Ambazonia’s sovereignty and dignity need maintaining

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As the “Canada agreement” continues to be debated it was always possible that LRC was playing for time as they did in the “Swiss Process”. It is their legitimate tactic to try to reduce the momentum of the Ambazonia Liberation Struggle.

While we the Ambazonians would prefer a quick negotiated resolution we need to face the reality that La Republique du Cameroun would not be so logical even in the face of defeat. If they reached for repression when they could get far more favourable terms why would they suddenly turn to logic now? They are a far more unstable leaderless rabble now so we must be wary of self-inflicted regression in our progress.

Ambazonia News understands many of our factions are fundraising.

It is absolutely right that we continue our Complementary Commitment by massively stepping up to provide for our Restoration Forces and our civilians to continue to exercise our sovereignty and dignity.

The Most High God is still Watching out for Ambazonia.

IG Response Global Affairs Canada.

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The IG has reiterated her engagement in the Canadian Mediation process outlined in the Global Affairs Canada announcement.

In a letter to the Hon Melanie Joly, the Minister in charge of GAC, the IG points out the outstanding conditions needed for Canada to meet the threshold for a fair and transparent mediation process. It is worth recalling that the IG had addressed a similar caution to the GAC officials during the pre-talks when when some of the practices left the pre-talks open to opaque participants and truncated preparation time for some of the Ambazonian stakeholders.

In the new correspondence, the IG flags the phraseology of “NW and SW regions of Cameroon” and perception created that the mediation, though clearly external, could be mistaken for internal.

Read the full letter here.

Alternatively find it and other IG documents on the government website at https://federalrepublicofambazoniagov.org/newsroom/response-to-gac-statement-on-peace-in-cameroon/

Canadian mediation: confusion reigns and pitfalls remain

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Since Canada announced the agreement to talk for “peace in the NW and SW regions of Cameroon” reactions have emerged from many quarters.

Many Ambazonian stakeholders have voiced objections to the phraseology of Canada’s announcement, though other Canadian communications do speak of “talks between The former United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons and The Republic of Cameroon”. This latter comes, notably in tweets from the Canadian Diplomatic Mission in Cameroun.

A cross section of Ambazonian comments insist that the language in the Canadian communique is “diplomatic” and is the “best Amabzonia” will get until she regains her sovereignty. No explanation of how that sovereignty will be gained if the talks are framed as talks to settle a crisis in “the NW and SW regions of Cameroon”. This must be a faith that the kind international community, despite turning a blind eye to more intense and overt genocidal acts in Ambazonia for six years, is going to go in to bat for Ambazonian independence! Why? What is the new motivation? What of the La Republique du Cameroun Secession in 1984 which reset the boundaries to LRC (1960) and United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons – and does afford Ambazonia “state-status bar the exercise”? HCB28-92 outlines how this came about and was enshrined in the Bamenda High Court Ruling!

For their part La Republique du Cameroun has issued a statement through their Communication Minister, Sadi, denying any agreement to confer neither “facilitator nor mediator status to any country”. In the communique he references the internal National Dialogue of La Republique du Cameroun as the start of a solution … “which they have been busily implementing”. The language of Canada’s Communique does matter, but this outing from Sadi underlines the paradox of “NW and SW regions of Cameroon”, at first sight alluding to an internal self-determination; with a third-party mediator. At the very least, Ambazonian stakeholders need to regroup and avoid speeding into what would appear as half-a-loaf, but could be poisoned! In any case it was always going to be beneficial for the Ambazonian side to consolidate their position internally before embarking on any talks. This is particularly urgent as, while “officially” rubbishing the prospect of talks in Sadi’s communique, La Republique has wasted no time marshalling their propaganda effort to attempt to kill the momentum of the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. Many “News papers” have “welcomed” the “agreement to talk” and already attributed calls to some of the Ambazonian stakeholders for the Restoration Forces to cease! The sooner Ambazonian Leaders wake up to this ploy, the better! Even if they don’t manage to come to an agree position, they must maintain the pressure on the ground.

