IG Position Statement on La Republique du Cameroun and the Swiss-Mediated Process

The IG has issued a statement in reaction to the much-trumpeted withdrawal of La Republique du Cameroun from the Swiss-mediated Process, which they were never in!

The IG, remains available to participate in a negotiation under the following conditions:

1. Neutral Third Party Mediation

Any negotiations would have to be mediated by a neutral third party. The IG thanks the Swiss Foreign Ministry and HD for their efforts and assures them they remain open to the only logical solution.

2. Broad-based representation

The IG also reiterates that the negotiations would need to involve a broad-based representation of Ambazonian Liberation groups.

3. Two separate states of equal status

The IG reminds the International Partners that Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) is a separate state from the state of La Republique du Cameroun and that it would be unsustainable to participate in a “National” dialogue great or small as that would imply the genocidal war being waged on Ambazonia by the state of La Republique du Cameroun was “internal”.

Read the statement here.

This previous article outlines the legal foundation of the two-state status.

“Swiss-Process”: Nothing has happened…

Crying over spilt milk

The old saying goes, paraphrased, “No good crying over spilt milk”. It is much less good crying over someone else’s spilt milk or spilt milk that one never had … or over only a mirage of spilt milk.

There has been a rush to claim wisdom and good judgement with hindsight for not being intimately involved with the “process”. Some who could not cope with team work may now seek to extol their prophetic instincts in not taking the “process” seriously and point fingers at others for being naïve in giving the “process” higher importance than it deserved. Whatever the case, Ambazonia News never expected Ambazonia to come of out the “process” with any favourable or advantageous positions or genuine acquisitions at this stage of the struggle with the current balance of power. Certainly much less so, at the time of the setup of the “process” when Ambazonia was much less powerful, to pursue the power-balance argument. As always suspected, LRC, certainly, and possibly the “misunderstood partners”, were playing for time with the hope that wariness would account for the Ambazonia Liberation struggle and that “normalcy” would return and they would not have to do anything profound.

Shooting into school-run traffic: act of a party who wants to negotiate?

During the time of the “process” La Republique du Cameroun has continued to burn villages and massacre civilians in Ambazonia. They have continued their 60-year practice of cattling [this is not a word but expresses the idea!] the people of Ambazonia with armed check-points every mile of “road”. One of these check-points was actually constructed and inaugurated during this period in Bafut, to believe the reports at the time! The high-profile acts on these check-points in recent times were the killings of the two school girls with weeks of each other in Buea and then in Bamenda. In addition to these constant visual tools of intimidation and extortion on Ambazonian citizens generally and stealthily taxing them to pay for the militias to oppress them, La Republique du Cameroun also went even further and orchestrated massacres in villages. These were direct assaults by their militias, which were first denied and then acknowledged as “bavures” committed by individual militiamen or commanders. Do any of these acts, in their sheer volume and frequency, speak to a party that has any intention of a peaceful negotiated resolution? Has La Republique du Cameroun ever previously stated for the record anywhere that they were engaged in any “contacts”?

Why Now? What should Ambazonia do?

Having never acknowledged any engagement, and in fact denied for the record in the past, why is La Republique du Cameroun now making a big circus of “withdrawing from the Swiss-Process”? What conditions have aligned to convince their strategists that now is the time to break cover about playing for time? This acknowledgement, even by the peripheral figure of Mr JD Momo, went into boastful details of how Mr Biya had cleverly played the Ambazonian “Leaders” and eased the pressure from International partners. So the sage of Etoudi managed, to believe Mr Momo’s analysis (boasts), to out-wit all the parties who allowed their names to be associated with the “process”, viz. Canada, Switzerland, UK, USA and others. Really!

Ambazonia News believes that the international partners who “backed” the process probably had a self-interest in seeing the “crisis” die of wariness if it could. They certainly were not “played” by the clever Mr Biya, who couldn’t “play” a primary school child if he wanted, given his state of health over this period! Ambazonia should understand that those parties have no interest one way or the other and are not against Ambazonia per se. Neither are they against or for La Republique du Cameroun!

