ferried away in the military hilux after the attack. It was only two days that the corpses of the other six victims were discovered, including that of Esambe Roland Ndune, a resident of Sandpit, who was arrested alongside two others, including a francophone (who was later released) and the other two executed in the banana plantation after Liongo village.

Sources close to the Esambe family say that according to two of the survivors, the colonial forces arrive the joint when they were playing ludo game. Among the LRC military terrorists was an anglophone guy who was leading the way and knows Esambe Roland aka Grand Dakwas very well. According to the story, the Ambazonian born military terrorist motioned to Grand Dakwas and his friends to run for their lives and fired a warning shot into the air.

As they started running they were pursued by the other terrorist forces, shot the others and caught two of them. Dakwas was shot on the leg and also caught while two others escaped unhurt. The three arrested were carried inside the military vehicle and in the course of ferrying them to the execution site, they discovered the Francophone guy among the three and he was set free.

They then took Dakwas and the other victim to the plantation at Liongo just after Muea, tied their hands and faces then shot, killed and dumped their bodies there. The family of Esambe Roland was thus alerted by the guys who successfully escaped after they did not see him among those shot dead. It was later the freed Francophone guy came to report that Esambe Roland aka Dakwas and another person were taken away. Their corpses were later discovered on Wednesday in the Mousaka banana Plantation already in a state of decomposition.

According to our source, family members forewarned Dakwas that morning pleading that he should not go out as they had dreams that he was shot by the military. “Even his small boy child held him that morning not to go out until he (Dakwas) pulled himself away from the child and went before this unfortunate incident happened to him.” The source added.

The various accounts on the massacre have all the proofs of a well-orchestrated incident with the quarter head, retired Warder Tonga and other high-level personalities within the municipality allegedly  in the know of what happened. Considering the fact that 98% percent of the victims are native Bakwerians, does it therefore corroborate the claim by some Men of God in Buea that there is a grand occultic agenda to spill the blood of a good number of young Bakwerians for electioneering sacrifices in LRC like the Santa elites already allegedly did in the Piyin-Menka Massacre?

Agbor James

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We Cannot Risk Our Lifes and Businesses to Please an Academic Fraudster – Buea Business Owners Speak.

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We Cannot Risk Our Lives and Businesses to Please an Academic Fraudster – Buea Business Owners Speak.

For a week, life in Buea, capital of Ambazonia has been very timid following the sealing of more than 600 businesses premises by colonial mayor of Buea as punishment for respecting ghost towns declared by the Interim Government of Ambazonia. Mayor Ekema Patrick had gone ahead to respect his promise of sealing business premises that respected the ghost towns.

Apart from banks that were reopened on Wednesday last week, the other sealed businesses were only to be opened upon the payment of the sum of 50000 francs each. The business owners were also expected to sign an undertaking committing themselves not to yield to the call for ghost towns or they have their businesses forever.

Majority of the business owners therefore decided not to pay or sign any undertaking thereby staying away from their shops until Wednesday August 1st. After his failed march for peace, colonial mayor Ekema Patrick was forced to succumb to the determination of the business owners not to pay or sign any undertaking, by declaring a so-called clemency for all those whose businesses were sealed. He however promised to seal them again next Monday if the people still go ahead to respect the ghost towns.

BaretaNews therefore caught up with some of the business owners in Buea on Wednesday August 1st to get their views on the closure of their shops.

“Giving him that money and signing that undertaking would have been an act of self-incrimination. I have the right to close my shop anytime and any day. I have paid his (Ekema’s) taxes and he doesn’t have the right to tell me when to lock and not to lock my shop. It is my shop and my money, it is not council money” said a Molyko based shop owner whose business was also sealed.

“My brother, when Ambas and La Republic fight, the masses suffer. But we the people must be wise. Ekema and his military cannot protect us but we see Amba boys in the quarters every day. So, we better the respect the instructions of the leaders of the struggle because at least they are all fighting for us all. So, it is our own sacrifice for the revolution. Ekema can seal this shop for three years, but so long as the goods inside will not get rotten, I cannot respect his foolish order” another shop owner noted.

The third person interviewed was very blunt and hard on the colonial mayor.

“Young man (referring to BaretaNews reporter), I cannot afford to risk my life and business because I want to please or respect the ego of an academic fraudster. This struggle is more than Paul Biya, so Ekema cannot be the one to stop it. I respect the ghost town not because I am afraid of Amba boys but because I also want to make my own sacrifice for our freedom. In fact we the population are afraid of the military and not Amba boys … don’t mind that his (Ekema’s) noise, I ‘ll see how he will keep on sealing shops until the struggle is over. I’ll advise him to just seal-off the whole town for respecting ghost town.”

From the views of the three business owners contacted, it is clear that the Mayors instructions shall be again defiled next Monday which is another ghost town day. It is therefore going to be a long fight for Mayor Ekema Patrick.

With a bounty of 3 million francs now set by the interim government for anyone who will arrest or provide lead information to Mayor Ekema’s arrests, it is only left to be seen if he will continue with his colonial rampaging in the town next week.

 

James Agbor

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