Sunday, April 19, 2020

Commutation of sentences: towards a popular uprising in the North

Since the promulgation of the presidential decree reducing sentences for certain detainees, this decision which excluded Iya Mohamed, Vamoulké, Mota and especially Marafa has provoked anger and general indignation in the Far North.

It is the same cry everywhere: that against what the citizens of the north consider as "injustice". At the Ngaounderé train station, in travel agencies and coaches, in the crowded markets of Garoua and Maroua, under the shade of the nimiers of Yagoua or under the fiery sun of Kousséri, this is the only subject of discussion and a dull anger comes from the commentators. Questions are popping up everywhere: even on account of illness, why is Michel Fotso, the so-called main perpetrator of the crime of embezzlement released and keep Marafa, just as sick, who has committed no offense, in prison, under the original pretext of "intellectual complicity"? Bouba Baldama, a young student sitting in front of his friend's shop, explains: “It's because we are cowards. We are sheep, we accept everything without flinching. The audience nods furiously: enough is enough, enough is enough! Another reminds us: "we are peoples of warriors, maybe you forgot it. Why be so fearful? We are ashamed of our great-grandparents who would never have accepted this situation”.

What is power seeking? This Ngaounderé hotel student wonders, "Opening another front of protest in the North, do they think it will continue like this?" His comrade, seated on a bench facing the sun, wonders: "What is the strategy and the hidden designs of those who are so relentless against Marafa, Iya, Vamoulké and Mota, these northern figureheads? Is it President Biya who really decides? "In these difficult times that the country is experiencing on all fronts, particularly in the health, social and economic fields, can the government resist if the North enters the dance of popular protest? What is taking shape after Marafa and others are kept in detention? So many comments flowing from all over the North, whose populations are already offended and rebelled against the power of Yaoundé. Already, says a doctor, "that we claim in vain for a health barrier between the Holy North and the South infected by Covid19. The Ngaoundere-Kousseri corridor could be isolated in favor of the N'Gaoundéré-Touboro-Tchad corridor, to avoid the flow of passing travelers. Those who absolutely must enter this corridor should undergo screening tests ”… The Ngaoundere-Kousseri corridor could be isolated in favor of the N'Gaoundéré-Touboro-Tchad corridor, to avoid the flow of passing travelers. Those who absolutely must enter this corridor should undergo screening tests ”… The Ngaoundere-Kousseri corridor could be isolated in favor of the N'Gaoundéré-Touboro-Tchad corridor, to avoid the flow of passing travelers. Those who absolutely must enter this corridor should undergo screening tests ”…


Source: The Messenger