IG President Marianta Njomia is inviting one and all to the regular APP next weekend.
In line with Accountability and Action, you will be updated on efforts in progress even in this time of talking about talking.
The APP is open to all Ambazonian Independentist stakeholders in line with the IGs Building Bridges protocol. We will succeed together better and faster than individually.
The IG continues to advocate Complementary Commitment to the Diaspora and GZ. The Ambazonian Liberation Struggle will succeed through the joint application of financial, material and time contributions from the diaspora to complement the commitment of the Ambazonian Restoration Forces and GZ civilians to actualize our independence and decolonisation.
Our tiny droplets 💦 will make the ocean to flush La Republique du Cameroun off Ambazonia’s neck.
We trust in the Most High God as the Watchman of our nation.
Patriot Epassamoto was introduced as the new chair of ACT in the group’s weekly meeting on 3/6/23. He was introduced by the out-going Chair, Dr Taylor who is going to continue as one of the college of three along side Epassamoto and the soon-to-be designated next chair from MORISC.
For background information ACT is a collaboration group of several Ambazonian Liberation independentist entities which has engaged in a huge amount of capacity building and collaboration notably in the run up to the Swiss process and again in the Canadian pre talks process. Recently ACT has deployed some of that experience in navigating the spate of conference initiatives.
The Chair’s Objectives for the 6 month ahead:
Address of current chair of trio chairs of ACT on Saturday 3rd June 2023. 👇🏽
We, the Interim Government (IG) of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia (FRA) will want to share the 4 main intentions of our chairmanship with all seating entities of the Ambazonian Coalition Team (ACT) (Team Ambazonia) for your appraisal, scrutiny, suggestions, consolidation and validation as action plan, so that during the subsequent 6 months it becomes our collective engagement as Team Ambazonia to work towards materializing the adopted action plan.
1) Work in strict collaboration as trio chairmanship to materialize pending projects that had been adopted by ACT (es USIP, ACT Fireside ….) as well as remain open to work with each independentist entity in ACT to present to this ACT Council, their suggestions or proposals of initiatives that will uphold the institutional strength of ACT and fast track the freedom, independence and sovereignty of Ambazonia.
2) Foster Inter-ACT member entity collaboration through effective Participation and Promotion of initiatives of ACT member entity that are geared towards fighting THE ENEMY, on the believe that the success of any ACT member entity is success for Ambazonia. ACT member entities might differ in approach in fighting the enemy. This does not mean we are divided as the International Community would want to put it. Our differences in approach in fighting the enemy should rather be considered an indisputable strength in so long as we are UNITED in our Objective or Purpose of a FREE, INDEPENDENT and SOVEREIGN Ambazonia.
3) Make concerted effort to CATEGORICALLY REJECT THE LONG-LASTING COLONIAL MENTAL MANIPULATION OF AMBAZONIANS by ensuring that the RIGHT MINDSET is preserved and the APPROPRIATE APPELLATIONS are used in our communication within the Ambazonian community as well as, in our communication when addressing the International Community.
We are where we are today, as an invaded and suppressed people, because the western world has persistently inculcated THEIR ideology of a “dependent-freedom in the name of freedom” through a systematic and voluntary verbal inculcation of words that have manipulatively poised the mindset of our people over the years, to the extent that most of our people turn to forgo their right to total freedom and just feel privileged and satisfied for the “dipendent-freedom” or “half-freedom” package that has been fraudulently offered by the international community.
I’ll therefore be respectfully craving your indulgence to the effect that during these 6 months Chairmanship and hopefully thereafter, we all try as much as possible to use and address ourselves and the International Community with a terminology that fully dignifies who we are as a people and that fully expresses what we as leaders of different Ambazonian independentist entities are mandated to represent per the WILL of our people, without fear or favor and without mincing words.
Going forward, we should consider the need to stick firm to specific appellations that will affirm our stance and erase the decades of mental manipulation of our people.
In the prosecution and management of our liberation struggle, we should therefore rationally, strategically, tactically and persistently ADOPT the use of:
i) INDEPENDENTIST (not just stakeholder): The prime stake in our liberation struggle is the total and unconditional independence of Ambazonia. We must therefore persistently and unapologetically state the precise prime stake that we hold in the prosecution of our liberation, without leaving room for any skepticism.
ii) ENTITY(not group, not movements, not organization): An entity is a BEING, defined by her distinct and independent existence. It would be more appropriate in our communication for our different groupings or movements or organizations to be considered as ENTITIES. We should therefore say “Ambazonian Independentist ENTITIES” henceforth.
iii) PATRIOT(not comrade): A comrade is a colleague or a fellow member of an organization. It defines just the belonging. In fact a Comrade can be an accomplice in orchestrating extortion and Kidnapping, or an ally in facilitating the syphoning of community funds or a proxy in patronizing a private business agenda. A Patriot is a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. So the word Patriot defines both a belonging and specifically defines the commitment to sacrifice temporal, economic and intellectual resources SELFLESSLY for the well-being of a People and a Nation. We are therefore Patriots in a liberation struggle because the quest of our plight is attaining a free, independent and sovereign Ambazonia, not comrades mentally manipulated to fight for internal reforms, hence a revolution in the context of a one Cameroon.
iv) LIBERATION STRUGGLE (not revolution): A Revolution is an uprising or insurgency in the context of a one nation, like One Cameroon, aimed at clamoring for internal reforms with the objective of a forcible overthrow of a government. Conceptually we no more belong to any one Cameroon agenda nor recognize the governance of LRC. A Liberation struggle on the other hand is an armed rebellion waged by a people to secure FREEDOM from either colonial rule or minority oppression. We are fighting against Cameroons invasion, oppression and neocolonialism agenda of Ambazonia, hence ours is a LIBERATION STRUGGLE, not a revolution.
v) THE ENEMY LRC, her Allies, Enablers and Proxies (not just The Enemy): Going forward, we should convincingly and unapologetically use the appellation “THE ENEMY” to mean LRC, her Allies, Enablers and Proxies that we are committed to fight against.
vi) Social, Economic and Political FREEDOM (Not just Freedom) Our quest for total and unconditional independence covers our legitimate claim as a people for the right to SOCIAL Justice, the right to manage our RESOURCES and the right to free association with other independent sovereign states. We will therefore use and make explicitly clear to any third party that our quest for freedom entails fighting for Social, Economic and Political FREEDOM, as entailed in the UN chatter on the right to EXTERNAL SELF-DETERMINATION of a people, that denotes the legal right of a people to decide their own destiny in the international order.
4) Work in strict collaboration as trio chairmanship and upon effective and timely consultation with ACT, in BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR ALL-INCLUSIVENESS OF AMBAZONIAN INDEPENDENTIST ENTITIES. PREMISES We will be working in line with the ACT constitutional document and based on the premises that I will cherish to share for a better comprehension of our unflinching efforts towards BUILDING CONSENSUS FOR ALL-INCLUSIVENESS OF AMBAZONIAN INDEPENDENTIST ENTITIES. We will work on the obligatory premise that: a) We all represent Independentist entities that are fighting THE ENEMY LRC her Allies, Enablers and Proxies Diplomatically or/and in Self-defence or/and in Advocacy; On the premise that: b) Each independentist entity boarded in ACT is honestly and effectively engaging in fighting the enemy as declared to ACT or as prescribed by their constitutional document; On the premise that c) We should recognize, appreciate and empower the strength that each entity brings to the coalition, ACT; On the premise that d) ACT will remain open to and make continuous efforts to ensure all-inclusiveness of any identified Ambazonian Independentist entity that is fighting the enemy.
In summary, during this tenure of chairmanship of ACT, we would cherish to be seen ACTing (note the acronym of ACT!) as patriots of the Ambazonian liberation struggle that are putting efforts to build consensus for all-inclusiveness of the Ambazonia independentist entities without undermining the strength that any independentist entity brings to the coalition.
The rationale is that once a consensus on all-inclusiveness is attained, we can, at any given time, COLLECTIVELY decide on a REPRESENTATIVE BODY from within the coalition, when need arises, without nursing sentiments of exclusion. This will preemptively guarantee that the outcome of any deliberations sustained by a REPRESENTATIVE BODY OF ACT, that will function in strict consultation with all independentist entities within ACT, will be representative of the will of the Ambazonian people and will be Authentic, Binding and Void of spoilers.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share these four main objectives of the IG Chairmanship tenure with you.
I am sharing this presentation in the ACT forum and await your feedback, for adoption, before presenting it officially during our upcoming ACT Fireside.
I will be reaching out to the leadership of all the Ambazonian Independentist Entities in ACT not present in this meeting, including Abdul Karim, to align the working intentions during these 6 months tenure of chairmanship.
I’ll end by extending enormous gratitude to the previous seating ACT Chair Patriot Taylor and previous outgoing ACT Chair Patriot Chebs for their efforts to bring us where we are today. I’ll be counting on their expertise and support and the support of every single Patriot in ACT to accomplish the mission statement that will be agreed upon and asigned to the current trio chair leadership.
Together we will exhale for Ambazonia.
God bless the Federal Republic of Ambazonia!
Saturday 3rd June 2023
Patriot Epassamoto ACT Chairman SOS for Defence of the IG of the FRA
For six decades it appears La République du Cameroun has had one idea and scheme where Southern Cameroons is concerned. For a country plagued by corruption, incompetence and lack of commitment to the extent that “Le Cameroun c’est le Cameroun” has become a proverb it is remarkable how fixed and committed they appear to be on the idea of dominating and colonising Southern Cameroons.
Many episodes have cropped up to remind and dictate “logical adjustments” but every one of them has been batted away even when they could improve the prosperity of La République du Cameroun.
One such episode was the ruling of the African Commission in 2009 in the “Southern Cameroons Vs La République du Cameroun” following KevinMgwanga Gumne et al vs. Republic of Cameroon.
The commission went out of its way to make sure La Republique du Cameroun knew that the complainant’s case was sound. They accepted all the accounts of domination, colonisation, marginalisation and discrimination, only citing their [the Commission’s] lack of competence as a reason for not issuing sanctions.
Even so they issued a range of recommendations for La République du Cameroun to implement to solve the established problems.
The African Commission’s [water under the bridge by now] Recommendations to LRC:
Abolish all discriminatory practices against people of Northwest and Southwest Cameroon, including equal usage of the English language in business transactions;
Stop the transfer of accused persons from the Anglophone provinces for trial in the Francophone provinces;
Ensure that every person facing criminal charges be tried under the language he/she understands. In the alternative, the Respondent State must ensure that interpreters are employed in Courts to avoid jeopardising the rights of accused persons;
Locate national projects, equitably throughout the country, including Northwest and Southwest Cameroon, in accordance with economic viability as well as regional balance;
Pay compensation to companies in Northwest and Southwest Cameroon, which suffered as a result of discriminatory treatment by banks;
Enter into constructive dialogue with the Complainants, and in particular, SCNC and SCAPO to resolve the constitutional issues, as well as grievances which could threaten national unity; and
Reform the Higher Judicial Council, by ensuring that it is composed of personalities other than the President of the Republic, the Minister for Justice and other members of the Executive Branch.
It goes without saying that La République du Cameroun not only ignored the recommendations but sought to characterise the ruling as a victory over secession even though the complainants had not intended or expected such an outcome from the case.
As “Le Cameroun c’est le Cameroun” they ignored the “warning signs” of having moved the complainants enough to undertake to bring the case and continued on their ill-fated course to self-destruction.
In a world where trade is easier in English as “Le Cameroun c’est le Cameroun”, they decided that English should be expunged so that a small group of incompetents could continue to go to Europe for health care.
Maybe it has just been incompetence all these decades. They couldn’t have actively made any of these choices, could they? They would need a base of some competence.
