Monday, October 14, 2019

Cameroon Crisis: 'Biya does not have the power to decide the future of Ambazonia'

In Africa, Ayuk Tabe returned to the biweekly conference of Biya and vigorously contests this issue.  The special status attributed to English-speaking areas would then be an odious twist of Biya's theater.

 According to the interim president of Ambazonia, Paul Biya does not have enough stuff to solve the Anglophone crisis.  "President Biya has no power to decide on the future of Ambazonia, the Republic of Cameroon and Southern Cameroons are two territories under guardianship and under an administration.

 He persists and signs that the national dialogue is a no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no.  "Let's be clear: no Ambazonian or any representative of Ambazonia attended." This so-called dialogue was only a great interview of Paul Biya with himself, "he says firmly.

"To release 333 prisoners from the Anglophone crisis is nothing extraordinary," says Ayuk Tabe.  "This dialogue brought together only members of the CPDM and some other Cameroonians.  For us, it is a non-event.  The conflict with the Republic of Cameroon is international and can not be resolved by national dialogue.  The liberation of 333 of our compatriots is not exceptional, since nothing justified their incarceration.  More than 3,000 people are still detained.  To liberate them, to say what has become of those who have disappeared, is the least Paul Biya can do! "He says.

The Anglophone crisis and the enormous loss of human and material lives would be far from being finally resolved in the light of statements by Ayuk Tabe, who rejected the idea that negotiations would be underway for their release.  He denies such a step.

Arrested in January 2018 while in Nigeria, brought back to Yaoundé, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, 54, was convicted of "secession" and terrorism and sentenced to Kondengui's main prison.