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  • 22 Sep 2020 03:36 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    As we keep tabs open in expectation of resounding commemoration of the 22 September 2017 when the Biya regime deployed helicopter gunships all over the Southern Cameroons to murder peaceful protesters, this issue went a step beyond the headlines to reexamine a critical partnership in the Southern Cameroons struggle.

    Often, GZ  voices indict the diaspora for multiple leadership failings. On the other hand, some diaspora actors accuse some people on GZ of not being sufficiently engaged, for example, in the defence initiatives.

    To dissect this relationship and propose strategies for closer synergies between the grassroots and the diaspora, Comrade Nkemdem fields questions from our Communications team.

    He starts by reaffirming the importance of both constituencies to the revolution. He follows up by showing how their roles are different but complimentary and  concludes with a word on how leadership can spearhead understanding through political education.

     Please, click to continue reading

    Think like a SCCOPper Edition 9.pdf


  • 10 Sep 2020 08:10 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Denis Atemnkeng

    Historical mistakes  are  costly!  Very  often,  they  can  be  undone  only through bloodshed and war! History captures excellently the saying that “small causes, big effects.” The history of the world is littered with those mistakes that have brought wars and devastation and cost lives, and which yet, could be predicted by just a casual glance at history. The one single mistake that persists in history is that of bringing incompatible peoples together through demagogy, beautiful and flowery speeches and sometimes open lies, only for wars of separation or domination and subjugation to begin after that. But as history has also shown, very few people have the ability to learn from history; the majority is subject to repeated deceits. We can see this by observing the number of unions of peoples that have broken down in history; by seeing the imperial and colonial mentality that has always been defeated but has never given up trying to conquer other peoples.

    Continue reading the article here: Think like a SCCOPper Edition 8.pdf

     


  • 25 Aug 2020 03:00 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Ntangti Akose John, Reporting from Kumba

    Be it in Kumba, Bamenda, Buea, Fundong, Mamfe, Batibo or any other Southern Cameroonian town, the situation remains the same with markets and other business spots closed on Mondays: ghost town day.

    No matter how harsh the measures taken by local administrative and municipal authorities are, they have changed nothing from this achievement of the Southern Cameroons resistance against LRC colonisation. At the cost of heavy fines, sealed shops, personal attacks and blackmail by the colonial authorities, Southern Cameroonians continue this legacy of the non-violent resistance days, as if to inform LRC that the fact that civilians are not carrying guns to fight them does no mean they acquiesce to being colonised by LRC on behalf of France.

    In Kumba, Meme Division, South West region, the colonial administrators, Victor Nkelle Ngoh (going by the title of city mayor) and Ntou’ou Ndong (titled Meme senior divisional officer) have seen this as an opportunity to enrich themselves by imposing unexplained sanctions on those respecting Monday’s ghost towns. A top official of Union Bank Cameroon (UBC) revealed to our reporters that their offices have been sealed severally by the city mayor who only reopened them after UBC paid over 200.000FCA to the city council, with no receipt issued.

    The banker said they brought out a method last Monday August 17, 2020 to evade this extortion. One of these measures include positioning of a private guard at the entrance of the bank on working hours and the guard given the instruction to tell the council workers that they were working in close doors.

    Despite these heavy fines that range from 25.000 to about 50.000 most shop keepers in Kumba say they will never dare open their shops on Mondays until the Southern Cameroons are liberated. “We could open our shops even without the mayor or DO or their soldiers trying to make us do it, but that will mean opposing those fighting for our own liberation,” Joseph (a phone repairer in the Fiango neighbourhood whose real names are withheld)  told our reporters. Joseph further explained that even for the few Francophones in the town who have no ideological affinity with the Southern Cameroons, it makes good sense to pay the colonial regime’s fines than to face the wrath of the people.