Given that “Le Cameroun c’est le Cameroun”, Ambazonia cannot afford to make any decisions that rely on La République du Cameroun’s competent choice, certainly no dependence or reliance on any action in LRC’s sole hands.
If people like our Brother Wasaloko and politicians passing for pastors like “The Not So Reverend Fonki Samuel Forba” truly desire to help Cameroun tell these big lies about Amba torturing these women in Babangki, why can’t they even do a bit of homework? Why not try to make the lies “intelligent lies”? When the PCC Moderator puts out a statement saying he has ascertained the veracity of the video, and lavishly cites the Word of God to back his lies, why can’t do just a little homework first?
Let me point only to a few basic facts to show that these pictures of “women tortured and injured by Amba” are as fabricated as the claims about abduction by Amba. Come with me:
1) Checkout the woman in greenish “kabah”. The one holding up one arm and hiding her face. The home in the background of her picture is built of plank or “karaboat” as our people would say. Well, Babangki does not have “karaboat” houses. These are generally found in the Southern Zone.
2) Take another picture… the one of the woman whose back has lacerations reportedly from the torture and whipping by Amba. Well, her picture is filmed inside or near another “karaboat” house. Not Babangki, definitely.
3) Now, checkout all the women on the video reportedly showing women in Babangki under Amba captivity. Crosscheck every woman in the pictures of women displaying injuries in the photos and not a single one of those with injuries is anywhere on the video or screenshots of same.
4) The “yellow” legs, black feet and hands of the woman with injuries to her two legs and the other “yellow” legged woman being attended to by a man kneeling cannot be identified in the video or screenshots. They should have been easy to find given their distinctive “yellow” bleached legs.
5) A big effort was made by the producers of this propaganda to mask the metadata (dates when original was taken and where). Yet, and as true as there is no perfect crime, all the pictures showing injured women were taken a long time before the Babangki video screengrab.
6) Finally, according to Google Images, the propagandists who most likely produced and first posted these pictures all work as propagandists for La Republique du Cameroun. Google Images shows that it is the online outfit known as “A Better Cameroon” whose executives include a certain Clovis Onga Naseri (of Disarmament Fame) that uploaded several of the pictures first.
La Republique can keep trying, but tell them I said “wuna dross di show”.
Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert (Yindo Toh) Spokesperson, MoRISC
After the talk and speculation about this subject in recent weeks, it was instructive to attend a presentation by an experienced expert on the subject of a referendum on Sunday 21st May 2023. The presentation was part of the nebulous Southern Cameroons Stakeholder Platform, SCSP’s campaign to promote collaboration for negotiation.
The expert, Henry Atem, for it was he, made a detailed, comprehensive and informative presentation on the mechanics and methods of referenda citing examples from the past.
He distinguished a referendum from a plebiscite or popular consultation, explaining that a referendum would usually rely on the laws of the “state” and be requested by the state, though it could be facilitated by the UN. The international community has never imposed one anywhere before. Furthermore, the international community cannot guarantee the outcome and usually only relies on the will of the belligerents. Plebiscites do not require the state’s laws but still do, in practice, rely on the will and motivation of the belligerents. The conclusion from this segment is that a referendum will not happen in Southern Cameroons unless La Republique du Cameroun requests one from the UN. The question then arises when would LRC be motivated to make such a request?
The next important concept was MHS – Mutually Harmful Stalemate to paraphrase(?). That is a situation where the opposing sides reach a stalemate of mutual hurt where neither can accept/bear their losses. That explains the apparent callousness of the international community as they usually calculate this stage in a conflict before deeming it is worth intervention. The logic is that that is when the belligerents are the most motivated to negotiate meaningfully to end the conflict as they are enduring unbearable losses. The question here is similar. Is the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle at its MHS?
When asked about the impact of the Ambazonian recent focus of referendum talk, Comrade Atem answered that ” The debate on a referendum could harm the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle by ‘consuming its oxygen'”. Though he would not be more explicit Ambazonia News deduced that the point was that a referendum would only happen after Ambazonia moved LRC to the MHS – and that is not by discussing the merits, undoubted though they are, of a referendum but by intensifying the actions that brought the tentative moves out of LRC to the point where talk if a referendum is fashionable.
The second in the sequence of debates is slated for 28/5/23 Ambazonia News understands. Can’t wait.
IG President Marianta Njomia addressed Ambazonian citizens and other stakeholders on Friday 19th May 2023, considering many of the current issues and ideas in circulation in the Ambazonian sphere.
She commended the resolve and determination of the Ambazonian Restoration Forces and Civilians on Ground zero, calling for the Diaspora to complement those Ground Zero efforts by making their own sacrifices in finance and other resources.
She acknowledged the efforts of many Diaspora Ambazonian stakeholders in sensitizing and discussing possible negotiation routes toward the resolution of the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle, routes which would carry the merit of saving lives. She urged Ambazonian stakeholders to have as wide a view as possible as she cautioned that every route out of the conflict that involved negotiation or other parties would depend on some action or agreement by LRC or her allies. Thus far, no signs have emerged that LRC would volunteer any such actions and, in fact, LRC’s previous limited and shy movements have all been prompted by the pain of the action that the ARF’s have produced.
This logic left only the one option for how Ambazonians should proceed, regardless of whether they hope for dialogue and negotiations or ground victory, as long as they wanted to achieve an independent state of Ambazonia and that is to “massively empower the ARF’s”.
The President pointed out that dialogue with La République du Cameroun has a big obstacle in the knowledge that La République du Cameroun prefers to talk in a perspective of “Anglophone Crisis” where the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle would be considered and treated as an internal conflict, whereas every Ambazonian group aims for Total and Unconditional Independence for Ambazonia. This obstacle dictates that “Action on the ground” has a more urgent role to play to shift LRC away from such a position. In that case, she asked, “Could the Resources being deployed to convene and run conferences to discuss negotiation strategies be more effective deployed on Ground Zero Empowerment?”
Below is a text of the address:
My dear distinguished Ambazonian brothers and sisters,
Patriots of our God ordained Ambazonian Liberation Struggle,
The Ambazonia Restoration Forces and all Ambazonian Liberation Fighters,
The Interim Government Cabinet, County Chairs and LGA Chairs,
Most reputable international socio-political exponents and institutions,
I greet you all in the name of our Ancestors and the Custodians of the Ambazonian Territory.
Tomorrow will be 20th May 2023.
In Ambazonia there may be a few people attempting to persuade our citizens that they should march in commemoration of “unity” between the “neighbouring” people of the Former UN Trust Territory of French Cameroon and we The people of Former UN Trust Territory of British Southern Cameroons.
Let me resound this once again that LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN gained her independence on 1st January 1960 from France and acquired an internationally recognised boundary and territory with the name “La République du Cameroun” and membership of the UN.
For over a year after LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN was established, British Southern Cameroons, now Ambazonia, was negotiating her own independence modalities with various international partners and holding a vibrant and informed debate on the territory. There were views expressed on the nature of the Association with La République du Cameroun including a range from “loose federation” verging on a confederation to “reunification”, though both ends of the spectrum remained based on a federation.
History lead to the Federal Republic of Cameroon in 1961 on the basis of two states of equal status, the equal status being deliberately safeguarded due to the known imbalance in terms of demography and geography of the two states.
A succession of subsequent acts, which have since been established to be illegal, were perpetuated by the East Cameroon dominated government and eventually resulted in La Republic du Cameroun being reasserted in 1984. The rights or wrongs of those acts notwithstanding, the effect was to revive the two pre-plebiscite states. Recall that La République du Cameroun was a recognised UN member with a defined territory and international borders. This revival of La Republique du Cameroun was judged in the Bamenda High Court ruling HCB 28/92 as a secession from the “Union” whose effect was to reassert the sovereignty and territory of British Southern Cameroons, called Ambazonia. The legal inference and written article of the judgement included the conclusion that La Republique was illegally and forcibly occupying Southern Cameroons. To date that rulling and all its conclusions have not been called into question or challenged.
LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN’s military and administrative presence in Ambazonia has therefore been an illegal INVASION since 1961.
The discussion on this legal background explains why the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle can not be solved unilaterally within La République du Cameroun.
We Thank the all Ambazonian Restoration Forces and fighters, members of civil society and all civilians on ground zero for their resilience over the past seven years and beyond.
My mami and my papa them, I salute wona all. I thank wona for wona perseverance and tie heart for this time wey LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN di burn wona houses them, kill weer pickin them. Wona don show them say Ambazonia na we own country wey we go do weti wey ee correct for we and we pickin them. I di thank all for how wey wona don respect this first day for lockdown this 20th May
As LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN prepare to rub our noses in it again on 20th May we continue to shun and reject this grotesque charade. Dancing on graves has never been more literal!
Our outrage and grief are huge and well known even if we limit our view to the current round of crises.
We, all the Ambazonians need to own the sovereignty that HCB28/92 established in the restoration of our statehood. Yes, we own the right to our existence, inheritance, and destiny; The right to our external self-determination as a people.
While the best peace through justice solution to the Struggle would be a negotiated political settlement with LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN, we must be clear that it is no longer possible to address the root causes, never mind solve it unilaterally within LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN. It is understood that LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN still hangs on to the hope that the Struggle is an “Anglophone Crisis” and that explains their inconsistent diplomacy in flip-flopping on negotiations and burning bridges on at least the lst two attempts by international partners, viz Switzerland and Canada.
LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN is an external state as per the 1st January 1960 borders and territory and therefore does not dispose of the sovereignty to “grant” a “special status” or “administer” any part of Ambazonia without the consent of us, the people of Ambazonia, who hereby notify the international community and the UN that our consent has been actively withdrawn through our people’s resolute observance of abstention from LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN control through the seven years + of regular Monday ghost towns -“country Sundays” throughout the Ambazonian territory and other spontaneous instances, to withdraw our consent variously for “11th February” and “20th May” celebrations on our streets or anywhere on our territory.
We have further resolved to assert our dignity and sovereignty through our own community schools and education and call on the international community to help our citizens to activate their decolonisation and self-determination by running our own education system to ensure the development of our children and future generations, without the control of LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN.
“To you the people of Ambazonia”
As a peace-loving people we look forward to a future where we are able to co-exists as neighbours in our two distinct sovereign states of Ambazonia and LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN, with the acceptance that we do not have to be in the same state be it unitary or federal. We are very confident that our people would overwhelmingly choose to chart our own path if the international community would seek our sovereign voice, the WILL of the Ambazonian people, in a vote, say in a future referendum. We believe that such a vote could save a lot of lives and livelihoods but we have proved that we are not just relying on the legal righteousness of our cause but will keep mobilizing our people to exercise our right to self-defence. We firmly hold the moral high ground.
Our forefathers had good faith and sought to live with a “brother” people. They were not mistaken, as we have established that there was informed debate about how the “Federation” would play out, nor, therefore, were they unaware! It was the “brothers” duplicity that crashed the federation and left the relationship in ruins.
Even so, having learnt from the errors of the past, we propose to take our destiny and future into our own hands with new hope and excitement at forging our own future, drawing the benefits of our own effort and mitigating the pitfalls of our mistakes.
In either case, our growth is our prerogative.
To the diaspora…
It is clear that LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN is not seeking to negotiate anytime soon, as it is clear that they would have to first accept us a separate legal state due to their own secession in 1984 as per HCB 28/92. Regardless of our good intentions in seeking a negotiation we must be realistic that a negotiation is very unlikely in the present circumstances as LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN would have to own up and negotiate from a 1960-61 perspective, when we were separate international entities.
We commend the new found urge to hold conferences and we urge our compatriots of fellow stakeholders to have a wider outlook in all their deliberations in these conferences. Better still we should think long and hard about the resources we are deploying to organise and run these multiple conferences with redundant subjects and consider how much more effective they would be if deployed on the ground.