La Republique du Cameroun has used up that card now and burnt bridges with the “victim” International Partners so Ambazonia should take advantage. Ambazonian Leaders have always insisted we wanted independence but been nudged towards the possibility of a peaceful negotiated settlement, which, being a negotiation, would inevitably accrue only a lesser position! Ambazonian Leaders would not expect LRC to come to negotiate and agree to independence for Ambazonia! Now that Mr Momo has made it clear that the international partners cannot take Mr Biya’s or LRC’s word and declared LRC is not interested in a negotiation, Ambazonia’s position is strengthened when it comes to any considerations about possible negotiations.

For now Ambazonians on the ground should continue to exercise and enjoy their dignity. They should collaborate with the Restoration Forces and among themselves to live independence and dignity. They should engage with Community Education that they control for the true benefit of their children. That is a key and important milestone in breaking the colonialism that is the link with LA Republique du Cameroun. Ambazonian children will gain certificates which give them true access to social advancement, unlike the current racket which La Republique runs where parents have to pay bribes for the right to access an inadequate education, gain value-less certificates and then become unemployed and excluded unless their parents make additional financial sacrifices in pseudo competitions that the Ambazonia children should have won fairly.

Viability of Negotiations and when

La Republique du Cameroun is very unlikely to come to the negotiation table except at the very last opportunity. The legal positions militate against LRC. There is no union treaty so LRC is only exercising de fact authority over Ambazonia. As soon as any negotiations kick off, LRC has acknowledged Ambazonian sovereignty and the notion of granting any favours to Ambazonia would dissipate. LRC knows this and most international partners know it. They just hope that time will account for our Liberation struggle and that the de facto status quo would prevail.

To change this fate, Ambazonia must continue to expel all vestiges of LRC influence from our land and “behave” and “live” free.

The Most High God is the Watch Man of Our Nation!

This prayer is answered every time there is any slight doubt. Ambazonia’s focus now is on the one course to freedom – the forcible ejection of LRC from our lives and lands. There is no need to pause to say “I knew” or “I told you so!”. To quote Jimmy Cliff, “Our hearts are set; Our minds made up; We’ll never stop; Our faith will see us through”.

APP CGA resolves to decommission RC in competence and performance crisis

In a planned follow-up Constituent General Assembly the Ambazonia Peace Plan has reviewed the Restoration Council’s response to the APP resolutions 1 to 6 of 3rd September 2022.

Meeting on 15th September 2022 the APP CGA noted that the defunct Restoration, which had already been deemed failing under its Terms of Reference and declared defunct, had persisted in staging an irregular opaque process in defiance of the APP’s previous resolutions.

The APP had objected to vague and inappropriate clauses in the Election Modalities; the failure to submit the document to be enacted by the Executive; the opacity of the electoral list which had also not been duly released during the “election process”; and the general operations of the Election Commission of Ambazonia (ECA) which exceeded its purported remit by defending the Modalities rather than just applying them. This latter act  promoted the general attitude of the RC in refusing to right the short-comings of the process, thereby nullifying the whole processes and resulting in a waste of already scarce resources and energies. It should be noted that the failure to enact the Modalities rendered the existence of the ECA null and void as it had no legal Terms of Reference, even if it also then engaged in campaigning in its “educational briefing events” and “election debates”.

Recall the 3/Sept/2022 resolutions here.

The full text of the 15/Sept/2022 resolutions here.

Election Modalities: 1st objection

The first objection is the fact that the modalities were not brought to the people’s assembly, at the Ambazonia Peace Plan Forum ( APP), for the constitutionally required presentation. Then the document was published without the president’s signature and is being applied without that signature!

The solution?

When reminded of this the simple and most straight forward solution was to present it as required, to the APP Forum and then submitted the document to the president to sign it. This would have sufficed regardless of any amendments. A reflective and responsive institution would have accepted feedback and expedited the process with gratitude!

