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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Paul Atanga Nji in the sight of the gunsmiths

According to indiscretions in the sector, there is nothing sincere in the compromises that led to the lifting of the measure banning the sale of arms and ammunition in certain regions.

Paul Atanga Nji has just lifted the measure closing the armory in six regions of the country (Adamaoua, Center, Littoral, West, North-West and South-West). It was in force since April 4, 2018. After hours of discussions with the Minister of Territorial Administration (Minat), the arms dealers and other hunting accessories decided to put a lot of water in their wine, and to subscribe to certain regalian requirements.In particular, they agree to obtain prior authorization from the territorial administration for any order for weapons and ammunition, both for import and on the local market.

Another point of agreement between the owners of armories and Paul Atanga Nji: the annual quota of orders. From now on, this one will be attributed to each operator by the Minat. Moreover, no importer will be allowed to open armories in more than four regions or to have more than two stores in the same region. Any attempt to open an agency under a nominee will expose the promoter to the final withdrawal of his authorization.

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According to the commitment made by operators in the sector after the meetings of 4 and 5 September 2018, a point of honor is placed on the communication of market data. In fact, owners of armories or their agents are required to communicate, each week, to the administrative authority with territorial jurisdiction (prefect and sub-prefect), the exhaustive list of acquirers of weapons and ammunition, their identities, assorted corresponding authorizations. On the ground, all these good intentions are devoted by the reopening of the points of sale of arms in the regions mentioned above.

Hence a support motion addressed to the President of the Republic. In this document drawn up on 5 September 2018 in Yaoundé, the Collectif des armuriers du Cameroun (CAC) writes: "Considering the magnanimity, the long-suffering, the spirit of tolerance and clairvoyance which led you to order the reopening of the armories to through the national territory to give their promoters a new chance, despite the abuses noted in this sector and the inherent and subsequent insecurity problems ".

This shows that the "trap" worked. It mainly served to cool Paul Atanga Nji's determination to better control this sensitive business. According to our information, a sweet plan was designed to counter the intransigence of the Minat."Accept everything, provided the business officially resumes," a Yaoundé-based aid worker said. Another source is clearer: "When we went there (in Minat, Ed), it was not necessary to offend the minister. His requirements were to take or to leave. We agreed to accept everything to save our investments? "


To top it off, a gunsmith who strongly requested anonymity said that "the market for weapons and ammunition in Cameroon is regulated by two people who work with false documents." According to one of these "barons", on May 15, 2018 in the Nkondongo district (Yaounde IV) convened a meeting of arms dealers in the Central and Littoral regions. During that meeting, "that's where they stopped everything. To lower the minister's pressure to allow other illegals to sell their stocks. "

If this is to be taken with much measure, it must be admitted that the sector teems with "apaches?" (Name given to gunsmiths without authorization or who have false papers) large or small templates. "Around the most distinguished, these stowaways are a powerful lobby with huge tentacles."Material to explain the illegal circulation of more than 23 000 weapons of various calibres on the expanse of the national territory.

Source: Integration No. 340