In the wake of the Anglophone General Conference coming up in Buea November 21-22nd, 2018, which has been christened All Anglophone Conference 111, Southern Cameroonians at home are making their opinions. One of them is Anglophone prolific journalist Frankline Sone Bayern who has categorically stated why he won’t be going for the AAC 111. He writes below:
AAC III: TO GO OR NOT TO GO? (I)
1.) i won’t go to an AAC that is a forum for disguise capitulation; one where we go to apologize and beg to belong a second time, worse than the first
2.) I won’t go to an AAC that will disown authentic AMBAZONIA resistance groups or describe them as terrorists or bandits. i do not know every individual among them and cannot give account of their actions but as a group, to the best of my knowledge, there were no gun men in our towns, villages and bushes before concerns over our plight escalated. the cause they are sacrificing their lives for, and their security must be top if such an AAC.
3.) i won’t take active part in an AAC that seeks to be a gathering of “good guys” in the absence of or to the exclusion of “bad guys” abroad and in the bush. i won’t be drawn into the good guys/bad guys divide and rule game. our appreciation of things may differ, some may be extremists (maybe i am), some may be moderates, some may be flip floppers blowing left-right-centre-up-down without sense of direction, without focus. some may be in it to seek political recognition and their fans may be in it only as long as their drum-major or “gangster” picks the crown. they are radical when that suits their “gangster’s” posturing, moderate or even compromising as their “gangster’s” interests go. yet, we are all of in the same pot of soup; same fireside, same pepper! and like UK’s PRINCE CHARLES says, quoting LAGOS area boys, “if [something] di show you pepper, [comrades let’s] make pepper soup.”
4.) how can i go to an AAC where those providing us security could be the same ones whom my distressed people have seen committing atrocities: burning their homes and killing innocent, unarmed persons including the gentle, harmless, armless university son of my friend and neighbour in my village MANYEMEN? how would it look to my people that the same soldiers assigned to kill us and our dream will stand with the same weapons to protect us as we device strategies on how to wrestle our dream out of their hands, knowing that their commander-in-chief swore an oath at his investiture in parliament to kill that dream to prove that he is a strong man? truly, how would that look to my people?
5.) how can i attend an AAC whose organizers have not given assurances to radical groups and their leaders/commanders who cannot possibly be present at the conference, that their concerns will be taken care of and their interests, especially their protection guaranteed until due DDR (disarmament, demilitarization and reintegration) process is implemented under international law?
6.) how can i attend an AAC which major players like the armed groups view with suspicion and may seek to disrupt; which threat may render the venue a theatre for armed confrontations, which would place its organizers in the embarrassing paradox of gladly welcoming protection from the “enemy army”? just look at that! (see why the conference secretary, DR SIMON MUNZU pulled out over threats to his life.)
7.) and what assurances do we have that AAC III won’t be another inconsequential wailing wall, seeing that YAOUNDE ignored and even laughed at preconditions tabled by organizers of AAC III? is there any guarantee it will move our cause forward?
(the author, a journalist, political analyst and SOUTHERN CAMEROONIAN rights advocate, can be reached at: +237 677887167, 666992044, 693693881, whatsapp: 656969090)