Saturday, March 21, 2020

How Paul Biya cheated the Ekang-Beti to stay in power

When on November 6, 1982, Amadou Ahidjo, a Peuhl from the North, cedes power to Paul Biya, a Bulu (ethnic subgroup of the Beti people, in the center, south and east of Cameroon), the political and administrative elite of Origin Beti jumps for joy and says to himself "our turn has arrived, that of the Hausa has passed! " It forms around the power of Paul Biya a political clientele. On April 6, 1984, a group of young non-commissioned officers from the Cameroonian army gathered in the J'OSE movement and mostly from the North, tried to seize power by force. In a radio message (which will not go beyond Yaoundé), the putschists reveal their motivation: "everything happens as if we had to fill our pockets as quickly as possible before it is too late". Very evocative as a sentence. Let us remember that the Minister of the Armed Forces at the time (Andze Tsoungui) as well as the majority of general and superior officers (Semengue, Asso'o Emane, Ebogo Titus…) who helped defuse the attempted coup d ' April 1984 was Ekang. Some people venture to say that this real-fake coup was a story made up from scratch by the new occupants of the Etoudi palace to liquidate all the faithful of Ahidjo in the army and the then Garde Républicaine (now Presidential Guard). After a mock trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal, in May 1984 a hundred gendarmes and soldiers from the North were sentenced to death, shot and buried in mass graves in Mbalmayo and Mfou (about ten kilometers from Yaoundé) . Ebogo Titus…) who helped defuse the April 1984 coup attempt were Ekang. Some people venture to say that this real-fake coup was a story made up from scratch by the new occupants of the Etoudi palace to liquidate all the faithful of Ahidjo in the army and the then Garde Républicaine (now Presidential Guard). After a mock trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal, in May 1984 a hundred gendarmes and soldiers from the North were sentenced to death, shot and buried in mass graves in Mbalmayo and Mfou (ten kilometers from Yaoundé) . Ebogo Titus…) who helped defuse the April 1984 coup attempt were Ekang. Some people venture to say that this real-fake coup was a story made up from scratch by the new occupants of the Etoudi palace to liquidate all the faithful of Ahidjo in the army and the then Garde Républicaine (now Presidential Guard). After a mock trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal, in May 1984 a hundred gendarmes and soldiers from the North were sentenced to death, shot and buried in mass graves in Mbalmayo and Mfou (about ten kilometers from Yaoundé) . Some people venture to say that this real-fake coup was a story made up from scratch by the new occupants of the Etoudi palace to liquidate all the faithful of Ahidjo in the army and the then Garde Républicaine (now Presidential Guard). After a mock trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal, in May 1984 a hundred gendarmes and soldiers from the North were sentenced to death, shot and buried in mass graves in Mbalmayo and Mfou (about ten kilometers from Yaoundé) . Some people venture to say that this real-fake coup was a story made up from scratch by the new occupants of the Etoudi palace to liquidate all the faithful of Ahidjo in the army and the then Garde Républicaine (now Presidential Guard). After a mock trial at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal, in May 1984 a hundred gendarmes and soldiers from the North were sentenced to death, shot and buried in mass graves in Mbalmayo and Mfou (about ten kilometers from Yaoundé).

Since then, some sad characters from this noble people of the equatorial forest (to whom the author of these lines is linked by family ties) consider political power as the Ekang affair, "their thing" as they say. vulgarly in Cameroon. So it is sometimes easy to hear silly formulas like "after Biya, it will be Biya", "we are lords, Essingans, born to govern", etc. Criticize the chaotic and village governance of Biya and you will have this ethnic group on your back. If by doing so, you are Beti, you will be reminded that you have betrayed the family, the tribe. In the early 1990s, to face the uprising of students from the University of Yaoundé gathered in the "Parliament" and who demanded a return to multiparty politics, the Biya power armed with machetes and clubs militias such as Nkul Nnam, Cafe, made up exclusively of young Betis. 30 years later, to contain the activism of members of the Anti-Sardinards Brigade (BAS), an anti-Biya movement of Cameroonians in the diaspora, the Yaoundé regime created a Patriotic Brigade led for the vast majority of members by Beti. 

In its recent report on the state of human rights in Cameroon, the US State Department notes that the South Central ethnic group (allusion to the Ekang people) controls all the levers of power. In the army, the police, the gendarmerie, the Presidential Guard, the intelligence services, the military justice system, juicy State companies (Port of Douala, Autonomous Amortization Fund, Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, etc.), Ministry of Finance, the judiciary, the prefectural, it is preponderant. But beware ! Let the Ekang people sink into the brain that Paul Biya used and uses him to stay in power as long as possible. Let him know that Biya is his wife Chantal Biya, his children (Franck, Junior, Brenda), his sons-in-law Patrick and Franck Hertz (twins of Chantal Biya), his friends French businessmen, his army (more the Rapid Intervention Battalion and the Presidential Guard) and his secret services. 

