SCACUF MUST IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORM INTO A FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT
Victor E.A (Dla)
There are many of us who have been supporters of Southern Cameroons independence but after the popular support showed by Ambazonians on the 22 of September and 1st October, I am now 100 percent convinced that we Anglophones do not have a place in LRC. As an Engineer, here in Douala, my family is going through a very difficult time as our Francophone neighbours treat us very suspiciously. It is really now up to SCACUF and the diaspora to help the Anglophones and help us build our country. The Biya government and Francophones in general have showed some of the remaining Federalists that there is no place for them. It is very important that SCACUF quickly organise itself into a government to represent us in any negotiations and to guide us in creating a defense force. Haven studied in the UK and worked there for a while I understand how the international community operates and that’s why I am suggesting SCACUF quickly implements the follow 7 suggestions.
1. Name core Ministers and give them good visibility. The actions of Ministers must be communicated with us and the international community. Competence should take priority over activism. At least the following Ministers should be named: Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Finance and Economy, Justice, Education, Communications, Defence, Social Services (to coordinate relief efforts). We need a strong person like Boh Herbert (who’s perfectly bilingual and knows the inside history well) to be Minister of Communications.
2. Quickly appoint a special team of lawyers to compile all the atrocities of the government of LRC especially the massacre of 1st October and bring a lawsuit at the UN within 6 months. We can appoint someone like Maitre Alex Ndive Lisinge in London to lead this effort. His team should update ALL Ambazonians periodically on progress
3. Launch a broad call for ALL Ambazonians to become involved in building their country. In this light, a Constitutional Committee should be immediately put in place and communicated to the population. This Committee should make use of social media and other avenues to get feedback from Ambazonians
4. Negotiate with the Bishops, Synod office, Cameroon Baptist Convention on a strategy that will allow schools to start effectively in January 2018 or sooner if everything can be put in place quickly.
5. Announce the creation of the Defence Forces, appoint the leader and call on all Ambazonians (fit to join the defence forces) to start training to be called to service. We must understand that being angry will not change the actions of Biya’s junta. They will still slaughter our people and other Francophones may soon join the killing. We must prepare to defend ourselves. Our people continue to be beaten, arrested simply because we are Anglophones. We cannot stay with these people.
6. Unfortunately, the international community will not give second thought to our plight if we don’t continue to put it on the international agenda. That means the Governing Council must quickly name key Ambassadors or “Representatives” to various countries. These representatives (who I think should be members of that country) should work with the Ambazonian community there and be the “official” representation to help lead the diplomatic fight. The goal should be for us to have a very solid governing structure such that the “international community” cannot disqualify us a “gangsters” or “warlords”. They should know that the Governing Council represent the legitimate aspirations of Ambazonians.
7. Create a Fund for everyone to contribute to the building of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia. This should be a very transparent endeavour so that people see what the contributions are being directed toward. It would be good to even get daily updates from the Communications team about the actions of the Governing Council. People need information.
There is no place anymore for us in LRC. Everyday people I thought were my brothers treat me as a terrorist. The average Francophone unfortunately does not see us as equal to them. We are fools at best. You guys in the diaspora are now our only hope in order for us to live in people and be treated with dignity and respect. None of us here in Douala or anywhere in Cameroon can speak up. We need SCACUF to build a strong team quickly or else we will forever be doomed.