    The story remains the same in Buea, headquarters of the South West region where the colonial mayor, David Mafany Namange, is following the footsteps of his predecessor, Patrick Ekema. Like Ekema,  Namange is seen under heavy military excort on Mondays, threatening to break open traders’ shops, sealing the shops of those he hates, and imposing  heavy fines on them. Ekema is known to have broken open some shops, but with the French sponsored LRC military behind him, shop owners had no way of exacting justice. Similarly, Namange has been reported to use the council police to force open some shops and loot the contents. This event would be evidence that most of the insecurity of persons and properties perpetrated in the Southern Cameroons is the handiwork of LRC and its backers.

    For over four years now, ghost towns imposed by the freedom fighters on the ground, have been respected to the latter by the population; which is a clear indication that the Southern Cameroons self-defence groups are remain firmly in control of the Southern Cameroons, despite LRC’s staged measures to give a different impression to the world.

    Meanwhile, the resistance of the people of the Southern Cameroons is hailed and no doubt, Monday will remain a holiday in a free Southern Cameroons, to remind future generations of the history of the resistance and to inspire them to be strong in the face of future challenges.

     

    Please, click to read the original article in Think like a SCCOPper Edition 7.pdf

  • 25 Aug 2020 02:57 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    The rather comical decision by Camerounese minister of territorial administration, Atanga Paul Nji, to restrict the sale of machetes, knives and building iron rods has drawn widespread ridicule and condemnation throughout the Southern Cameroons.

    While the population say it is an indirect way to completely ground the economy of the Southern Cameroons as over 90% of the population depends on subsistence agriculture using a cutlass as a tool, freedom fighters on the ground rubbished the decision saying they could still produce rudimentary tools to serve the same purpose Atanga Nji is accusing them of using the tools for.

    Among those who condemned the decision is Yai Yunji, founder of Unity brothers; a civil society organisation. “How do you expect someone who has lost everything including his personal documents, who now lives in the bush and can barely afford food, to be able to meet the stipulated conditions in order to purchase a cutlass to use on their farm?”, he asked.

    In fact, one of the conditions stipulated by Atanga Nji, for the purchase of a cutlass or an iron rod, is the obtainment of prior authorisation from the colonial divisional officers from LRC who are administering the Southern Cameroons.  Yai Yunji further reasons that there are remote areas where the transport fare to get to the urban areas to see these administrative officers ranges from 3000frs to 6000frs and more, depending on the period, it he does not see the feasibility of this for peasants who want to just to buy a cutlass worth 2000 or 2500frs.

    Others argued that the restriction of the sale of cutlasses, knives and iron rod is not linked to the sophisticated weapons held by the freedom fighters. An expert in defence issues (names withheld), found the measure risible. “From a state whose army was forced to deploy anti-aircraft guns with a 3-km range in the Southern Cameroons, this move seems derisory. One wonders the potency of machetes, even if one were to understand the ban on iron rods which are a very key element in IEDs”, the expert says, adding that it is a cheap publicity stunt by the LRC ex-convict minister who wants to be seen by his boss and their French overlords as effectively acting to kill Southern Cameroonians, even as their options are dwindling to nought. As if to echo this expert, some Southern Cameroons self-defence actors we interviewed in Bum, Kom and in the Ndop, say they already have a large supply of these rods strewn across building sites all over the country while rudimentary machetes can be made, thus dismissing the minister’s actions as not worthy of their comment.

    Thus, the action is likely to mostly affect the civilian population in its farming activities. Ayah Paul Abine, former National President of the Popular Action Party-who was imprisoned abusively by La Republique for supporting the freedom struggle, said this decision by Atanga Nji is adding more salt to injury.

    However, some Southern Cameroons patriots say they have what it takes to fix rudimentary tools to help the population to go about their farming activities unperturbed.

    Even among Francophones, Atanga Nji’s decisions are often seen as stupid and unwise. To many, instead of looking for ways of addressing the root causes of this crisis, Atanga Nji and his Cameroun regime keep on pushing the population to the wall and further radicalises them.