Ambazonian Leaders need to keep channels open to avoid the confusion that La Republique will continue to seek to create and exploit. As it is it is clear that La Republique factions have different goals and ambitions and even at their most stable, they have proven time and again that their word cannot be relied on. The international community will be happy to say “never again” again after the fact – not because they are picking on Ambazonia, but because that is their method! We must “shine out eyes” and maintain our efforts.

Any Ambzonian leader thrusting their head out to be patted by the kind international community does so at their own peril if they do not first have their backs covered by “the Ambazonian Position”.

The Most High God has watched over us so many times. Let us not falter!

We the Ambazonians

Canada announce “agreement to talk” but doubts persist.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian government’s foreign affairs department, has announced an agreement between La Republique du Cameroun and a section of representatives of Southern Cameroon/Ambazonia.  So far so good, except the press officer who published the news on GAC’s web page referred to “peace in Cameroon” and the ” NW  and SW regions of Cameroon”

The participating Ambazonian stakeholders who were cited in the release “immediately” issued a statement expressing discontent at the phraseology. They objected to being referred to as regions of Cameroon. What they failed to tackle was the equally corrosive idea of listing several Ambazonian stakeholders in a blatant attempt to portray a semblance of inclusiveness. These points are not trivial as they make the difference between internal or external self-determination for Ambazonia. Ambazonia News understands from sources at the first pretalks that the Ambazonian stakeholders tackled – and agreed the issue of two state parties. This is bourne out by the language coming from the Canadian High Commission, that is Embassy, in Cameroun. They have tweeted about “an agreement for talks between The former United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons” in conformity with the statements of the pretalks delegates.

That gaf is far from the “facilitator’s” only faux pas. During the pretalks the facilitators failed to address questions from some participants, viz the IG that Ambazonia News knows of, pertaining to undefined yet prominent actors in the process. They then proceeded to exclude some of the previous delegates without explanation despite fair written depositions on concerns about transparency and representativeness. So GAC persisted in breaking both requirements to qualify as neutral impartial facilitators.  Speeding up the “process” to meet La Republique du Cameroun’s timetable on at least one occasion, and accepting under-represented small group meetings as “valid” representation further point to shortcomings on the part of GAC… deliberate or just incompetence?

The final paragraph of the GAC communique therefore rings hollow as it expresses the “hope that many more groups would join the process to attain a lasting peace”.

The IG has responded to the communiqué by addressing a further letter to the head of GAC Hon. M Joly, in which they repeat the caution against the opacity and the non-representativeness of the process so far. The IG contends that justice cannot be attained with such flaws in the process and,  therefore, nor can peace.

Over to GAC now to rectify the process if they are neutral facilitators/would-be-moderators.

For their part the Ambazonian stakeholders who have issued that statement including a “hope” that others will join must reflect on their part in rushing the previous few pretalks process to an extent to exclude some participants and square that with how hollow their “hope” rings!

The Most High God is the Watchman of Ambazonia. Our mistakes will not prove too costly!

President to caution against repeating mistakes in end-of-year address.

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IG President Iya Marianta is set to address Ambazonians on the eve of the new year 2023.

After an eventful tenure characterized by “actions speaking louder than words” she may want to remind the people to stay resolute as the job is not yet done.

With the ongoing speculation about Canada pre-pre-talks Ambazonia News understands from sources that she could seek to clarify the IG’s position. She has consistently been of the view that Ambazonian Independence is unconditional and not up for negotiation.

She may also wish to highlight some of the outreaches the IG has carried out with the aim of empowering our civilians in both the refugee camps and the ground. One of the keys to Ambazonian future prosperity lies in the freedom of choice that education and self-sufficiency can engender. The resulting dignity and confidence will help Ambazonia to shed our choking victim mantle and strike out on a bright exciting future.

HCB28-92: A must read for every Ambazonian

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The Case of Ambazonia Vs Cameroun

On May 18th 1992 the High Court of Bamenda the North West Province heard a curious case, that of the state of the Southern Cameroons alias Republic of Ambazonia, its Head of State His Excellency Fongum Gorji Dinka and The State of La Republique du Cameroun and its Head of State His Excellency Paul Biya.

