Internet to be reinstated in Southern Cameroons as Biya bows to pressure after more than 90 days blackout
Paul Biya is under intense pressure from the international community to resolve the Anglophone problem. Some three months ago, the Francophone dominated cabinet backed by some South West CPDM elites had signed a petition demanding that internet services be shut down in Southern Cameroons. As ordinary Francophone citizens and politicians including the United Nations came forward to demand the Government adopt a more humane response to the Anglophone crisis, Etoudi indicated that some kind of climb-down was imminent.
An announcement – possibly involving the release of the leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium – is expected within the next coming days. State radio and television reported that the 84 year old dictator has ordered the restoration of internet in Southern Cameroons. The details of all pro Anglophone actions taken by the Francophone regime will be closely scrutinized by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and other Southern Cameroons Diaspora groups which have urged La Republique du Cameroun to release all Anglophone activists detained in Francophone jails.
Cameroon Intelligence Report can also reveal that Southern Cameroons liberation movements will be chosen a Prime Minister and Head of Government soon and they have launched a major appeal for donations to open a case at the International Criminal Court against senior political and military officials of the Yaounde regime. Mass demonstrations are planned across Europe and America this coming summer and thousands of Southern Cameroonians have posted images on social media of themselves advocating for a referendum on the future of Southern Cameroons.
The Secretary General of the Consortium, Wilfred Tassang was quoted as saying recently that it was UN’s moral responsibility to protect Southern Cameroonians fleeing persecution. Privately some Francophone ministers said they had been lobbying behind the scenes to get Biya to negotiate with the new Southern Cameroon leadership. The Biya Francophone Government has faced criticism from other African capitals over its failure to accept that there was an Anglophone problem.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai
Cameroon Intelligence Report