    The Southern Cameroons Congress of the People, on its part, sees the move as an act of desperation. In fact, routed and disgraced on the moral and political front, increasingly isolated on the diplomatic front despite cover-up with the aid of France, and facing an unexpectedly stiff resistance from Southern Cameroons self-defence group, LRC is forced to do what every coward would do. Instead of admitting defeat on the grounds that power is not size, they have found themselves a scapegoat to blame for their defeat. This  is why they keep attacking civilians who are struggling to rebuild homes for the few who have not been murdered by LRC’s genocidal acts or farmers struggling to scratch the earth for a living. This once again, highlights the urgency for all lovers of peace and justice, from all over the world, to urgently call the colonial regime to stay its genocidal hand in the Southern Cameroons.

     

    Click to read the original publication Think like a SCCOPper Edition 7.pdf

  • 25 Aug 2020 02:31 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Stephen Ngam For SCCOPNews

    More than three years since the colonial government of Cameroun launched a special recruitment of 1000 bilingual teachers to address grievances against the presence of French speaking teachers within the English sub-system of education in the sciences and technical subjects, some Southern Cameroonians who fell for the scam have gone without registration as state functionaries and cannot therefore receive any wages. Several among the over 200 Southern Cameroonian teachers involved in the scheme spoke to our staff, complaining that despite being assigned and taking orders from their Francophone masters in various schools in the Southern Cameroons, they have not been paid any salaries or received their civil service registration numbers. 

     

    One of the teachers, Christopher Che (not his real name) who was recruited and posted to GHS Bojongo, in the coastal city of Victoria, which the colonisers renamed Limbe, testified that they have been abandoned by the Camerounese government despite the risk they took to teach under the dangerous war situation across the Southern Cameroons.

     

    “We have been going to the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms. We have written several petitions and issued requests to meet the minister, but nothing has changed. They sent us to the Sub Director in charge of Recruitment, Room 114, and the only response we got from there was that ‘authentications’ were not yet available. I shouldn’t have engaged myself in this mess’’ Mr. Che regretted.

     

    Another teacher, Kelvin Fokwa (not his real name), who was also recruited and sent to a school in Bamenda, related a similar experience: “they told us last year (2019) that ‘authentications’ had come. They promised to solve our problems within three months. But from April to August, nothing came out of it” he lamented.

     

    Taking a dig at the slow and disdainful way in which LRC treats anything that is likely to benefit Southern Cameroonians, Mr Fokwa declared: “In February 2020, the newly appointed Director of Recruitment started the process all over. He told us to wait again for two months. The two months waiting period has expired, but there has been no progress in the status of our documents. Our documents are still in the same position. When we went there again around June/July we told that nobody could enter the ministry again because of Covid-19”.

     

    He further explained that “Everyone knows that the situation is extremely hard especially for teachers in the North West and South West regions due to the ongoing crisis. Why should the government treat us this way?” Mr Fokwa lamented. Note that the terms South West and North West Region are a colonial name used by the Yaounde regime to refer to the Southern Cameroons.

     

    Other teachers we talked to (Ngamfon Tita, Njohbam and Akwanga) narrated the same ordeal and wondered why they are being discriminated against at a time Southern Cameroonians are fighting to break away from La Republique du Cameroun.

     

    These punitive non-payment of salaries meted against teachers from the Southern Cameroons is another clear indication that Yaounde launched the special recruitment to deceive the international community and mask its marginalization and discrimination that has been ongoing over the past 60 years

     

    Meanwhile, last minute information we received from a source at the LRC Ministry of Public Service revealed that the said structure intends to process the files of some 10.000 contract workers over the next 100 days and they believe the documents of these teachers shall be processed as well. It is a wait and see situation because battered as it is by the war, LRC may have to make a miracle before it finds funds to foot these extra expenses.