When it comes to LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN we all know that their track record means they have nothing to offer our people except marginalisation, corruption, and bleak future with no prospect of socio-economic progression.
We must retain our openness to a sensible peace through justice solution to end the war with a sovereign Ambazonia, but we must be aware that we need a strong position and that this position could be made even stronger and better, but it is not as bad as some would make-believe in the mistaken and futile effort to lure us back to servitude in a corrupt LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN. Our people are the ones who need to live those lives!
Our position is certainly not so bad that we would revert to the erstwhile posture of second-class citizens.
We must commend our effort and resolve in the last 7 years as they have lead to LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN tentatively consenting to steps to solve the Struggle through dialogue and negotiation. First they tried the Swiss process even though they were not convinced our cohesion would hold, hoping instead that the talk of dialogue would divert our attention from the ground action and dissipate the momentum of our RF’s and civilians. That did not work out for them as they continued to suffer and feel the pain of our efforts.
They tried terminating the Swiss process, probably after concluding that the effect of it was rather to maintain some level of communication and collaboration among our various groups and show up their [LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN’s] unreliability as a diplomatic partner.
They then tried one last bid in the Canadian Pre-talks, this time sending actual representatives who only managed to betray their expectation and hope that our cohesion would not hold.
Ironically, we benefitted from a combination of the COHESION of our participating stakeholders in Canada AND the CONSISTENCY of both those participating stakeholders and more distant stakeholders as both continued to make the single and simply point that they were focused on the Total and Unconditional Independence of Ambazonia. The attempted divide and rule had once again only demonstrated the collective, even if separate resolve of our diverse Independentist Groups. Our Ambazonian Liberation Struggle proved itself, once again to be God-ordained!
When LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN gave up again frustration, this time setting fire to diplomatic bridges in public, a wider range of international partners must have realised that their route to solving the conflict and security in the Gulf of Guinea lies in relying on the Ambazonian side. To be fair to LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN, they have been clear throughout that they preferred any dialogue to be an extension of their infamous “Grand National Dialogue”, or more simply, that the Ambazonia Liberation Struggle should be cast as an internal crisis within LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN.
In all these aborted attempts it is important to realise we cannot overstate the importance of the resilience and firm resolve of our ARFs and civilians as they continued to hold the fort where it mattered the most. We keep saying 21 gun salute until it sounds cliched but we must take this opportunity to underline, if they did not know it, that they are literally bearing our homeland with their blood and determination. We must find a way to say more than 21 gun salute. Maybe that way is to stop saying and do with our complementary commitment – make our financial commitment more reliable so that we can complement this colossal effort of our RFs and civilians in the face of LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN military’s intimidation.
We should now consider why, apart from the option of review of the failed UN decolonisation process of the Southern Cameroons, 3 most significant options through which the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle would end in our favour.
1. LITIGATION: We could win a case in the international court of justice – on the basis of the various and numerous breaches by LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN since our fore-fathers took the leap of faith to throw in their lot with LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN.
2. REFERENDUM: We could win a referendum – the international community could supervise a referendum, which we are confident we would win. This option would appear to be much-talked about as international partners continue to make up their minds on the evidence of LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN’s behaviour in the diplomatic arena.
3. RESISTANCE non-stop: We could intensify our effort on the ground and compel LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN to admit defeat and withdraw (hence self-decolonisation) or agree to either the LITIGATION or REFERENDUM options.
The resistance option, unlike the litigation and referendum options, depends solely on us and is an indispensable catalyst to the Arbitration and Referendum options
The IG there recognizes all three potential options but reiterates the DUAL strength of the Resistance option, as both a solution option to end the war and an indispensable catalyst for adoption of the other two options – Litigation and Referendum.
The IG will prioritize on RESISTANCE as the most determinant solution option per our FUND-FIGHT-FREE vision rather than over preaching on solution options that might rather delay our journey to Buea or nurse false hopes that the war has come to an end, hence detailing our commitment to be CONSISTRENTLY resourceful towards sustaining the RESISTANCE until external self-determination is attained.
We have a very small extra step to take, but time is of the essence, and we must take it.
It is our duty to empower our RFs and civilians to actualise our dignity and sovereignty by decolonising not only education as they are through Community Education and other sectors but increase our economic independence by abstaining from LA RÉPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN control in many more ways.
International partners must be clear that we are ready to go for it alone.
President Marianta Njomia is scheduled to address the Ambazonians on the eve of another La Republique du Cameroun charade.
The substance of the message is unlikely to change much with the consistent theme to encourage Ambazonian citizens to own their dignity and destiny.
Over the years LRC has held superficial celebratory marches akin to eastern European spectacles of the past, with much the same substance.
The president is also likely, Ambazonia News hopes, to be tackling the tricky subject of La Republique du Cameroun’s habit of chickening out of every opportunity for meaningful negotiations to resolve the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. This will be important given the new debate on a referendum, among other methods to proceed.
IG President Marianta Njomia has called on all Ambazonian Independentists to collaborate to intensify action on GZ as the only way forward, even for the newly popular idea of a referendum to resolve the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle.
Speaking at the launch of an event to promote Ambazonian citizens’ dignity against the La Republique du Cameroun 20th May celebrations, she welcomed the communication per se between various Ambazonian stakeholders as a great starting point but cautioned that referendum or negotiation depended on La Republique du Cameroun “agreeing” and that the only way they could be induced to agree to either was through the “maintenance of heat” on the ground. Other speakers on the occasion agreed, stating the could not bear to imagine the lot of Ambazonian citizens if the leaders took their eye off the ball to seek to fulfill the “advice” of ” international partners”.
For a long time Ambazonia News has advocated collaboration as the way to speed up the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. That is still true but it now seems a few questions would not be amiss.
It has come to the attention of Amazonia News that the Canadian Pre-talks Facilitation, and before that, the Swiss Process, has succumbed to La Republique du Cameroun’s preference to “solve” the Amazonian Liberation Struggle through the implementation of their “GDN resolutions”.
In conjunction with La Republique du Cameroun’s announcement dismissing Canada as would-be mediators the forgoing preference would militate against the current clamour for “collaboration” in the Ambazonian stakeholders ranks, especially with the avowed objective of “preparing for negotiation” or a “referendum”. Neither of these are about to happen given La Republique du Cameroun’s stance and maybe the stakeholders doing the rounds to promote conferences should expound on their logic and apparent optimism. Are there any secret signs that the suspected distraction, not to say misuse of resources, of such conferences would suddenly bring La Republique to the table? At Ambazonia News we suspect a little stroking by the International Community has proved enough flattery for some Ambazonian leaders. We would be first to admit to being mistaken but logic points nothing else.
Now the questions to address:
Who is the collaboration for?
What is the collaboration for?
Who wants or benefits from collaboration?
Do we know what collaboration is?
Ambazonia News cannot presume to answer the question? These, and many other questions, must be pondered by stakeholders as a way to refine the process and to ensure it works for the purpose and is adapted and adaptable to dribble some of the fringe.
The fringe would be the “unionist” “Ambazonian”. A paradox if ever one existed. Some well-meaning and valid stakeholders have “explained” that the stalled Canadian process involved a “commitment to bring in all Ambazonians including, unionists, federalists and independentists”, Ambazonia News extrapolates, “to prove to the international community how inclusive our Liberation Struggle is”. For the purpose of avoiding blame, Ambazonia News is not naming any of the stakeholders who seek to promote that level of “inclusiveness”. Ambazonia News does not see any malice in those pronouncements but rather a certain naive fall to the simple flattery if being addressed by the international community. Instead Ambazonia News simply calls on all stakeholders to consider the role of the “unionist fringe” that would be invited to “contribute” to the “All Ambazonian Conference” for Ambazonia News fears they would be defending, not to say promoting, La Republique du Cameroun’s position as they (LRC) might, say in a negotiation.
That would leave Ambazonian stakeholders “negotiating” even before LRC has agreed to negotiate and possibly making concessions to LRC in their absence! Given that LRC has distanced themselves from any negotiation process should Ambazonia be “negotiating” and entertaining people we might call “enablers and blacklegs”? Do we need to desperately “prove” our “inclusiveness”? Is that how we got to a state where LRC deemed necessary to tentatively come to the table? Do we actually think that?
Ambazonia News is of the view that that came about as a result of the hostility LRC faced rather than the international community realising our “inclusiveness”.
Are “unionists” “Ambazonian”? No. In a sense this is a non-issue as it would be really odd and incongruous for anyone who professes “unionism” to figure in an All-Ambazonian Conference. The bigger deal is that this clamour is yet another potential distraction that could lessen the momentum of the Liberation Struggle, to the advantage of LRC. Of course there are a number of high profile figures with the dry-eye to unfurl their carpet bags at AAC if we keep pounding the idea of such inclusivity especially if these figures think we are seeking to impress the international partners. Some have been to Swiss … As this op-ed is committed one outing, more on which later, by Dr Munzu, is doing the rounds as if to make the point of this post.
Ambazonia News would not see the “AAC” clamour as the right collaboration for it would not work for Ambazonia, even if it “works” for the “international community”.
Instead the collaboration that would survive and not succumb to illogic of the “inclusive” collaboration would be the collaboration of independentists. It is self evident what makes any stakeholder an independentist. While this might not necessarily “work” for the international community, we should not be so sure that it wouldn’t. Logic says that that is actually what moved the international partners who have so far been moved to break cover and approach LRC even in the timid steps. Those approaches would not have accrued any outcomes had LRC not also experienced the “hostile” environment that a collaboration of independentists would only intensify.
There has also been talk of referendum. Ambazonia News presumes, even understands, that the idea is that the international community would come in and organise such a referendum. Would they (the international community) be able to impose it if LRC refused? Under what conditions would such a referendum be “imposable”? Would an “inclusive” Ambazonian Conference including the fringes induce LRC to yield? Would it persuade the international community to impose a referendum – and impose it if need be? Have they shown any prior willingness to put themselves out to bat for Ambazonia without the discomfort of LRC?
Ambazonia News invites all our groups to consider these questions before they are carry away with the nudges of the international community who may be utterly ambivalent when it comes to the outcome. In fact their implication will often be on condition of neutrality and that belies any belief that the international community is about to come to Ambazonia’s rescue.
Ambazonia News will continue to rely on the Watchman of Nation who has navigated the most improbable tight corners on our behalf even when our own mistakes have threatened. He will guide collaboration when we the time is right and who knows? Maybe this is the time and the clamour to “prepare for negotiation or a referendum” will lead to the real logical collaboration “by mistake”!
It is that time of year again. Though it can now be taken for granted that our people shun La Republique du Cameroun’s annual charade, it is still upsetting and annoying to see them and their enablers try to make-believe by trampling the graves of our hero and innocent victims.
Would the Ngarbuh families forgive us?
Would baby Martha forgive us?
Would all the women and children enduring hardship in the bushes forgive us?
Would our captive abductees in La Republique du Cameroun jails forgive us?
Once again we must make our objection unambiguous and unmistakable in words and deeds.
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Ambazonian Activists gathered in Belgium, resolved to foster collaboration among Ambazonian Independentists in particular and stakeholders in general, all aimed at achieving a swift attainment of independence for Ambazonia. This was done on April 29th 2023 in Aarschot near Brussels. The previous day the Activists had petitioned international partners such as the EU on behalf of Ambazonia.
In an apt demonstration they showed, using a sketch, how communication could help progress the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle and wrest the information war from the grasp of the enemy.
They scored high immediately on the objective of fostering collaboration by not only attracting the attendance of several movements but getting them to share face to face contact, table, food and drink and a dance.
