Manyu People Refuse to Sing Anthem of La Republlique

By Ako Abunaw

– Tells Mamfe DO, mayor they can’t sing a foreign anthem;
– Tabetando disgraced at Tinto, Upper Bang;
– Senator Anja Simon almost chased out of Akwa, Akwaya

Mamfe, 18 December 2016 – Representatives of the the colonial administration of La Republique in Manyu have been rudely reminded that the people of Mamfe are not to be taken for a ride.

In what is considered a major embarrassment, the Divisional Officer for Mamfe (name withheld), the Mayor and their train, tried but failed to convince Mamfe residents to sing the anthem of La Republique du Cameroun at an event attended by the colonial officials mentioned.

According to impeccable sources cited in postings uploaded Sunday on social media, these appointees of Yaounde stumbled on an event to which they had not been invited and got the shock of their lives after insisting that the event be opened by a performance of the anthem of La Republique.

This request was met with stiff resistance from the people who united like one many in rebutting that “they (Southern Cameroonians) cannot sing the anthem of a foreign country” (La Republique du Cameroun).

Our sources, including persons who attended the ceremony, say an infuriated DO left in anger and rage, cursing and swearing to “punish” whoever was responsible for speaking truth to power.

Prior to turning down of the anthem, Manyu elites in Yaounde reportedly refused to release the sum of 53 million francs CFA which they had contributed and/or pledged for sponsoring the December 2016 Manyu Cultural Festival, FESTAC.

Citing the people of Manyu Division, our sources said they informed FESTAC officials that the people of Manyu are not “cooperating” with the Government of La Republique, even on a project as important as FESTAC, unless issues of the statehood of Southern Cameroons have been sorted out.

The decision not to cooperate forced FESTAC President, Mr. Besong Michael, to garner support from elsewhere – at home and abroad – for FESTAC 2016 which held last Tuesday through Thursday.

Adding to the embarrassment, our sources report that Senator Tabetando from Mamfe Central pushed through to Tinto town, Upper Bayang Sub-Division to organize a rally of the ruling CPDM which completely failed and backfired.

A vexing turnout of less than 50 persons, who attended, informed Senator Tabetando to his face to “go do that in your Sub-Division and let your own people listen to you”.

Senator Simon Anja, in his turn, had his own dose of humiliation at Akwa village in Akwaya Sub-Division. At this stop in the rounds designed by members of the ruling CPDM in the hope of demonstrating that there is support for the colonial administration of Southern Cameroons from Yaounde, the villagers in attendance reportedly warned Senator Anja. They warned and threatened him; letting him know that they were so infuriated that he should consider himself lucky for leaving safely.

You would not have left alive were you not a son of the village, one source said.

Not happy stopping at that, the villagers instructed him to leave the village immediately or risk provoking the anger of the entire village.

Reporting from Mamfe, Ako Abunaw, notes that Senators Anja and Tabetando had no choice than to return to their masters in Yaounde with their tails between their legs and their heads dropped in shame.

 

Honorable Wirba’s Secret Weapon

By Innocent Chia

Chicago, 18 December 2016 – The first Southern Cameroons politician whose ordained leadership has come riding on the back of a viral video in which he most succinctly persecutes the case of the “Anglophone Problem” of marginalization and apartheidification by La Republique du Cameroon, the Hon. Wirba Joseph has reportedly become a target for possible assassination by the ruling regime. In the meantime, credible sources who were present at the National Assembly during the famous speech confirm a fact that has been quiet until now. After Hon. Wirba finished his unprecedented and defiant speech, his fellow parliamentarians of the opposition SDF party stood up, sang the national anthem, and walked out of the National Assembly for the rest of day.

A bold step in its own right, it may have been watered down by the fact that the SDF has staged a walk outs from the National Assembly in past. Same members have, unfortunately, returned a day or two later to the same recycled promises and trickery of the ruling CPDM party of President Biya. *No bold and decisive action by this crop yet, has come close to that of their forebears, who, led by the late Hon. Endeley in 1953, walked permanently out of the Eastern Nigerian Assembly and formed the West Cameroon Assembly. *

Hon. Wirba’s rise, however, has come against some tall odds, nonetheless including from a dubious party hierarchy and lackluster opposition colleagues. This readily explains why not a single one of his SDF party colleagues in parliament was aware that Hon. Wirba would drop his bombshell on the floor of House during the budget session. Yet, unlikely as it sounds, not even the party chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, was given a heads up.