    This article originally appeared in THINK LIKE A SCCOPPER, Volume 1 Issue 7. Click for more Think like a SCCOPper Edition 7.pdf

     


  • 17 Aug 2020 03:54 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Stephen Ngam

    In addition to dodging bullets from marauding state terrorists from LRC, Southern Cameroonians across several localities in the country now have a new colonial ploy to contend with: to defend their millennial chieftaincy traditions against LRC intervention. Several people we talked to have manifested their ire at the colonial regime of La Republique’s overzealous administrative authorities for “trying to create disorder within our communities” by creating new chiefdoms and changing the hierarchical classification of others.

    A glaring example comes fromBaba 1, Ngoketunjia Division, where the colonial Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) recently created a fondom at Muokang village. This sparked protests among the denizens of Baba who wrote against the SDO to the colonial administration in protest. A Prince of Baba I Village, Melo Iliasu Esq., came out openly to rubbish the decision of the Senior Divisional Officer of Ngoketunjia which he challenged for creating two new Fondoms in a small village like his.

    “The creation of the two villages in Ngoketunjia is an attempt by the government of Cameroun to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of the people of Ngoketunjia. The law must take into consideration the society where it is to be applied. This administrative act is so strange to the people of the North West in particular” he declared. Prince Melo Iliasu added that  “the one time united Babungo will now be divided into two. This village is one of the smallest villages around the area. The size of this small village shows that nothing positive influenced the creation of the Muokang village just some few meters from the Babungo Fon’s palace”, the prince said.

    A similar case was witnessed in Bum sub Division, Boyo, where the colonial DO, working in complicity with LRC’s  SDO for Boyo, tried to create new fondoms in Bum. This attempt was failed due to the massive outcry of the population who protested the action and the newly appointed chiefs backtracked into oblivion. The people of Bum told the colonial authorities in no uncertain terms that cheifdoms have never and will never be created in their community by decrees signed by individuals. They reminded the LRC colonisers that unlike is the case with French Camerounese chiefs created by France, Southern Cameroonians have age old, time tested criteria for the creation, recognition and classification of chiefdoms in their respective tribal communities.

    Asked to know what motivated their creation of these new chiefdoms, a source at Cameroun’s Ministry of Territorial Administration declared that “government creates chiefdoms where there is need and where it deems necessary and for any fit purpose”. Therefore, as typical of any colonial administration, the LRC government arrogates to itself the right to decide how Southern Cameroonians are to be governed. Needless to say, such powers are only to be used to divide communities and appoint surrogates to implement its anti-people policies in our communities.

    A contextual analysis shows that the forthcoming regional elections could be the reason behind this chieftaincy creation frenzy. In fact, traditional rulers are promised new significance since, article 101 of LRC’s French teleguided electoral code provides for traditional rulers to constitute an electoral college to vote regional representatives and governors in its decentralized constitution.

    This article originally appeared in THINK LIKE A SCCOPPER Volume 1 Issue 6. Please, click to read the full publication. Think like a SCCOPper Edition 6.pdf

  • 17 Aug 2020 03:41 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Stephen Ngam

    Brutal killings of the most hair-raising kind have resurged across the Southern Cameroons in the past weeks. The most recent is the slaughtering of Comfort Afiri in Muyuka. Prior to Comfort’s death, one Treasure in the Bamenda area, was killed in very similar circumstances. The killers take the pains to record chilling graphic details of the killings, to identify themselves as Ambazonian fighters, to justify the killings as due to treason and to contract an LRC sponsored social media outlet, MKPD, to release the videos with maximum shocking effect to the whole wide world. The killings happen as if on cue, and like during previous years, they often come quite close to a UN gathering in New York, as if to counter the upcoming 22 September commemoration of massive slaughter of Southern Cameroonians on that date in 2017.