IG President Marianta Njomia has reiterated her popular and successful policy on the prosecution of the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. It outlines a simple ratio for distributing funds raised by Ambazonian citizens and ensures that Action occurs proportional to the resources while seeking to support our refugees, prisoners and so-called internally displaced victims using a fixed proportion of resources.
The proportion of resources assigned to IG officials or any other diasporan leader of the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle is 0%. The rationale is that we of the diaspora must sacrifice materially and financially to complement the higher sacrifice of the Restoration Forces and the civilians on the ground.
The recent buzz, not to say dernier cri is the feverish preparation of various incarnations of an “All Ambazonian Conference” AAC. It would appear that the confusion that would have arisen from calling such a gathering “AAC” had not initially been apparent to the various “convenors”. The subject of convenors is big in itself, but more later, time permitting.
A little before this became really big and the thing, Ambazonia News discussed the concept of the All Ambazonia bit of the conference, raising questions on who the participants should be and why/how it could impact the conference and the larger Liberation struggle.
On the subject of Collaboration, which would clearly accrue from a conference of this sort, Ambazonia News has always advocated and once sketched the various combinations of collaboration that could foster and expedite the Liberation struggle. These reminders should be borne in mind when the next few questions and analysis/suggestions are considered. We must bear in mind also that nothing is linear in terms of cause and effect maybe apart, almost uniquely from the idea that if the Liberation Struggle loses momentum then LRC does not need to negotiate no matter how well attended and united an All Ambazonian Conference presents.
Ambazonian News Celebrates Collaboration … but
At Ambazonia News, having extolled collaboration, it would be odd to suddenly object. Collaboration will ensure that Ambazonia wins on the ground more quickly regardless of the machinations of international partners. This winning collaboration is in ensuring that all our restoration forces act in a coordinated fashion and back each other up at all times, regardless of what political faction backs them. As per a previous post by Ambazonia News, this collaboration should be through the local autonomy of the forces in realising that their literal survival relies on the support and trust of all their neighbouring restoration forces. They should be able to trust that LRC forces will not cross Ambazonian counties unchallenged to surprise any other Ambazonian county. At the very least there should be no surprises when it comes to the movements and locations of LRC militias in Ambazonia and so no restoration forces should be surprise victims of any LRC ambushes.
At this moment, the movement on organising political conferences needs to have zero influence on the ground collaboration which should always remain on the “life-and-death-trust” level sketched here as in previous posts. Ambazonia News would celebrate and promote any “AAC” which enhances the ground collaboration thus. The danger Ambazonia News would watch for is the “AAC for negotiation”.
This is where many “leaders” are deliberately posturing to be in the limelight for the sole purpose of being at a negotiating table with LRC. At best, this would be a pipe dream as LRC has formally dismissed any intention to attend any negotiations and cannot be made so to do by any international partners no matter how well-meaning. They may apply some sanctions or organise mentoring sessions with some Ambazonian stakeholders but those have no benefit in terms of progress towards Ambazonian Independence even if the flattery is irresistible! Those international partner mentors will melt into the ether if the momentum of the Liberation Struggle dissipates as LRC hopes.
The only good thing that mentoring and facilitation from international partners could/should be that the beneficiaries are so used to the flattery and so enjoy it that they realise why they are getting it … at least in part. This attention and flattery is due to the resilience and persistence of the ground forces, hence the assurance of this new importance status with the international partners relies on maintaining/improving ground success! That should be the virtuous circle. The risk is that the international partners create a sandbox for the Ambazonian political leaders where the latter can “safely” indulge in grandiose posturing while neglecting the ground to LRC’s benefit – ultimately leading to a situation where LRC, having already dismissed negotiations does not feel compelled. Ambazonia News posted previously quoting certain leaders declaring that LRC would be dragged to the negotiation table. Our hope at Ambazonia News is that some of those leaders do not see the sandbox they are in as a start of negotiations – LRC has dismissed negotiations AND the international community does not have the Ambazonian interests at heart and nor should they! What is their interest in Ambazonia? What is the mutuality? And what about the projected and already unfolding chaos in LRC? Wont it benefit Ambazonia? If and only if the there is the level of collaboration between the RF sketched above -and more! BUW have already been calling for other county RF to “draw” some of the LRC fire much along the lines of the collaboration sketched here!
The convenors who are they?
The Convenors should be the main players and beneficiaries of the Conference. They should be the people of Ambazonia exactly like it should have been the people of The Former UN Trust Territory of British Southern Cameroons who voted in 1961, having decided whether independence was or was not for them at the time. Just like then, a litany of mentors does not know better and while they can be mentors they cannot decide the time or timing, the agenda, the attendance or composition of the “All Ambazonian Conference”. The mentors’ mentoring should only be mentoring and no nudges or pressure to promote any timetable or agenda which could act against Ambazonian interests. The people of Ambazonia should. By definition Ambazonians are independentists. Independentists entities should represent the people who have, over the last seven years chosen independence by voluntarily abstaining from LRC activities, abstained from voting in LRC, started their community education to help them break LRC colonialism.
In conclusion collaboration in political circles can only benefit Ambazonian Independence if it leads to more collaboration among RFs on the ground leading to more victories on the ground. This first outcome would be the logical genesis of a strong negotiating position which need not actually rely on LRC’s choice to attend or not attend. In this scenario the AAC – or whatever they turn out to be called – bring together a coalition of independentists, who while ironing out political differences, still prioritise the Liberation struggle outside any sandbox. Over to our “Leaders” now to judge for themselves whether they are in a sandbox and what they will achieve from a “conference”.
The Most High God remains the Watchman of Ambazonia despite our mistakes. Let us choose the right collaboration. Ground Zero is not a sandbox
The IG has cited the 4th Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in armed conflict in calling on international institutions to assume their responsibilities in the face of continued war crimes and genocidal acts by the military of La République du Cameroun.
The statement comes in the wake of recent mass abductions in Bali Nyonga on the 8th of March (International Women’s day), where the abductees included an 85 year old grand-mother on her way to church, and forty others. A week earlier a similar number had been rounded up in Matoh in Meme county on 2nd of March 2023.
These acts must impact the upcoming All Ambazonian Conference, AAC, being prepared by Ambazonian leaders.
It is old news now that La Republique du Cameroun has “rejected” the Canadian-Facilitated Process which was meant to be the product if the pretalks.
Since the “shocking” communiqué international partners have continued to “help” Ambazonian stakeholders to pursue other avenues for a “solution” in the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle. One such avenue is the organisation of the “All Ambazonian Conference”, AAC (not) to be confused with the two previous namesakes?
As these lines are committed actions are underway to “ensure a broad participation” in order to show the international partners that the Ambazonia Liberation Struggle is universally supported among Ambazonians. Surely a tautology! Well, only if those international partners and the Ambazonian stakeholders were on the same page, and they are not!
“International partners” tend to be looking for “peace” which means the lack of active conflict or fighting. They are not generally exercised about whether that means the citizens of those peaceful places are experiencing justice or injustice. That is why La Republique du Cameroun is able to commit the acts they have over the last few decades, and more intensely, the last six years, in Ambazonia and still be tolerated. Our international partners would love nothing more than for what La Republique calls “normalcy” to return to Ambazonia! Ambazonian stakeholders and leaders need to be aware that, putting it bluntly, most international partners may not be on the same page when it comes to the desire and insistence on the justice part of the issue. No matter how helpful, they are more than likely to be constantly nudging Ambazonians away from total independence. To them it is just a job and a feather in their current functionary’s cap if they achieve peace, even temporary peace. Ambazonian leaders need to deal with the issues from their own interest and avoid trying to attain thresholds set by those partners especially when La Republique is not being required to do anything. In the run up to the 1961 plebiscite the UK representative at the UN objected to the option of independence for Southern Cameroons though the UK remained prepared to present the façade of neutrality “in letting the people of Southern Cameroons decide their own fate.”
To their ends, various international partners have been helping a select few Ambazonian leaders to assimilate the idea that Ambazonia needs to impress the international community! This is where the “wide participation” being touted for the AAC is a dangerous problem to solve. On the face of it, it would indeed provide the evidence so that Ambazonia can call out the international community’s continued tolerance of La Republique du Cameroun’s stance. The questions remain: then what? What if they do and what if the international community condemns La Republique du Cameroun? What if La Republique simply ignores it and continues to play for time? Where would that take Ambazonia?
That was assuming the best for the AAC with the recommended attendance. There is worse and sadly that worse is more likely and much more in line with the international partners’ outlook. They want a broad participation to be the whole spectrum of “people born in Ambazonia” from proponents of “one Cameroon” through federalists to independentists. Though it would be a paradox for the extreme end of this spectrum to attend an All Ambazonian Conference, it is not beyond imagining that La Republique would quite like Ambazonians to be bugged down in more costly debate while they continue to kill our people as they have done through out the various “processes”.
Even if the conference went perfectly it is hard for it to be able to resolve strongly in favour of independence were the wide spectrum to participate. “Federalists” such as Munzu are on record that they were waiting for the fighting to “subside” when “the antagonists” realise they can’t win. They [federalists] would then come in as “the happy median”. One of the boasts in that outing was that Munzu was an “insider” of the workings of the international system! Would Dr Munzu be part of the wider participation? Would Balla? Would that be because they represent any constituencies or just that they have high profiles with the international community? What about the nebulous CDN? Is this the time juncture?
Does Ambazonia want to start making concessions even before any remote possibility of negotiations with La Republique du Cameroun? Should those concessions be to parties who not only have folded arms and callously ignored the crimes against humanity but, in some instances declared their willingness to wait for the opportunity before coming in to “negotiate federation”?
Maybe participants at an All Ambazonian Conference need to be Ambazonian first. This leads to the question of who an Ambazonian is. Are they simply anyone born in Ambazonia or do they need to be actively pro Ambazonian Restoration? Which of these is the most needed at this juncture in our Liberation Struggle?
As La Republique du Cameroun embarks on another contrived sham of an election we the Ambazonians are looking at having to “ban” the “elections on our territory. But do we have to? What have they got to do with us?
On the face of it we should not have to ban that exercise since it is known that La Republique du Cameroun withdrew from the flawed union and reverted to her 1960 international borders. Don’t understand? Read the Bamenda High Court ruling HCB28/92.
On that basis, Ambazonians should not be enduring the humiliation of a sham election where La Republique du Cameroun actually appoint stooges to pose as representatives of Southern Cameroons. It should be understood that this scheme of appointing stooges is the tenuous thread by which La Republique du Cameroun somehow sustains her “illegal forcible occupation” of Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) in the eyes of the international community. They can claim that Ambazonia is represented in their government no matter how flawed that government is.
That is La Republique du Cameroun’s modus operandi along with the reasons. That is why they did appoint “senators” purportedly from the “opposition” SDF in their out-going “legislature”. With the SDF claiming over a sustained period to be grounded in Ambazonia it suited La Republique du Cameroun to be able to point to their presence in their parliament as evidence that Ambazonia is represented and, therefore, participating and therefore less in need of self-determination. That is also why LRC is very likely to appoint SDF stooges soon afterward even if no “voting” takes place and even if they are unable to raise and SDF “winners”.
For our part, we the Ambazonians need to make it clear that any such stooge appointees do not represent our nation. We should not take part in any vacuous acts claimed as an election. That way we have the basis to demand justice from the international community for the return of nationhood as it would be clear that not only is La Republique du Cameroun the country with 1960 international borders outside of Ambazonia, but that their claim of representation is false.
What about “Ambazonian” so-called “representatives” in LRC? If they are Ambazonians they would have the precedent from history to follow – they must quit the (East Cameroon) La Republique du Cameroun “parliament” just like our forbears quit the Eastern Nigeria assembly to create self government in the United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons back then.