Our sources, colleagues of Hon. Wirba, have since confirmed that they were completely taken by surprise and just as stunned. While a few were clapping during his delivery, there was also palpable apprehension in some, one source said. They were fearful what might happen to him even as the fire in him intensified with every passing second. And so one of the first question I needed an answer to was why did Hon. Wirba keep this secret to himself?

The history of the fate of those who have challenged party hierarchy and status quo within the SDF is well documented and arguably the best starting point for any keen observer searching for answers.  Party scribes have come and gone, either victims of intransigence or ambition. No one we talked to would argue that party chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, whose wheels long became greased by the ruling CPDM, would probably have stopped the Hon. Wirba from lashing out at the deniers of an “Anglophone Problem” and his assertion of the right to self determination by Southern Cameroons. Hon. Wirba certainly had to keep his cards close to his vest.

His colleagues also confirm that apart from his colleagues of the opposition, parliamentarians of the ruling party were quick to meet and congratulate the Hon. Wirba in private. It is reported that the Hon. Wirba, while humbly accepting the kudos, said it is of no use to the country if they praise his courage in private yet do nothing publicly to change the current trajectory. The CPDM has historically not shown any mercy to any of its parliamentarians that exhibit any signs of independence. It is always about towing the party line and rubber stamping any bills tabled to it by President Biya.

And speaking of President Paul Biya, the deaths of over several young Southern Cameroonian under his captive government, the mass arrests and torture of others, the loss of property, the boiling of tensions, and civil angst have not risen to a point worth his personal time. In typical manner, he dispatched his PM into a war zone knowing full well that the PM was not vested with the powers to provide any political solutions to the social problems that are deeply anchored in a fraudulent, flawed, and cracked political foundation.

Last week, we broke news of the meeting between the Consortium of Lawyers, teachers and civil society and Alhadji Baba of Ndawara. We recall Alhadji Baba is a Biya protégé who probably stands the most to lose as an individual upon the independence of Southern Cameroons because he has robbed entire large populations of their lands and means of living using a crooked judiciary. It was reported that the report from that meeting was hand delivered at the Presidency for translation and for action by the head of State. It has been a week since then.

Observers expect for the President to drag this out till December 31st, when he delivers his scheduled, stale, and recycled annual end of year speech. He will probably mention the social unrest in a paragraph or two and make hollow promises about profound measures his administration will undertake to tackle the problems. He will deny that a Federation as requested by some is the answer. He may even call them merchants of illusions and promise to crack down on them. Look for him to refer to those seeking the Restoration of the Independent State of Southern Cameroons as traitors who will be dealt severely with for threatening the territorial integrity of the nation of Cameroon. Look for an attack on Cameroonians in the diaspora as sponsors of terrorism while they live out  their lives and send young people to certain brutality or death on the streets. Look for him to praise the police, gendarmes and paramilitary forces that have been deployed. Expect a refrain about how united and indivisible Cameroon is and how nothing to threaten that harmony will happen to it under his watch.

What you will not hear is a rebuttal by or from the SDF. They are not prepared for it and have no next steps planned to sustain the revolution that Hon. Wirba singlehandedly ignited in the House. Rather, our source maintained that “we are waiting to hear what the Head of State says”. The SDF is certainly not coordinating with the Lawyers, the Teachers, and the OKADA drivers or other civil society organizations. There is no planning of what to do should the Head of State handle this the way he has handled every other crisis and let the country to rot.

Why would they? They are paid salaries that many of them could only dream of. They have service cars and chauffeurs. But it is not too late. It is not too late for every parliamentarian from the Southern Cameroons, be they CPDM or SDF, to build a new future for their children and grandchildren. Let them return to the credible institutions of government in the Southern Cameroons capital city of Buea. The population, at home and abroad, will not mind extra taxes to guarantee their incomes. But they must be ready to sacrifice as much as Hon. Joseph Wirba has done in memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

 

MoRISC Calls for the Unconditional Release of Political Prisoners

Washington, DC, 18 December 2016 – The Movement for the Restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons (MoRISC) on Sunday reiterated its call for the Government of La Republique du Cameroun to order the immediate and unconditional release of over 100 people who have been arrested, transferred to and are being detained without trial and without charge in the towns of Buea, Bamenda, Kumba and Yaounde.

