Ghost town to be re-intensified following continued detention of Consortium leaders
Officials of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium say the civil disobedience campaign aimed at stopping French Cameroun extra judicial killings in Southern Cameroons will have to be re-intensified following the continued detention of Consortium leaders including hundreds of Anglophone citizens in Francophone jails.
The comments came after it was revealed Biya and his aides have agreed to ignore Southern Cameroonians and the international community. The Yaoundé regime has also blatantly refused to commit to any agreement on the technicalities of a withdrawal of all French Cameroun troops from West Cameroon territory.
A spokesperson for the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium today accused the 84 year old Cameroonian dictator, Paul Biya of bad faith and procedural trickery in failing to implement the demands of the Cameroon Common Law Lawyers and the Anglophone Teachers Trade Unions. A senior Southern Cameroon advocate who spoke to us but sued for anonymity said that it is right to be cautious when predicting Biya’s actions.
“Cameroon Common Law Lawyers were absolutely right to be cautious and to be skeptical about the willingness of Biya to stick to his word. The adjournment of the Agbor Balla and Neba Fontem case again and the appointment of Anglophones as Divisional Officers in Southern Cameroons show that although Biya and La Republique have been defeated, Biya is going to use every trick in the book to escape the consequences. The continuous detention of Lord Justice Ayah Paul Abine and the leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium is clearly designed to undermine Southern Cameroonians.”
The Consortium has now stated that the once a week ghost town operation which slackened in tempo after the internet was restored will now again be stepped up. Prominent Southern Cameroon officials in the Diaspora say the Francophone political elites are introducing hundreds of Secret Service men and women in important Southern Cameroon towns and cities. Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered from a well-placed security official that a CPDM government proposal drafted by the newly elected French government in Paris and presented to the detained Southern Cameroon leaders are incompatible with the demands of the Cameroon Common Law Lawyers and the teachers’ trade unions.
Political negotiations had stalled because of the Yaoundé sides insistence on maintaining a huge military presence in Southern Cameroons backed by unpopular Anglophone CPDM appointed leaders such as Senator Mafany Musonge and Minister Atanga Nji Paul. The Nigerian government was pressured into cancelling a protest march organized by the exile leaders in Lagos and Abuja.
Our chief intelligence officer in the Buea province of Southern Cameroons who contributed to this report observed that French Cameroun troops are continuing to undertake military operations, and there are also reports that they have been shelling Anglophones in border areas including Kumbo, Eyumojock and Akawaya.
The ghost town tomorrow Monday the 29 2017 will be re-intensified until such a time as the Biya and his Francophone Beti Ewondo government are prepared to dialogue with the Consortium fully and without ambiguity. An operations manager for the Consortium said Southern Cameroonians have tried to avoid intensifying the ghost town campaign, but now have no alternative.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai
Cameroon Intelligence Report