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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


The meeting took place on August 14, 2018 in Douala. Between Maximilian Ngo Mbe, the executive director of the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa (Redhac), Alice Nkom, lawyer and president of the Board of Directors of Rhedac, and Cardinal Christian Tumi, archbishop emeritus of Douala. At the center of their meeting, the Anglophone crisis. Precisely, the possibility of organizing a national debate around the current socio-political crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions. If Cardinal Christian Tumi proposes the "All Anglophone Conference" as the starting point for an inclusive national dialogue, Rhedac leans rather in favor of a "Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission".

Two complementary approaches in the search for peace. The information is clear and clear. "We are going to meet Cardinal Tumi so that we can agree on certain things," said simply Maximilian Ngo Mbe. The Rhedac proposes more concretely, the suspension of the electoral process underway, and the designation of a "pre-team" responsible for identifying stakeholders on this basis. Pre-team composed of civil society, 20 people in the 10 Regions, the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms (Cndhl), and men of the church.

In the second stage, Redhac is considering the convening of some African personalities for the facilitation of the works: Thabo Mbeki, Helen Johnson Serleaf, Amadou Toumani Toure, Jerry Rawlings, the former presidents of South Africa, Liberia, Mali and Ghana , and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, current chairman of the African Union (AU). The victims of the exactions of the security forces, their families, the victims of the secessionists' abuses, Boko Haram and other rebel groups from the East, their families, political parties, the defense forces, the men of the East, will also be summoned. Church, traditional leaders and representatives of a few government ministries.

In total, 2000 people. Cardinal Christian Tumi and Alice Nkom would act as advisers. MYSTERY Yet, the archbishop emeritus Douala also intends to flourish his own approach, that of a general conference anglophone proposed July 25 in Douala. Scheduled to be held on August 29 and 30, 2018, the meeting was adjourned sine die.

According to Cardinal Christian Tumi, accompanied by Alhadji Mohammed Aboubakar and Tukur Mohammed Adamu, imams of the mosques of Buea and Bamenda, as well as the head of the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon, the "All Anglophone Conference" aims to "Designate English-speaking representatives in the event of a national dialogue on the Anglophone crisis".

These representatives will be chosen among, says the final communiqué of July 25, 2018, those whose ancestors are from the 13 departments that make up the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, and those whose ancestors settled there permanently before 1961. Simon Munzu, former assistant and spokesman for Ban Ki Moon, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, had been chosen to lead the general conference, whose holding was to be preceded by a bilateral "cease-fire" between the belligerents.

The Cameroonian government has strongly opposed this last proposal even if it is favorable to "any initiative from whence it comes", provided that it contributes to consolidating peace, restoring peace on the whole. territory where it is threatened. "However, we can not afford to place at the same level the Republican army whose sovereign mission is the protection of the borders of the Nation, the republican order of men and their property and armed gangs, terrorists who kill, slaughter and burn schools, "said Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication.

Source: Landmarks