Elections 2022: Just win or do the right thing?

President Marianta Njomia has concluded that the RC is not going to amend the Election Modalities to meet the needs of Ambazonia.

The president has issued a document to outline the flaws, the biggest of which was the failure to pass the “law” through a citizens’ assembly or even to get the presidential signature as required by constitutional articles.

Ambazonia news will be doing an article-by-article analysis of the offending “Election Modalities” in separate posts but we can confirm that the president has chosen to persist with doing the right thing – making sure that Ambazonian institutions are functional and fit for purpose, not just for the present poll but in setting a standard for being reflective and responsive to the needs of all citizens henceforth.

Time will tell how the conflict evolves but Ambazonians would benefit from inspecting the facts and drawing their own conclusions. Our citizens are not and should not be helpless. They should know the facts and insist on their representatives being responsive and reflective to/of the citizens’ wishes. This should apply to all representatives be they LGA chairs, or County Chairs, or Restoration Councillors or members of the Executive.

The president is insisting on transparency and accountability. That is the right thing to do in the view of Ambazonia news.

Refer to the president’s objections here.

Refer to the complete Election Modalities here

Ambazonia’s legal rights … According to the law

The following was found on one of the Ambazonian social media fora. It is a long read but provides reassuring legal expertise regarding often discussed legal righteousness of the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. Ambazonians need to read it for their education, which ever route they choose thereafter. Ambazonia exists and an internationally recognisable geographical area and qualifies as a state. Acknowledgement of the effort of others in compiling this work goes without saying … It is not claimed as the work of this poster!

Francis Ngwa put the questions to Chief Barrister Taku Charles, Read on from archives:
Q What are the legal basis for the complaints of English-speaking people in Cameroon? Do they need a federal state or an independent country to resolve the problem?
A: In answer to your question, permit me to correct one misconception implicit in it. There is no such thing as “English speaking people in Cameroon”. I presume your question is directed at the legal basis for the restoration of the Sovereignty of the Southern Cameroons- Ambazonia over her territory.
With that caveat, permit me to state clearly that it is not contested that Southern Cameroons is a state recognized as such in International Law. The Southern Cameroons fulfilled the legal criteria of Statehood spelt out in the 1932 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States.
Article 1 of the said Convention states:
“The State as a person of International Law should possess the following qualifications:
a) a permanent population.
b) A defined territory.
c) Government.
d) Capacity to enter into relations with other states.

