After persistent requests from the colonial governors of the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon by the people’s continuous peaceful rebellion against their rule, the Military Central Command in Yaoundé has dispatched an elite squad, with strict orders to kill anyone who attempts to disrupt the fictitious 20th May celebrations. The instructions were handed by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to the Minister Delegate in Charge of Defense, who ordered the troops to kill and dispose of anyone who behaves in any manner likely to interrupt the military or civilian parade in the two Anglophone regions.
The decision was taken in Yaoundé immediately after the 5th of May, 2017 security meeting which assembled Command Officers from all ten regions at the Ministry of Defense.
In a private conversation with this alafnet.com reporter, one of the Lieutenants of South West origin revealed that their mission in Southern Cameroons is to eliminate the ‘terrorists responsible for burning schools and eradicate those who “intimidate” others to respect the call for ghost towns’. The tone of his voice and facial expressions communicated frustrations from his bosses who have no intention of pursuing an inclusive dialogue to find a lasting solution to the recognized ‘Anglophone Problem’.
When asked if the problem is also experienced in the military, the soldier lamented that even within the ranks of the uniform men, there is more disgruntlement among the Anglophones, who are particularly subjugated in appointment decisions, promotions and even expression. ‘Speaking English is almost “forbidden” in our ranks’, he declared, ‘…not only because no one cares understand you, but also because of the stigma you would receive from your superior officers’.
With French being their official command language, Anglophones within the military are compelled to communicate in French in order to survive in their career. The squad of hitmen sent to Southern Cameroons are made up of Anglophones, but ‘we are directly or indirectly monitored by other colleagues, who would terminate us if we don’t carry out our mission’.
The soldier thank this alafnet.com reporter for giving him the chance to speak his mind before dashing away to respond to a call.
by Edmond Tambe