The motion to show cause and the subsequent orders sought were not contested by La Republique of Cameroun and against all predictions the court handed down judgement in suit No HCB/28/92 in favour of the Republic of Ambazonia.

The High Court of Mezam holden at Bamenda BETWEEN:

Plaintiffs

1. The State of Southern Cameroons, alias the Republic of Ambazonia.

2. His Royal Excellency Fongum Gorji-Dinka

3. Blaise Berinyuy AND

Defendants

1. The State of La Republique du Cameroun

2. His Excellency Paul Biya.

Very Brief summary:

On 1/1/60 the French Trust territory gained independence, for the sake of argument, and became La Republique du Cameroun with established and internationally recognized borders.

Until the British Trust Territories of Southern and Northern Cameroons gained their independence in October 1961, negotiations between leaders of those territories and the UN, GB, LRC produced various undertakings and promises which lead to the mistaken plebiscite where voters chose “Reunification” in Southern Cameroons and “Integration” in Northern Cameroons. Analysis shows that Southern Cameroonians voted for “reunification” in the mistaken belief they were joining a loose federation – certainly not a unitary state. Northern Cameroonians choice of “integration” meant throwing in their lot with the Nigerian Federation.

As Southern Cameroons [mis]understood they were joining a loose federation of equal independent states, their border was similarly established to the prior borders of LRC nearly two years earlier. The implicit establishment of these borders was not by design but just by the norms, and would not matter for a long time while Southern Cameroons, known then as West Cameroon to LRC’s East Cameroon remained in the Federation or union.

It is fair to say the federation turned out not be loose, as Southern Cameroonians had intended when voting in the plebiscite, but was taken further towards a unitary state than they would have accepted. There was dissention to the advent of the unitary state but …

When Mr Biya took over, contrary to the provisions of the United Republic’s “constitution” the union was still in place and still as illegal and there were individual dissenters who had no platform to voice their dissent. The more vocal dissenters ended up in prison and that could have been that until …

Mr Biya sought to deepen the unitary state by removing the paradox of the word “united”. Well a “united” Republic is “united” by virtue of being united, not by being called “united”, so he decided to outdo his predecessor in the “progress” towards “reunification” by renaming the URC to just La Republique du Cameroun by promulgating law 84/001 of 4/2/84. It could be debated whether being called “united” is more of a paradox than decreeing implied unity.

Whether intentionally or otherwise the effect of this act was to restore La Republique of 1960, complete with its borders at independence, which had transitioned through being called East Cameroon in the federation of equal states to subsuming itself in the United Republic of Cameroon. This was a secession by any other name and the effect of it was that Southern Cameroons had been similarly restored – and not being the secessionist either!

The implication of the restoration law was that La Republique du Cameroun’s presence in Southern Cameroons was illegal.

Read the whole document here from a Le Messager Scan or a clearer retyped text.

Remember the victims and heroes of the Ambazonia Liberation Struggle this Christmas

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The IG is carrying out outreaches this end-of-year to bring relief to the victims on G0 and G1. Not forgetting the heroes…

Ambazonia News invites us to have one less treat this Christmas … and sensitize our work colleagues and neighbours. As you take stock this end year please remember Ambazonia needs you!

Our individual droplets will create a refreshing flood.

Canada pre-pre-talks yet to meet the threshold for credibility

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It is widely known that there are exploratory pre-talks ongoing in Canada. What is not known are the content and context.

Ambazonia News believes that the level secrecy is against Ambazonia interests as it is creating speculative and corrosive comments.

We Ambazonians should know and expect such occurrences in the context.

The IG has made representations to the facilitators to set out the thresholds for transparency and representativeness of the process. The IG trusts in the will of We The Ambazonians and trusts that any failures to meet the thresholds will delay our journey to Buea but not halt it.

The credibility of the process will have an impact on the reputations of the parties involved, not least those with banks of diplomatic capital and integrity and fairness in global affairs.

