The Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, Felix Mbayu, claimed in an address to the population of Bamenda, yesterday October 6, 2021.
Speaking after the Prime Minister, Minister Felix Mbayu once more showed his complete lack of understanding of the situation of Anglophones in the North West and South West Regions.
In a characteristic style of praise-singing to the Head of State, H.E Paul Biya, Felix Mbayu said the regime, contrary to what others say, has already dialogued 15 times with the Anglophones. “We have counted since the start of the crisis, the Government has already had 15 separate dialogues, but every day we keep hearing that the government has not done enough to solve the Anglophone crises,” he claimed.
The separate dialogues, Minister Felix Mbayu claimed, involved talks with the Anglophone Consortium, the decisions to employ the “1000” bilingual teachers across the anglophone regions, a redeployment of magistrates from the Anglophone Regions and the translation of the Ohada Law as was requested by the Anglophone Lawyers at the time.
Meantime, the Minister failed to address the desecration of the Common Law Lawyers when they were teargassed, beaten up and their robs torn to shreds by Cameroonian police, the violent crackdown of student protesters at the University of Buea by police, and the unlawful arrest and detention of Anglophone Lawyers who protested on the streets.
In a Machiavelli style that the regime has often been run (Creating a problem and proposing a solution) Minister Felix Mbayu cited Government’s “Goodwill” according to him, in a reference to the release of the Consortium leader (Denied mentioning the name) whom he said was released by the Head of State “Because people had said all will return to normal if he did,” he claimed.
Minister Felix Mbayu also referenced the release of 333 Anglophones who were unlawfully arrested and incarcerated by the state, as a sign of the President’s goodwill, adding that the fuelers of the Anglophone struggle are sabotaging the Government “At the end of it all, the people behind all of this always say that it all meant little.” He told the population. “They say all they want is Independence, others say they want a Federation.” He added
In an attempt to gather more points for the Government, Minister Felix Mbayu proceeded to rubbish former West Cameroonian companies which had served the Anglophones before reunification. “Someone once raised a concern of the PowerCam (Electricity distribution company), he said in former West Cameroon, we had PowerCam, but he did not know that the company could not light up to 50 electric bulbs,” he said. That same PowerCam could only end at the Level of Muyuka. Kumba only saw electricity, when it was tapped from Mbanga. In Bamenda, we did not even know of PowerCam,” he added.
According to the Minister still, the system of Education for Anglophones has been bettered by what it was before Reunification with French Cameroon. “When the British left from Former West Cameroon, all we had was one High School, the Sasse College, then CCAST Bambili was opened… Today, every Subdivision has at least 1 High School, every village has at least a college, why do we keep lying to ourselves?” Minister Felix Mbayu said in his speech.
As an icing on the marginalization cake, Minister Felix Mbayu picked a francophone, Girest Tchatchou Nkwechu to read a pro-CPDM speech on behalf of the youth of the North West Region.
The highlight, however, of the Prime Minister’s visit to the Northwest Region was the laying down of arms by 12 Ambazonian fighters. The group, led by their leader ‘General Scatter’ did so in the presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute at the Commercial Avenue.