Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Paul Biya asks not to end up like Mobutu Sesse Seko as his end draws near, by a son of Sangmélima

A son of Sangmelima asks President Paul Biya to read the signs of the time and to draw all the consequences so as not to end it like Marshal Mobutu Sesseseko.



When I observe the evolution of the current political situation at the top of the State of Cameroon, it comes to mind strongly this book written by Honoré Gbanda Nzambo Ko Atumba, former political advisor and security adviser to the late President Zaire Moboutou Sesse Seko produced at Gideppe editions in 1998 and whose title is: 

"Thus sounds the death knell! The last days of Marshal Moboutou Sesse Seko". 

There emerges a disturbing similarity, without being total, with what is currently happening in Cameroon. 

Neither Moboutou nor anyone around him 

Many layers of the regime, yet aware of the reality, especially did not want to imagine the scenario of a departure from power at "only" 66 years. 

They were more inclined to manipulate, lie, torture, kill, just to maintain the illusion of a power that was ending but which would allow them to continue to enjoy juicy social positions and plunder public resources. 

The life of statesman Moboutou, who just needed to go out through the front door, did not bother them much. 

He was finally buried by his family and some close collaborators at Rabbat in Morocco in September 1997. 

Honoré Gbanda, relates that it all started with the serious illness of President Moboutou. 

His relatives and the Western powers were already aware that his days were numbered. 

In the east of the country, a fierce rebellion resisted the regular army, which was forced to abdicate. 

In Cameroon, Paul Biya is not declared sick, but he is 87 years old and has a long and exhausting administrative career of 60 years.

In the English-speaking regions of Noso, the civil war is intensifying like that of eastern Zaire. 

English-speaking separatists have been resisting the defense forces and the Cameroonian elite army Bir for 02 years. 

NGOs and other international organizations, including the United Nations, raise cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and even genocide, with proven risks of opening international criminal trials. 

On the international level as at the time of the end of Moboutou, who was released, at a critical moment in his life, by his most powerful and faithful friends, namely the Americans, the international partners, supporters of the Biya regime like France, began already to manifest a sort of detachment. 

The French president, recently at the agricultural show in Paris in front of the media of the whole world has just presented him, certainly, without expressly indicating it, as a despot, by accusing him openly of locking up his opponents, the democratic game and to "intolerably" infringe on the individual rights and freedoms of his compatriots. 

Some time also, before his departure, Belgium, once a historic partner of Zaire and a great friend of Marshal Moboutou, had launched an international campaign to denounce the Moboutou dictatorship following the massacres of students at the University of Lumumbashi. 

In reaction, just as following Macron's remarks which gave rise to anti-French demonstrations outside the French embassy in Yaoundé a few days ago, the Zairian authorities preferred to manipulate a few young moboutists by organizing marches protest across the cities of Zaire to denounce what they called Belgian interference in the internal affairs of Zaire. 

The Zairian government will even go out and judge the behavior of the Belgian Prime Minister unfriendly. 

In Cameroon, the Presidency of the Republic speaks of France's surprising attitude. 

Switzerland, a country that Moboutou passionately loved and where he stayed there regularly in his sumptuous Vaud castle, suddenly no longer wanted to welcome him. 

It had become cumbersome following noisy demonstrations by Zairean opponents who denounced human rights violations in the streets of Geneva and Europe. 

It even took a decree from the Swiss Federal Council in December 1996 to allow the marshal to return for treatment in this country. 

Curiosity, President Biya's regular stays at the Geneva intercontinental hotel have also become rare. 

Numerous sources speak of a possible rationing of visas following violent demonstrations by Cameroonian activists who denounced his presence in Switzerland, which greatly disturbed Swiss public order.

In terms of domestic policy, the Zairian opponent Étienne Tsisekedi was gathering huge crowds across the Zairian cities at the time, successfully organizing very popular days of civil disobedience. 

In fact, the populations aspired to change despite multiple campaigns of deification of the Marshal in the media as explained later by the former Minister of Communication of Moboutou, Dominique Sakombi Inongo, in a famous documentary film entitled: "Moboutou, Roi of Zaire ". 

In Cameroon, Maurice Kamto, brings together, mobilizes huge crowds both inside and in the diaspora as was recently the case in Bafoussam and Douala. 

The people respected his slogan of boycotting municipal and legislative elections, which is an act of civil disobedience. 

These are proofs that Cameroonians express a deep desire for change. 

The Biya regime, like that of Moboutou, with regard to Tsisekedi, prefers instead to carry out acts of discredit and intimidation by trying to present Maurice Kamto as an anarchist or by imprisoning him. 

