Tina Nene Nganda is a long standing Southern Cameroon female journalist who was Editor-in-Chief of a private radio station based in Fako Division. She had served with The Herald newspaper, Newsweek Communications, the Weekly Post and lately she was the Limbe Bureau Chief of the Cameroon Concord International. Her name appeared on the hit list of the barbaric octogenarian leader, Paul Biya for being very critical about the oppressive and wanton abuse of human rights in Anglophone Cameroon. Tina Nene Nganda fled Cameroon to a neighboring Country when troops loyal to the regime in Yaoundé came hunting for her. Speculations were rife that she was among those killed in Bamenda by soldiers deployed to the North West region from Douala. In this interview with our senior political editor, Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai, Tina Nene Nganda known in Cameroon as Christiana Amanpour speaks of her narrow escape and the constant threats Southern Cameroonians fleeing the conflict are facing in neighboring countries.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: Tina thanks very much for your time. You were there since October 2016, when the people of Southern Cameroons rose up against the over 50 years of marginalization by French speaking political elites led by the 84 year old dictator, Paul Biya. What is your take on the struggle?
Tina Nene Nganda: The Biya Francophone regime cannot understand what is happening. Biya and his French speaking political elites did not seem to take us serious or if they did, they thought Biya was invincible. Southern Cameroonians have exposed him!! It is finish. This is a peoples’ revolution. There is no turning back. Never ever again!! It may change from one form to another but it will never ever die again. The people have seen blood and that is what fuels all revolutions.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: You covered some of the atrocities committed by troops deployed to Southern Cameroons by President Biya and his gang. Can you give us your assessment of the situation and the leadership provided by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium?
Tina Nene Nganda: British Southern Cameroonians have vowed never to relent until a complete independence state of Southern Cameroons is achieved and the Francophone corrupt apparatus is completely wiped out of West Cameroon. Of vital importance is the fact that this revolution is going to have far reaching consequences in French Cameroun. For sure, Mr. Soter Agbaw-Ebai, it is definitely going to bring a change in La Republique du Cameroun and the downfall of Biya is imminent, then there may be a taw but not the end of the revolution.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: I spoke to some senior government officials from the South West region who told me that Tina Nene Nganda is wanted by the Yaoundé regime not for what she published on social media but for her role in the strikes in Fako Division. Is this true?
Tina Nene Nganda: The so-called senior government officials who maintain that opinion are just being deliberately stupid. People know I am a very active journalist and the South West CPDM political comedians are scared that the revolution could overwhelm them and put an end to their funny political careers. They have killed and raped hundreds and hundreds have been abducted and are dying in Francophone jails. But I tell you what!! It is just the beginning. Mr. Agbaw-Ebai, imagine villages are involved and fully mobilized. Also the arrest of Lord Justice Ayah Paul Abine has brought the down fall of the judiciary. No reasonable investor will come in. The rule of law is dead.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: You seem to have an insight into the Lord Justice Ayah Paul affair. Can you share some with us?
Tina Nene Nganda: You are aware that the Francophone Justice Minister, Laurent Esso did not know what he was doing by ordering Ayah’s arrest. That decision has helped Southern Cameroonians. Akwaya has been liberated from the control of La Republique du Cameroun and we are waiting for our Diaspora to provide us with the necessary tools to proceed to liberate the entire territory. Ayah’s arrest is God sent.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: Private newspapers, radio and television organs were banned from publishing any story concerning the strike. Anyone who went against the rules would be arrested and charged for treason, terrorism and succession. You knew all of these but kept reporting even on your face book page and in one of your postings; you wore a dress bearing the effigy of the late President Ahmadou Ahidjo. Don’t you think that was incessant provocation aimed at the regime?
Tina Nene Nganda: Biya has made the country a large open air prison with poverty and unemployment as security guards. Southern Cameroons is a state of blood and constantly under pervasive climate of repression, fear, torture abduction, killings and forceful detentions. As a journalist, you cannot sit and watch and remain quiet. They have shut down the internet services and are committing war crimes inside Southern Cameroons territory. I became a target for military abduction like some of my colleagues who are now languishing in poor conditions in the Kondengui Central Prisons in Yaoundé due to the reports I made of the happenings in Limbe, Tiko, Mutengene and Buea.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: Talks us through your narrow escape to where you are now
Tina Nene Nganda: Somebody I knew during my time in Yaoundé as a city reporter hinted me that security agents were coming for me and that I should leave immediately. I felt it was a joke but later decided that I should go to my bank and get some money and keep with me for any eventuality. It was at the bank that I was told instructions had come from Yaoundé that my account and those of some other six individuals be blocked. A Good Samaritan financed my trip to where you see me now. It was not easy for me as a woman. I had to ride on a bike for about 50 miles on very bad roads and did some on foot through bush paths for fear of being accosted on one of the many control post on all roads leading to border towns.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: My sources here tell me that Southern Cameroonians living in this country are still not safe. What kind of support are you expecting from the international community?
Tina Nene Nganda: The United Nations and the Canadian government are aware that some of us are in this country. The UN is also well informed that many Francophone Cameroonians who have reportedly served with the Secret Service are already operating in this country. But we have been advised to maintain a low profile.
Cameroon Intelligence Report: Tina, thank you for sharing your story with us
Tina Nene Nganda: A lutta continua
NB: We agreed with Tina Nene Nganda not to disclose the country from where this interview was conducted