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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Leadership war among Ambazonians; Ayuk Tabe now disputed

Elvis Kometa, president of the Southern Cameroons Restoration Council, accuses the president of Ambazonia of treason.

In its issue published Thursday, June 13, 2019, the daily newspaper La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) notes that there are cracks in the relations between separatist leaders. In fact, reports the paper, Elvis Kometa, president of the Southern Cameroons Restoration Council, (an influential pro-secessionist organization that unites the North-West and South-West), no longer recognizes himself as Sissiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the imaginary Republic of Ambazonia, imprisoned in the central prison of Yaoundé-Kondengui.

The latter has published a note in which he denounces the second, accusing him of treason. "Ayuk Tabe is no longer our representative nationally and internationally. And whoever does with him, is wasting his time, "says Elvis Kometa.

LNE stresses that the plaintiff accuses Ayuk Tabe of "threatening some members of the caretaker government and using anti-democratic tactics to maintain power". The will expressed recently by this leader to dialogue with the power of Yaoundé, under certain conditions, is also poorly perceived in the camp of the separatists. Some call it an act of treason.

"We will continue to fight for the release of all those who are locked up in prisons across the country and to ensure the independence of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia," says the chairman of the Southern Cameroons Restoration Council who now recognizes Samuel Ikome Sako as interim leader.

This quarrel of leadership in the separatist camp could constitute a serious blockage to the dialogue proposed by the Yaoundé power and accepted by Ayuk Tabe, under several conditions, including the prior release of all detainees arrested in the context of the Anglophone crisis; the withdrawal of the security and defense forces on the one hand and the administrators and civil servants on the other hand, the English-speaking areas or the holding of talks in a foreign territory.