Find the complete Modalities here or go to the critique of section 1

Section 2 – The attributes of Presidential aspirants

In this section there is some scope for discretion from the ECA. Discretion is exactly what allows fraudulent practices to flourish. In an electoral process which seeks to boast of fairness and transparency it is best to minimise these windows.

Critique

Given the history of Ambazonia, there is no way a candidate would be able to provide documentary evidence to meet clause 2.1.1! This means discretion is introduced! Of course Ambazonia News would be pleasantly surprised to be reassured that every candidate managed to provide 200 years of background!

Critique

How was 2.1.2 decided? What excludes a 34 year old or a 71 year old? These limits do have the merit of eliminating the discretion that Ambazonia News objects to!

2.1.4 Professional, Moral and social status could be judged by letters from “reliable referees”. Granted. A reliable source of income could be establish by which criteria? Is the community to be consulted explicitly to complete this bit of vetting?

What about 2.1.6 “May have skills …”. Is that essential? Could a candidate be disqualified for an attribute the only “may” have? More scope for discretion!

2.1.8.2 There is at least one typographical error in this one and the whole concept does not cover the simple idea of visas! What are major restrictions that could impact the vetting outcome?

Look at the complete Modalities

President calls halt to elections until modalities fixed

President Marianta Njomia has cited grave irregularities in the electoral process in suspending the poll urging the Restoration Council to regularise the modalities to ensure the elections call hold in a constitutional atmosphere. The call is contained in a letter addressed on Thursday 25 August 2022 to the Chair of the RC.

The major stumbling block is the fact that the Modalities were not submitted for promulgation by the president as per the provisions of the Constitution, meaning they are technically not the law and the process is unconstitutional.

The President stresses that the RC document provides for the requirements to be completed in time for the poll to hold as planned.

Rea the letter from here

Read the Election Modalities here

Read the Interim Constitution of Ambazonia

Ambazonia A Okay!

Ambazonia progress and power.

“Hail! Hail! Hail this land of glory!”

Six years ago Ambazonia was a fringe idea and a word used by a small collection of people. There was a debate even among those people whether it was better to stick to “Southern Cameroons” or “Former British Southern Cameroons” or use the “less familiar” “Ambazonia”. Today we are no longer debating the name. We know our legal righteousness. We know our moral righteousness. We have reclaimed our dignity.

“We, the Ambazonians, pledge our loyalty!”

In this write up I will attempt to get us to take a positive stock of the progress and power of Ambazonia bearing in mind how much psychological attack we the Ambazonians are withstanding. That we do not even know we are under such attack, makes it even more remarkable that we are withstanding it. The truth is Ambazonia is doing the job for us. Ambazonia is protecting us as a nation should protect its citizens. All around the globe we are holding our heads high and savouring the dignity that once eluded us when we would hear the phrase “but I thought Cameroun is a francophone country”!

This week when that assertion was made at the Commonwealth games in Birmingham #Birmingham2022 it was true and valid! As the presenters announced LRC athletes in the opening ceremony, they announced that Cameroun is “an odd example of a francophone country which is in the Commonwealth.” All I can say to any LRC functionary who provided this gem to the BBC is “Thank You!”. How long have we been trying to establish our separateness from LRC. We look forward to our participation if we deem it in our interest to apply to join!

“Allegiance to our heroes who bore the land with their blood”

Our fora are flooded with clumsy suggestive write-ups to make us question our commitment and accuse each other. We pick them up and spread them further with our own magnifications and single-person witness statements, some of them third-hand quotes. And yet Ambazonia has only gotten stronger. LRC functionaries and lackeys now accept and use the name with the correct spelling – which is more than can be said for their use of the names of their “head of government” at the start of “his government”! Renowned diplomates are using the name routinely, as in without supplementary explanations or Southern Cameroons in brackets. As per the foregoing regarding #Birmingham2022, internationally renowned and authoritative media house of the calibre of the BBC acknowledge our separateness from LRC! They no longer mention us as an appendage to French Cameroun!

