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Will the Cameroon government budge to recent attacks on the regime?

In recent days, the government of Cameroon has been hit with incessant attacks from its citizens, political parties, and some external b...

In recent days, the government of Cameroon has been hit with incessant attacks from its citizens, political parties, and some external bodies, with each expressing discontent over the government’s handling of the ongoing crisis in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon, and the regimes level of preparedness ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.

Last week, the government of Cameroon dispatched a delegation to Belgium, USA, South Africa and the UK, with the objective of explaining to Cameroonians based in the aforementioned countries the problem plaguing the two Anglophone regions in Cameroon.

Many began to wonder and are still pondering why the government will dispatch a delegation abroad to discuss on a subject which the regime has severally refused doesn’t exist, and for which many have been arrested and jailed for back in the country. These thoughts caused the government delegation to be met with stiff opposition especially in Belgium, South Africa and the US.
Cameroonians protesting in Belgum
In Belgium, a delegation led by Justice Minister Laurent Esso in Brussels was greeted with hate and violence. Some Cameroonians in the diaspora openly accused the Biya regime of extra judicial killings, rape, arbitrary arrests and the militarization of the English speaking regions of Cameroon, saying that after committing crimes against the people of West Cameroon and arresting and humiliating the leaders of the now outlawed Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, Minister Laurent Esso and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lejuene Mbella Mbella could muster the courage to make the trip to Europe.

In South Africa the visit of the Dion Ngute led delegation was cut short by disgruntled Cameroonians who requested that the Minister and his team should travel back home and ensure that the government release all those in detention instead of engaging in diplomatic missions to convince Cameroonians in the diaspora to support the views of the ruling party CPDM.
Cameroonians protesting in South Africa
There was total chaos at the Cameroon Embassy in South Africa when angry Cameroonians forced their way into the embassy, brought down the Embassy gate, and chanted songs of freedom while marching into the hall where the meeting was scheduled to take place. 

They also destroyed food set aside for refreshment after the meeting, and told the minister to go back home and seek dialogue as a genuine step to normalise the situation in Anglophone Cameroon.

It is reported that the meeting ended in a fiasco and Dion Ngute had to flee from the venue, after being unable to resist the mounting anger and pressure from Cameroonians.

However the situation in the USA was different. The Paul Ghogomo delegation in the USA had a peaceful turnout which went successfully without any bullying and rowdy behaviour from Cameroonians in USA, though sources say it was because information about the venue of the meeting circulated secretly. Perhaps that explains why the meeting started 2 hours late from schedule, and lasted for about 2 hours with most of those who attended being embassy staff. 

While all these fiasco was taking place abroad, what was going on in the country was even more interesting. The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) meeting on August 5, focused mostly on the ongoing Anglophone crisis and what the government has to do to ensure that schools resume peacefully in the affected regions for the 2017/2018 academic year.
NEC emphasizing that parents are ready to send their kids to school, teachers are ready to return to the classrooms, pupils and students are eager to learn and above all, the population yearns for a return to normalcy in these two regions, but that this requires the Biya Regime to create an enabling and conducive environment which must consist amongst others the following:

- Resolving the issues presented by the teachers of the Anglophone sub-system of education
- Release the people who are incarcerated in relation to the crisis
- Demilitarize the North West and South West Regions
- Make possible the unconditional return for teachers, lawyers and others who have fled the country as a result of this crisis
- Stop further arbitrary arrest and harassment in the North West and South West Regions

The SDF reiterated that the responsibility to resolve the crisis rests on the shoulders of Mr Biya and his shoulders alone, and also said the president who spectacularly abdicated from his functions as head of state should finally give full effect to his actions by resigning from this office.

According to the SDF, the incompetence, negligence, laxity and inertia of government are the very reasons why the Anglophone crisis has endured and has plunged Cameroon in to a quagmire.

But are SDF conditions enough for the president to bow? We’ll see.

As the government was struggling to digest the numerous attacks from its citizens and the SDF political party, an even bigger blow emerged, this time from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF president Ahmad Ahmad during a press conference held recently in Burkina Faso, said "as things stand no site in Cameroon can host the Africa Cup of Nation”. This statement from the CAF boss whose inspection team has not yet visited Cameroon to assess the nation’s level of preparedness ahead of the 2019 AFCON, ones against fuelled doubts on Cameroon’s hosting rights, and whether CAF was already considering stripping the nation’s rights of hosting the tournament.

On Monday, The Cameroon football federation issued a statement expressing disgust on the statement made by CAF’s president Ahmad Ahmad with regards to the Cameroon government’s ability of hosting the tournament.

The federation reminded CAF of how Cameroon successfully organized the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations hitch-free in Yaounde-Mfandena and Buea/Limbe, which earned it the “Jury Grand Prize awarded in April 2017 in Cannes during the Heavent Awards, which rewards the best public events organized worldwide. CAF equally sent a congratulatory letter to Cameroon, for successfully hosting the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations hitch-free.
FECAFOOT president Tombi Aroko

Tombi Aroko’s led federation therefore stated in their release, that Cameroon will be ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, and reiterated that on the basis of the specifications agreed with CAF, Cameroon has launched a vast programme for the construction and rehabilitation of its sports infrastructure worth hundreds of billions of CFA francs.

FECAFOOT expressed its total readiness to work constructively with Ahmad Ahmad for the development of African football, providing that during his tenure as CAF’s president, he will strive to work for the benefit of all African countries and not against some of them.

But in the light of all these happenings at home and abroad, the big question remains; will the government of Cameroon,budge to recent attacks on the regime?,
Or will they remain adamant to the people’s demands and allow the nation to be mired in chaos?

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