Thursday, 20 April 2017

Anglophone Crisis NOW Like A Sea Serpent - Paul Biya, Still Facing The Anglophone Equation

Parties of the victory of President Paul Biya against Anglophone candidate John Fru Ndi in the presidential election of 1992, the protests of Anglophones of Cameroon are still current. Between secession and federalism, the two western regions display political, economic, social and judicial demands on the face of the world. 

While the head of state hopes to have calmed them down by acceding to some of their grievances, the inhabitants of Bamenda and Buea come back to the charge. The anglophone crisis now appears as a sea serpent.

The anglophone crisis in Cameroon gives the impression of a soap opera with twists and turns. Parties in a banal way of the failure of their candidate John Fru Ndi in the 1992 presidential election, the protests in the English-speaking regions did not seem to last in time. Faced with the silence of power, they bore a little more their movement by claiming autonomy.

There is even talk of a Republic of Ambazonia, to bring together the two regions, the Northwest and the Southwest English-speaking. The two departments are marginalized on the political, economic, social and judicial levels. They also deplore a disadvantage vis-à-vis the redistribution of oil revenues from their basement.
Anglophone Crisis Like A Sea Serpent - Paul Biya, Still Facing The Anglophone Equation
In order to resolve the crisis, the Cameroonian head of state has taken no less important steps. It instructed the government to take into account the demands expressed by some English-speaking lawyers on the functioning of the judicial services, to set up a commission to accelerate the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism, to publish the English version by Ohada of his treatise and of his other texts. Other measures have been envisaged for the benefit of the education system. In spite of all this, the English-speaking federalists still do not give up. They want a Cameroon as a federal state with a large autonomy of the different regions. For this, strikes of teachers, lawyers and other officials rhyme every day with life in Bamenda and Buea.

It should be noted, however, that some government actions are enabling the crisis. It is about the cut of the Internet in the English-speaking regions, the incarceration of some English-speaking leaders. They are accused of acts of terrorism, hostility against the fatherland, secession, revolution, insurrection, outrage to the President of the Republic. They risk the death penalty. And the icing on the cake is the appearance announced Friday, April 21, of six Catholic personalities including three bishops, to the court of first instance Bamenda. They are ordered to pay 150 billion FCFA for having "taken a position" in the crisis.

For a quarter of a century, President Paul Biya has no peace with the demands of the English-speaking regions. While the head of state, now 84 years old, is in the evening of his reign, he still faces the anglophone issue that he is experiencing more and more difficulties to manage.

Christophe SESSOU / Source :
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