That the Southern Cameroons possessed these qualifications is no longer subject of reasonable controversy, regard had to be made to the fact that the UN through its Resolutions affirmed her exercise of the right of self-determination through a well-conceived procedure with full UN participation, that was to commence with a UN organized Plebiscite and ending with an Internationally recognized union treaty with La Republique du Cameroun.
That process, we all know, was aborted and so no treaty worthy of recognition and enforcement pursuant to articles 102 and 103 of the UN Charter exists between Southern Cameroons and La Republique Du Cameroon.
It is therefore futile for anyone to invoke alleged historical or political arguments to justify the existence of any union between the two, without first ascertaining whether the UN-laid down basis for the existence of a legally binding treaty was executed or faithfully implemented pursuant to the Charter responsibilities of the all the parties involved.
In conflating the notions of Sovereignty and that of Statehood to justify its annexation of the Southern Cameroons-Ambazonia, La Republique Du Cameroun is oblivious of the fact that Southern Cameroons as a Legal Order, prior to the annexation of her territory, had her own executive and legislative organs, conducted foreign relations through her own organs, had her own system of courts and legal system, had her own nationality laws, and above all had her own constitution.
Her loss of the decision making over these matters due to the overbearing foreign control through military, economic and political blackmail and downright colonial criminality do not affect her statehood status in International Law. Similarly, Iraqi exercise of sovereignty over Kuwait, American exercise of sovereignty over Iraq, Allied exercise of sovereignty over Germany after the Second World War or Soviet exercise of Sovereignty over the Soviet Republics did not ipso jure lead to a loss of the statehood of the occupied states in International Law.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights only recently reaffirmed that Southern Cameroons constitute a people recognized as such under the Charter. That can only be construed within the context of the distinctive statehood of Southern Cameroons since the constitutive tribes of La Republique do not have any of the qualifying attributes of a state defined in the Montevideo Convention.
There can be no gainsaying the fact that had La Republique du Cameroun as an occupying force not invoked the status of Southern Cameroons in International Law as well as the treaties that defined her International Boundaries, and all other acts that accord with the Montevideo Convention, the case she initiated against Nigeria would have been dismissed as a matter of law and fact.
To this extent, the exercise of sovereignty over that case, culminating in the Greentree agreement in which both Nigeria and La Republique undertook to withdraw their forces to their respective boundaries at Independence as the leadership of Ambazonia has correctly argued, is but a logical conclusion of an exercise of sovereignty which an occupying power merely undertook for the benefit of the State of Southern Cameroons- Ambazonia as their pleading and evidence tendered at trial reasonably suggests. In this regard, there is no other reasonable conclusion or inference to draw from the totality of the proceedings and its outcome. To that end, therefore, the continuous occupation of the territory of the Southern Cameroons by La Republique Du Cameroun is manifestly illegal, untenable and unacceptable.
Coming to the next arm of your question whether Southern Cameroons need a federation or independence to resolve the problem, I will defer in part to the preceding answer. I wish however to emphasize that the Southern Cameroons overwhelmingly voted for independence in a UN supervised plebiscite in 1961 and was required thereafter to exercise her right of self-determination by negotiating and defining with UN and British Government’s participation of a union treaty with La Republique du Cameroun.
Note must be taken of the fact that the British Government’s participation was in respect of her UN Charter obligation and not in any other capacity. To the extent that the said Charter responsibility was never affected and has never occurred, there is no union between La Republique Du Cameroun and Southern Cameroons.
Assuming for the purpose of argument only, one were to say that Southern Cameroons was never independent as the spokesman of La Republique Isa Tchiroma stated lately, that conflation of the notion of independence and Statehood would reasonably be construed as ignorance of the state of international law on the subject.
Ian Bronwlie and Jose’ E. Alvarez, Leading authorities on International Law have stated that it is inappropriate to confuse independence as an aspect of statehood, because several factors may explain a loss of independence and / or sovereignty which may not necessarily lead to a loss of statehood. Brownlie emphasizes that “a common source of confusion lies in the fact that “sovereignty may be used to describe the condition where a state has not exercised its own privileges, and immunities in respect of other states. In this sense, a state which has consented to another state managing its foreign relations, or which has granted extensive extra-territorial rights to another state, is not “sovereign”. If this or similar content is given to “sovereignty”, and the same ideogram is used as a criterion of statehood, then the incidents of statehood and legal personality are once again confused with their existence”.
For the above reason, it is submitted that neither the statehood nor the independence of the Southern Cameroons are in question. What is at stake is the exercise of sovereignty that both confer on the State of Southern Cameroons. It is this stolen sovereignty that we are on course to recovering. That in essence is what we call the Southern Cameroons problem.
With the suggestion that a federation may solve the problem, I may venture to state that the suggestion has been overtaken by events. These are evident in the acts and conduct of La Republique Du Cameroun that rendered the fulfillment of UN Charter responsibility on the Southern Cameroons problem impossible.
First, the UN Resolutions required that the exercise of the rights of self-determination of the people of Southern Cameroons be inviolable and sacrosanct. Neither Foncha nor Ahidjo nor any other person however so called could alienate those rights upon himself.
In addition to the none fulfillment of the UN Charter responsibilities by the UN and Great Britain as stated above, all acts undertaken by these individuals or who so ever at Foumban where a purported Federal Constitution was allegedly conceived adopted and promulgated by Ahidjo without the sanction of the Southerns Cameroons through her House of Assembly or by referendum was null and void ab initio and without an legal effect whatsoever.
Even if the Federal Constitution that came out of that process was legitimate, the subsequent violation of article 47 of the said constitution that rendered any amendment that impaired the federal character of the Republic null and void rendered the alleged union the constitution purported to create void ab initio.
Besides, that constitution was not and could not be the union treaty contemplated by the UN Resolutions on Southern Cameroons because in promulgating the said Constitution into law, Ahmadou Ahidjo did not draw inspiration from the UN Resolution on Southern Cameroons, or the Plebiscite of 11 February 1961. He simply did so through an amendment of and adaptation to the Constitution of a “reunified La Republique Du Cameroun” of 4 March 1960 through Law No. 61-24 of 1 September 1961.
It is therefore in error for anyone to hold that that amendment of the Constitution of La Republique Du Cameroun by Law No. 61-24 of 1 September 1961 even before the Independence of the Southern Cameroons on 1 October 1961 created a valid and subsisting union contemplated by the UN for the purpose of its charter obligations. That law was rather the very basis of annexation and colonization of the Southern Cameroons which all peace-loving people of the world must condemn vehemently.
It was therefore in perpetuation of this illegality that La Republique Du Cameroun in 1972 organized a purported referendum to create a unitary state, in violation of article 47 of its own amended constitution, a so-called Federal Constitution.
These illegalities and criminal annexation and colonization have invariably been denounced by Prominent Southern Cameroonians led by HRM Fon Gorgi Dinka, Professor Carlson Anyangwe, Albert Womah Mukong and a plethora of others listed by an eminent Camerounian Scholar Pierre Fabien Nkot in his seminal book “Usage Politiques du Droit En Afrique: Le Cas Du Cameroun”.pg35-40.
In recognition of the illegalities denounced vehemently and persistently by many led by Fon Dinka in particular for and on behalf of the severely repressed revolting masses of the Southern Cameroons-Ambazonia and cognizant of the gravity of the consequences of the crimes of annexation and colonization, the President of La Republique Du Cameroun, Paul Biya, in 1984, enacted a law reverting the Republique du Cameroun to its legal personality at Independence, and with it, its internationally recognized boundaries, its state symbols and re-emphasized this fact as Dinka has rightly stated in the Greentree agreement with Nigeria.
La Republique Du Cameroun was offered an opportunity to get into a valid, Federation with the Southern Cameroons at the AAC1, reiterated at the AACII and she declined. In so declining, she exercised an act of sovereignty which Southern Cameroons was mandated in law to respect and did respect. La Republique is similarly obligated to respect International Law and her UN Charter obligations by vacating the territory of Southern Cameroons-Ambazonia forthwith.
According to Pierre Fabien Nkot, (pg 40) Paul Biya has boasted that he was ready to organize a referendum to show the world that only a minority of Southern Cameroons was agitating to regain her sovereignty. The African Commission ordered that dialogue should be held under its auspices to resolve the Southern Cameroons problem. I encourage President Biya to bring this suggestion to the negotiating table which if accepted could be an alternative to violence and needless loss of life and limb.
For me, and a majority of Southern Cameroonians, anything other than a regain of sovereignty in conformity with international law is simply unacceptable. The contrary will give tacit blessings to impunity and crimes against the peace for which the UN and the civilized world are firmly opposed.