    Although the government of Cameroun, through its Minister of Communication, Emmanuel Rene Sadi, in a statement on Thursday 13 August 2020, blamed the Southern Cameroons self-defence groups for the extrajudicial killings, just like they have done before, nothing proves that the Southern Cameroonians are responsible. If there is any proof of such accusations, it is certainly not the fact that the killers self-identify on camera as Southern Cameroonian defence forces; it is a common secret that sabotage killings are staged to smear opponent camps during war, where the first casualty is the truth.

    Anthony Bangha, a human rights defender, talking to SCCOP’s reporters from his Fundong residence said the fight for the liberation of the Southern Cameroons has been infiltrated by Cameroun government sponsored groups serving as agents provocateurs and Trojan horses. “What do the Ambazonia fighters gain by filming and publishing scenes of barbaric acts of this nature? Somebody who is in his normal senses can’t do that by incriminating himself. I think somebody somewhere is impersonating the freedom fighters”, he argued.

    Some persons we talked to in “ground zero” argued that the Yaounde regime soldiers and some elite of Ambazonia in La Republique’s government have been noted in the past for brutal killings, burning of homes and sexual abuse among other crimes and painting the Ambazonia forces black. A majority of Southern Cameroonians cited instances where the Cameroun forces have carried out irreparable damages while trying to wipe the evidence and putting the blames on freedom fighters. Some cited the case of the Ngarbuh Massacre of 14th  February, 2020 where the government of Cameroun denied responsibility and blamed Southern Cameroonian defence forces, only back tracking after an independent inquiry by Amnesty International proved the Cameroun Army intentionally executed the civilians.

    A 42 year old man, who refused to be mentioned for fear of being persecuted, accused Paul Atanga Nji, Cameroun’s Minister of Territorial Administration of sponsoring groups across the North West region with the aim of tarnishing the image of the fighters. The groups, he said, are made of murder row convicts who are released after they accept the bargain to kill on behalf of the Cameroun government. He also mentioned how the colonial governor of the South West, Bernard Okalia Bilai and the late mayor of Buea use to run such groups to prove to their master, Paul Biya that they are working hard. “We have seen instances where soldiers of La Republique raid villages carrying out mass arrests, torturing people, breaking their legs and burning their homes leaving them helpless. It is true that Ambazonian fighters also kill those they qualify “black legs” but they do that secretly not in public as they videos show on social media”, the man said.

    Most Ambazonians expressed the need for a UN led investigation into the repeated killings so as to identify the culprits and to punish them accordingly. This is the opinion of Agbor Balla of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA). According to this human rights group leader, violence has been perpetrated by both Cameroun government security forces and armed groups. The CHRDA also thinks that criminal gangs are also terrorizing local inhabitants, wreaking havoc and Southern Cameroonian defence actors are not solely to blame for some atrocities even in areas under their control.

    This article first appeared in THINK LIKE A SCCOPPER Volume 1 Issue 6. Please click to read the full publication: Think like a SCCOPper Edition 6.pdf

  • 11 Aug 2020 13:26 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Sahka Ntumwong, reporting from Ground Zero

    Biya’s appointee mayor of Kumbo, Bui, in the person of Dr Mborong Venasius, has recently undertaken a still-born initiative to cajole the Bui population into French Cameroun colonial servitude. Mborong, a native of Bui, an empty vessel who cannot qualify in any true mayoral race, owes his mayoral title to being appointed CPDM candidate in the recently stage managed municipal elections conducted by the colonial LRC administration in the Southern Cameroons. In total oblivion of this fact, Mborong keeps behaving like a dancing monkey for pecuniary gains, and hopes to win over some Bui citizens to help him convince Biya to part with more money which he can embezzle and claim to have used to buy over Bui people. At the same time, the LRC genocide machinery keeps murdering innocent civilians.

    With sweet words, Mborong preached to the people pretending to give them hope without condemning his master and his forces for killing the people he calls his own. “I know that you standing here are in need of peace, this is why you are giving me a listening ear. I am here to tell our brothers to stop this fighting, talk to them, they are being killed like goats or chicken. Is this the way we like to live? For how long will this go on? Let us leave this fighting, those who started it have left it” said the treacherous Mborong Venasius as he met Southern Cameroonians in Mbveh during what he styled a meet the people tour.

