Mr Dion Ngute, PM of, LRC, La Republique du Cameroun has been in Bamenda, Suuthern Cameroons for the last three days. In that time he has posed with a peace plant and an ill-fitting local attire clumsily intended to fit in. The outfits and peace plant were not the only incongruities.
Claims to be in dialogue
Mr Ngute tweeted a self-congratulatory message that he had come to continue “on-going” dialogue condescended by the benevolent dictator of LRC. His method was exactly the same as that of his predecessor in the appointed patronage post. He would ignore all the grievances and claim dialogue while meeting the local “elites”. Worthy of note is that the term “elites” refers to collaborators who benefit from the status quo by accepting the largesse of the afore-mentioned dictator in exchange for occasionally posing as pleased populace. In the last three years the “elites” have had to work over-time to continue to support the dictator while their supposed constituents were being murdered and burnt out of home. Mr Ngute claimed the only condition on the claimed dialogue was that the Restoration of Southern Cameroon independence, as demanded by resistance of the Amba Boys, would remain off the table.
Killings Continued during the Visits
There were reports of burning villages near Ndu while Mr Ngute made his claims and photo calls. It was not a surprise as he is following the same methods. LRC sends elites to pose for pictures with paid local civil servants and RDPC beneficiaries while trying to enforce “unity” through force of murder and extreme brutality. Mr Ngute’s tweet carried images of a crowd wearing pro-Biya tee shirts!
Also, in a City under curfew, the “local” women managed to deploy to the vicinity of his hotel with professionally printed placards demanding peace. This is in a city under curfew in a country where all marches have to be “authorised” formally by letters from the “chefs de terre”.
Author of the Suffering Offers Peace
If the foregoing was not odd enough the offer of peace is being dangled by the same dictator who declared war nearly two-years ago and ordered home-burnings and murders of elderly villages. It is unclear how such an offer of peace could be interpreted while his troops are still busy killing and maiming under his orders. Five months ago Mr Biya reiterated his order boasting in a reference to the killings, of “ordering the neutralisation” of the Amba Boys if they did not drop their weapons. Mr Biya is clearly the author and has confessed responsibility for the suffering of the villagers of Southern Cameroons and has “sent” his appointee elite to pose as messenger of peace even while the murders and intimidation continue!
Mr Biya’s Last Rubber Stamp Did not Include Southern Cameroons
Mr Biya, “stood” for re-election under a flawed electoral system which lead to the declared results being disputed by his opponents in LRC. It is worth noting that it is widely accepted that the vote did not take place in Southern Cameroons so Mr Biya is not in a position to pose as the president of those two regions. In any case being a disputed president even in LRC, he is not in a position to guarantee any agreements reached in dialogue, were it properly constituted.
Mr Ngute is proposing to go to the South West Region, the other Southern Cameroons region to bring them the same gifts. The jury is still out as to what the non-elite Southern Cameroonians will make of the peace mission.
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