The Anglophone Civil Society leaders stand trial today in Yaoundé while their interim leaders face their first crises. Controversial posts from Frankline Sone Bayen(Journalist) accusing Mark Bara & Tapang Ivo of withholding a tape purportedly made by Agbor Balla from his cell in Kondengui, and the subsequent publication by Mark Bara of a private conversation between him & Sone Bayen is trending on social media.
Sone Bayen who has played a very important role from the beginning of the Anglophone crises in Cameroon for creating awareness both nationally & internationally has seemingly changed his position about the effectiveness of ghosts towns & the end results, and has especially accused the interim leaders of lack of strategies. According to Sone, the strike action should be called off. This will send a signal of good faith to the govt & will prompt the release of the detained Consortium leaders. He has received an outburst of criticism and even accusations that he has been bribed by the gangster regime.
Mark Bara responded by posting a private conversation where Sone clearly states his stance, while Ivo has posted a picture on his Facebook page with a hastag, free Journalist Frankline Sone Bayern.
The question is: why this infighting? This reporter thinks its all about positioning. Frankline Sone Bayen wants to be heard more. He has been pushing for his ideas to be heard which has always fallen on deaf ears. He might be right in some of his points but lack total negotiation skills in times of crises & that is exactly what he is accusing the interim leaders. Sone could also be a power munger who will stop at nothing till he secures a decision making position in this struggle. Sone Bayen is at this moment not helping the detained Consortium leaders talk less of the Interim team. Southern Cameroonians in their majority do not preach violence and for Bayen to try and caricature the Interim leaders as preaching violence & discredit them in the eyes of the public is proof that he wants to position himself as a moderate activist in the struggle. This is exactly what Ahidjo did and the French decided to use him against the UPC leaders.
This is certainly not the time for such distractions. Our leaders are facing trial & the govt we are dealing with is a barbaric regime that has killed, raped, torture & still arresting innocent citizens and especially journalists every day. The Consortium is you & me thus only frank dialogue will resolve this problem peacefully which is the wish of every citizen in west Cameroon. Stop the fighting, come together and unite your differences to galvanized the struggle. Finger pointing, insults, accusations & counter accusations will only expose our flaws to the gangster regime. Frankline Sone, Mark Bara, Tapang Ivo will concur that their livelihoods will be better in a Southern Cameroon void of exploitations, marginalization, corruption, favoritism etc. Unity is strength. The gangster regime is watching.