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Cameroon: Fake Transparency International Observers & Matters Arising

Rather than arrest and prosecute them for impersonation and acting under false pretence, the the fake TI election observers have been reportedly whisked out of the country under police protection. But even as the dust is yet to settle over this national embarrassment and international disgrace, certain posers are begging for answers.

To begin with: why did the gov’t deem it necessary to “invite” fake observers and attribute them to TI? A naïve question right? No. Reason, Atanga Nji in his juvenile reasoning believes the face of any “white man” on national TV praising the organization of the election will confer legitimacy and undercut any eventual challenges to the credibility of the process; if and when the final results are publish with Biya as the winner.
The choice of TI might look naïve on the surface, but Atanga Nji is not naïve. He knows Akere’ Muna’s roots with TI run very deep but he was blind-sided by his lack of education and ignorance on how the world works. It didn’t matter if TI was principally an anti-corruption watchdog; Atanga in his parochialism thought that was the best way to discredit any challenge mounted by the Kamto-Muna camp. The argument would have been: if observers from TI where Akere worked have said the election was free, fair and credible, then any Kamto-Akere challenge could only mean they as sore losers. There is a discernible patter of fraud here.
Recall, Atanga Nji manipulated public opinion with a fake poll by an obscurantist outfit run by his kid brother in Texas, which predicted a landslide victory for Biya. That scheme was exposed after a backlash on social media exposed the outfit as fake.
But even more worrisome is the Israeli angle to this whole saga. By some strange happenstance, all the fake election observers have Jewish heritage with connections to Israel and one cannot help but notice that while “observing” the elections, security for the fake observers was provided by BIR, which is a de facto Israeli para-military force operating in Cameroon, under Israeli supervision. And as if all this was not enough, the gov’t is reported to have spent a whooping FCFA 300 million to “invite” these observers to Cameroon, yet the pugnacious and talkative Communications Minister and CRTV which re-echoed the bogus gratuitous assessment of a hitch-free election by the impostors have maintained a conspicuous silence which is deafening. Surely, nothing like this happens in any country worthy of respect. The gov’t owes Cameroonians an explanation for this embarrassment; and for once, there has to be some accountability.

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