Many are not “Ambazonian”. Having understood the stakes if they persist in following their stomachs at the expense of Ambazonian victims of genocide then our Restoration Forces should have the mandate to arrest them or dissuade them appropriately and proportionately. Ambazonia has lost enough school children, shot by nervous occupying militias; enough pregnant women killed in deliberate “bavures”; enough homes burnt; enough youths so-called “neutralised” for being suspected fighters.
With LRC stalling on the Canada-facilitated talks, for one thing, and showing the distinct lack of “a responsible adult at home” Ambazonian stakeholders need to take heed and engage collaborative planning for “rainy days” so clearly pencilled in for La Republique du Cameroun’s near future.
When our historical leaders left Eastern Nigeria they were not a single party but they collaborated to institute a functioning multi-party democracy. Ambazonia’s confidence should flow from the knowledge that we can actually still boast more transparent transitions of power in our parliament in a few years of existence than La Republique du Cameroun has managed in a much longer time scale. We are better!
IG president Marianta Njomia has spotlighted La Republique du Cameroun’s misuse of the so-called DDR Centres set up to purportedly “reintegrate” former fighters of the Ambazonian Restoration Forces. Evidence is that the victims of these centres are being coerced to side with the genocidal militias they were moved to volunteer to repel when first joining the ARFs.
Examples abound of disappointed “beneficiaries”, the most infamous of whom General Nambere. It is “obvious” that anyone who is targeted by these paradoxical places would have thought long and hard and concluded not only that they had no future with La Republique du Cameroun, but that they could not silently and passively witness the genocide, that, before becoming active in the ARF. Therefore it should not be an issue because nobody should turn from having resolved to join the ARF to believing that they could benefit in any way from the DDR set up by La Republique du Cameroun while their militias are still burning homes and carrying out what are extra-judicial killings if they are simultaneously peddling the idea of DDR!
Nobody should be that gullible! If they were minded to do what they claim the DDR would do, for the former ARF the war would not have started. The protests would not have started because the “marginalisation” would not have started nor gone on for so long! Failing that, they would have heeded the teachers and lawyers and “reformed” rather than resort to the violence and declaration of war!
Could they declare war and then “help” setup it’s reluctant self-defence victims as they claim DDR would? Then why not leave out the war and just respond to the petitions before the protests began … Why not, if they did not get enough time to respond to the petitions, respond more logically to the protests?
If something is illogical it cannot be true no matter how much anyone hopes or wishes it would be. The fate of many inmates of the DDR should serve as a warning to any ARF fighters.
Having once volunteered to risk it all in self defence of our nation how painful must it be to be so easily and obviously “fooled”?
As Ambazonians we continue to hold our heroes in high respect as they strive “to bear the land with their blood” in the most difficult circumstances. Even if they temporarily lose sight we appreciate their least effort and sympathise.
We the Ambazonians must continue to encourage our heroes and make sure we treasure their lives and honour and courage and dignity.
It is patently tough to sustain the effort but our fight is our dignity. It is the dignity of our heroes. It is difficult but there is no choice at this stage. There was no choice even before, and certainly not after joining the ARFs.
The story of Ambazonia is a long sequence of surmounting obstacles in more and more unlikely fashion. The most recent is the fateful declaration of La Republique du Cameroun’s (LRC’s) communication minister on the Canadian Led Facilitation Process. Imagine the fudges being concocted with a selection of Ambazonian stakeholders who seemed determined to let things “progress” and “see what happens”. There were dubious participants but somehow “everyone” trusted the process and “everyone” of the Ambazonian stakeholders declared their objective was the same – total and unconditional independence for Ambazonia. Even so, they were all relaxed to ignore the dubious participants and “see what happens”. They were even relaxed in the contradiction of taking part in a process which attempted to call Ambazonia “the North West and South West Regions of the Republic of Cameroon”!
After the Canadian Communique, the “Leaders” of the Ambazonian side issued their communique and set about batting away any doubts, sometimes with simple dismissal of doubters as “people who have not been in the Struggle for the Thirty years that we have”. It was like literal history repeating itself! A small cohort of selected “leaders” determined to trust that informal dealings with a “brother state” would “turn out fine” and trusting the goodwill and good intensions of Western countries who at once insist they are neutral to the outcome but nudge the dealings towards an already visibly untenable premise.
The plebiscite of the 11th of February 1961 excluded the option of independence for Southern Cameroons, pushing a vibrant multi-party parliamentary system into a union with a proxy dictatorship run remotely by a “secret” colonial master! At the time there was vibrant debate about the type of union to come with a large cross-section “hoping” for a union of equal separate states verging on a confederation.
The leaders “trusted” the union of “brothers” would work. That was in 1961. This is 2023 … and the “leaders” once again trust in the face of similar doubts. It did not work out in 1961. Witness is the current war. It is unlikely to work this time either under the same “trust”. That Canada is in the open on mediation is proof that Southern Cameroons survived the inadequacies, not to say inequities of the plebiscite, hopeless though the situation seemed over the years.
LRC omitted to seal the deal with a treaty – which would have restricted the abilities of the likes of Canada to attempt the mediation they are.
LRC then broke the “understandings” imposed by the Western partners
LRC reduced herself to a failed state unable to command the continued support of international partners when Southern Cameroons woke up again.
During the sixty years Southern Cameroons current position in being up for any form of negotiation was unthinkable but for the series of small negligences and oversteps that kept the friction and discontent and legal righteousness alive. LRC broke “laws” but there would have been zero chance of any meaningful challenge had they not also made the overstretch of attempting to nudge Southern Cameroons into an unnecessarily cruel and exploitative existence. They even saw the need to make the mistake of technically withdrawing from the failed union by reverting to their 1960 name, and therefore international borders and choosing to persist even after realising their mistake! When the protests came, they could have offered to appease before a critical mass assembled and that would have sealed it but a bully is always only ever a bully. They trusted that even their corrupt and incompetent “forces of law and order” could quell the protest using violence. They wanted to be seen to dominate not just win.
Six years later, Ambazonian leaders were edging towards a repeat when LRC shows herself once more to be no match for Ambazonians divine grace and protection. By attempting to rubbish the mediation LRC is giving Ambazonians more time to make the break and establish once and for all that they have no future in any form of association with LRC… the home burnings, the killings of school children, the mass arrests would seem to induce no remorse in LRC’s leaders! How lucky for Ambazonia that, in that frame of mind, LRC is unable to rally to come to the table when they could have secured relatively favourable terms! They misjudged 60 years ago, six years ago and six weeks ago! LRC came close to the Mediation thanks to the tenacity of Ambazonians in carrying the fight. Now that their institutions are imploding and only projected to become more dysfunctional, Ambazonia needs to intensify the expulsion while building the collaboration framework to take our Nation in hand imminently.
Following the scarcely fathomable slaying of Martinez Zogo, the UN has finally, reportedly, “called on” La Republique du Cameroun “to ensure the conditions prevail for journalists to do the jobs in safety”. Not a moment too soon!
Given that Samuel Wazizi’s abduction and murder went “unnoticed” by the same august body, it must be a truly “grave” situation – to quote CRTV. Either that or it was technically awkward to tackle LRC, Wazizi not being a LRC citizen. Or maybe Ambazonia News was just unaware of the “pressure” the UN applied at the time.
Leaving all the inconsistency aside Ambazonians would be well advised to stay focused on the liberation struggle taking every opportunity to exercise and exert their dignity.
Complementary commitment demands that Ambazonians outside the homeland continue to massively commit materially to support and complement our RFs who daily commit ultimately.
To be explicit, apart from LRC’s communiqués disowning the Canadian Process, it would seem that things are falling apart and there might no longer be a leader at ease in LRC to conduct trustworthy negotiations. It was always a given that Ambazonia would do well to establish the strongest position and in the circumstances it would seem to be narrowing down to one option. Leaders need to take their responsibility and start consolidating the common national position. Urgently
The IG, in consultation with other Ambazonian stakeholders and ground restoration forces, has agreed and announced a lockdown as it is anticipated that La Republique du Cameroun might once again seek to dance on the graves of babies Martha, Caroline and others of our children to show their hegemony.
After a long campaign of dignified resistance it is perhaps no longer necessary to enforce a lockdown as our people get to know what the “celebrations” represent.
This year will once more express our rejection of the failed union and continue to invite La Republique du Cameroun to withdraw her militias from our national territory.
So LRC has shown that they are a divided house but even before that the best that could be construed from evidence and logic is that they would be reluctant talkers. It is a valid and predictable tactic that they would try to disrupt Ambazonian momentum any way they can. This would include dangling the prospect of talks and then withdrawing it in order to provide Ambazonians a potential arena, in which to disagree.
Knowing this, it is really important that non of the Ambazonian stakeholders take on the mantle of defending the mere fact of the pretalks from other Ambazonian stakeholders! What is the gain? Is it still feasible to expect to keep details in a black box and say “trust me, I have more commitment”. No! That is exactly how to peel off the very support and backing that our representatives at any talks need! How can we find any of the weaknesses in the setup without discussion? Did La Republique du Cameroun come this far because of the sole commitment of the more committed? At the very least it is preferable to have broad base of stakeholders chosen by Ambazonians. Without questioning the commitment of any stakeholder, and without prejudice to whether said commitment is questionable, Ambazonia News holds the view that the Ambazonian position is better coming from and reflecting a broad consensus of Ambazonian stakeholders. To achieve that consensus Ambazonians must build bridges and talk frankly and honestly including accepting that they have ground to cover to be prepared for any outcome of the process.
There is no need to blame any potential playing-for-time on anyone but the side playing for time, viz. LRC. Even then, as mentioned earlier, that is one of their tactics and a predictable one at that. Any such time wasting should instead be used to increment Ambazonia gains on the ground through continued complementary commitment.
As LRC has no leadership even if they were minded to talk, it is the most pointless and idea to start analysing their posture, and worse still to try to assign any blame for said posture. Ambazonia has no control over their posture other than by applying the pressure which lead even this limited far! Just as the may hope that Ambazonian momentum would dissipate if they dangle and withdraw Ambazonia must do more to get towards a better negotiation position or “no negotiation” position at best.
It is tough to summon the courage to engage frank collaboration among Ambazonia stakeholders but there is no other choice. The international community will not sort it. Thankfully Ambazonia already has open channels even if they are under utilized.
THE HARD IDEOLOGY OF WALKING THE TALKS PATRIOTICALLY AND REALISTICALLY TO FAST TRACK YOUR FREEDOM DESPITE THE CURRENT GLOBAL ECONOMIC HARDSHIP.
My Dear Ambazonian Brothers and Sisters, especially to you resident in the diaspora,
We all acknowledge that where there is a will, there is a way.
Our WILL as a people is attaining FREDOM.
The WAY realistically and understandably entails SACRIFICING selflessly in our collective efforts to provide the resources needed now to fund and end decades of bondage on our own people from the invader and oppressor LRC.
Funding Your Freedom Is Understandably Sacrificing Your Hard Earned Resources To Materialize Your Will.
Our collective U-turn towards the ideology of FUNDING OUR FREEDOM will logically and pragmatically equate to ending colonial governance of Ambazonia.
Be a true PATRIOT now for the liberation of your homeland so that together we will render our homeland ungovernable for the colonial invader and oppressor LRC.
BY YOUR WILL, AMBAZONIA WILL BE GOVERNED BY AMBAZONIANS.
28th January 2023 President Marianta Njomia Federal Republic of Ambazonia.
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.
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.
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!
Ambazonia News was waiting as eagerly as any other Ambazonian to get the presentation of the four “principals” from Canada. Instead, the “neutral” spokesman, in the person of Comrade John Akuroh, communicated the postponement “due to fast new developments”!
