La Republique du Cameroun Citizens Rising from Political Slumber
Citizens of La Republuique du Cameroun are gradually accepting the reality, that their old grand father President, Paul Biya is fighting a futile war in Ambazonia. Some of them have started asking critical questions in writeups whether the aimless war currently being prosecuted against the sovereign people of Ambazonia by the colonial regime is necessary. Below is one of such beautiful critical pieces originally written in the colonial language, French by one Stephane Beti and translated into English by a bona fide Ambazonian.
AMBAZONIA CRISIS [CONFLICT] -THE GOVERNMENT LOSES THE WAR
The Southern Cameroons crisis that began in 2016 has finally entered a very critical phase. The government of Yaounde is in trouble while the two “cubes of sugar” refuse to melt.
According to a military source, many soldiers lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in the jungle divisions of Ndian, Manyu and Meme. The wounded are alive and are telling their stories today and many are making it clear that there is something mystical about how Southern Cameroons fighters behave.
They have run out of words that witnessed the death and destruction of the Southern Cameroonian government’s army. Our source adds that the Southern Cameroons crisis has become a business for many high-ranking officers, especially the generals and colonels who are directly involved in efforts to roll back the advance of the South Cameroonian army.
Today, many French-speaking Cameroonian soldiers are afraid to fight in the restless English-speaking areas, having seen the type of injuries that some of their colleagues have suffered on the battlefield. It is now normal for junior officers to bribe their elders so that they are not sent to southern Cameroon, which in the minds of many soldiers is synonymous with death.
It is also said that the country’s defense minister, Joseph Beti Assoumou, derives a huge fortune from the chaos that reigns in southern Cameroon. A source close to the presidency said that even the president wonders little by little about the logic behind the fighting, because there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Cameroonian government officials are gradually accepting the fact that the two “sugar cubes” they thought melt, unfortunately will not melt anytime soon. The source added that the government admitted that it had underestimated the role the diaspora of Southern Cameroons would play in the whole process.
According to the source, government officials are aware that if the crisis is to disappear, the diaspora must be appeased. But for now, they do not know who to talk to. The situation has become uncontrollable and it will be difficult to stabilize the region without making peace with a South-Cameroonian diaspora of more than three million inhabitants and is determined to give the government a good run for its money.
The human cost of the conflict is staggering. Soldiers and civilians were killed in a conflict that could have been avoided. The government has just stopped announcing the assassination of army soldiers, as this could have a huge impact on those who are sent to the restive English-speaking areas.
In addition, the announcement of the death of army soldiers could lead docile Francophones to ask questions about the essence of a useless war. Despite this silence, Francophone Cameroonians are becoming more vocal. Families who have not seen their loved ones or heard of them have started asking questions about their fate.
While physical injuries could be easily cured, psychological injuries may never go away. Many soldiers in the military now have mental health problems and many of them have been caught in a nightmare that will not go away anytime soon. For those who have killed civilians in the process, theirs seems to be the realm of tears. Many of them cannot sleep and have trouble eating.
Instead of dealing with these cases, the military simply sent some of these young men out of the military to find lasting solutions to their psychological crisis. But unloading them from the army does not seem like a good decision. Some of these psychological cases clearly expose the government. They tell the agony stories that come from the war fronts in the English-speaking regions of the country.
The wounded allow the world to know the truth about the finances of the state. The government clearly lacks resources to deal with the victims of a hastily declared war. Many families affected by this situation are really questioning the wisdom behind this senseless war.
But the biggest problem of the government is not the physical and psychological wounded. He has found a way to get rid of this burden. According to the government, it is enough to give money to the affected family and to unload the wounded from the army. Because the system is unorganized and data is rarely kept, it is much harder for the public to truly understand the truth.
The media are not developed and those who pretend to be journalists do not have the financial and intellectual capacity to investigate.which will clearly expose the government. This gives the government the feeling that he is released. But the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International are carefully collecting information on this and it will surely embarrass the government when the time comes.
But this seems to be the least of the government’s concerns. The focus is on the cash flow that characterizes the country’s burgeoning civil service. The country’s financial indicators are very low. Government coffers are empty and many departments do not have the resources to carry out some of the major projects included in this year’s budget.
Many missions were canceled and senior officials were asked to cut costs as much as possible. The crisis in southern Cameroon has hit the government like a ton of bricks. There is panic in government circles because empty coffers are huge problems for a government that has not yet recovered from the punch it took to the liver.
His image and his reputation were very rough. Its sound of having one of the best military on the continent proved to be a bluff. The Ambazonian fighters tested their young and poorly trained troops. They simply do not live up to those determined young English fighters who are determined to wage war in eastern Cameroon.
The government is simply overwhelmed. There are no more resources and the French who have supported his military action are gradually reversing. The French understand that the government has stirred a nest of hornets and it will take time for it to find the appropriate solution to this problem. Even the government knows now that it is in the long term and if it is to successfully lead this war, it must turn to other sources.
The French alone will not provide the resources needed to roll back the various armed groups in the English-speaking regions. This is compounded by the government’s legendary corruption that has become its hallmark. The military generals make hay while the sun shines, the government goes abroad, hat in hand, to beg for money to pursue a war that was not even necessary.
Mr. Biya’s recent trip to China was designed to allow him to speak softly to the Chinese by giving him money so he can meet his domestic commitments. But the Chinese, renowned for their know-how and their intelligence, have carefully directed everything towards commercial and bilateral cooperation.
They understand that Biya’s government is a deep dry hole. They are simply not interested in paying their money in a company that will never give dividends. Mr. Biya may have been promised a lot, but he knows it will be hard work for him to get free money from the Chinese who are in financial trouble themselves, especially since global economy is facing difficult challenges.
The Biya government is clearly on the back foot. Its dwindling resources keep government officials awake all night. The Ambazonian fighters must just continue to put pressure on the old and sick government and it will crack very soon. With his money short cash, it is clear that officials will soon go down to the streets to demand the payment of their salaries. If this happens, even docile Francophones will join Southern Cameroonians to embrace the reckless and ineffective government of Yaoundé. The writing is clearly on the wall and with elections looming large, the government knows that this year could be the last.
He could have organized senatorial elections which, of course, do not represent anything. But the parliamentary and presidential elections will surely be a difficult test for a cash-strapped government. Ambazonian fighters are ready to disrupt the elections. The government does not have the military and police capacity to ensure elections throughout the country. Boko Haram is also screwing things up in the north and fighters in the Central African Republic are wreaking havoc in the east. It is clear that the government has a lot to do. His best option, according to political experts, is to ask for peace. But will her legendary arrogance allow her to do the right thing?
Cameroon is on a dangerous path. The international community cannot continue to look away as the bomb continues to rage. If the world does not act quickly, the bomb could explode and it will bring down the whole region.
by Stephane Beti
TRANSLATED BY Ufa Ugynns
Extracted from a WhatsApp Group by James Agbor,
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