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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Anglophone Crisis: Fifteen Sub-prefects Abandoned Their Command Posts Amidst Fear

The Minister General Secretary to the Presidency of the Republic instructed Minister Paul Atanga Nji to organize their return to their respective administrations.

A correspondence of the Secretary General to the Presidency of the Republic, addressed to the Minister of Territorial Administration, leaked on social networks in the day of September 12, 2018.

In this missive, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh instructs the Minate, Paul Atanga Nji, to proceed with the "resettlement of the administrative authorities in the North West and South West Districts".

The Sgpr specifies that this message is a "very high instructions of the head of the State", and asks that this takes place no later than September 10, "in the presence of the representatives of Mindef, Sed, Dgsn and the Dgre ".

According to Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, fifteen officials have left their posts since the intensification of violence in the English-speaking areas. Violence very often marked by kidnappings of officials, members of the Cameroonian administration. This was the case with the sub-prefect and the Social Affairs delegate of Batibo last February. The first city was finally declared dead by the Minat.

The list of deserted officials includes two first prefectoral assistants and 13 sub-prefects. They come from six departments of the two English-speaking regions: Menchum, Momo, Lebialem, Ndian, Meme, and Kupe-Manenguba.

The daily Le jour reveals that this resettlement scheduled for 10 September could not be possible. The newspaper indicates that the Ministry of Territorial Administration argues that the biannual Conference of Regional Governors "has made it impossible to comply with the presidential instruction".

On the ground, however, there is an ever-increasing intensity of violence. This week, sources reported violent clashes in the city of Buea, followed by a mass exodus of the population.

The ambition of the secessionist militants seems clear: to make these regions ungovernable in the run-up to the presidential election, and especially to October 1st, the date marking the reunification of Cameroon.