More than two-dozens of those detained (aged between 18 and 30 years) were arrested in early December 2016 and are being held at the Bamenda Central Prison, in the North West Region of the Cameroons.

More than 100 other protesters are believed to be held in secret detention centers in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.

MoRISC is especially calling on the Government of La Republique du Cameroun to end the torture of these political prisoners. MoRISC denounces, in the strongest terms, the fact that detainees with injuries have not received any medical attention and that, for all the detainees in Bamenda, that their families were still unaware of their whereabouts as of the night of Sunday, 18 December 2016 – nearly two weeks since they were first arrested.

At least two dozen people – mostly young men – arrested in Bamenda on 6 December 2016 were first detained at the GMI Police Station in Bamenda before being transferred on 8 December 2016 to the Bamenda Central Prison.

Some of those detained are very ill and need medical attention, which their jailers have not provided. Mr. Joseph Asangong, for example, who was shot on the right lap, has still not received any medical care, according to our sources.

The colonial Senior Divisional Officer of Mezam Division, North West Region, signed the detention order, according to information provided by rights advocates.

Those held at the Bamenda Central Prison include the following:

1. Tatae Ncok
2. Roger Gadinga
3. Asangon Joseph
4. Penny Nickson Asobo
5. Che Roger Funwi
6. Mbah Louis
7. Bah Joel
8. Bruno Teneng
9. Valentine Biyenuah
10. Donsong Miafo Herman
11. Ngwa Denis
12. Tikom Charles
13. Niba Oliver
14. Nziki Solomon
15. Nkwenti Sama Emmanuel Penn
16. Mbi Louis
17. Akewo Casen
18. Kenneth Fobah
19. Acha Mbah Valary
20. Atawan Feojus
21. Yembeh Clinton
22. Mudoh Elvis Abong
23. Fongole Lesley
24. Menia Ferdinand
25. Winceslaus Azeh

Most of the parents of those arrested and detained do not even know of their whereabouts.

Roadmap to the Restoration of Independence

Movement for the Restoration of the Independence of Southern Cameroons (MoRISC)

Mission: Enthrone a Government in Southern Cameroons that is based on popular consent, deriving authority and legitimacy from the people; not the decrees or might of a regime that, since 1961, is injurious to citizens’ rights to life, freedom, independence, equality and dignity.

Roadmap to the Restoration of Independence

Sunday, 1 January 2017

  • Launch of a well-coordinated Campaign of Civil Disobedience to De-legitimize Colonialism by boycotting all events organized and/or presided by Governors, Senior Divisional Officers, Divisional Officers, and/or Government Delegates. Campaign declares null and void the powers conferred by decree (not flowing from the people) on these colonial officials.
  • Elected Councilors, Elected Mayors, Elected Members of Parliament, and Elected Senators along with the Elected Leaders of Major Trade Unions (Lawyers, Teachers, Student Leaders, Traders, “Okada” Riders, etc.) to constitute the Lower House of the New Interim Congress of Southern Cameroons. (Officials who decline to serve shall be replaced by their alternates, their assistants, or the next officer in order of protocol).
  • Launch of Campaign to Rehabilitate/Legitimize the Chiefs and Fons ahead of the Revamping of the House of Chiefs and Fons. The House of Chiefs and Fons to serve as the Upper Chamber of the New Interim Congress of Southern Cameroons. (Citizens whose Chiefs and/or Fons decline to serve will have option to designate another traditional authority.)
  • Launch of the “Prayer for the Peaceful Restoration of Independence” to be said on all Sundays and on all Fridays in all churches and mosques across Southern Cameroons. (Prayer to be sent on 30 December 2016).
  • Launch grassroots branches of MoRISC and “Resistance Offices”.
  • Launch of the global eCitizenship campaign for Southern Cameroons.
  • NB: No officials appointed by the Government of La Republique du Cameroun shall be able to serve unless they first resign and are vetted.Go to Calendar Here or Continue for Full Road Map Story

Continue reading “Roadmap to the Restoration of Independence”

Questions & Answers on the Cameroons

What is “The Southern Cameroons Problem”?

