Cameroon Concord News Group sources at the Cameroon Presidency are reporting that there are major cracks on the ruling crime syndicate’s wall.
The report from inside the collapsing presidency of the declining Republic is not good Christmas tidings for the ruling CPDM and its supporters who have run the country’s economy aground.
The country’s president, the ailing octogenarian, Paul Biya, who has misled the country for over four decades, is now slowly but surely losing his grip on power.
Over the past ten months, the French Ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou, has met Paul Biya frequently with orders from the Elysée Palace.
France’s overt and heavy involvement in Cameroon’s internal affairs over the last few months has invited accusations of recolonization.
France has made no secret of its longing for political stability in Cameroon despite the current government’s economic incompetence and human rights atrocities.
A source inside Cameroon’s presidency that elected anonymity opined that “France has insisted Biya opens negotiations with the break-away Federal Republic of Ambazonia leaders in detention, but the progress is painfully slow and embarrassing, and the French are extremely disappointed that Cameroon is sliding into another Sudan”.
France is now losing patience with the intransigence of the old and ailing Yaoundé dictator, especially as Russia has clearly stated its intention to have a foothold in the Central African region and this may occur through a partnership with the insurgents in Southern Cameroons.
The Cameroon Concord News Group’s informant at the Unity Palace in Yaoundé said Mr.Biya had surrounded himself with hawks who were deceiving him that the war in Southern Cameroons could be won on the battlefield.
But France, a major supporter of the moribund Yaounde government clearly disagrees with such baseless assertions as the reality on the ground speaks to an escalating conflict.
The Cameroon Concord News Group’s informant intimated that “those close to the physically and mentally diminshed old man keep lying to him that the war can be won in the battlefield, but France disagrees. The hawks are lying to him to keep the war going as it is a lucrative business for them.”
The fast-moving geopolitical dynamics in neighboring Central African Republic, marked by huge Russian involvement, is a huge concern for France.
France has maintained a stranglehold in the Gulf of Guinea but Putin is about to put an end to that.
In the Central African Republic, President Faustin Archange Touadéra, has received some 300 military instructors from Russia to counter a surge in French-supported rebel violence ahead of Sunday’s election.
President Archange Touadéra claims that an alleged coup is a sinister plot designed by the US and France to oust him from power.
He also stresses that such a plan will not see the light of day as Russian support to the Central African country’s government has destroyed French plans to bring back François Bozize, a French lackey, to power.
The recent news updates that the US-based Southern Cameroons Interim Government has established diplomatic relations with Moscow is keeping Yaoundé and Paris awake at night.
Our sources opined that “The Central African Republic seems to be out of France’s grip, but the French are determined to keep Cameroon, prompting a new strategy that underscores the importance of dialogue. If Cameroon moves away from France’s orbit, then the French are out of Africa.”
The pressure from Paris is telling on Mr. Biya who is already dealing with many health issues. Our informant said that the Yaoundé old man is feeling the pressure as Christophe Guilhou is avoiding Paul Biya’s calls.
For now, the most actively important adviser to Mr. Biya is his wife and this is a colossal concern for many with interest in Cameroon’s politics.
Whatever happens over the next few days, 2021 is shaping up to be an interesting year in Etoudi and Ambazonia.
By Isong Asu, Cameroon Concord News Group’s London Bureau Chief