7, May 2018
A senior Francophone political elite has hinted Cameroon Concord News that the Paul Biya era is nearly over as the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia intensifies support for armed groups engaged in the Southern Cameroons liberation struggle. The CPDM baron who is also a member of the Central Committee told our undercover reporter that some foreign states including France and Germany were cutting financial support for the Yaoundé regime.
The French Cameroun politician whose name we are withholding pointed out that Biya and his SDF acolytes were staging elections in some parts of the country to send a message to the international community that the Southern Cameroons uprising has ended … and that the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime is on the path towards dialogue.
Under the direct supervision of the Interim Government with financial help from the Southern Cameroons Diaspora, Ambazonian fighters have freed over much of Southern Cameroons’s populated counties in both the Northern and Southern Zones. Now, the Amba fighters are marching eastward towards Buea the Federal capital.
The Southern Cameroons war, which has killed hundreds of Ambazonian civilians, has reached its penultimate stage as foreign powers including the Federal Republic of Nigeria that backed the Biya regime are changing their policies.
Nigerian President Buhari is under pressure to step aside and has shifted his attention to the numerous Boko Haram attacks and incursions in Northern Nigeria. French President Macron has also shifted his priority away from guaranteeing Biya’s continued stay in power, seeking to mend ties with progressive Francophone and Anglophone forces.
The Francophone dominated military deployed to Southern Cameroons have been burning down villages and killing innocent Southern Cameroons civilians including women and children. Yaoundé also has a garrison in the French Cameroun locality of Mbouda in the Western region, near the strategic highway crossing to Bamenda, where young recruits are trained to battle the Ambazonian forces.
With no FIFA World Cup football to divert attention from the war, the Biya regime this week traded the so-called university games in Maroua and noted that participation from Anglophone universities proved a U-turn was achieved in the conflict in Southern Cameroons.
The conflict that became multi-sided following Nigeria and French government involvement has raged on along several fronts across Southern Cameroons, with Yaoundé losing ground to the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
And while the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo government has forced several senior Anglophone political elites to surrender to its policy of one and indivisible Cameroon, Amba fighters loyal to the Interim Government are now holding key positions, including Akwaya, Lebialem, Kumba, Mbonge Kupe Muanenguba, Belo, Jakiri and a pocket of territory near Buea.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai