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Some traditional rulers in Buea, in protest to Governor Okalia’s belittling comments and threats, ordering them to march on 20th May with placards or be dethroned, staged a protest march, led by a traditional dance group.

The chiefs marched from Bwassa village, to Buea Independence Square, and to Buea Town.

In an Interview granted Hi TV, HRM Ewome Eko aka Moja Moja, Chief of Bwassa Village, talking in reference to Governor Okalia’s utterances said: “We can march even at night. He is not the one to tell us when to march with our peers, with placards. Mr. Governor, can you say that to your Chief? Give us a bit of respect, we also respect you. I am in Bwassa, I am sleeping there. If you come and pick me tonight, my villagers are still going to call me Chief. Frankly speaking, you have to withdraw your statements. Even if you don’t withdraw it, even call some of the Chiefs, even in your office, and tell us that might be…,  but I am sure the Mayor was by your side, and he wanted to sit there and watch us the Chiefs marching in front of him. Is that normal? I am sorry, if am going out of hand, but it is from the bottom of the Fako people, from our hearts.”

Talking about the masquerade dance, Chief Moja Moja said it was out to appease the gods who were already angry.

Click here to listen to Chief Moja Moja

Source: atlanticchronicles

The Social Democratic Front, SDF says some members of the Biya regime are sponsoring armed groups in the North West and South West regions of the country.

Meeting at the weekend in Yaounde, the National Executive Committee of the party condemned the recent wave of violence in the Anglophone regions.

The attack on the convoys of the Governors of the North West and South West regions, the burning of the Kumba Hospital, as well as attacks on students and kidnap of civilians were some of the atrocities in the past months that drew the attention of the party as they condemned such acts.

However, the party said such acts carried out by armed groups which might be sponsored by some members of the Biya regime, for their selfish interests.

The SDF criticised the authorities, who are protected by security forces,  for forcing civilians without protection to risk their lives to carry out civic duties like voting despite the insecurity in these regions.

The party condemned all forms of violence no matter its origin and once again called for a ceasefire and dialogue as the only way out of the crisis.

Source: journalducameroun

Local authorities in Southwest, one of the two crisis-hit English-speaking regions of Cameroon, on Saturday stopped families from relocating to French-speaking side of the country.

“We are not stopping them from traveling but those who are about leaving their homes you can see luggage here including furniture, beds. Where are they going? We want them to stay at home. The security and defense forces will guarantee their security,” the region’s governor, Bernard Okalia Bilia, told reporters after intercepting luggage-bearing buses from traveling.

The governor’s decision was taken after people began departing from the troubled region in large numbers following threats from armed separatist forces that circulation of vehicles will be stopped ahead of the Oct. 7 presidential poll.

The separatists have threatened to disrupt the election but Bilia said adequate measures have been taken to ensure a hitch-free vote.

Since November last year, government forces have been clashing with armed separatists in the Northwest and Southwest, the two Anglophone regions of the country where about 80 percent of the population are native in French.

The armed separatist forces have declared an independent state in the two regions called “Ambazonia.”

According to the United Nations, over 180,000 people have been displaced internally and at least 30,000 have escaped to Nigeria where they now live in refugee camps.

Source: CGTN Africa

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