Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The European Parliament gives sleepless night to Paul Biya

Since the resolutions of the European Parliament condemning the Cameroonian state, the regime no longer sleeps and works on public holidays and even in the middle of the night. The president of the Senate and of the National Assembly, who never wrote a single communiqué, rushed to do it on a non-working day, speaking on behalf of the deputies and senators who did not even sit.

On Easter Monday, the Minister of Communication and spokesman of the Cameroonian government convened a press conference which was finally held at midnight. Assisted by other members of the government clearly displaying faces of panic, made this statement that we publish in full.


Ladies and Gentlemen, The Government of Cameroon has taken note of the "Resolution of the European Parliament on Cameroon, adopted on 18 April 2019. A Resolution, which, among other things, and in substance: - literally depicts the socio-political situation in Cameroon, by disregarding all the appropriate measures taken by the authorities of the State, in view of the multiple security challenges that our country has had to face in recent years; - discredit the presidential election organized in Cameroon on 07 October 2018; - criticizes the relevant and essential provisions of our Constitution, the fundamental law and emanation of the will of the Cameroonian people, sovereign; - incriminates the National Defense and Security Forces, accused of "human rights violations"; - affirms that tensions exist in Cameroon between French and English speakers, and that English-speaking regions are discriminated against;

- accuses the Cameroonian authorities of obstructing civil liberties, in particular: to have "restricted freedom of expression"; ?to have "reacted disproportionately, by organizing military trials against some members of the opposition"; ? to have suppressed the demonstrations, using excessive force "; - disapproves Cameroonian law on homosexuality.

The Government of Cameroon radically protested against this European Parliament resolution, and expresses its outrage at an act full of bias, which is similar to a string of cons-truths and assertions, unsubstantiated recriminations, and injunctions accompanied by blackmail, directed against the Cameroonian authorities and our Defense and Security Forces.

The Cameroonian Government reaffirms that Cameroon is, and remains, a sovereign State by right, and that it is its responsibility to lead the destiny of Cameroon, in the best interests of all Cameroonians, and in the respect of fundamental values of the Republic.

It follows that it is up to the Cameroonian people, and it alone, that it is incumbent upon them to acquire the institutions of their choice and the laws that govern the life of the Nation, just as it is to him that he It is up to those who are called to preside over the destinies of the Cameroonian nation. That is to say, that the President Paul BIYA was carried to the head of the State, by the Cameroonian people, with an unquestionable score of more than 71%, and that his re-election does not suffer the slightest dispute. Moreover, it is specious or even inaccurate to state that "tensions between French and English, the English-speaking regions suffer discrimination," or there is an option, if not a deliberate policy to devote the primacy of francophone component or of a Francophone cultural and legal order: French and English, it must be remembered, are our two official languages ​​of equal value. In addition, Francophones and Anglophones live in good intelligence throughout the national territory, and the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, is constantly working to consolidate unity and unity. national integration, stigmatizing the withdrawal of identity, tribalist, ethnicist or regionalist tendencies, by ensuring that all the components of the Cameroonian nation participate to varying degrees in the management of public affairs. Moreover, the corporatist demands expressed some time ago by some unions in the national education sector and by a group of lawyers from the North West and South West regions have found appropriate answers.

Always in the sense of consolidating national unity and living together, the Head of State has set up forums and structures for inclusive participation in national life, first and foremost the Commission today. National Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, now at work. Other measures, not least, have been taken by the Head of State, to create a climate of calm and promote a return to calm, such as the two waves of arrest proceedings, ordered in favor of 55, and then 289 people in court proceedings against them for highly reprehensible acts committed in the context of the crisis in the North West and South West regions. In addition, the launch of the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Plan, amounting to nearly 13 billion CFA francs, aimed at restoring a living environment conducive to the development and development of communities affected by terrorist violence in the North West and South West regions. These are concrete initiatives that amply demonstrate the attention, solicitude and empathy that the Head of State and the Government bring to the populations of the two regions concerned.