The question of representativeness arises from the presence of ill-defined parties whose status and roles the facilitator has failed to adequately explain. This lack of transparency was compounded when the last session was conducted without consulting or inviting the IG delegates.

While the IG did not expect the Canadian facilitator to be working for Ambazonia we expected, as a minimum, that they would be neutral and seek to uphold the integrity and credibility of the process.

The US-Africa Summit not providing solutions for Africa

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The 3-day summit continued efforts to strengthen ties with African partners based on principles of mutual respect and shared interests and values. It also served as an opportunity to listen to and collaborate with African counterparts on key areas the United States and Africa define as critical for the future of the continent and our global community.  The summit built on our shared values to:

better foster new economic engagement;
reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights;
mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and of future pandemics;
work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health;
promote food security;
advance peace and security;
respond to the climate crisis; and
amplify diaspora ties;

The big soundbite is “Africa’s success is the world’s success.” by President J. Biden.

“Africa is a major geopolitical force. It’s one that has shaped our past, it’s shaping our present, and it will shape our future.”

The foregoing is the spin from the state departments on the recent summit.

Of course, one might say, but not without reservations. While the fielding “accusations” of entertaining dictators, US officials claimed they wanted to be inclusive in who they invited. That was despite omitting three countries which have been attempting to chart a course away from French colonialism! The US will, of course be able to rightly claim that they recognise the African Union’s [AU’s] prerogative in deciding the “good standing” of African countries, hence the need, not to say convenience of not having, to invite the likes of Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso on this occasion. Never mind that the AU is colonised by France, a fact which must be evident to the US. That argument evaporates further, if it could, when one considers that the AU is those same dictators’ club, even if the influence of France were dismissed.


In the case of Ambazonia, that word “prerogative” has been used to justify La Republique du Cameroun’s “right” to kill, maim and destroy homes of its purported citizens to maintain its territorial integrity! So is the US seeking to help people or states. The answer is “states”. That is who can vote with them in the UN, not the school children shot in Bamenda or Buea or the pregnant women and children of Ngarbuh.

It would be fair, therefore, to conclude that the solution for Africa [the people of] is not coming from the “international community” and should not be expected. That international community’s record does not include even one instance when the human rights of Africans were considered above their [international community’s] self-interest. The commitment to democracy and human rights would appear not to really include human rights! Does it include democracy? No. The US is party to the ludicrous idea of fectless “observers” taking on the role of “certifying” African elections as “fair enough”! Imagine any observers having to “certify” elections in Britain or America or France as “fair”? If someone needs to certify, that itself is proof that they are not fair!
Cross out the bullet point then… That is not necessarily the US’s probelm but that means they should not be posing as a provider of solutions. That posture is just as useful as the fectlesss certifiers’.

How about economic engagement? Well, what does it mean? Ambassador Cohen recently invited American companies to come and “exploit” the opportunities provided by Africa’s new Free Trade Area! He may not have meant “exploit” but that is exactly how the system works! If they can exploit they will as that is the system regardless of the poverty of the local populace.

About COVID the less said the better! Ambazonia News would “thank God” for saving Africa from the worst of the pandemic but that too is one of the biggest weaknesses of the African continent! We like to defer to God when there is a problem to solve! The point here is that the international community did not help Africa – nor should they have as the vaccines were developped with their capital! If we accept that, we need to discount the touted collaboration in that area. There are African deseases, such as sickle cell which are not researched, some have conjectured, because they only affect Africans. Yet the biggest problem on health is not there! Look instead at how many African doctors and other professionals are appropriated by the international partners who, first insist on African governments paying for their training and then also close their borders to other “lesser” migrants!

About food security… How strange is it that a continent whose main product is agricultural should be seeking food security from outside? If “they want” to help they need to stop dumping on the African market and let local producers become viable as the local consumer rightly consumes local. Of course the Biden Administration could actually “prove” this objective by doing food drops – the very rather than helping any local production!

