As the internet blackout in the North West and South West Regions extend to a month, Cameroons main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, SDF has resolved among other things to launch a complain to the appropriate courts of law to have users of internet service compensated for being deprived off this service by the government.
While calling on the government to reinstate internet connection in the North West and South West Regions as a matter of urgency, the first vice president Honourable Joshua Osih, speaking after a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting noted that cutting internet facility in parts of the region is in violation of the civic rights of citizens of Cameroon.
While the government continue to be silent as to the reason behind the shutting down of internet connection in the Anglophone Regions, the blackout which came barely two hours after the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium was banned is seen by political observers as a move by the government to prevent the sharing and receiving of any information concerning the current political atmosphere in the two English speaking regions.
These days in the South West and North West Regions, all financial transactions are now carried out in the neighboring French speaking regions of the country while reporters of both the broadcast and print media faced an almost impossible situation filling in reports from these regions.
MTN, Orange, Nexttel and Camtel, the main mobile telephone and internet service providers in Cameroon are reported to be acting on instruction of the government as explained by a senior official of one of the leading communication company in the country. The official who pleaded for anonymity told this reporter that it is within the governments’ rights to come in and regulates the sector from time to time. Backed by the license they issued to the mobile/internet service providers.