At the political level, the process of decentralization enshrined in the Constitution, knows a certain acceleration, first with the creation of a Ministerial Department in charge of Decentralization and Local Development. In addition, the Finance Act 2019, came to give substance to this dynamic, allocating a budget of more than 45 billion CFA francs to this Department. In the same vein, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, signed on February 22, 2019, a decree fixing at nearly 50 billion FCFA, the general allocation of the decentralization, which is thus multiplied by five, compared to that of the previous year. From this point of view, the short-term objectives assigned to the decentralization process are in line with, among other things, an extension of the field of competencies transferred to municipalities, the establishment of a local civil service and the creation of new taxes for the benefit of municipalities, with the key, a new financial regime for local and regional authorities. In addition, in March 2019, the Parliament refined the legal framework for the implementation of the decentralization process by amending the law on the electoral code in order to set the conditions for Election of Regional Councilors, and secondly, to determine the number, proportion by category and system of allowances for Regional Councilors. Measures, among many others, that provide a response to the deep aspirations of our people, particularly those in the North West and South West, to take over, better than in the past, the management of local affairs. On a completely different level, and always in the perspective of a return to peace, the Head of State has set up a National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee, for ex-combatants from Boko Haram and armed gangs from North West and South West. Here again, we can see and appreciate the full extent of the commitment of the Head of State to restore peace in insecure regions, not only through the legitimate use of force, but by channels of dialogue, of awareness, by the hand extended to those of compatriots misguided wishing to find the right path and make their contribution to the building. Moreover, the Government is against the accusations "of abuses and other serious human rights violations directed at civilian targets" brought against the National Defense and Security Forces, in the fight against against the armed bands of secessionists in the north-west and south-west regions, at the same time as they are repeatedly reproached for "the so-called acts of torture, extrajudicial executions, excessive use of force, and other house fires and property belonging to the people. As we have indicated in other circumstances, all of these claims do not correspond to the reality and veracity of the facts on the ground. Our republican forces, whose vocation is under the banner of honor and fidelity, can not at the same time come to the rescue of the populations and be cynical executioners. It is also curious that, with regard to Cameroon, the use by the law enforcement agencies of tear gas and rubber bullets, non-lethal materials par excellence, in accordance with the regulations, is equivalent to disproportionate force. Such qualification is however not observed in many other countries, including Europe, when these countries are confronted with disturbances to public order. However, if non-lethal weapons are not made to kill, they are intended to deter, which, of course, can sometimes cause inconvenience.

The Government denounces once again, this relentlessness against Cameroon, which translates as a desire to weaken our institutions and undermine the morale of our Defense Forces and Security, in their missions of restoration of the order, preservation of the territorial integrity and protection of the property and people living within our borders; at a time when the situation in the North-West and South-West regions is in a phase of gradual recovery. Moreover, it is the State that bears the responsibility of guaranteeing good order within the Republic, preserving territorial integrity and ensuring the protection of persons and property. This mission, the state must ensure it without fail and without faltering, because it is a prerogative regal. Also, it must be said again; Contrary to widely-held allegations, the Cameroonian Defense and Security Forces are carrying out their mission with professionalism and discernment, with bravery, dedication and a keen sense of responsibility.

By doing so, whether it is the crisis homes in the Far North or on the Eastern border, Cameroon has agreed to receive hundreds of thousands of refugees from sister countries, and to install them on the territory. for years, thus enabling them to escape the horrors of the violence imposed on them by various internal conflicts. Because of all these signs of hospitality, generosity, and all these sacrifices, the Cameroonian Government would have expected much less the recriminations of the European Parliament, than its recognition, solidarity and support.

The European Parliament also states in its Resolution that "the Cameroonian authorities have repeatedly restricted freedom of expression by blocking access to the Internet, harassing journalists and putting them in prison, denying permission to independent media and intensifying political persecution of the independent press. "The reality is quite different.Speaking of the Internet, the Government notes that its democratization is one of the priorities of government action. With regard to the alleged harassment of journalists, the Government reaffirms its commitment to freedom of the press, which is an undeniable reality in Cameroon, where no journalist is prosecuted for reasons related to the exercise of his profession. In the same vein, and responding to allegations that the Cameroonian authorities systematically oppose the freedom to demonstrate publicly; The Government wishes to make it clear that the system of public demonstrations is fixed by law, and any person, or group of persons wishing to organize a public event, must make a prior declaration. It may happen, as in all countries, that, for reasons of public order, an event may not be authorized. In this case, it goes without saying that the organizers of the event must refrain from going against the law.

These are also the demands and constraints of the rule of law that we build and consolidate over the years. The European Parliament also criticizes us for gender-based violence, particularly against homosexuals. The Cameroonian Government denies these accusations, at the same time as it wishes to point out that the practices concerned remain illegal in Cameroon and that, in addition, the behaviors of this nature do not correspond to the traditions, the values ​​and the convictions of the Cameroonian people.

