Cameroon Politics

Corona Chronicles: ‘They Received Cars Instead Of Kits’- How Social Media Grew Wild

“God, where did we go wrong? Can someone not convert those cars to money and buy testing kits, hospital beds and drugs or even build a laboratory well equipped for our people?” someone lamented right after the announcements were made

Pressure is brewing up on social media after Cameroonian authorities have appreciated WHO Cameroon for supporting the nation with 14 cars in the fight against Covid-19.

The handover took place on Tuesday, received by Naseri Paul Bea, governor of the central region in Yaounde.

“This is disgraceful, gifting of luxury SUVs as part of covid-19 budget isn’t the type of support WHO needs to give” another comment followed

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Ngarbuh Massacre: 6 Unsettled Questions Biya Must Respond To – Kamto

Yaounde – April 23, 2020

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto has penned down 6 unanswered questions about the Ngarbuh massacre and called on an independent international investigation on the February 14 killings

The questions are contained in an elaborate press release published below :

Professor Maurice Kamto writes

The indifference of Mr. Paul BIYA and the pitiful admission of his regime.

The “audience” granted, on April 16, 2020, to the French Ambassador to Cameroon by the President of the Republic in office, was supposed to mark the return of Mr. Paul BIYA to the public arena. This hearing took place the day after the filing on the Office of the National Assembly of our request to trigger the procedure leading to the establishment of the presidential vacuum by the Constitutional Council.

The news served us, this April 21, a press release, signed by the Minister of State, Secretary General of the Presidency, on the massacres perpetrated in Ngarbuh, on February 14, 2020.

Following this tragic event, it must be remembered, the President did not think to speak, when many voices were raised in our country and around the world to express their deep indignation.

Whereas the publication of the results of the national inquiry, which he ordered himself, obviously to evade international pressure gave him the opportunity to make his voice heard on these horrors, Mr Paul BIYA preferred from the top of his sufficiency and his usual contempt for the Cameroonians and their suffering, to unload on his Secretary General to indulge in the pitiful confession of the responsibility of the regime in these Massacres.

The regime therefore finally admits, always under external pressure: it is the agents of the Cameroonian defense forces who massacred cameroonian populations, in this case harmless civilians, including babies and pregnant women. All sources of good faith had already established this responsibility.

The essential questions that remain after the press release of April 21, 2020

Despite this forced admission, this release contains many gray areas.

1- How many people in total were massacred on February 14, 2020 ?

2- How many houses have been burnt down?

3- Who are those who, in the army, in state institutions, in administration, in civil society, ordered, supervised, covered and / or attempted to manipulate national and international opinion ?

4- What has become of all the people arbitrarily arrested and tortured by the services on the fallacious grounds that they have collaborated with the Human rights organizations that exposed the crimes and the implication of the army ? (For example, the person who had been arrested, tortured and accused of having sent the images of the massacres to Human Rights Watch)?

5- Who finances and maintains the militiamen and auxiliaries recruited by the Commando of Ngarbuh?

6- The Ngarbuh massacres have given birth to serious religious and tribal tensions between the Fulani populations and other communities in the area. Who used the Fulani community and for what purposes? what is being put in place for the reconciliation of the Fulani and the other communities concerned?

What about other cases of killings or massacres of civilians in the English-speaking regions?

Beyond these essential questions carefully avoided in the April 21 statement, the confession wrested from the regime on the responsibility of the army and the regime in the Ngarbuh massacres brings back to light other cases of massacred civiliansin the armed conflict that has ravaged the English-speaking regions of our country for almost four years among these cases we can cite those of:
1- Ofen- Tben (Batibo);
2- Menka-Pnyin (Santa);
3- Bakweri Town (Buea);
4- Buea Town, (Buea);
5- Martha (Muyuka);
6- Ekona;
7- Munyend;
8- Kwa-Kwa;
9- Sam Soya (Bello);
10- Weh;
11- Esu;
12- Wum.

IV- The Communique of April 21, 2020: A maneuver to hide the identity of the real military and political leaders of the Ngarbuh massacres
with all the gray areas that persist over the Ngarbuh massacres and taking into account the regime’s numerous efforts to cover up the truth, including the use of intimidation and terror, it emerges only the conclusions which allowed the writing of the press release of April 21, 2020 are truncated.

The regime, no doubt ill-advised, chose to serve the world a half-truth in the hope of relieving pressure and continuing its dirty war.

Under these conditions, the CRM reiterates its request of February 26, 2020, for the opening of an international investigation into the massacres of Ngarbuh and all the other massacres of civilians, both in the ongoing armed conflict in the two English speaking regions and in the Far North Region, where the army is fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect.

Yaounde on April 23, 2020.

Professor Maurice KAMTO

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Biya Makes Covid-19 Donation After Reappearance With French Ambassador

President Paul Biya has through the minister of territorial administration, Paul Atanga Nji offered two billion francs worth special support to fight Coronavirus in Cameroon

The package to 360 Sub-divisions will comprise of test kits, face masks and tablets of soap, and is not offered as part of the government’s special solidarity fund created two weeks ago.

The donation follows Biya’s reappearance in public after 35 days of silence

In his return, Biya shared an image of himself with Christophe Guilhou, French Ambassador to Cameroon just days after Maurice Kamto appealed that he be declared incapacitated

In his caption, the incumbent president said it was a “fruitful discussion’ at the Unity Palace, that he and the ambassador talked on the fight against Covid-19 in Cameroon, France and the world

Some weeks ago, it was rumored that Biya was either incapacitated or not alive.

The ministry of communication refuted this in a press release claiming the president was doing fine but opposition leader Maurice Kamto insisted on seeing further proofs.

Weeks later, Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie on state media claimed the President called him every day in the morning and evening, to give instructions on how to effectively fight Covid-19 in Cameroon

But Biya has not addressed his citizens since Covid-19 hit the country.

As of Monday April 20, Cameroon had one thousand seventeen (1,017) cases – 305 recovered, 176 hospitalised, 33 under oxygen therapy and 42 deaths.
On social media, Cameroonians are increasingly demanding to hear him speak about the growing outbreak on the soil.

They want to see more concern, just like other presidents have done, sharing the pain and even making daily video appearances.

The Senegalese leader released a video of himself washing his hands. The Ugandan president posted footage of his indoor workout. The Guinean ruler gave a speech with face masks shielding his microphones.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent a week in intensive care with a severe case of the virus, allowed cameras to film him this month in a hospital bed.

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