ANGLOPHONE CONFLICT: MAURICE KAMTO REVEALS THE LIMITS OF PAUL BIYA
In his best wishes to the nation on 31 December 2018, the Cameroonian President recalled that he had appealed to the separatists to lay down their arms and promised that they could benefit from a process of demobilization and reintegration.
One of Paul Biya’s rivals in the last presidential election also spoke last night. Maurice Kamto, who still claims victory, made very direct remarks, accusing the head of state of sacrificing the fate of his people for his ego.
“Parcel approach” and deadlock
The leader of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) party particularly denounced the management of the Anglophone crisis. “We are not surprised that such a piecemeal approach leads us to a stalemate because how can we understand the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process without the precondition of negotiating a ceasefire? He asked.
Finally, the English crisis was also mentioned by the secessionist leader, Samuel Sako, acting president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Ambazonia. Based in the United States, he commented on the abuses committed in the English-speaking areas and the recent tensions between the different armed groups.
“All kidnappings for ransom, killing a citizen or other fighter, as well as any other form of crime, are strictly prohibited,” he said.
The secessionist leader also said he would not participate in the Anglophone conference desired by religious leaders, but already postponed twice. According to him, this meeting is a good initiative, but should be held outside the Cameroonian territory, to allow the diaspora to participate.