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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

President Praises FM NoPity, condemns latest war crimes by LRC

Marianta Njomia has issued an address to praise the recent exploits of FM No Pity in a recent mission. No Pity’s exploits show the development of Ambazonian capacity and demonstrate how LRC militias are no longer the lords and masters they used to be in Ambazonia.

Tugging on one more of her themes, president Njomia lauded No Pity’s wisdom in coming to the rescue of civilians who were had been detained by rogue elements. This is an example of the collaboration that is needed between the Restoration Forces and civilians. We need our civilians to be able to distinguish our forces from those of LRC whose main impact is to harass and impede. By contrast, Restoration Forces need to protect and facilitate the lives of our citizens.

The president encouraged collaboration among all Restoration forces and promised to discourage any counter-productive in-fighting.

Contrasting No Pity’s attack on LRC’s military targets the president condemned the razing of Mamfe Hospital by increasingly desperate LRC military occupiers. She called on international organizations to take LRC to task in the face of continuous and recurring war crimes.

In conclusion the president sent her words of comfort to the victims in the Mamfe Hospital arson and promised the liberation is nearer.

LRC -Russia Agreement; Ambazonia Has Won!!

Beti Assomo and Gen Choigou

Reports and images are circulating of the agreement between LRC’s Beti Assomo and Russia’s defence minister Gen Choigou. There are many possible outcomes to the coorporation including the possible entrance of Vladimir Putin’s private army know as Wagner Group. That would be something to fear. But BIR was something to fear and they have done their worst and left Mr Biya needing to go cap-in-hand to MR Putin… Ambazonia should celebrate that victory!