Ambazonians continue to express their choice weekly in quiet dignified observation of meditative “country Sunday”. LRC has tried to inflict all sorts of pain, offer inducements and bribes, threatened livelihoods, threatened and applied violence and non of these have dissuaded the masses. If anything these LRC efforts have validated the righteousness of Ambazonia. Ambazonians have come to value and treasured their sacrifice for their nation and the dignity that the nation is giving them.

“You shall live in plenty, meeting our needs!”

Enter the psycholgical effort! It used to be called propaganda in olden times and consisted blatant slanted messages with a clear characteristic designed to raise the morale of one side while sapping that of the other. It was easily indentifiable as it could be easily sourced, that is, it did not take much to tell where it had come from. For one thing, propagandists did not bother to disguise who they were, but rather concentrated on the message. These days it is heavily disguised and because of the prevalence of social media and the relative lack of cost it is more aand more shrouded as it propagates. By the time a message has been forwarded five times, it is practically impossible to determine its source or its purpose. But that only makes it more effective as it engages most people in debating and propagating it – each propagation lending more plausibility as it appears to come, implicitly endorsed, by our “contacts”!

“Ambazonia, Land of Freedom!”

Our reminder to deal with this psych ops is to remember the fundamentals.
We are Ambazonians from Ambazonia, a UN recognised territory with international boundaries.
We had no army or leadership when LRC decided to launch a war against us. Ironically in so doing validating our status as a separate nation. LRC helped define our boundaries by targeting us for the internet blackout. They validate and define our borders by giving us the nickname NOSO and subjecting our citizens to the treatments they do… including the special treatment as the only place in the world where soldiers fire live rounds into school-run traffic or burn down villages with pregnant women and children – and repeat the dose!
The people of Ambazonia now accept they are Ambazonian and express that weekly.
The people of Ambazonia are decolonising their minds in small but significant steps. Even when they study under LRC they know they are just keeping up with the international knowledge competition. Increasingly Ambazonia is running community schools, which are the genesis of our next step in decolonization.
We have many who are putting their lives on the line to defend Ambazonia for zero pay! How much more does anyone need to “prove” the persistence and resilience of a state! Ambazonia gives her citizens dignity and her citizens like that dignity and love their nation.

“And your children shall be like the stars above”

Collaboration! Ambazonians who know they are Ambazonian should collaborate with Ambazonia! Build the bridges that will speed up our liberation.
Some of us, including even those who know this psych ops is going on, are occasionally down-hearted.

The solution is to have a look at the Anthem and the Flag each morning…

AND REMEMBER MOST OF THE NEGATIVE FORWARDS EVEN FROM YOUR CONTACTS ORIGINATE FROM LRC’s AGENTS. DELETE THEM! THEY DO NOT AFFECT OUR RESTORATION.

“The Most High God is the Watchman of our Nation”

Ambazonia! You are A-Okay!

No Pity on empathy…

” Want the corpses of our fighters back, or you cant have yours either!” That was the message from No Pity as his fighters carted away the corpse of a LRC militia leader.

The respect accorded to the fallen LRC militia man was stark when compared to the recent LRC rituals of displaying Ambazonian victims of their militias in town squares in poses vainly designed to strike terror in a long immune population. They have not noticed that recreating their French mentors’ terror tactics from the start of the neo colonial era is futile and pointless.

Worse than that, it is impossible to fathom the idea that responding to minor grievances and protests with mass arrests, village burnings, extra-judicial killings and intimidation including crossing the Rubicon of firing into school-bound morning traffic and murdering pregnant women cannot induce any “brother” to reconcile, much less imagine leaving the fate of their future generations to the mercies of such “brothers”!

This method of trying to “solve” the “crisis” leaves us to expect a long road as the authors have shown no signs of being able to empathise in any way that could convince anyone they are going to negotiate anytime soon, unless their masses are served an empathy-inducing taste of the last six years of Ambazonian life.

We the Ambazonians accept that it could be a long rough road …

But we can’t turn back, our hearts are fixed
our minds made up, we’ll never stop
our faith [and just cause] will see us through