The good aspect of the communication was the clear and unequivocal declaration of the position on absolute and unconditional independence of Ambazonia, not to mention the implied deference to the people on any decision. This last part at least alleys the fear that, drunk on flattery, any or all of the “representatives” could “sign for” Ambazonia! Phew!
The fear of “drunkenness on flattery”, however, persists.
Despite claiming to be mindful of La Republique du Cameroun’s modus operandi, the fact remains that the “representatives” have allowed their “selection” to “go to their heads” to some extent.
Comrade Akuroh did use the phrase “selected to talk” or words to that effect. The question would be “selected by whom?”. This question does not go to those who were selected per se, except in a purely rhetorical invitation to consider that they might be underestimating their strength. More of this aspect later.
The IG raised this same question to the facilitators when asking for, among other conditions, transparency on each participant and their status. It is no secret that one of the parties does not meet this requirement and is not represented among the four who promised the now postponed update. That means they are going to persist in their opaque position of being very active in the process but not being declared!
As long as the four “representatives” know and are happy we can move on to cautioning about the danger of “flattery”.
Being invited individually and flattered should ring alarms among the “benificiaries” as the method La Republique du Cameroun used to break up the West Cameroon institutional strength and progressively attempt assimilation. To counter this tactic all “invitees” should know their strength comes from the strength of the independence movement as a collective and that if they succomb to flattery and undermine the movement body they could be turfed out as soon as La Republique du Cameroun can ascertain the momentum of the Liberation Struggle has diminished enough. If you turn up to the next gathering and cannot see the fellow “representatives” you saw last time do you know why they are not there? Who should you find out from? Build bridges and improve your strength.
Some will trust Canada’s position to be above the suspicion aired here but remember the run up to the plebiscite when many international partners implicitly denied us the self-determination we should have had! They had then, and have now, their own calculations and we cannot assume their neutrality in the process! They are not forthcoming on the aforementioned “opaque participant” and, therefore, not placing any importance on being viewed as neutral or impartial. Nothing personal, but they just do have their own interest. This brings us to the pressure tactics of “fast moving developments”.
We must take neutrality at face value. But can we? If so, our country’s affairs must not be rushed to meet anyone else’s timetable. The process belongs to us, rather than us to the process. Our representatives must keep open channels with the broadest base of leaders and deliberate extensively prior to any exchanges with the enemy side.
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.
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:
1. The State of Southern Cameroons, alias the Republic of Ambazonia.
2. His Royal Excellency Fongum Gorji-Dinka
3. Blaise Berinyuy AND
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.
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 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.
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.
To talk about federalists is to validate them when they have no existence in logic! However, due to the “Canada Process” also known as “Pre-Pre-talks” there is once more an illusory platform for “federalist” proponents. The paradox of the federalists persists against all odds even though La Republique du Cameroun has deployed intimidation tactics in the form of “convocations” to quash all usage of the term – and that was mainly against the “federalists” themselves – not even against Ambazonians. No! Ambazonians had a worse fate reserved for them – summary extrajudicial executions, callously trumpeted as “neutralisation” in their propaganda. They have even been known to issue official communiques – for La Republique du Cameroun loves a communique – outlining how they “neutralised” several unarmed youths suspected of being separatists. Suspicion seems enough to seal a youth’s fate in Ambazonia! That was earlier.
These days, after our whole scale resistance and demonstrated resilience, they are resorting to all forms of time-wasting, with the forlorn hope that our resolve would wane. Our resolve is not waning! Our people have endured deliberate psychological attacks in the form of disinformation and manipulation. Some have hesitated for a while but they are all still basically convinced of the righteousness of our cause and the complete “does-not-go-ness” of any idea that “One Cameroun” might ever again include Ambazonia! Not even in a de facto union! Especially not in a de facto union! Not in any union! It is One Solution – Independence for Ambazonia!
One Ambazonian sage once predicted that when La Republique Cameroun woke up and tried to negotiate for federation with Ambazonia that it would be too late. It has been too late for 5 years! Having our streets blocked by militias so foreign that they could “mistakenly” fire live rounds into school traffic tells even the deafest non-listener and shows even the blindest non-looker that Ambazonia into La Republique du Cameroun does not go! That is why no intimidation can turn our citizens! We have to be thankful to La Republique du Cameroun for proving to our people over these last six years that La Republique du Cameroun behind their thugs is a hollow vacuum of nothingness and that their main power over Ambazonia was solely Ambazonians willingness to put up and continue to hope for “better” eventually. Eventually has been and gone and LRC has proved that only worse is to come if we the Ambazonians persist in that willingness to give one more chance! More than that, they have proved that Ambazonians can take their destiny and dignity in their own hands.
So why are there still people who dare show their faces and talk about federalism? It is down to Ambazonian liberalism! We like a debate like no other people! That comes from the days when our competing parties in the fifties and early sixties used to travel together to election rallies and debate and make their separate speeches and then go back together sometimes sharing a drink. Nevertheless, the federalists are mistaken…
They [federalists] are hanging in mid-air because La Republique Cameroon is not debating federalism and unlikely to be anytime soon. In this situation the federalist trying to offer “nothing” to a people who have been living through the “proof” that any association with La Republique is fatal and who have seen La Republique du Cameroun’s arguments against federalism! In Ambazonia News’ view this is the most pointless “argument” since the Athenians first described democracy!
La Republique du Cameroun is a paradox in burning villages, killing school children, “neutralising suspected separatists” and propagating “one Cameroun” given that their dictator decreed a secession of La Republique du Cameroun from the still-tenuous United Republic of Cameroon. Everyone knows that! They know it! They have it on record in their courts that that decree was Ambazonian Restoration. In 2017 La Republique briefly considered rowing back by trying to phase in the “United Republic of Cameroon” name. It is likely their mentors counselled against that and instead mistakenly promoted the idea that even their corrupt system was capable of defeating grand-mothers with peace plants! What ever the reasoning, they decided they could win! One possible reason is that they knew that even the “United Republic” was not a union – except by being a de facto union – and could not be sustained in any negotiation or court.
When a “nation” decides to resort to “war” or force, they are suspending “international law” righteousness even if they had any. So the federalists debating nice academic points about Ambazonia’s legal ground are wide off the mark! When La Republique du Cameroun is defeated and finally have to leave, no international partners are going to weigh up the spurious legal arguments that were so cleverly outlined by the fence-sitters! That also means that we the Ambazonians know that we have to win on the ground – and on that point we have to be thankful to the federalists legalists.
The nice international community knows it but persists in waiting with patience for La Republique du Cameroun to kill enough of us so that they can express outrage with “never-again” before resuming their cosy dealings with La Republique du Cameroun. That is just the way of things so Ambazonians need to beware and continue the fight. That goes without saying as La Republique continues forays into our country!
The time is coming when it will have to be decided. Being born Ambazonian does not compel anyone to be Ambazonian – nor to have our precious and rare citizenship foisted on them! People who consider themselves citizens of La Republique should not be waiting on the fence for our citizens to be killed so that they can negotiate a better La Republique status for themselves. We just eventually have to accept that such a dichotomy exists.
The opacity of the Canada Pre-Pre talks would appear to be conveying the feeling that “Ambazonians” alone are the ones wrestling with the shadow non-argument of federation. What is La Republique looking for apart from the usual playing for time? What is the international community’s stake in this? A stable democratic, accountable, successful and prosperous Ambazonia is a better security ally in the Gulf of Guinea. We insist on our dignity. In this setup Ambazonia is certainly not the supplicant! The conflict is so “one-solution” that it hardly bears the bother of speculating on what they are “negotiating”. While waiting we must all be aware that the one solution depends on our actualising our independence with no regard for what French Cameroun decide to do.
The IG Technical cabinet has been formally unveiled on ARF TV. The announcement came in a first of the routine press briefings to be undertaken by the new Press Secretary, Na Manyi.
The IG sought to assemble a balanced team in terms of gender, skills and geographical representation, but the key characteristics can be summed up in three S’s. They are Selfless, Skilled Statespersons all.
SIX GLAMOURING QUALITIES OF MEMBERS OF PRESIDENT MARIANTA’S TECHNICAL CABINET
1) Selfless Skilled Statespersons (SSS) who pledge their loyalty exclusively to the Ambazonian liberation plight and our ultimate goal – The total and unconditional independence of Ambazonia.
2) SSS ready to sacrifice resources and constitute the quality number that is resourceful to the Ambazonian liberation struggle morally, intellectually and most especially economically.
3) SSS with a distinct pragmatic attitude in the prosecution of our liberation plight, evidenced in their “walking the talks” modus operandi.
4) SSS with a qualitative, fraternal and honest Teamwork spirit FOR AMMBAZONIA, ready to assist and offer their expertise on a 360 degree perspective in the management and prosecution of the Ambazonian liberation struggle.
5) SSS who have aligned, are consistent and share the vision and foresight embodied in the 3 main IG Policies stabilizing policies in the management of our liberation struggle – The Accountability & Action (AA) policy on finance management, The Building Bridges (BB) policy on collaboration with other Ambazonian independentist entities AND The Complementary Commitment (CC) policy on the appropriate Diaspora-GZ relationship to fast track our liberation.
6) SSS with a proven stamina to identify and resist any form of social injustice within or without, distractions, manipulations and most especially prioritize on engagements aimed at defending the lives and dignity of the victims of the genocide war, with particular focus on engagement characterized by progressive and increasing empowerment of the Ambazonian Restoration Fighters.
Whether you want to support the refugees and prisoners or you want to speed up the expulsion of La Republique Militias from our land, you can now add your effort. Every effort is significant! Visit www.cid.ambacitizens.com to subscribe or make a one-off donation for any aspect of the Liberation Struggle.
To help with the diplomatic sensitisation you in the diaspora can point your colleagues – third parties to the information on the unmask website which gives details of the plight of our citizens as well as avenues to support refugees, including children in education.
In every Liberation Struggle there is a vital core of committed individuals. Ambazonia’s Liberation Struggle is no exception. As in every one of the previous struggles the momentum of our march toward dignity and freedom is maintained by the few.
The few have absolute faith and belief – nobody needs to nag them and they ignore all of La Republique’s various propaganda and psychological efforts even when they think they are isolated.
The few know it is a long hard road they travel and that does not deter them. They are realistic when assessing inevitable temporary setbacks and finding ways to do better in the next phase of the road.
The few trust in the rest of the other of the few and count on their picking up the baton when called upon. They know that this is their turn to carry the baton and continue put their all in it, trusting in the righteousness of their course and the continuous grace and protection of “The Watch Man” of our Nation.
The few have daily methods of continuing to maintain their commitment and belief, finding their own ways to keep their dignity and honour their homeland.
The few are modest and honour the first among the few, who were very few indeed at a given time, but maintained Ambazonians soul in their hearts, waiting patiently for few more few to join their ranks.
In the last few years the few have grown less few but the true few still stand out by the language they speak…
They never say “the government” when referring to La Republique du Cameroun …
Or “the army”, nor “the military”, when referring to La Republique’s rabble of occupying militias …
but sing their Anthem even when acknowledging they are shy singers … or claiming that they don’t have good singing voices. Ambazonia News says that no voice can sing Ambazonia’s Anthem badly! for that Anthem regulates the singer’s voice. In any case, and not that they need to be told, for they know. They are of the few and their contribution is not a singing voice … though any singing voice is a start and blessed among the many and treasured among the few.
The few have more qualities than these listed here. They will continue doing what they are doing and encouraging others to join in and enjoy still-unheralded membership of their exalted ranks.
Are you one of the few? The few never say they are of the few. They just remain the few, doing what few do and trusting in their duty and righteousness and the protection of The Watchman … If you know you are of the few, accept our implicit duffed hat and continue being. If you are aspiring, like so many, trust in the righteousness of our course and open your eyes to the the truth that only the Most High God, The Watchman of Our Nation could have contrived the sequence of events that would kick-start our Restoration and then sustained it in the face of the worst efforts of our detractors.
