Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cameroon Crisis: Kah Walla's anger reaches Paul Biya

Politician and activist Kah Walla, who ran for president in 2011, rebelled against the excesses committed by separatist Ambazonian forces. In a recent exclusive interview with the English-language newspaper The Guardian Post, she blames the separatists for being responsible for the widespread destruction and hardship that both English-speaking regions in the South West and North West face. for more than two years.

According to the fiery woman, "The armed struggle has broken the English social fabric. Some say they want to make the regions ungovernable. Ungovernable for whom? Mr. Biya never ruled there. When we put ourselves on our knees, who are those who work for the Cdc if not our own people? They are people who can feed their families because they work specifically at the CdC. We ourselves have penalized the population for which we claim to fight ".

Regarding the merits of the armed conflict, she said: "It is true that it was the arrests of peaceful protesters and the disruption of the internet by the government that led to the armed struggle. But it is also true that the armed struggle has given nothing.On the contrary, when people took up arms, the government instead intensified its violence and repression. Remember that before the armed struggle, no village had been burned in the Northwest or the Southwest. It was the fact of taking up arms that allowed the government to think that it was justified to burn down villages.Before the armed struggle, we had never found ourselves in a situation where a group of young men were found dead after being shot by strangers. We also did not have the repeated kidnappings that are happening today at an appalling pace. "

Kah Walla says that "because of this wrong approach, we are no different from what we are fighting against, since we decided to use the principle according to which the end justifies the means. We make our people confused. If we look at the Anglophone struggle since its beginnings in October 2016, when lawyers and teachers started it, compared to the situation in November 2017 for example, when the armed phase has started, everyone will agree that anglophones have become more confused.


"At first, when someone was killed, we knew exactly who killed him. Today, this is not the case for reasons we all know. In saying that, I am not trying to underestimate things. Let's be clear here.It was the oppressive regime and its marginalization of Anglophones that led to the rise of armed rebellion. One thing led to the other. What I'm trying to say is that adopting the armed approach is a bad strategy. We have created a situation in which the government can confuse the citizens and the international community with the perpetrators of the ongoing violence. If someone is kidnapped today, we will not know who kidnapped him.Previously, we had a brutal and repressive government against his people against a people who fought for their rights. But when people who fought for their rights introduced violence, they created confusion. Some people say that such person is a fake Amba and that the other person is a real Amba. Well, I ask the following question: how do you determine who is a fake Amba and who is not? Who holds the database who determines who is who? Who is the person who holds the information on the fake Amba and the real Amba? Today, you can sit in Douala or Yaoundé and receive threatening phone calls from people who ask you for money.Who are these people? We must admit that it is the adoption of the armed strategy that has created fertile ground for all these drifts. We must say loud and clear that the armed strategy has not produced any tangible results. We are no more advanced today in the fight for the rights of anglophones. On the contrary, when we were in a non-violent struggle, the government agreed to talk, even if we were not satisfied. Kah Walla goes even further by referring to the economic aspect of the armed struggle: "The terrible thing that many people do not know is that there is what is called an economic war. That is to say that all war lasts as long as it allows because there are people who manage to profit from it. Hold! If the situation in the Northwest and South West has lasted so long, it is because in government, many people have benefited from the sale of arms. They took advantage of the war situation to inflate the bills for the maintenance of soldiers on the ground. By the way, they drew on humanitarian aid, which would be valued at around 12 billion CFA Francs ".

Edith Kah Walla, who ranked sixth out of 23 presidential candidates in 2011, draws on evidence from the field to support her remarks: "All of us who have traveled to the North West and South West will agree with me that there is no evidence that 12 billion CFA francs were spent on internally displaced persons in these two regions, as the Government claims. We met some of those people here in Douala whose official reports indicated that they had received relief from the government because of the ongoing war situation, but in reality that was not true because they had received nothing from the government. What we actually encountered in the field were people from families of 5 or 7 people who had only received one mattress and sharing a single bag of rice with 5 other families while this amount of food would not even allow to feed a single family for a single day. And you call this a war relief aid? "

Responsibility of each other "If people collect money, they must then account for the money they have collected. At the same time, we also strongly seize this opportunity to warn those who donated to the cause. We have credible organizations in the field and I do not think we should give money to anyone except those who are in the field. We know organizations on the ground, such as the lawyer Agbor Balla, who support the detainees. We know about the Ayah Foundation, which helps displaced people and refugees. We know of an organization such as Stand Up for Cameroon that helps on the political front.So, do not just give money to people without knowing what the money is for. "

Kah Walla made strong remarks to those who finance the war: "We also warn those who finance this armed struggle. When you finance an armed struggle, you finance death in Cameroon. People claim that they are fighting the government, but in reality we can count the number of government soldiers killed in battle compared to the many innocent civilians killed without mercy. " It has similarly refocused on the purpose of the struggle and has indicated the way forward to achieve this goal: "We must continue to fight against the root cause which is the Biya regime. We must proceed with a nonviolent approach based on truth and justice. We can not keep running after those who lied to us. I remember some people telling us that since the beginning of October, United Nations soldiers were already stationed in Ambas Bay. They let us know that boats were anchored there and that those who gave these assurances came to Buea that day. In the end, nothing of the sort happened, but here in Cameroon, people continued to follow and listen to them. This regime has not told us the truth for 36 years. Cameroonians know those who have not lied to them for years. Cameroonians know those who have always told them the truth.

Source: Signatures N ° 108