A greater number of civilians in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon today attest that they feel more secured in the presence of Anglophone militiamen called Ambazonia fighters than the regular military.
To this category of people, the military has often engaged in indiscriminate shootings and burning of houses and villages without proper investigation of the presence of separatist fighters in their areas of attack.
All these documented by a nongovernmental organization called Human rights Watch and made public in a report stating that the arson activities of the two warring factions have caused the death of 420 innocent civilians in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon since 2017.
The government of Cameroon has therefore described the recent report by Human Right Watch attributing atrocities committed in the North West and South West Regions on the Cameroonian military as baseless and unfounded.
Speaking in a press briefing Tuesday April 2nd in Yaounde, the Minister of Communication stated “…the secessionists are responsible for the killings,burning of public and private structures,kidnappings,intimidation of civilians,imposition of ghost towns and all sorts of ills that have rendered live unlivable to the population of the Anglophone regions”
By stating this, Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi waved aside the report of Human Right Watch which attributes extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture, rape,illegal detention amongst others on the Cameroonian defense forces.
“The government of Cameroon has noticed that the report of Human Rights Watch is bias showing a clear solidarity with secessionists that are out to destabilize the state and undermine republican values”. Rene Emmanuel Sadi accused the report of the nongovernmental organization as that intended to run down the image of the Cameroonian military and demoralize the forces that have been working in a professional manner so far.
On the fight against pro independence fighters in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, the Minister of Communication stated with certainty that the military targets just Ambazonia camps and other hideout of the separatists while protecting the population.
He lauds the professionalism of the military in ensuring the safety of the military contrary to the observation and investigation of Human Right Watch.
In the less than twenty minutes press briefing, Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi failed to accept any wrong doing on the part of the Cameroonian military.
This greatly contradicts earlier comments by the minister of delegate at the presidency of the Republic in Charge of defense who has often accepted some excesses on the side of the military stating that there are measures to punish defaulters.
Dominic Meme Nwakimo
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