Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has died in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday.
We have seen a communication from agents of destruction going around Bamenda claiming Ghost towns for tomorrow has been called off so as to prepare for ghost towns on Wednesday against the Lions African Cup tour visit. The message purportedly said it is coming from the consortium. This is a big lie.
Ghost town continues tomorrow across all towns and cities in Southern Cameroons. However, the consortium will communicate shortly what the people of Bamenda should do on Wednesday when La Republique brings that their cup to fool at our people.
Let us together fight agents of miscommunication. We own the social media, we own communication therefore we must not allow anyone beat us in this game. Inform someone in Bamenda now. Ghost town goes on as planned.
Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo
For the Consortium.
After the arrests of some journalists in Bamenda who were later ferried to Yaoundé overnight, most Bemenda denizens and the North West population at large, including media men and women are now living in perpetual fear of being abducted by security officials for something they might have said or wrote.
A good number of journalists or comedians who used to inform the public on current happenings on the ongoing Anglophones crisis have reportedly had their programs cancelled or censored after the visit of the national communication team in Bamenda headed by veteran journalist, Peter Esoka. Recently, the home of one of the female journalist with one of the local radio station in Bamenda was visited over night by security men, allegedly from Yaoundé. Her home was ransacked after she escaped, abandoning her twin babies in the house.
The few Journalists who are braving the storm can be read or heard on air blabbering half truths. Others have abandoned the profession and have resorted to business, farming or just idling around and doing nothing.
Some North West elites, like the Fons, Senators, Parliamentarians and the National Chairman of SDF, Ni John Fru Ndi have raised concerns on the apparent stifling of the press to no avail.
Allegations are also rife that people are now using the Anglophone crisis to settle previous scores. A concerned member of the public told this reporter that “someone just needs to point at you to these security men from Yaoundé as a member of the SCNC or any of the Anglophone pressure groups and the next day you will find yourself in Yaoundé.”
Another person who also opted for anonymity said the fear and paranoia is so great that “To pick a call from either a friend or from a family member who either wants to know the state of the town, one must look left and right before answering. Any call you receive wherein the word ‘ghost town’ is mentioned might land you to Yaounde the next day; at times people’s phones are seized and searched.”
Following the communiqué signed by some leaders of Anglophones Teachers trade unions ending the strike action and calling for schools resumption on February 5, 2017, the governor of the North West region, Adolph Lele L’Afrique, has embarked on a tour of all the seven division of the region to ensure that schools have effectively started.
The Governors tour which started in Donga Mantung division was greeted with utter disappointment as most of the campuses he visited were nearly empty except for a few students and pupils or teachers spotted in assorted dresses, others in their uniforms.
In Nkambe, like in Ndu and Misaje, Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique was visibly worried and disappointed with non or poor turn-out. At each of the stopovers, the governor encouraged the students and pupils to go back to school. He also called on parents to think of the future of their children should a whole academic year pass without them going back to school.
The strike action that started since November 21, 2016 by some the teachers’ trade union leaders, some of whom are on the run while others have been arrested has reached a dangerous impasse and has taken a new and deathly twist. Celebrations marking the 51st Youth Day celebrations were seriously marred by strike actions as many schools failed to show up for the annual feast.
Reports from the seven divisions of the region had it that, the celebration marking the 51st National Youth Day was low keyed. Some of the youth centers were found empty while others were only represented by school administrative and teaching staff. Meanwhile, in Misaje sub division, like Nkambe the divisional head quarter, a few students showed up while in Ndu, the ceremonial ground was found absolutely empty. At the regional head quarter, Bamenda, the march pass didn’t last for up to 30 minutes unlike in previous occasions where it usually lasted for about four or five hours.
The anglophone Consortium led by interim leaders Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo have just released an 18 point diplomatic action plan in the struggle to restore the statehood of Southern Cameroons.Below is the outline posted on their Facebook wall:
1. The international community has written
2. US state department has condemn and called for dialogue
3. Karen Bass, US congress woman personally wrote on the issue.
4. Canadian and UK MPs have individually written on our case.
5. Dr. Balla University in USA has petition the United Nations
6. All mainstream media(CNN BBC RT etc) has written
7. Aljeezeraa has been on our case
8. The University of Pretoria human rights center, the top in Africa has
requested South Africa government to intervene and help us. They also have asked UN to appoint a mediator.
9. African Bar Association has also condemned
10. International Commission of Justice wrote bitterly and chastised La Republique
11. Amnesty internationaal has called for dialogue and release of our leaders
12. UN expert wrote and called for Internet restoration
13. African Union Chair had also condemned and calling for dialogue
14. Diaspora has been on weekly protest in all embassies
15. Punchline Africa TV together with other media in Africa has been voicing our concerns.
16. France Radio International-RFI today morning debated our case seriously
17. Some major European and African countries will be pushing our case further. We are sorry we cannot disclose the names but rest assured it will change the face of the struggle in due time.
18. UN fact finding mission according to our Intel are planning to come in if we hold on to the protest
And much more actions have been going on diplomatically but diplomacy is slow but we would get there. We have been annexed for 56 years. We are just 3 months into the struggle. All those actions above give our case international attention. All we ask for our people is to remain resolute, to be patient and continue shutting down schools as well as observing ghost towns. These two actions back home hurt La Republique and with the diplomatic push we are doing out here will lead us to freedom. Stay the struggle on. Victory is near.
Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo.
For the Consortium.
"While there is Internet and telephone blackout in Southern Cameroons, and over 4 million people have been forced by a rogue and repressive government to live as if they were in one big jail without any rights, the Cameroun Ambassador to Washington is planning on having a photo opp party to celebrate the victory of their national team at the last African Cup of Nations. His big plan, in accordance with what his government has been doing in Yaounde, is to say Cameroon is "one and indivisible".
Embassy staff are calling around trying to have as many Southern Cameroonians as possible to attend the event.
What do you think? I think it should either be boycotted or, Southern Cameroonians should invade the space and let all the foreign dignitaries that have been invited to know our displeasure.
Ambazonians around DC, please storm photo opp party by Ambassador next Sat Feb. 25, from 2pm 4 Lions. Address: 3400 Int'l Drive,Washington.— Innocent Chia (@innochia) February 19, 2017