Friday, March 6, 2020

Exclusive: the army prevents a coup planned by France to overthrow Biya

We offer you the article on the violent overthrow of President Biya in an aborted coup, orchestrated by the French Presidency in collusion with Marafa Hamidou, according to the sources. An article published by Cameroonvoice.

A military source in the service of the Cameroonian regiment fighting against Boko Haram in the Far North told the Journal du Cameroun (Cameroon Journal) how on January 15 of this year, the Cameroonian army interrupted what should degenerate into a violent overthrow of the president Biya in a coup. 

The source, who opted for anonymity for obvious reasons, said the coup was a joint project of the French government and a former Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Marafa Hamidou Yaya who was to be a figurehead of it. Marafa is currently serving a prison sentence for alleged corruption and embezzlement. Our source said the French had gained his confidence to help him become president after Biya left. 

The French, he said, had taken advantage of the destabilizing presence of Boko Haram in the north of the country and had colluded with the insurgents, with French soldiers infiltrated into the ranks of the terrorists. 

The strategy consisted in bringing the northern regions completely into the hands of the insurgents and declaring their secession from Yaoundé and then using their advantage to demand the release of all the Northerners currently in prison, among them Marafa and Iya Mohammed who are serving prison terms in Kondengue. But it was only the first phase. 

The second phase was to consist of a frontal attack on Yaoundé with the collaboration of a rebel group from eastern Cameroon close to the Seleka rebels of the Central African Republic. A pattern modeled on the rebellion in the Central African Republic. The intrigue was to culminate in either the arrest, the assassination or the escape of President Biya. 

He said the French saw Marafa as a trustworthy confidant they thought would settle after the overthrow of Biya (himself put in place by the French army more than 30 years ago). 

On January 12 this year, Boko Haram launched a fierce attack on a Cameroonian military base in the city of Kolofata, in the Far North region. The Cameroonian army retaliated and dealt a severe blow to the insurgents - the heaviest the group has known in its history. 

The victims within the Boko Haram terrorist group have been estimated, according to the government of Cameroon, between 200 to 400 dead. However, it seems that there were victims from the French forces among the terrorists. Three of the French soldiers were killed in the attack by Cameroonian forces in the confrontation.

The three soldiers, according to the Journal du Cameroun, were killed in a knife fight. “The majority of Boko Haram insurgents are not trained. When you see a soldier trained among them, it's easy to spot him based on his movements and tactics, that's how we targeted some of them, ”said our informant. 

The source said that white French nationals disguised themselves by painting their bodies in black. He added that it was only when they examined the corpses that they realized to their surprise, that some of the corpses were those of whites. 

Later, they further examined the other captured attackers, they also discovered that nine of them were also white and their bodies were painted black so as not to be identified. They were interrogated and they revealed their French nationalities with links to high-ranking Cameroonians currently working for the government. 

The French government, according to the Journal, was very embarrassed and very uncomfortable and immediately distanced itself from the nine French, but did not go so far as to ask the government of Cameroon to release them so that 'they are brought before the courts in France. 

Many Nigerian newspapers did report the incident. The newspaper This Day, citing sources in Cameroon who criticized the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, for asking Cameroon to immediately release the nine terrorists to the French authorities. The Cameroonian official whose name was not mentioned, then told the French that Cameroon is a sovereign country and not a vassal of France. And, Cameroon has since kept the nine in prison in Yaoundé to date. 

Chris Olukolade, Nigerian Major General and Director of Defense Information spoke to the media about this, and actually confirmed that the French were captured in Cameroon while fighting alongside Boko Haram, but said that the management arrangements had to be deliberated between the French and Cameroonian governments. 

Our military informant confided that more than the question of the French soldiers detained; there was also a secret diplomatic quarrel involving the French embassy in Yaoundé when security forces in Cameroon learned of the existence of a secret military logistics movement including weapons in two containers. He said the shipment of weapons to the north was likely intended for Boko Haram and foreign fighters in order to attack the northern regions and toss them completely into the hands of the insurgents. 

Our source said that one of the containers ended up in the French embassy in Yaoundé which is contiguous with the military headquarters, and about 500 meters from the National Assembly. Difficult to know why the van stopped at the French embassy, ​​he said it was possible that the plan was to use it to strengthen the coup plan planned in Yaoundé.

We note that Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma was taken under fire by the media during a press conference about the illegal presence of these containers loaded with weapons and he declared that he did not know that the truck with the license plate number, LT TR724, left the port of Douala on December 23, 2014, with alleged bombs, grenades, missiles, mines and other weapons of war from Sri Lanka and who disappeared somewhere in Cameroon. The truck was allegedly intended for the Central African Republic. “If I had such information, I would not give it to the press; I think it is a military secret, ”said Tchiroma. 

Despite Tchiroma's denials, Joseph Otto Wilson, Governor of the Central Region, in a statement on February 6 this year called on all ten divisional officers under his jurisdiction to deal with the issue with the greatest urgently, urging them to collaborate with law enforcement and order the search for trucks. The governors of the East and the Littoral regions later made a similar call which was also relayed by the governors of the other regions. 