The unmask platform is a resource for Ambazonians to start to take our story to third parties. It has been said that Genocide in Amazonia is “the most neglected crisis” on the planet. We have to grudgingly acknowledge that La Republique du Cameroun has managed to marshal her diplomatic capital to minimise the light on her criminal and genocidal war in Ambazonia. Even so we the Ambazonians have to be relatively satisfied with our tenacity given we started from a bank of no diplomatic capital.
What we need to do next, those of us in the diaspora, is to renew our efforts to take this to the constituents of those who have sought to look the other way while La Republique du Cameroun has been burning homes, killing children on their way to school and proudly publishing tales of how their valiant army killed youths in Southern Cameroons just because they were “suspected separatists”. Our neighbours can help us to question and get a change in attitude from those International Partners who have been looking away and waiting.
We must also let them know that our people on the ground have moved on and now enjoy the freedom and dignity of being Ambazonian. Looking away is no longer an option and they must all remember saying “never again” only a quarter of a century ago. Our supporting evidence is the proliferation of Community Schools where our people have voted with their feet to invest in their childrens’ futures separate from La Republique du Cameroun – waiting and looking away are no longer a viable options as a free people are not gong to return to servitude and second-class citizenship.
In the Extraordinary Constituents General Assembly the modified Modalities were present, reviewed and approve in a vote to the tune of 98%.
The bill now clarifies how the vetting results can be shared, removes the appendage of pay for the President and the meaning of and timing for the publication of the list of qualified voters.
In a bid to ensure any polls are free, fair and transparent, LGA chairs alone constitute the electoral college and it is they or their designated representatives who will cast a vote reflecting their prior LGA vote. This means that all who join an LGA and fulfil their civic duties according to the provisions of the Code will be able to express their choice through their LGA and will have the same weight as their LGA chairs and their RC representatives, who will, similarly have the same weight, voting at their LGA.
The IG has continued developing the Building Bridges protocol. The latest iteration and refinement seeks to address the vital issue of collaboration between the diaspora and the Ambazonia Restoration Forces on the ground.
The vision is crystalized in the two words Complementary Commitment. The Diaspora should commit to provide the resources needed for the Liberation and complement ARFs and civilians.
Pixels have aligned. Ink has flowed and so has saliva. But what is going on with the so-called Canada “?”
The IG is holding the next Constituents Assembly of the APP on Saturday 22/10/2022 with a promise to “brief” on “Canada”. It should be noted that one of the IG’s slogans is “Total and Unconditional Independence for Ambazonia” so Ambazonia News will be keen to relay the briefing come the conclusion of the Constituents Assembly.
Other expected topics might be the state of the Election Modalities which were ordered in previous resolutions of the CA APP.
IG President Marianta Njomia took part in a charity walk of 10km to raise funds to help Ambazonian refugees on G1 with education for the children, empowering mother and women with sustainable means such as farming resources and the youths with focused and sustainable skills acquisition.
Ambazonia news is able to post the first drafts of the IG’s Ambazonia Curriculum for Community and Authorised schools in the Federation. Initially the orders are issued for Mathematics, Science and English language for primary schools. More subjects and stages will follow in the future.
This will allow our citizens to consolidate their dignity in taking charge of the future social, professional and personal development of their children. It has always been the ambition of every Ambazonian parent to see their children progress, so much so that they will do anything to ensure they are able to pay the fees to ensure their pride and joy can attend school.
The IG shares this vision and is seeking the collaboration of parents and RFs to jointly make this next leap in the Liberation Struggle. The IG will continue to improve the curriculum orders on the basis of feedback from GZ and the local experience. As promised in a previous post, the IG will work in the meantime to facilitate assessment and certification processes in the future.
May our children soar like the stars above
In honour of the heroes who continue to bear our land with their blood
This weekend marks the 61st anniversary of independence of Southern Cameroons. Logic and international interests and schemes dictate that most Ambazonians of today should not have had any idea of the history or statehood of the then British Southern Cameroons. So why and how did Southern Cameroons survive the designs of the colonial powers? How did Ambazonia survive the annexation and attempted assimilation by French Cameroon? How has Ambazonia survived the clever ruse of “It is not so bad, everyone suffers! We better keep our precious peace! We live in a haven for peace!”? How has the Ambazonian Liberation Struggle survived the might and diplomatic capital of La Republique du Cameroun; and the sheer effort of LRC’s corruption machine to “persuade” Ambazonians that they are better off as “second-class-half-brothers” in La Republique du Cameroun? Of late there have been “more sincere” promises that the Ring Road and other infrastructure would be built after all this time. What about the tantalising prospect of the Limbe Deep Sea Port and even Tiko Airport? Even the “Special Status”?
Before all of these considerations, 95%, at least, of Ambazonians had no idea they were bona fide citizens of an internationally legal independent nation!
La Republique du Cameroun Miscalculates?
All common sense would have concluded that Ambazonia would be a vague memory. How did LRC miss the equivalent of a football tap-in from 2 yards out, in the middle of the goal posts, with the keeper having dived past in the wrong direction? There is only one real plausible explanation to the whole litany of traps and pitfalls being safely, even if unknowingly, navigated by Southern Cameroons! It has to be the last line of the Ambazonian Anthem…
Every time La Republique du Cameroun has tried any of the coercive acts they have left it half baked and void of any credibility. When anything “legal” needed to be reinforced, they either failed to notice or just were not really bothered – even when those acts would have tightened their hegemony over Ambazonia!
It is almost as if La Republique du Cameroun deliberately abusing a secret adopted half-brother who would otherwise have been completely unaware and content! A bully cannot help it! If they have an adopted brother, even one who is unaware of their separate roots, their actions will constantly signal as La Republique du Cameroun has all through the 61 years.
Our National Anthem answered
Our national prayer would seem to have been answered at every turn when we were as helpless as the adopted half-brother! It is the belief of Ambazonia News that we should sing or recite our Anthem every morning in gratitude for the Watchfulness of The Most high God. In this chaotic throw of ideas is a non-exhaustive list of instances where relatively minor and insignificant deviations from LRC’s course would have managed to assimilate Ambazonia! Somehow, against all odds…
The Most High God be The Watchman of This Nation!
First Pitfall – LRC gains independence before British Southern Cameroons.
By gaining “independence” on 1/1/1960, LRC froze her international boundaries according to international law! That did not stop the “brother-nation” of Southern Cameroons choosing to “gain her independence by joining LRC”. The “wiser” people duly arranged it and set everything all nice and legal to use “self-determination” to decide it. It worked too and everything was a tap-in! All LRC needed to do was complete the deal by getting the “Founding Fathers” to sign on the dotted line! The problem was that Southern Cameroons turned out to be more democratic than LRC – and ok luckier! Like the over-confident striker in front of goal, LRC did not see the need to waste their time with such silly formalities! So they omitted to get the deal signed and therefore the Southern Cameroons Assembly did not ratify the union treaty, nor did the French Cameroon Assembly, and therefore the union was not a union. Because Southern Cameroons had a proper multi-party parliament there was no chance a single individual could have been “persuaded” to add their signature as an after-thought even if French Cameroon had bothered with the tediousness of legality! It was a de facto annexation, only “surviving” because … well what’s the harm to a tea leaf if the East India Company is “not nice”?
The International community would not upset the cart just to get justice for anyone who didn’t even know they were being wronged! But … The Most High God was the Watchman of that Nation!
Second Pitfall. Unsigned Federation Set Up and then Unilaterally Changed!
It is plausible that the only-de facto “Federal” Republic would have survived and nobody, well, hardly anybody would have been able to persuade the citizens that they were victims of a wrong! But … as the Most High God is the Watchman of that Nation, French Cameroon’s Assembly had passed a constitution which forbade any single party in the “Federation” to change the form of the state without separate approving votes in both states! What are the chances? So when French Cameroon’s leaders decided to hold a referendum and change the form of the state, they were breaking a law they had passed, especially when not bothering to separate the results! The results were celebrated and if they had left it at that … who knows with the victims not being aware they were victims, if the eggheads had left it as a United Republic … No. The Most High God Is the Watchman of the Nation!
Third Pitfall – French Cameroon Decides Integration is Nicer
French Cameroon has omitted to sign the union treaty and broken the rules that were meant to have maintained the union but … even though the victims had no idea they were victims and the international community did not want to “unnecessarily” upset the order it could been “okay” had French Cameroon simply let sleeping dogs lie. But as the most High God is the Watchman of the Nation French Cameroon decided to withdraw from the union by signing what Gorji-Dinka correctly interpreted as the Restoration Law. That Law in 1984 did deemed United Republic of Cameroon not “integrated” enough and renamed it La Republic du Cameroun which was the at-independence name of French Cameroon. That is the name of the would-have-been equal party in the union when Southern Cameroons had voted to gain independence by joining – and that is, if the union treaty had been signed and ratified by both states’ assemblies. That the treaty had not been signed had left only a de facto union which only lasted because the victims had not complained but would collapse if they did at anytime in the future. When Gorji-Dinka raised a stink what happened? LRC arrested and charged him with, of all things secession, and staged a trial where the judge duly agreed with Gorji-Dinka that the “Restoration” Law was in fact a secession from the “union” by LRC and that the accused could not be guilty. Still 90+ % of Southern Cameroons knew little…
La Republic du Cameroun Self-Snookers!
Why didn’t LRC repeal the law? Well, you wouldn’t try to put the tooth paste back in the tube once it is squeezed, would you? Too difficult! The repeal would simply have focused attention on why it was needed – and resulted in the exact opposite of the integration that LRC desired! Somehow this legal truth seemed to remain niche as the majority of the victims continued to be blissfully unware. But The Most High God Remained on Watch as LRC continued to set up pitfalls which Southern Cameroons continued to navigate.
The Final Pitfall?
Now that a mass of Southern Cameroonians has complained and been forced to actively defend that nation, the legalities are available for meaningful exploration. So what is the final pitfall for Southern Cameroons? Gorji-Dinka has the answer! In his complaints at the UN he got the UN to effectively and explicitly state that Ambazonia, the name he proposed for Southern Cameroons, could take her seat when she stopped “being represented” in LRC’s government! It is as simple as that! So when a certain “Senator” was arrested in Ambazonia for treasonously claiming to represent Ambazonia in the La Republic du Cameroun assembly her release was far more significant than the handful of million allegedly paid to her hapless “kidnappers”! They had stumbled on the most important aspect of the Liberation Struggle but, as is the thread of this story, had been completely unaware. Even that could only be because The Most High God is The Watchman of the Nation! It is quite clear that the Most High God is waiting for better political maturity and leadership in Ambazonia before letting her children soar like the stars above! Happy Independence day Ambazonia 2022!
1st October 💙Southern Cameroons Independence Day🤍 . This year President Marianta is summoning the philanthropist in us on behalf of the Ambazonian children in refugee camps. We can support their education and welfare at the crucial stage where other children around the globe can take their educational development for granted.
10km Sponsored Charity Walk.
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Ambazonia News has secured a copy of the Address to the Nation delivered by President Marianta Njomia on 24th September 2022.
You have the chance to scrutinize it at leisure before you take up the challenge of securing our collective freedom and dignity.
The president lauded the collaboration that most of the RFs have engaged on GZ and promised to maintain the 90:10 (:0) ratio for dispensing the funds that Ambazonians sacrifice for the liberation of their homeland. That is, 90% to the RFs, 10% to the refugees welfare and resoundingly 0% in stipends for any Diaspora leader.