    If you do not find it strange that someone with the title of Doctor, like Mborong, was busily looking for his political seat as his people were killed, tortured and their houses burnt, then at least you will marvel at how he can afford to ignore this and instead of calling for an end to these exactions, he is calling on those who stood up against such evil to remain silent now.

    One would have thought that Mborong’s PhD qualifications would have equipped him with analytical skills to study the situation in Bui and advise his colonial employers to quit the Southern Cameroons, given the unflinching resolve shown by Bui to liberate the country since the 1990s. Instead, he leads them to attack the population like was the case last August 7 when they attacked the Kikaikom and Mbveh neighbourhoods.  It begs the question to know who issued him the title of doctor. One wonders if Mborong is one of these occultist doctors who, being hypnotized by Rosicrucian rituals, maintain silence in the face of the evil unleashed on their fellow Bui denizens, and Southern Cameroonians in general, by Grand Master Biya.

    It should be noted that the Bui County is one of those counties that have been resolute in the liberation of the Southern Cameroonian people to seek self-rule and destroy the colonial mandate of La Republique du Cameroun. It is home to some of the strongest resistance fighters in the Southern Cameroons. For this reason, it has been an epicenter of LRC genocidal acts.

    In one of his public outings, the colonial Mayor of Bui,  Mborong, told the few who did themselves violence to suffer hearing his voice that he pleaded with the  La Republique minister of public works to allow the roads to be dug by people instead of bulldozers? He claimed this was to provide jobs to the people. The interesting thing here is that he failed to win any converts to join him in his self-seeking enslavement to LRC. It is perhaps out of frustration that he and his masters resorted to use heavy caterpillar  machinery accompanied by heavy military escort to attack Kikaikom and Mbveh.

    It is needless to add that their mission failed as they were repelled by the few Southern Cameroonian defence forces in the areas. It is hoped that this failure, if it does not convince the LRC mules called soldiers that only doom awaits them in Bui and the Southern Cameroons, should at least convince mayor  Mborong that he is only being used by the Gods of Bui as a Trojan horse to mislead the enemies of the Southern Cameroonian people.

    This article originally appeared in THINK LIKE A SCCOPPER Edition 5. Click here to read the full publication. Think Like a Scopper Edition 5.pdf

     


  • 11 Aug 2020 13:18 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

    By Stephen Ngam, reporting from Ground Zero

    The death of yet another Southern Cameroonian prisoner of conscience, Tangem Thomas, under LRC’s detention proves a point. LRC has found an easy way out of its dilemma. After massive arrest of innocent Southern Cameroonians in an attempt to bully the nation and force it to continue to accept Francophone colonization since 2016 failed, LRC is afraid to lose face and release them. But having no capacity to continue to take prisoners, having no money to continue to fight the war, and seeing that directly killing young civilians in the Southern Cameroons only strengthens their resolve to fight back, they have subtly resorted to the Nazi extermination chamber technique. And the world watches, unwilling to summon scores of available humanitarian tools to help end the 21st Century genocide. 

    Be it in Buea, Bamenda, Ndop, Yaounde or Douala, the ordeal of Southern Cameroonian prisoners of conscience remains the same. A case in point is the recent death of Thomas Tangem.  The Southern Cameroonian from Donga and Mantung area, was abducted by LRC troops in Nkambe and ferried to Cameroun’s capital, Yaounde, where he died handcuffed to a hospital bed three years into his detention without trial.  According to hospital sources, the chaining of the critically ill detainee was done by prison guards upon instructions from the prison superintendent. Needless to say, in hospitals where Southern Cameroonians are regarded as “enemies in the house” the medical staff needed no further instructions to execute the unpronounced death sentence. They simply neglected and slowly killed-off detainee Tangem Thomas. The pictures above and below show the late Tangem Thomas before his arrest and chained to his deathbed. A metaphor for the Southern Cameroons before we joined La Republic du Cameroun and our lives now, sixty years into the recumbent union.