Another outcome is the possible reaction of “the International Community” to the previously “internal problem” which they dealt with by expressing “concern” and allowing Mr Biya all sorts of of latitude to “solve”. Hence the infamous Great National Dialogue and other gimmicks. The “outcome” of the GDN, which lead to “Special Status” has not “solved” the “internal problem” and has not stopped Mr Biya needing to go cap-in-hand to Mr Putin, who himself has used up all his diplomatic capital and is unlikely to get away with fuelling another conflict while the International wait cross-armed… Ambazonia should celebrate that victory!!

Ambazonian factions are finally talking collaboration. And about time too! So even if Wagner turn up we will make losses but not lose. LRC, on the other hand, will have to recon with their colonial masters who are in the opposite camp to Russia in the European conflict! France’s grip on their African colonies will only loosen and Ambazonia will get the credit for progressing the course of African independence…Ambazonia should celebrate that victory!!!

The Most High God is the Watchman of our Nation!

The Amabazonian Struggle – Part 2

As the Cameroon government struggled to put a stop to the “protests” it resorted to getting its anglophone members to dismissed the crisis with statements such as “There is no anglophone crisis”. Its other concurrent actions belied this attitude on the surface.

The anglophone prime minister set up an ad-hoc committee to “fact-find” in the anglophone regions, purportedly in order to resolve the “grievances”, which, other organs of the government were at pains to point out, were the common problems of all Cameroonians. This was a perverse way to show that the country was united in this crisis. “Everyone has the same problems” became a common phrase in exchanges, which tended to blame the anglophones for a lack of patriotic stoicism.

In spite of these denials the government tolerated the ad-hoc committee which set about discussions with the Consortium – the grouping of the two sectors of protesting trade unions and civil society in the anglophone regions. Though it was made clear that the meetings were only fact-finders to be “submitted to ministers for consideration”, it was more than the government had ever condescended to do before. The previous tactics of intimidation, arrests and beatings ran concurrently, presumably to empty the streets and show the Consortium that it had no support. The population was not fooled. Many voiced suspicion that the leaders of the consortium could be arrested and carted away once they were within the confines of governor’s residence where the meetings were scheduled to hold. Protesters turned up for each meeting to make sure such suspicions would not materialize.

The images of students and others being humiliated, for instance by being dragged in the mud; and other acts of brutality on campuses in Buea and Bamenda underlined the marginalization the initial protests had only hinted at.

It should be recalled that the initial lawyers strike was against the use of Francophone magistrates with no mastery of the Anglophone Common Law system, while the teachers’ unions were striking against the deployment of Francophone teachers with no English skills to teach in anglophone schools where children were following an anglophone curriculum. These two schemes clearly showed a determination by the Cameroon government to assimilate the anglophones and make Cameroon a francophone state. Indeed, many international organisations already considered Cameroon a francophone country, as anglophone students applying for courses in foreign universities were made to take English language tests as prerequisites. Other visible signs were the descriptions on media such as Facebook and Google where Cameroonian places were only labeled in french. Facebook accounts of Bamenda residents described their location as Nord Ouest, Cameroun and could not be customized into English.

Given the policy of assimilation, it was not surprising that the commission, being headed by anglophone functionaries, was only a stop-gap while the government decided what to do next, even considering the stated fact-finding status.

By the turn of the year, when the president was due to deliver his end of year speech, the government has resolved to up its repression. The Consortium was proscribed and its leaders arrested and transported away from the families to prisons in Yaounde.

The government, through the president’s speech floated the idea of dialogue but even that was clearly framed to be in the form of grace and favour dispensed by the government.  The government would not let it be said that it was negotiating with common citizens.

Ambazonia Anthem Lyrics

Hail Hail Hail
This land of Glory
We the Ambazonians
Pledge our Loyalty
Praise the son our saviour
Who granted us our Freedom?
Allegiance to the Heroes who
Bore the Land with their blood
Glory to Glory we rise
And never to fall
Here is our nation
Flowing with milk and honey
Glory, Glory
Glory to the father
For making you a Nation
A joy for evermore
Chorus:
Ambazonian!
Land of Freedom
You shall live in plenty
Meeting our needs
And your Children shall
Be Like the Stars above
The most High God Being
The watch Man of this
Nation (Repeat)