Action and Accountability will ensure that all funds collected and managed by the IG are dispatched post haste to serve the purpose rather than stock-piled to “prove” the success of fund-raising. Instead Action and Accountability will prove our collaboration in liberating our land and restoring the freedom and dignity of ours.
September has been momentous in the Ambazonian Liberation story.
The institutions of the IG have come under scrutiny and been found wanting. The RC failed first to follow the constitution in drawing up election rules, then disregarded even their feeble effort when persisting with the flawed “electoral process”. Credibility was down to zero when the Constituent Assembly finally did the decent thing.
As if that was not enough, the “bombshell” of La Republique du Cameroun withdrawing from the Swiss Process fell! The question to ask was when were they in it? Never mind. They were withdrawing! What had they achieved to gain the confidence to finally thumb their nose at their International Partners in such a public and boastful way? Ambazonia News is keeping ears to the ground and eyes peeled to find out as the story is bound to unfold sure enough in the future.
Having decided against “endorsing by taking part in” the “elections” Marianta is following the wishes expressed in the Constituent Assembly to resume her presidency while relevant institutions are created. It is Ambazonia News’ speculation that her address will be convincing and cover key issues in the Liberation Struggle.
The Transition IG’s most resonant policy was/is Building Bridges. The president will have to address and expound on it to suggest ways for all the components of the Liberation Struggle to engage and use the ideas.
The president has proved to be a listening leader when it comes to views from GZ. The latest development in GZ has been the increasing number of Ambazonians taking their dignity and freedom in hand by running Community Educational Institutions. The President, being an educator and a parent will sympathise with the wishes of Ambazonian parents on GZ to see their children continue to develop and avail themselves of the opportunities that children the world over are afforded. She may offer some reassurances on finding ways to ensure that the communtiy provision can culminate in valid qualifications which do not depend on La Rupublique du Cameroun. That will be difficult but, it needs to be acknowledged that Ambazonian children cannot be allowed to lose out.
Having kept her counsel throughout the vicious “electoral” process, this could be the President’s opportunity, should she feel it is appropriate to start lifting the veil on some of the issues or some of the remedies being sought as the Ambazonian Liberation moves forward.
What about the action moving forward? After “speeches” September comes October. How are we going to mark our independence day?
What do you want to ask?
Drop a comment or question and, who know… The President might come across it!
Where to watch the address and other IG communications.
On this day in 2017 Ambazonians rose as one, armed with peace plants, to say “Enough is enough!” La Republique du Cameroun laugh in their faces “Vous allez faiire quoi?”
Five years on, La Republique is not laughing and Ambazonia has made notable strides despite many mistakes and stumbles which could be directly attributed to lack of experience and sheer unpreparedness.
If you read this please comment to give your perspective of the progress towards Ambazonian Liberation in the last five years
Collaboration is a very obvious concept. All Ambazonians would mention collaboration as a way to progress the Restoration more quickly, even if just to decry the lack of it! On this page we attempt to outline the manifestations of collaboration that could be embarked on in a daily routine.
This is where our self-defence groups back and support each other. Even if they are from different groups, they know that they are working for the common goal of restoring the nationhood of Ambazonia. They know that the existence of each of their separate groups means that Ambazonia is more likely to succeed. They have more eyes if they can rely on each other. If LRC militias are traversing our country, our RF should rely on each other to keep them informed so that they are not surprised. If one of our RF groups is attacked, they should rely on nearby RFs of different groups to back them up and mitigate any damage and fallout. This situation would make all the RFs safer together – that is because of the existence of the several RF groups. This sort of collaboration relies heavily on trust that can only be built locally. They must rely on their own instincts and observation on the ground to decide where such collaboration is feasible and possible. The RFs must communicate at least to avoid any misunderstandings that could expose all of them to danger. They must remember that they are the ones putting their lives on the line and must prioritize their own local instincts over any dubious or doubtful or illogical orders from outside. If the RF collaborate this way, those dubious orders will cease as, lets face it, the authors of those dubious schemes who are not on the ground, are not the ones putting their lives on the line. The minimum common area should be to be sure or trust that the separate RFs are definitely working to liberate Ambazonia. Of course like in every sphere of life all such collaboration should be under constant review and because it is not joining, could be adjusted or ceased or intensified as confidence changes. Remember it is your lives you are putting on the line! Money is not everything! You will be rewarded more when our country is free, but you must make sure you keep all RF lives safe as they are the most essential ingredient of the restoration. You need to be able to trust that RFs are RFs. If they are, you have worked out that they are working for the Restoration and that they rely on you just like you rely on them. That means they will inform you if enemy forces are headed in your direction, or information you and request back up when they engage the enemy. All of this depends on a level of confidence that is built slowly based on intelligence – sustained intelligence.
Between RFs and Civilians
The restoration started when all Ambazonians came out in 2017 on that September day. Grand mothers came out, children came out, all areas came out. All areas have constantly observed the Country Sunday all this time ever since. That is because the vast majority of our citizens are committed to the restoration. Our population needs to rely on the RFs as the RFs need to rely on our population. The RFs should be different from LRC militias when our population encounter them. For example our population should not feel they need to hand over money to any RFs like they commonly have to every time they come across LRC roadblocks. Our population needs to feel safe that the RFs are working to protect them in all circumstances. If any citizen is arrested, there must be no question that the solution is that money should be paid. That would be kidnapping for ransom, which is a war crime and is utterly un-Ambazonian. In the war-situation we need our population to back our RFs and this will only come from mutual trust. In fact our RFs and population should aim to get to the state where we are just all the citizens with the same objective of regaining our dignity and freedom in our nation, that is, not even thinking of two sides. RFs know that our citizens will be under pressure and being courted by the enemy with all manner of inducements. As such RFs must work on winning hearts and minds. Our people must be able to see a better future when our nation is restored. They must be able to spot at least one positive difference between the RFs and the enemy forces in those daily encounters. If RF road blocks have been mounted they should be necessary and for a purpose but must not subject our citizens to anything they experience at the hands of the enemy. The aim should be that the RFs cause the withdrawal of the enemy check points as that would be a very swift improvement and positive dividend of the liberation struggle.
These two areas of collaboration on the ground would go a long way to speed up the end of the La Republique du Cameroun occupation of Ambazonia.
Collaboration is so logical that some think that it is simple and must be done. It is certainly logical but the collaborators need to rely on their assessment of each other to ensure that they are working on the common cause. They should collaborate in different stages. You could share some information first, then when confident enough, have meetings, then resources or operations. Certainly do not expose your bases as a first step unless you have the strong trust to back your instincts. If someone is offended because you are not exposing all your resources and positions, it is OK. They should be carrying out the same due diligence and should understand and be patient if they wish to build confidence. Don’t prioritize hospitality, prioritize security!
The diaspora has more time to collaborate and the dangers for them are not as immediate. Obviously their collaboration is important for optimising the resources they have to put in the restoration. Working together would make the resources go a longer way by avoiding anything from duplication at best, to in-fighting at worst. The due diligence for this collaboration should follow the same methods of establishing the common base of their ideas – aiming for the restoration of Ambazonia. The three outcomes of this collaboration would be to encourage the G0 collaborations, gain favourable diplomatic resources and nudge LRC towards a more sensible easier negotiated route out.
The IG document on Building Bridges outlines the protocols for diaspora collaboration but it is also a good basis for all the other aspects discussed above. The gist of that document is summarised:
The IG is OPEN to building bridges of reconciliation, collaboration or unity with any Ambazonian entity (individual, group, movement, association, organization) that meets the following two obligatory prerequisites:
1) Existence of evidences of an OPEN DECLARATION that the Ambazonian entity in question stands for the total and unconstitutional INDEPENDENCE of the Former British Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia. 2) Documented evidences or TRACT RECORD of the Ambazonian entity (individual, group, movement, association, organization) FIGHTING the enemy LRC Diplomatically or/and Legally (Litigation) or/and by Advocacy or/and militarily through the self-Defence actions of their forces in G0.
The chaos of audio and counter-audio in the August lockdown and no August lockdown must have been music to Dobekreo’s ears!
Declaring a “no lockdown” is a very difficult logical and psychological message to send. But it needed to be sent and the whole fallout of the situation could yet have the positive outcome of triggering the sensible collaboration scenarios, some of which are suggested here. Too much time has passed for us to put the spectacle to “lack of experience”. It is clearly an issue of egos and of ignoring the constant and common message from the ground calling for “one voice”. That means collaboration. No single “leader” should have taken it on themselves to declare a lockdown whether for a day or a month without consulting others. That must be the big lesson. In future if many audios come out for a lockdown they should all have the same message. If they are many it should only be because they are in our different languages rather than because they are from different groups.
What we can attribute the spectacle to is lack of maturity. We do not have mature leaders yet who would see the main objective ahead of any idea that they personally are “the liberators”. Maturity will be when they work out that they should keep in constant communication on their common objectives and try to expand those objectives so as to optimize the effectiveness of their efforts.
The key word is listen. Listen to GZ, The Diaspora is not more important or cleverer! Listen to the RFs, they have a better idea of what is going on and can be more helpful to other RFs than the Diaspora “Strategists”. RF lives have to be treasured and guarded jealously. Any RFs killed and displayed by the enemy is an affront to all RFs first, and then to the dignity of our nation. We need to know all enemy movements on our land and ensure we use them to minimize further losses.
We have less resources than the enemy. We have less experience with manipulation tactics. But we have Right, Resilience and …our Flag.
The following is an old blog written, almost a year ago, when Nambere posted that “regret” video, but not passed for publication. Maybe still worth a look to keep things in perspective. With hindsight …
When Nambere laid down arms and was paraded and feted by LRC it was a difficult period for Ambazonians as many LRC commentators resorted to taunts about the liberation movement. Ambazonia News’ honest reply to such was that some fighters would be expected to grow wary under the pressure and could take a break. Thus his “break” did not spell the end of the Liberation Struggle.
Clearly Nambere believed the flattery of LRC’s agents that got him to turn-coat and promote their course only to subsequently find out that all that glittered was not gold for him.
It is also possible now that not all is as it seems with this video act! Even so there are a few lessons for all those who are subscribed to “unionism” be it federal or “decentralised”.
The long term aim of LRC is still to assimilate rather than adapt to accommodate Southern Cameroons. Otherwise, they would have sought to resolve the crisis in 2016 by, not even negotiating, but making the necessary adjustments. Far from even having to adapt in 2016, the grievances would not have arisen in the first place had there been any instinct other than assimilation. Of course even assimilation could have succeeded had tribalism, corruption, incompetence and the persistent ritual humiliation of the “brothers” not undermined it.
The other “disarmament center” tenants would have been afforded a better deal if LRC had any real desire to cease the war. That some fighters laid down arms is to do with the same optimism that lead the “founding” fathers to keep hoping that “things” would improve with time.
Sadly, or realistically, Nambere should at least have been savvy enough to know whose word he could bank, so to speak, when it comes to LRC officials. He is indicating now that he could not rely on the PM’s promise and that only reflects Nambere’s own naivety and ego being dazzled by the mere fact of being “contacted”. No disrespect but if an Ambazonian bases any decision on the word of the “Prime Minister, Head of Government” of La Republique du Cameroun they need their head examined and are better off as far away from operations as they can be! Maybe all is well that ended well!
Being flattered does not mean being in the tent! But there is still one possibility! Like another notorious “discontented” former turncoat who now engages as a part propagandist part misinformed, Nambere could well be another seedling waiting to be planted. In that case, the colourful threats to the PM, “Head of government” could be the fertilizer.
Suffice it to say no matter how much fertilizer is sprinkled such a plant is unlikely to thrive.
Ambazonia is no longer a niche where a small group could be undermined or intimidated. Too many people have taken up the cause, witness the persistent weekly enjoyment and assertion of dignity.