With regard to the last point concerning the necessary clarification of the allegations concerning the detention of members and sympathizers of a political party, in this case the MRC and its leader Maurice KAMTO, the Government recalls that it is as of January 26, 2019, these people invested in small groups, arteries of Yaounde, Douala, Bafoussam, Bafang, Bangangté and Dschang, to perform the steps, in violation of the prohibition of public demonstrations, although it had been their formally notified by the competent administrative authorities. At the same time, that is to say, during this day of January 26, 2019, demonstrators claiming the MRC, invaded and sacked embassies of Cameroon abroad, including Paris and Berlin. It was in the meantime that 151 people were arrested in the hours and days following these events, to be conducted in security units in Douala, then in Yaounde. These persons were then placed in police custody, according to the regime of charges then held against them.Presented before the magistrate instructor, the 151 people arrested were indicted for insurrection facts hostility against the country, rebellion, mob, degradation of public goods, banned public demonstrations and insulting the President of the Republic. These facts are foreseen and repressed by the Cameroonian Penal Code.

Should I repeat it, the charges that motivated the arrest of Mr. Maurice KAMTO and his supporters, as well as their detention on remand, are clear and comply with the laws and regulations of Cameroon, as well as international conventions which our country has freely subscribed. It can not therefore be considered arbitrary to arrest or detain these ordinary people. In addition, at the end of their indictment, 126 of the 151 persons arrested were remanded in custody, and 25 others were released on bail to be prosecuted free. Individuals who have not yet been identified and who have committed acts of breaking, destroying and sacking embassies abroad are also being prosecuted under X, that is to say against unknown. As you know, people charged in Cameroon are prosecuted before the Military Tribunal of Yaoundé.

It should be remembered that the Military Tribunal is an integral part of Cameroon's judicial system. The Military Court in Cameroon, we repeat, is not an exceptional court, but a court with special jurisdiction. In other words, the criterion relevant to the jurisdiction of the Military Tribunal lies in the nature of the offense committed, and not only in the capacity of the person prosecuted. In the present case, the legislation in force clearly states that the Military Tribunal has sole jurisdiction - I say, sole jurisdiction - to deal with offenses relating to the security of the State, as is the case here, in respect of certain offenses for which the present defendants are prosecuted. That said, it remains clear that the procedure applicable before the Military Tribunal is that of ordinary law.

Similarly, the verdict of these courts, whatever it may be, may be challenged by way of appeal before the competent civil courts.

Those, ladies and gentlemen, for the most part, are the clarifications called for by the most recent European Parliament resolution on Cameroon.

This is the reality we would have liked to see exposed to the distinguished parliamentarians of the European Union, the parliamentarians of countries whose voice counts and bears, and who are expected to defend just and legitimate causes, and not illegitimate pretensions, disguised stakes, even impostures imposed for unacknowledged purposes.

All in all, the Cameroonian Government believes that this Resolution is the product of an instrumentalization in which all things at once: candor, ignorance, misinformation and bad faith. This is the place to deplore and even vehemently denounce this new, pernicious and infantilizing trend of some of our fellow citizens, including those who aspire to rule our country, which is, on the one hand, to import lecturing or vigilantes, regardless of the formidable expertise deposits that filled our country, and on the other, to export, through various channels, on international arenas, Cameroonian-Cameroonian problems, without the slightest consideration for image of Cameroon, for its sovereignty and dignity.The Cameroonian Government once again appeals to their patriotism and their sense of responsibility, because the future of our country and our common interest are at stake.

In any case, the Cameroonian people have never been fooled, they will say no to infeodation. Cameroon is a country open to international friendship and cooperation. In this respect, the Government highly appreciates the interest of its European partners in Cameroon, and particularly the European Parliament.

The Government wishes to thank the Honorable Dominique BILDE and Jean Luc SCHAFFHAUSER, for their relevant interventions in favor of Cameroon during the debates on the Resolution in question, to which the people of Cameroon have been very sensitive.

However, if the Cameroonian Government is not closed to constructive suggestions, wherever they come, and receives them with all the attention required, it can not accept any injunctions on the grounds of barely veiled blackmail.

The Cameroonian-Cameroonian problems can and must be resolved in Cameroon, by the Cameroonians themselves, and the leaders they freely gave themselves.Thank you for your attention./."

Source: Coupsfrancs.com