To date, no official statement has been made regarding the fate of the two containers. But our source revealed that the truck with part of the cargo left from inside the French embassy in Yaoundé. Unsurprisingly, it was also in February, precisely on the 28th, that, in the wake of the allegations of arms trafficking, Christine Robichon, French ambassador to Cameroon, was hooted and heckled when she showed her sympathy for the Cameroonians. in their war against Boko Haram, at a meeting. 

From the eastern border of Cameroon connecting the Central African Republic, our source also revealed that Cameroonian government officials believe that the French government is behind a Cameroonian armed group masquerading as Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic, while they are in fact Cameroonians whose objective is to overthrow the Biya regime. 

The group that kidnapped a Cameroonian major, Mama Bakai, and some 15 citizens after returning from a funeral on March 19 this year demanded a ransom for their release. 

However, this month, negotiations with the rebels revealed their Cameroonian connections when, instead of asking the ransom to see the captives released, they changed their demands and instead demanded that a famous man from the region from the north, Abdoulaye Harrissou is released. Harrissou, it should be noted, was legal counsel to Marafa Hamidou Yaya. He was arrested and detained in early September 2014, following allegations of a conspiracy concerning his alleged desire to start a civil war in Cameroon from the Central African Republic through the Eastern region. 

Marafa is considered by France and other western countries as a political prisoner. Before being arrested and thrown in prison on charges of embezzlement, Marafa called for a rebellion against the government ... 

His arrest came at a time when sources said that the French were preparing the ground for taking power in President Biya. Reports indicate that he had become very popular among French politicians and the French business class. Capitalizing on the massive unemployment of young people in the north, considering that it is a marginalization of the north, the French support it to motivate the region to dismiss the Biya regime knowing that a son from the north region could take the relay in the event of a coup.

To this end, leaflets were printed and distributed in the northern regions detailing the arrest of their parents - the Marafas, Iya Mohammed, etc. It says that this amounts to a declaration of war against their region. According to our source, the French tried to foment an insurrection in the north in order to seize the opportunity to overthrow Biya. 

Last Friday, the French ambassador to Cameroon, Christine Robichon, told the media after an audience with President Biya, that President Hollande is coming to Cameroon to discuss the security issues currently faced by the countries of the sub-region of Central Africa. However, various sources told the Journal du Cameroun that the visit is intended to improve relations between the two leaders and to negotiate the release and repatriation of the nine French nationals who are still in detention in Cameroonian prisons. 

France would it be obliged to improve the image of Biya with the presidential visit of Holland? 

The last visit of a French head of state to Cameroon dates back 15 years. The last French president to visit Cameroon was Jacques Chirac in 1999. Former President Nicolas Sarkozy visited neighboring countries of Cameroon such as Gabon and Chad without setting foot in Cameroon. Hollande has also visited several countries in the Central African sub-region since he took power in 2012 without setting foot in Cameroon. 

French media reported that Biya's relations with France began to deteriorate after Biya realized that France intended to push him out of power. An online publication said that in 2011 many French officials gave up supporting Biya in the presidential elections. A spokesman for the French foreign minister is quoted as saying that many shortcomings and irregularities were registered during this election and warned that France would not like to see such a repeat. 

Paul Biya's divorce from Paris 

Observers have said France wants Biya to leave because of its growing military and economic alliance with China and Russia. 

Some press reports have said that President Hollande's four-hour visit (from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 3) in Cameroon has been negotiated by French businessmen who believe that Biya no longer protects their interests, perhaps be in retaliation for distancing himself from France, which has criticized its mandate for the past 15 years.

A source told the Journal that the French government was taken aback when Biya terminated an important contract between Cameroon and Thales Security Systems, a French company that was responsible for printing national identity cards in Cameroon. 

Although the government of Cameroon has declared that the breach of contract was linked to the incompatible and unscrupulous activities carried out by Thales Security Systems, the French company protested and claimed CFAF 3.5 billion from the government of Cameroon for compensation; a debt which according to a source at the police headquarters declared that it was a pure fabrication of the firm. 

The company is said to have filed a complaint with the Cameroonian and French authorities to seek redress. 

Our source also said that Cameroon dealt a heavy blow to France when the French consortium led by Bolloré failed to be on the final list of companies vying to manage the new container terminal in the port of Kribi. newly built. 

The commission responsible for the selection of a container terminal company had chosen the Philippines-based company ICTSI and the port operators APM Terminals, as well as the conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk, declaring that their offer was better for Cameroon and the Central African sub-region than that proposed by the Bolloré consortium. 

The rejected consortium includes CMA CGM of France, the third largest container transporter in the world, and the CHEC group of China, which built the deep water port of Kribi. The Bolloré group manages the main container terminal in Douala and had been identified as a favorite among the companies competing for the management of the port of Kribi. However, the government of Cameroon may have refused the contract to the French firm due to the container of ammunition which entered the port of Douala and then disappeared. 

Contrary to what happened in the past, Cameroon turns more to China compared to France for the financing of large infrastructure projects. China is involved in the majority of infrastructure and financing projects. 

Russia was among the first countries to promise to deliver humanitarian and military aid to Cameroon in the treatment of refugees from the Central African Republic and following the war against Boko Haram.