Friday, January 17, 2020

Anglophone Crisis: the USA clarify "finally" their stand

Guest of RFI morning this Friday January 17, 2020, Tibor Nagy, American under-secretary in charge of African affairs, has combed the news of certain African countries.


At the microphone of Radio France international (RFI), the diplomat spoke on current events in Guinea by Alpha Condé, the Central African Republic (CAR) by Faustin Archange Touadera and primarily Cameroon by Paul Biya with a backdrop the English-speaking crisis. 

In the background, there must be an authentic application of the resolutions taken during the national dilaogue convened by President Paul Biya and held from September 30 to October 4, 2019, as well as the effectiveness of decentralization, the law of which was promulgated on December 24, 2019. 

Lebledparle.com delivers the entire interview of "Monsieur Afrique" to journalist Christophe Boisbouvier. 

In Cameroon, following a major national conference last October, President Paul Biya is proposing a special status for the two English-speaking regions of the North West and the South West, what do you think?

“What I can tell you is that Cameroon is a country that prevents me from sleeping, for which my heart is bleeding. Yes, national dialogue was a positive step, yes the release of political prisoners by President Paul Biya was a positive step. Last week I met one of his opponents, Mr. Maurice Kamto. But what really matters is the implementation of the decisions. What matters most to the populations of the North West and South West is authentic decentralization, they do not want a symbolic decentralization with only the words on paper, fine speeches. Unfortunately with each passing day, more and more people in these two regions are tempted by the solution of having their own country. For the United States, this is a bad solution. Because Cameroon is a single country with two systems. But there must be real decentralization; and that's the implementation, that's what's happening on the ground. 

So what you are saying is that it is a first step but it is not enough? 

Yes because you can have a conference and conclusions, but afterwards, what's going on in the field? What proportion of decentralization is devoted to decentralization? In what positions are the elected and appointed people placed? If there are selective positions, will there be hierarchically superior positions that will fall under an appointment of the president? People must take control of their own lives and their heritage.