Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ambazonie: Biya entrusts a new mission to Beti Assomo


The head of state signed a decree establishing a committee for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed groups operating in the English-speaking regions and Boko Haram fighters on November 30, 2018.

It is November 6 2018, during his inauguration speech, that the President of the Republic proposed his offer of peace to armed groups operating in the English-speaking regions. "I call on them to lay down their arms and find the right path. I appeal particularly to young people who have let themselves be dragged into an adventure without tomorrow. Three weeks after this outstretched hand, the head of state passes the word in action by creating a national committee for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (CNDDR).

With Yaoundé as its seat and regional centers in Bamenda and Buea for the English-speaking part, and Mora for the Far-North, the committee's mission is "to organize, supervise and manage the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants. Boko Haram and armed groups from the North West and South West regions wishing to respond favorably to the offer of peace of the Head of State by laying down their arms".

Specifically, the offer of the Head of State, which is the launching of the peace process in the English-speaking regions as well as in the northern part of the country, stipulates that disarmament must be accepted and disarmed. ex-combatants from Boko Haram and armed groups in the North West and South West regions.

In addition, the CNDDR will collect, inventory and store arms and ammunition surrendered voluntarily by ex-combatants;take all appropriate measures for the destruction of such weapons, ammunition and explosives.  Demobilization will lead to the establishment of cantonment sites for ex-combatants, manage their supervision and provide multidimensional assistance to ex-combatants as part of their preparation for a return to civilian life. To ensure successful reintegration of ex-combatants, the committee must take all steps to de-radicalize them.

It must also conduct sensitization activities and provide multidimensional assistance to communities of origin to facilitate the reintegration of ex-combatants. For the reintegration into civilian life, the President of the Republic states that it is organized around training and the provision of tools or means of production, and to assist them in the creation of generating activities of income.

The committee under the authority of a national coordinator is made up of 14 administrations, including the Ministry of Defense, the State Secretariat for the Gendarmerie, the General Delegation for National Security, the Ministry of Territorial Administration, etc.


Source: Anectode No. 975