As part of the management of the country, Marshal Moboutou had become the prisoner of the clans who had formed around him: on the one hand his beautiful family, on the other, the brothers of the village. 

Thus, Honoré Gbanda informs us in his book that the brother of the Zairian first lady Bobi Ladawa Moboutou, had assumed without being officially named, the powers of Minister of Defense and Security. 

Many Moboutou advisers, including the author Honoré Gbanda, who is in charge of politics, will no longer be listened to and will no longer even be received by the President of the Republic, without the approval of the closed family circle. 

In Cameroon, it is an open secret in the press that the high administration lives to the rhythm of the clans of those close to the President of the Republic. . 

On the one hand, that supposed of the first lady Chantal Biya with at her head her relative, the secretary general to the presidency, who by his administrative functions necessarily controls the security and defense services and other large public companies and important services of State. 

On the other hand, that supposed of the tribe of origin of Paul Biya, held by two other subgroups which would fight in cape some epic battles like the recent one for the election of mayor at the Town hall of Sangmelima whose press has is making cabbage this week. 

All this cocktail of clans, around Paul Biya, as in Moboutou's time, is likely to create serious dysfunctions, a weakening of the State, a radicalization of postures like that on the English-speaking crisis, whose effect would be a neutralization spheres of influence and forces involved; thus plunging the country into inertia and uncertainty. 

It is clear that the Cameroonians are worried and on a kind of alert.

Apart from all these clan wars, scavengers and vultures made up of foreign businessmen supposed to be lobbyists lurked and had finally been killed thanks to the accomplices of the relatives on the degenerating body of Marshal Moboutou to strip him of his last forces. 

According to Honoré Gbanda, the Cameroonian late OMGBA Damase, famous lobbyist of the Parisian place, will succeed in collecting from Marshal Moboutou, the sum of 03 billion CFA Francs some time before his departure from Zaire, on the pretext that he would deliver weapons to him will effectively fight the rebellion in the East. 

At the moment many suspicions weigh more and more on these famous lobbyists called to restore the image of Paul Biya at 

The press speaks of a certain Frenchwoman for French political circles and of another communications cabinet in the United States to ease relations on the other side of the Atlantic. 

Many Cameroonian social network activists question the recurrence of multiple visits to Paul Biya on the eve of each election by the president and vice-president of Caf Ahmad Ahmad, Omari, leaders of the project to organize the African Cup of nations in Cameroon. 

The index is also pointed to certain participations of Paul Biya in certain events like at the summit of peace in Paris, where unfortunately, he was unjustly rebuked by the businessman of Sudanese origin MO Ibrahim. 

The press and international media are not the rest. 

We are witnessing more and more a proliferation of newspaper publications and displays of large posters of Paul Biya on various newsstands both in Cameroon and in Paris. 

Publi reports on his endless exploits. 

However, as at the time of Moboutou's end, all this activism will have been for nothing. 

He just needed courageous, humanistic people, with a high sense of preserving the honor and dignity of a man, a statesman, ready to lose everything because they preferred to tell him what he should do in such an explosive context.

Paul Biya, would be very feared by his collaborators, normal, because they are just high officials whose reality, the role is to assist the greatest chief of the administration which is the president of the Republic and not the man Biya State. 

Because advising a President of the Republic is very different from advising a Head of State. 

To advise a President of the Republic is to limit oneself to technical work on entrusted files.

On the other hand, to advise a head of state is to allow him to take the decisions which engage his vision of statesman in relation to that of the nation. 

The few advisers formerly inventoried by certain diplomatic cables of the statesman Biya have almost all died. 

We can cite the fires Ferdinand Léopold Oyono, Emah Basile, René OWONA, Mataga Philippe, Jean Fouman Akame, General Benahe Mpecke, General Asso'o Émane Benoit Mva Mbolo Cherel, Dr Andela, Mvondo Assam Benoît elder brother of President Biya and in a lesser measure Martin Belinga Eboutou. 

According to some indiscretions, which remains to be verified, these people could tell him things, sometimes not to his liking, when they thought they were useful to him. 

In such a scheme, which will be able to interpret these signs for him, so that he remains in history, this great statesman, whom he wanted to be, when he declared the late Yves Mourousi of Radio Monte Carlo in 1983, that he would like to keep from him the man who brought democracy to his country? 

Democracy being attentive to the will of the people and not that of praise, griots and other profiteers who will tell them that everything is fine and that it is in the right direction, that it is strong, that it is AYOP AYOP , but who that day will deny it without states of mind. 

Only the people are true. 

And these people are talking right now. 

He wants democracy. 

Christian Bomo Ntimbane

Journalist: David Eboutou