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Cameroon: SDF MPs Rubbish Govt's Claim Of Protecting Anglophones


Members of Parliament, MPs, of Cameroon's leading opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, SDF, have declared that the claim by govemment of securing the Anglophone Regions of the Northwest and the Southwest is a joke.

The declaration was made on behalf of the SDF MPs by the Scribe, Jean Tsomelou on December 13. at a press conference in Yaounde that was aimed at presenting a balance sheet of the just ending November budgetary session that was overshadowed by calls to include the ongoing crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon in the agenda. Senator Tsomelou reiterated in his preliminary statement that instead of opening up a constructive and inclusive dialogue, govermment has decided to use military force to arrest a crisis that is purely political. "Government can't continue to claim that their attempt of securing the two Anglophone regions is yielding fruits when civilians and soldiers are killed each passing day." Stating a number of steps SDF has taken for government to address the situation and ensure there tum to normalcy, Hon. Tsomelou said there Mated for urgent solutions to be found so as to stop what is considered as a slow pace genocide.

Concerning the just ended November session of Parliament. SDF said their action in the two houses was to draw attention on the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions over which government has strangely remained silent. To the party, they were crying for children in detention, children not going to school and for civilians and soldiers who are being killed every day. Although they were happy that the message went across, the SDF Parliamentary Group Leader, Hon. Joseph Banadzem, said shallow minded people saw it as noise making, dancing, and blowing of whistle and vuvuzelas.

While questioning why the debate on the Anglophone crisis could not be discussed in the two houses, SDF said on the other hand, the issue of Boko Haram was introduced onto the agenda leading to debates and contributions of which the SDF gave closed to FCFA 13 million.

Unanimously agreeing that citizens in the two Anglophone are experiencing torture under a militarised structure, members of parliament from the two houses noted that the two regions are being occupied by forces imported from out of the regions with well-defined instructions.

Concerning Hon. Joseph Wirba, MP for Jakiri Special Constituency, it was said that his absence from the seasion can better be explained by him as they Mated that each and every member of a party hes to respect and obey a supreme organ.

According to some MPs, if Hon. Wirba was a simple militant of the party, he would have been sanctioned but since he was elected, he still has his mandate running. That notwithstanding, it was maintained that he will be assessed when his mandate comes to an end.

Reaffirming their stance on federation, the leading opposition party said between now and the next parliamentary session, people's representatives will go back to their constituencies to up-date their people about what transpired during the November seasion. Besides that, the party will permanently be in action, working towards calling for President Paul Biya to summon an inclusive dialogue on the ongoing crisis in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

It should be noted that since the crisis went out of hand in October 2016, President Biya has made only two prenouncements ; on December 31, 2016 and on November 30, 2017. Sadly enough, the President has never extended condolences to the families of civilians killed since the crisis erupted. The press conference was also an opportunity to decry the torture inflicted on journalists in the country. While calling for the media to fight for their rights, the SDF MPs said, for 27 years, they have been fighting and that they will continue to fight for a better Cameroon.

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