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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ambazonia: Violence intensifies despite Paul Biya's committee

There has been a resurgence of violence in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon this weekend, despite the decision of the head of state, Paul Biya, to create a national committee for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.

there were heavy fighting in the northwestern region last weekend, killing at least three people in Mankon, Mezam.

Traffic was paralyzed along the road from Buea to Kumba in the south-west of the country. Clashes took place throughout the weekend between security forces and separatist fighters.

Last week, a double suicide bombing of suspected Boko Haram elements left at least 29 people seriously injured in Amchide, in the far north of the country. All these events took place before, during and after the signing by the Head of State of the decree creating the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration.

Paul Biya said the committee would be based in Yaoundé and placed under the supervision of the Prime Minister, head of government.

The Committee will have regional centers in Buea, Bamenda and Mora, with the possibility of creating more centers when needed, said the head of state in the decree.

The Committee will be responsible for organizing, supervising and managing the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former Boko Haram combatants and armed groups in the North West and South West Regions willing to lay down their arms at the request of the head of state in his swear words in the speech.

It remains to be seen whether this committee will be confronted with growing insecurity in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.