It is the annexation of Southern Cameroons (independent on 1 October 1961) by the expansionist government of La Republique du Cameroun (independent on 1 January 1960).

Is this the same as what some have called “The Anglophone Problem”?

No, it is not. The so-called “Anglophone Problem” is the catch-all phrase used to denounce the systemic (official policy) of institutionalized discrimination against citizens of Southern Cameroons by the Government of La Republique du Cameroun on the basis of language (the fact that they are mostly not French-speaking) and hail from the former British Southern Cameroons.

Is there a solution for both “The Southern Cameroons Problem” and “The Anglophone Problem”?

Yes, there is. It begins by recognizing that the Anglophone Problem is one of the symptoms of the Southern Cameroons Problem. The sustainable solution to both problems is the restoration of the independence of Southern Cameroons.

Are Southern Cameroonians seeking the restoration of their independence from the United Nations, the African Union or from La Republique du Cameroun?

Southern Cameroonians are seeking worldwide recognition that the independence of our people and our homeland has been confiscated ever since 1961 and the people of Southern Cameroons have been made second class citizens because of the ongoing occupation of Southern Cameroons and its colonial misrule by the annexationist and expansionist Government of La Republique du Cameroun.

Is the other name for what you are seeking not secession?

We do not seek secession. Southern Cameroonians voted in 1961 for the creation of a “Union of Two Equal States” bringing together La Republique du Cameroun (independent on 1 January 1960) and Southern Cameroons (independent on 1 October 1961). The “Union” that was supposed to have formed was named the Federal Republic of Cameroon. On 20 May 1972, the annexationist Government of La Republique du Cameroun used the overwhelming French-speaking population to topple the government of Southern Cameroons and impose a unitary dictatorship in which Southern Cameroonians have been condemned to second class status. In April 1984, one of the parties to what was supposed to be a “Union” of two equal states, finalized its secession from the “Union” by unilaterally reverting to the name La Republique du Cameroun.

Can the problems of marginalization not be resolved without a break-up?

The marginalization of Southern Cameroonians is very real, but marginalization, as grave as it is, stems directly from and is only a byproduct of the ongoing colonial occupation. The imposition of French (the dominant language) in courts and the use of French-speaking teachers in schools earmarked for English-speaking students are occurrences that would never be there had the people of Southern Cameroons maintained their government, as agreed to in the lead-up to independence in 1961. It will take the withdrawal of French-speaking occupation troops and paramilitary forces like Gendarmes; the calling back of French-speaking colonial administrators posted to Southern Cameroons by La Republique du Cameroun and the restoration of the Government of Southern Cameroons to begin to address marginalization.

Is the situation that bad?

It is worse than anyone can find appropriate words to paint. The intent of La Republique du Cameroun from the very beginning has always been to annex Southern Cameroons. That is why it voted against independence for Southern Cameroons during the April 21, 1961 session of the United National General Assembly which granted the territory international sovereignty. Destroying the Federal Republic of Two Equal States in 1972 was consistent with that plot; as was reversion to the name La Republique du Cameroun. The Justice Minister of La Republique du Cameroun told its parliament in 2015 that “unification” in 1961 was meant to be like “dropping a cube of sugar into a bowl of water”. They wanted Southern Cameroonians to melt into oblivion and become Francophones. The many injustices of the past 55 years have now left Southern Cameroonians with no choice than to call for the restoration of their independence.

Should citizens of the French-speaking part of the Cameroons have a say in what Southern Cameroonians seek?

No, they should not and this is why. The decision to form a “Union of Two Equal States” was made in a Referendum (on 11 February 1961) in which only Southern Cameroonians voted. Putting an end to that experiment only requires those who voted for it to say they want out. Besides, citizens of La Republique du Cameroun have proven to the entire world that they are a different people from the people of Southern Cameroons, whom they mockingly refer to as “ennemis dans la maison” (enemies in the house), Nigerians and/or “Biafrans” (in reference to citizens of the failed Biafra Republic in Nigeria). For example, lawyers, teachers and students across La Republique du Cameroun are totally unconcerned by the injustices that led to the strikes by lawyers, teachers and students in Southern Cameroons because the police brutality and the killings of peaceful protesters have targeted Southern Cameroonians exclusively.