BaretaNews has secured the letter Dr. Munzu sent to Paul Biya on July 11th, 2018 on the Anglophone crisis. The content of the letter and the recommendations clearly showed the reason why Cardinal Tumi called for the Anglophone General Conference. In this first part, we bring to our audience, part of the letter:
A PROPOSAL TO END THE ANGLOPHONE CRISIS
1. The Anglophone crisis that began I October 2016 has deepened and escalated. It needs to end now. It has a negative impact on, or threatens:
• The forthcoming presidential election of 7October 2018,
• The forthcoming African Cup of Nations Tournament in Cameroon in early 2019
• Cameroon’s national unity, it’s political and fiscal stability, its economic performance, it’s social cohesion and the living together of it’s people;
• The lives and livelihoods of the population in the two Anglophone regions as they continue to face targeted killings, grievous physical injuries, arrest and detention for the prolonged periods, destruction of property, the disruption of education and of judicial, administrative and social services as well as internal and external displacement; and
• Cameroon’s international image
2. The administrative and military measures so far taken by the Government, including the setting up of a national Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculralism (NCPBM) and the launching of an emergency humanitarian assistance programme, cannot end the crisis for several reasons:
• They are based on a refusal by public authorities to acknowledge the existence of the Anglophone problem.
• They fail to acknowledge the existence, and the need to preserve, the specific heritage of the territory and people of Southern Cameroons that united in October 1961 with Republic of Cameroon to form a new country and state, the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
• They fail to recognize the fact that it is not possible to have in the post-unification Cameroon that came into being on 1 October 1961, a purely Francophone country like Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Benin or Congo; nor a purely Anglophone Country like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda. In post-unification Cameroon, the Anglophone and Francophone heritages both belong to this country; they must be allowed to co-exist as equals. Succeeding generations of Cameroonians of the ‘Southern Cameroons’ origin would never accept the disappearance of their heritage.
• These measures do not address the heart of the Anglophone problem which lies in the various acts of marginalization, domination and assimilation of Anglophone Cameroon orchestrated for decades through the system of governance that prevails in the country.
• They are taken in a piecemeal and un-coordinated manner by the Government acting alone, without consulting with, or involving other stakeholders; they are imposed on the population by the Government.
• Some of the measures present the government and the population as adversaries; they portray the government as a force of oppression against the population and alienate the people from the Government.
• Several of the measures, including recourse to war, establishment of the NCPBM and the emergency humanitarian assistance programme, appear to be dictated by considerations of Financial benefit for Government officials in yaounde and the regions rather than benefit or service to the population.
3. The Government is managing the crisis in a manner that leaves the impression that it does not have a focal point on the Anglophone problem
At different times, aspects of the problem have been handled variously by the presidency of the Republic, the Prime Minister’s Office and line Ministries such as Justice, Higher Education, Secondary Education, Basic Education, Territorial Administration, Defense, Communication, etc., with each Minister claiming to act ‘on the high instructions of the Head of State.’ This has made it difficult to determine the Government’s focal point for the handling of this problem and leaves the impression that the Government response to the Anglophone crisis is un-coordinated.
4. The Government’s decision to take military approach to the resolution of the Anglophone crisis was a great mistake
• While the war was declared against ‘secessionists,’ the manner in which it has been prosecuted makes victims of the entire population in targeted towns and villages.
• Anglophone soldiers of all ranks have personally experienced at one moment in their lives the various manifestations of the Anglophone problem. Most are not in favour of separation or independence, but they do not perceive armed ‘separatists’’ as their enemy and would not engage them as such. This could raise questions about their loyalty and lead to the deployment of essentially Francophone soldiers in the two Anglophone regions. This in turn could reinforce within the Anglophone population the perception that the growing armed conflict is a war of francophones against Anglophones. Such a perception would be bad for our living together.
• The Government will not be able to end the current crisis through this war against a nebulous force. On the other hand, the ‘separatist’s’ will not achieve their goal of ‘restoring’ the ‘independence’ of Southern Cameroons by war. But they could for several years sustain a war of destabilization of the two Anglophone regions and render them virtually ungovernable. The human, social, political, economic and financial cost of a long war between government and separatist forces would be devastating for the Government and the people of Cameroon as a whole, not just for the Anglophones.
• The humanitarian crisis and gross human rights abuses generated by the war in the two Anglophone regions raise concerns abroad. They create international interest in the situation and are likely to result in the ‘internationalization’ of what started as an internal conflict or dispute. This exposes the Government and people of Cameroon to international scrutiny and pressure which will be difficult to resist.
• The war is costing a great deal in the loss of human lives, financial resources and public and private property in the affected towns and villages. It is contributing to erode our sense of belonging to the same country and living together.
• The war has made ‘separatists’ a major protagonist and the principal interlocutor of the Government.
5. In tackling the Anglophone crisis, the Government made the mistake of treating the separatists’ demand for ‘restoration’ of the ‘Independence’ of Southern Cameroons and the moderates’ demand for restoration of the federal arrangements of 1961 as one and same thing. By so doing, the Government:
• Concentrates all attention and focus on the separatists;
• Lent credence to their demands for the ‘restoration’ of the ‘independence’ of Southern Cameroons;
• Radicalized the people of the Anglophone regions and Pushed them closer to the ‘separatists’; and
• Weakened the voice of the moderates who advocate a federal system of Government within a United Cameroon.
Dr. Simon Munzu
To be continued
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Kofi Annan: His Death, SCNC, Biya, The West And Ambazonia.
