Thursday, January 9, 2020

Here is how houses of Social Democratic Front activists participating in the February elections were visited by fire

Arsonists of a particular kind attack the property of candidates engaged in the municipal and legislative elections of February 9, 2020.

On the night of January 5 to 6, 2020, fire was set on the house of Mr. Fusi Namekong, deputy of the Social Democratic front (Sdf) in the riding of Mezam. One more, you could say, with the wave of fires that have been recorded in the North West region, since the outbreak of the so-called Anglophone crisis. After public services and schools, the palm has recently returned to certain private homes, notably those elected by the people who are still applying or who are suspected of wanting to re-stack, in the context of the elections planned for 9 February next. The night of December 15 to 16, 2019, it was already the turn of Joseph Mbah Ndam.

Member of the nation, vice-president of the National Assembly of Cameroon and loyal among the executives of Ni John Fru Ndi, his house in Batibo went up in smoke. According to our sources on the spot, residents have just had time to see that the flames had invaded the home and could not save much. The next day, on the night of December 16 to 17, 2019, it was one of the homes of the homeless mayor of Kumbo, Njong Donatus Fonyuy, located near Tobin Round About, which was set on fire by unknown persons, also causing numerous damage.

Election boycott

Invariably, the secessionist fighters are accused of having come to set fire to these properties. In Bafut, Bamenda and Kumbo, it is explained that these fires follow a slogan that circulated in the two English-speaking regions affected by the crisis, inviting secessionist fighters to vandalize the property belonging to all the candidates from the North West and Southwestand candidates for the coupled elections of February 2020. The objective is said to scare them, and thus, force them to withdraw their candidacies.

And it works. If things remain as they are, there will be no homeless list at the municipal level in Bafut, a constituency on the outskirts of Bamenda, where Fru Ndi's party was on the rise. All the suitors threw in the towel. Identical in certain other constituencies, where candidates, individually, have withdrawn. Many confess to fear for their lives. Kidnapped then released after sometimes financial negotiations, few citizens of this region still show enthusiasm for the upcoming elections. Many have been forced to post on social media to declare their disengagement or their real-false resignations from their parties and the currently occupied folding seats.

Officially, the SDF will go to the elections.  But this participation is more than controversial.  In its own ranks, voices are raised to say that the "suffer don finish" party should not condone what appears to be a hoax.  Me Joseph Lavoisier Tsapy, one of his legal advisers, does not hide to denounce what he considers to be an accompaniment of the ruling party.  He has repeatedly denounced the suspicious surrender in 2013 of 14 senatorial seats to his party in regions where the party had no voters. And it’s not until Ni John Fru Ndi, the party chairman, to suffer the throes of political arson.  A year earlier, in the wake of the presidential boycott, his sister had been kidnapped and his home burned to Baba II by Santa.  Flames at his home in Ntarikon were quickly brought under control.