The final irony is the climate crisis! As the main sufferers Africans can comfort themselves that that is the one fairly democratic and fairly shared product of humanity even if they are less culpable. For once fires and floods don’t only happen in Africa and they do actually need Africa to engage by not repeating the development mistakes that the “developed” world committed to get the planet to this stage. Fair?

Diaspora ties… This would mean the US wants to convince Africa’s dictators to pacify the long suffering guests of the West. Yes those people who slave away and gather resources to send back to “homelands” where they are not welcome will be wooed to help the US continued to maintain the unhealthy balance of poverty and “stability” that those dictatorships have afforded the West in this new slave trade. This time, no Westerner needs to risk their lives transporting the human cargo. Instead, the cargo will take te initiative of finding the means to embark on the trip and submit to near slave labour conditions. It is clearly not a fair comparison to make to the plight of those who were transported hundreds of years ago but the victim are exploited in relatively the same way.

The slick presentation skills the Administration has used to present the “summit” have been used elsewhere where it has been stated that “football is more important than human rights ” – especially of migrant workers! Of course they cannot be traded openly… The bonus is that the new slaves have paid taxes which compensated the owners who lost “property” when the slave trade was “abolished” in the case of the UK until very recently!

What should the Africa’s suffering under-classes do? Nothing. They do not know this summit is taking place and would not expect anything from it given they are being “represented” by their oppressors! The US is following the well-trodden path of international relations where self-interest trumps, okay pun intended as irresistible!, and wait to deal with any problematic outcomes in due course. One truth of the summit is that “the world” is dealing with problems arising from “Russia’s brutal and illegal invasion of Ukraine where Africa is suffering disproportionately”. That is true if Africa has not been under constant spectre of famine and other humanitarian threats since … for ever! So what has “woke”n the US? Self-interest of course!


So the beneficiaries of these common values which are to be reinforced, jokes!, do not even know and would not hold their breaths for those benefits.


What about the Diaspora? They are the biggest victims… at once not welcome in their “homelands” but pouring in their hard-earned cash to, unintentionally, help prop up the corrupt patronage systems of their oppressors and excluders. They should now count out any change that would improve their plight as the US is seeking to partner with the dictators in this marriage of self-interest!


The Diaspora would be better off writing off their “homeland” pretensions in favour of developing their status in their host countries. Only when they “settle down” properly and have political strength in their new homes could they have a voice enough to claim any dignity for/in their first homelands. That means explicitly stop sending their wealth back “home” while they deprive their progeny of the means to grow where they are [born and] bred. Africans in the US have more influence if the collaborate and make their votes count in American elections. American politicians will listen to them more than far away dictators would listen to a self-interested Administration. Those dictators certainly know they don’t have to give a hoot while you keep depriving your US family and sending your earnings back “home”!

Imagine setting up your children to be third-class citizens through poverty while you perpetuate your “home family’s” abject acceptance of your denigration and exclusion – and pay for it. Keep the proceeds of your hard work to help your [nuclear] family grow where they are! You don’t live in Africa! When Africa develops and welcomes you you can choose then, from a position of more comfort, to engage and invest fairly. If that is not convincing, remember that the hardship which the US is helping Africa cope with is affecting you too in the diaspora but you are not getting the “inclusive” partnership that US is seeking to provide to the dictators.

First copies of Ambazonian Curriculum reach GZ

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The long-awaited Ambazonian Curriculum has been delivered to the first few Community schools.

The exercise marks a decisive turning point in the Collaboration needed to actualize the decolonization of Ambazonia and proceed to freedom and dignity for the next generation of Ambazonians.

Henceforth qualification gained in Ambazonia will be valuable and capable of opening doors for our children. Ambazonian parents can be assured that their children’s qualifications will be internationally recognized and accepted. They will no longer have to embark on “English-Language” foundations courses before they gain access to higher education foreign lands.

We the Ambazonians will do for ourselves together.

Ambazonia News invites all our well-wishers who wish to improve the future of our children, many of whom are in refugee camps to visit www.unmak-arf.org make a donation for our humanitarian efforts to raise their spirits and remind them that they are not alone. They could receive a reading book and the impulse to start their liberation by reading.