Kofi Annan, in memoriam
We have received news this morning of the passing away of Kofi Annan, a son of Ghana and Africa, a statesman of the world. We salute the memory of Kofi Annan who personally achieved many things, including recognition as a Nobel Peace laureate in 2001.
Kofi Annan brings up many memories for us. He worked for a negotiated settlement of the Bakassi conflict. Our forerunners in the struggle lobbied him intensely on case of the annexation of Southern Cameroons by La Republique du Cameroun. Mr Annan even visited Cameroun to discuss our situation. His advice to Biya to initiate negotiation failed.
Being a son of Africa, Annan hoped that Paul Biya will work with the SCNC and other groups to adjust the state peacefully and resolve the root cause of the problem. But he left and nothing changed. Biya duped him. Biya promised him that dialogue will ensue and Mr Annan played his own part of the bargain to not criticise LRC much, to give Cameroun the chance to fix its mess. Lai lai to lai lai, nothing happened. Biya pretended to listen. He ignored him. But sadly too, Kofi Annan had failed to learn from his past failure. As Under Secretary General of the UN in charge of peacekeeping operations, Annan had failed to stop the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in 100 days. Mr Annan was also in charge when 8,000 Moslems were massacred in a UN safe area by Serbian forces.
Mr Annan was to some extent let down by the West. But he did publicly recognised that he could have done more to prevent those dark moments from occurring in our world.
Fast forward two decades. Successive batches of UN and world leaders have failed to address the case of the Southern Cameroons. Here we are today – in conflict, our people being murdered by troops loyal to the man whom Kofi Annan trusted, our women being raped, a genocide developing in our land, hundreds of thousands of our people displaced.
Biya scammed Kofi. Unfortunately, the story of this bloody struggle would be insincere without stating the obvious failure of the one African who held the office that could have saved our people from this mess and also preserve the husbands of the several women who are now widows on LRC’s side.
But Mr Annan knows the value of independence. Speaking about Ghana’s independence to a group in 2012 in Canada, he declared, “I walked away as a young man believing change is possible, even radical revolutionary change.”
The people of #Ambazonia #SouthernCameroons should take the hint from Mr Annan’s quote above.
As we mourn a great statesman of the world, a son of Africa, the world should seize the opportunity to examine one of the burning issues where they failed to empower Koffi to resolve the annexation of Southern Cameroons Ambazonia by Cameroun which has now turned into conflict and Africa’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis.
Biya duped Kofi. We hope Antonio Guttieres will reflect on this.
The independence of Ambazonia is non negotiable.
Cameroons Conflict: Biya Hires Another US Lobby Firm
Cameroun Hires Another US Lobby Firm.
La Republique Du Cameroun Government has hired another lobby firm known as Mercury. The Mercury firm will provide Cameroun with media and lobbying support.
BaretaNews can confirm Mercury started her operation with Cameroun on August 1st, 2018 according to documents filed under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act.
According to the registration, the contract runs for 12 months, with the Omnicom agency earning a fee of $100,000 per month, along with a one-time $5,000 fee for legal and filing costs that provides lobbying and media relations support.
It should be noted that this adds to the $400,000 contract with Squire Patton Boggs, another full service global law firm.
This move has been taken lately to fight the Southern Cameroons Independence dream. Political pundits say the regime is in dire need to change the narrative and safe guard the face of Cameroun battered human right abuses in Southern Cameroons and North of its own country.
Southern Cameroonians across the globe have been tweeting calling out the law firm for trying to protect and support a dictorial regime of Paul Biya, Cameroun President who has engaged in huge genocidal acts in Southern Cameroons as his military kill, maim civilians burning homes with some alive. More than 120.000 Southern Cameroonians have been displaced internally with more than 20.000 others seeking refuge in Nigeria
This latest move adds to Cameroun frustration in changing the minds of the international community. A country ravaged by internal civil war, a fallen economy, lack of basic facilities could not invest such resources in dialogue which could readily end the war with less than what is currently being spent in the senseless war but rather decided to spend heavily to hire lobbyists to clean its dirty image and thus prolonging the conflict
BaretaNews however understands that the people of Southern Cameroons are not shaken by this move. Their unity, determination and focus between the diaspora and those at home shall see an independent Southern Cameroons and beat La Republique Du Cameroun out of Ambazonia (Former British Southern Cameroons).
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Father Alexander Sob was murdered with a silencer
His Lordship Bishop Bushu, Bishop Of Buea Diocese has dispelled all rumours and Information claiming Rev Father was killed as a result of a cross fire in Muyuka a month ago. He said Fr. Sob was brutally murdered with a silencer.
Monsignor Immanuel Bushu said all these in his homily which is still ongoing today at the Regina Pacis Cathedral where the funeral mass of Rev Sob is being observed.
“Father Sob was with two other people in his car when he was shot at close range with a silencer gun. Where are these people who were with him? Fr. Sob did not die in a crossfire.” The bishop lamented.
We at BaretaNews holds it that, La Republique Du Cameroun Forces have been actively engaged in killing Southern Cameroonians including men of God who have become targets lately. It beats our imagination why the regime will target and kill Father Sob. Of course we know who are the owners of AKs and silencers.
The words from Bishop Bushu goes to directly shame Francophone Bishops who just yesterday on August 7th, 2018 issued a statement congratulating Biya’s regime forces for maintaining order while claiming that the Southern Cameroons self defense forces whom they called as “secessionists” were the ones doing terror. Now we see the separation of the Church itself.
May his soul rest in peace.
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