     

    This perhaps explains why, despite widespread condemnation, the Camerounian authorities have not yet made any official statement on Thomas’ case. Meanwhile, our efforts to get the Kondengui prison administrator to explain why Mr Tangem was chained in his hospital bed while in a critical condition, remained futile. Less than three months ago, detained journalist Samuel Wazizi died under similar circumstances in the same Yaounde. Like Tangem, he was arrested in Buea and ferried to Yaounde and had been held under inhumane conditions, without trial, until his death was discovered by journalists last June 2020. 

    Yaounde sources say, the unavowed LRC policy towards Southern Cameroonian detainees has been to prevent access to medical care and Thomas Tangem was only taken to hospital in a make belief action, to stave off the backlash sparked by Wazizi dying without seeing a doctor. It should be recalled that recently, Shufai Blaise, one of the Nera 10 abductees held in a Yaounde prison was denied medical care. Only a public awareness campaign over social media and threats by other prisoners could convince LRC prison officials to allow Shufai to go for treatment. 

    Even more testimonials abound. Ndimendah Abdul, a former inmate of the Bamenda Central Prison said he suffered similar ill-treatment, and opined that although prison conditions are generally bad in LRC, they were especially worse for those arrested in the struggle to liberate the Southern Cameroons. “I was among the twelve persons (elderly notables and a few youths) arrested in Bangolan, near Ndop. I and eleven others have seen hell in the Bamenda prison. We were given infected and at best insufficient food. Neither our families nor lawyers were allowed to talk to us!” Mr Ndimendah added. The 65 year former inmate narrated that he was freed of the terrorism charges miraculously, maybe because of his old age, but regretted the fact that others are still detained. He testified that every week, dead bodies were taken out of the prison and buried by inmates without the knowledge of family members.

    It is such gross human rights violations that sparked riots last June 23, 2019 in two prisons: Yaounde and Buea, where the Southern Cameroonian prisoners protested against the inhumane and degrading conditions of detainment, which invariably include torture and denial of medical treatment. In its characteristic lawless fashion, the LRC regime’s response to the protests by detainees was to worsen their ill-treatment. It should be noted that most of these detainees are civilians arrested either for either protesting LRC excesses or upon suspicion of their sympathy with the Southern Cameroons liberation movements. Many have been held for close to four years without trial.

    Some observers think Cameroun’s justice system is undermined by a mechanism of partiality where the chief executive, Paul Biya is also the supreme head of the judiciary. Civil society activists have often said that the justice system is undermined by injustice, due to corruption, influence peddling and impartiality. However, the question on every sane mind is how a civilized world, which bombarded Libya and Cote d’Ivoire on humanitarian intervention grounds, can allow Biya and his cohorts to perpetrate such gross violations of human rights without any action to stop him.

    In fact, routine physical and psychological torture, poor feeding and other inhumane treatments are the daily lot of Southern Cameroonians held in Cameroun’s jails.  Even those not yet held in jail, those living in their homes, can be arrested and killed at any second, depending on the mood LRC’s soldiers and their commanders find themselves in. The sustained pattern and inevitable death of victims of these treatments point to only one thing: LRC’s physical and moral bankruptcy leads them to a cynic conclusion: slowly kill Southern Cameroonians in their extermination chambers. So far, there is nothing to stop them and yet the news is awash with narratives of the UN, the AU, the EU, etc. holding hearings on peace and security in the world.

     This article was originally published in THINK LIKE A SCOPPER Edition 5. Click here to read the full publication. Think Like a Scopper Edition 5.pdf


  • 4 Aug 2020 21:56 | Tambe Ferdinand (Administrator)

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