Genuine intentions to resolve the Anglophone crisis or a masked lee way to tap unaccountable cash from the state coffers? A North West /South West Peace Movement has been born.
Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis in 2016, several commissions and committees have been created either by the government or individuals with supposed objectives to calm tension.
The North West/South West Peace Movement is the latest of such an initiative.
The perculiarity of this commission is that members have been drawn only from the North West and South West regions. The members are parliamentarians, medical doctors, journalist, opinion leaders, civil society activists, lawyers and the clergy.
The North West / South West Peace Movement Initiative, is championed by Hon.Enwe Francis Abi, member of parliament for Momo West constituency in the North West and Hon. NN Mbile from Ndian Division in the South West region.
These two key leaders of the peace Movement, are militants of the ruling Cameroon Peoples’ Democratic Movement (CPDM).
According to one of the members of the Peace Movement who preferred not to be named, the mission of the movement is to broker peace between Ambazonia frontline leaders and the government with a major goal of achieving lasting peace in Cameroon.
Members of the North West / South West Peace Movement intend to embark on a National and International tour to meet key actors in the conflict and explain the necessity for peace.
Questioned on the criteria for the selection of members of the committees, our source hinted “…I was mainly contacted by a close senior friend. That is how I attended the first meeting and since then all have been well.” On what the Peace Commission has been doing all this while, the member says « they have been strategizing ».
Who is Funding the NW/SW Peace Movement?
The initiative to put in place the NW/SW Peace Movement came to fruition shortly after the appointment Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute Joseph as the Prime Minister of Cameroon on the 4th of January 2019.
The first meeting of the members took place at the luxurious five star Sawa Hotel in Douala.
For a day, members brainstormed on the formula to re institute peace in Cameroon. At the end of the meeting marked by expensive wine and good food, our source say surprisingly he was offered a hundred thousand francs with other members harvesting an undisclosed sums too.
The second meeting in the month of February in another expensive hotel in Yaounde. Similar sums were dished out to participants.
The key leaders during meetings have continuously mentioned the approval of the Prime Minister though no official document has been seen to back such a claims.
There already exist the national commission for the promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.
President Paul Biya on several speeches has refer to the commission popularly called the ‘Musongue Commision’ as that responsible for bringing about peace in Cameroon.
In December 2018, the president created the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Committee headed by Fai Yengo Francis, to let fighters drop their arms and come back to normal life.
These bodies for now have nothing to point as achievements. Thus commentators are questioning the continuous use of tax payers money by both legal and clandestine committees, commissions or Movement when bloodshed is still the only language understood in the Anglophone regions by both the ambazonia fighters and the military.
Dominic Meme Nwakimo.
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