Sunday, May 12, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: clash between Chemuta Banda and Mouangue Kobila

On Thursday during the opening speech of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Cndhl, the president of the body was publicly criticized by his vice president. This incident is justified on a call to the ceasefire.

The opening session of the 26th Ordinary Session of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms (Cndhl), held in Yaoundé on March 9, began with an incident. This clash observed between Chemuta Divine Banda, president of the Cndhl and James Mouangue Kobila, vice-president of this body is justified by the difference of opinion between his two leaders of the body about the Anglophone crisis. Because of this divergence of points of view, the two Cndhl officials performed in front of the cameras' lenses. It was in the conference room of the said Commission, located in the Hippodrome district.

Indeed, when the President of the Cndhl made his opening speech, he was interrupted by Pr. James Mouangue Kobila. Chemuta Divine Banda appealed to the President of the Republic for an urgent ceasefire in the context of the Anglophone crisis that has been shaking up in the northwestern and southwestern regions since October 2016. According to the president of Cndhl, the cease-fire which is the first condition for a return to calm. The incident stems from the fact that Prof. James Mouangue Kobila did not appreciate the tone of the speaker, which in his opinion did not engage the members of the said Commission. Sitting next to the one the audience was listening to, the vice-president of the Cndhl did not hesitate to interrupt the president's speech to dissociate himself from the president's statements: "Mr. President, it is necessary to that things are clear. Specify in the room that this speech engages you and does not commit all members of the Commission. I reiterate my position you can not speak on behalf of the Commission in such circumstances because what you say is binding only on you, "responded the Vice-President.

In spite of interruption Chemuta Divine Banda did not withdraw while evoking the consequences that the populations of the English-speaking regions are confronted because of the crisis. While he was normally continuing his speech, another member of the Commission in the name of Thérèse Atangana, came to support the reaction of James Mouangue Kobila. This reinforcement did not discourage the President who recalled that until now he was the only official who speaks on behalf of this Commission. The works room had the appearance of a market where the protocol officials were forced to remove the journalists. The info clear and sharp. At the end of the opening ceremony the President of the Cndhl explained: "I wrote to the President of the Republic to tell him that only a ceasefire can resolve the Anglophone crisis. This does not mean that we do not recognize the efforts made by the government to resolve this crisis. We are also willing to support the government to find a solution to this crisis, which has consequences for all areas of life in both regions. Soldiers and civilians continue to die we can not have development in our country without respect for human rights. The purpose of my speech was to tell the public and the Head of State that we are here to fulfill our objectives as Commissioner for Human Rights ".

This is not the first time that the members of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms have divergent positions on the management of the Anglophone crisis. A few months ago, a statement from the vice-president of this institution circulated in some newspapers salted the efforts of the authorities to resolve this crisis. This release was also disputed. Despite this incident, work was normally continued. The purpose of this 26th session was: the examination and adoption of the budget execution for the year 2018 and the examination and adoption of the draft budget of the Cndhl for the year 2020. During the debates, members also discussed some of the difficulties that hinder work in the Cndhl areas of intervention. Among these difficulties is the refusal to collaborate with the Cndhl of several public administrations. It was about finding ways to solve this problem.