Point. Everything else is just disposable paper for him. May the Ekang people (Ewondo, Eton, Bulu, Ntumu, Mvae, Menguissa, Nang'ebok, Bene, Mvele, Yebekolo, Maka, etc.) stop considering as their own a power that has brought them nothing but misfortune, misery and suffering . Yes, the people who suffered the most from the criminal, predatory and terrorist power of Biya are Beti. ) stop considering as his own a power which will only bring him misfortunes, miseries and sufferings. Yes, the people who suffered the most from the criminal, predatory and terrorist power of Biya are Beti. ) stop considering as his own a power which will only bring him misfortunes, miseries and sufferings. Yes, the people who suffered the most from the criminal, predatory and terrorist power of Biya are Beti. 

The Center, the South and the East constitute since 1992, an important electoral breeding ground where Paul Biya and his party, the CPDM, collect electoral scores of Brezhneviens going up to 80%. But what does the strong man of Etoudi have in store for the local populations? Miserable and unworthy living conditions. From Abong Mbang to Esse, via Batouri, Mvengue, Sa'a, Monatele, Ngomedzap, Akok Bekoue, Dzeng, Minta, Nanga Eboko, Bibey, Ayos, Binguela and even Mvomeka'a (presidential village) '' is punctuated only by the absence of drinking water, the absence of electrical energy or load shedding where it is found, impassable access routes, habitat worthy of the cut stone age, l lack of quality schools and health centers, etc. Besides, most of the free thinkers murdered by the Biya regime are betis. Such as Father Joseph Mbassi, Me Ngongo Ottou, artist Bikutsi Sala Bekono, Father Engelbert Mveng, Ayissi Mvodo, Pius Ottou and Charles Ateba Eyene. Others such as the writer and historian Enoh Meyomesse experienced torture and then prison. Still others, exile, like journalists Ndzana Seme (now in the USA) and J. Remy Ngono (in France), of father Jean Marc Ela (died in exile in Canada in 2009).

In preparation for the 2011 presidential election, Paul Biya is launching a political cleansing operation from the outside, an operation known as the fight against embezzlement of public funds also called "Operation Sparrowhawk". At the origin of this operation called "clean hands", a report mounted by his secret services (maneuvering, a scoundrel in the name of Joël Emile Bamkoui) and which reported the existence of a group of senior clerks of the state which was active with a view to the succession of Paul Biya in 2011. Hence the name of G11 assigned to this group. Among the victims, ministers, directors general of society and senior executives of the administration of Beti origin among the most brilliant, competent and devoted to the cause of the populations. What Paul Biya hates, who feels overshadowed. Will be snapped up by the Sparrowhawk Emmanuel Gérard Ondo Ndong, Joseph Edou, Gilles Roger Belinga, Abah Abah Polycarpe, Urbain Olanguena Awono, Jean Marie Atangana Mebara, Jean Baptiste Nguini Effa, Ntongo Onguene, etc. The flower of the Ekang political elite. 

Even Paul Biya's adopted son, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o, who was one of the executors of this political purge from the time he was the police chief (8 December 2004 to 30 June 2009) also suffered throes of raptor. Mebe Ngo'o has been in prison with his wife since March 2019. Worthy Ekang sons and daughters have died either in prison or after being released from jail because of these arbitrary imprisonments ordered by Biya. They are Nkolo Fanga, Dieudonné Angoula (both executives from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications), Jérôme Mendouga (former ambassador of Senegal and the United States), Henri Engoulou (former minister delegate to the Ministry of Finance ) and Catherine Abena (former Secretary of State at the Ministry of Secondary Education). Others were more fortunate in finding a land of asylum such as the former Minister of Public Works and former CPDM deputy of Mefou Afamba, Dieudonné Ambassa Zang, exiled in France since August 2009, and the former Minister of Finance, Essimi Menye, based in the United States. Both have received life sentences from the Special Criminal Court of Cameroon, under the orders of the Biya regime. 

Prison, persecution, humiliation, instrumentalization and abandonment. This is what the Beti man under Paul Biya undergoes in almost 38 years of power. It is laughable to see individuals who speak without a warrant on behalf of the Ekang people bang their chest saying that they are protecting the power of Paul Biya because the latter is an Ekang patriarch. What they ignore is that not only are they only objects that Biya uses for his personal glory and the full development of his family, but also that "The Lion Man" could put them on the menu of his stateless sacrifices. lady. This is why the conscious and patriotic youth and Beti elite must think of the Republic and join any movement aimed at overthrowing Paul Biya and these useless Ekang elites who consolidate his family power. This power which has succeeded in making Cameroon a republic that has been impoverished and impoverished in every sense of the word. For future generations, let them think about it, if they still have a touch of "ati", a touch of dignity.


Journalist: Michel Biem Tong