ANGLOPHONE CONFERENCE: BIYA’S GO AHEAD STILL EXPECTED
CAMEROON DAILY JOURNAL|The secretariat for the organization of the said Conference is awaiting official authorization for the holding of this event, which will take place from 21 to 22 November.
The SDO of Buea was seized at the end of the week by the organizing committee of the General Conference of Anglophones. The latter requested a meeting authorization on Thursday before providing details on the dates of the event the next day.
If accepted, the Conference should be held on 21 and 22 November. This initiative by Cardinal Christian Tumi comes in the context of a security crisis in the North West and South West regions. The multiple attacks against civilians have forced people to flee to other localities. Buea is no exception. The city is deserting more and more.
However, we must identify the real causes of the crisis anglophone and possible solutions, explained, at the end of the week, the prelate. Beyond attacking this, the Buea meeting will have to make it possible to designate the representatives of the English-speaking populations during a possible dialogue with the State.
Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis last October, several delegations have been sent to the English-speaking population. The elites of North-West and South-West (Peter Mafany Musongue, Philemon Yang, Atanga Nji, Enow Ngatchu …) have tried to dialogue with theirs for a return to calm. Without success. Their proximity to the government and ruling party (cpdm) contributed to the failure of these negotiations.
The multiple efforts of traditional leaders have not produced more results. And even if it is in the interest of the various protagonists – secessionists and Cameroonian authorities – that a solution be found to this crisis, the readiness of the latter is not apparent. The government remains silent. The secessionists, meanwhile, made death threats to Simon Munzu – whose experience on peace issues has repeatedly been tested in other countries – forcing him to withdraw from the organization of the conclave.
While waiting to learn more about the government’s response, the acting secretary of the organization is calling on all communities to take steps to be represented in Buea on November 21-22.