LET MY PEOPLE GO (WE WILL RESIST)
About the author
Catherine Muring Yombo is an active member of the Southern Cameroon National council (SCNC UK). At the moment an asylum seeker in the UK with no home, country, state to return to. I am a prisoner and refugee in my own home land Southern Cameroons, just a matter of time. I will continue to fight and speak out to the world until our independence is granted. La Republic du Cameroun (LR) can claim ownership of our lands and people but one thing is certain that there will always be a one day chance for the true owner over the 99days of a thief. I shall die for my land and nobody or anything will stop me from fighting till the end. Many of our people have been killed, arrested, tortured, abducted etc. by LR government but there is no turning back if not for me for future generation. The fight for total restoration of southern Cameroons (SC) continues for it is our fundamental right by birth.
History Told and will always be Told
SCNC as a pressure group is fighting for the liberation of southern Cameroons which this has continuously suffered attack from the French Cameroon gendarmes. This is carried out through peaceful means while the French Cameroon has turned this into a war fair denying Southern Cameroonians of their basic human rights. Such barbaric motives have resulted to thousands of innocent southern Cameroonians to either lose their freedom or lives. Right now our people are scattered all over in the jungle, those unable to run being molested and under all forms of abuses. Fear hovers all over towns and cities as the streets are flooded with uniform men with weapons ready for the next victim. In addition to all these ruthless acts of barbarism, people’s valuable goods are seized and others burnt or destroyed. All we want now is complete independence and there is no room for any form of union and we also say no to a federal government for this led us from ‘‘cold to frost’’. Our lands remain underdeveloped and crippled meanwhile LR extracts all its natural resources to develop its cities. This can be justified by the following (home-truth practical questions by Shey A.);
1) Why has there never been a southern Cameroonian as Director of SONARA?
2) Why was the West Cameroon Marketing Board closed down?
3) Why was the Cameroon Bank Closed down?
4) Why was the Yoke Electricity power Station closed down?
5) Why was the Santa Coffee Estate Destroyed?
6) Why is money being transported from Bamenda to Bafoussam at the close of every business day?
7) Why is money being transported from Victoria to Douala at the close of every business day?
8) Why does SONARA pay royalties to the Douala city council rather than to the Victoria city council?
9) Why do some employees of some companies in Bamenda have to travel to Bafoussam every month for their pay?
10) Why was the Victoria Deep Sea Port abandoned?
11) Why is revenue from The Southern Cameroons being used to recoup the Douala sea port when there is an excellent deep sea port in Victoria ready for use?
12) Why is there a new sea port being promoted in Kribi and not in Victoria?
13) Why was the Tiko International Airport closed down?
14) Why was the Bali Airport closed down?
15) Why was the Bamenda Airport closed down?
16) Why is there no road linking the Southern Cameroons internally between Buea and Bamenda?
17) Why is there no road linking Mamfe and Kumba?
18) Why did they link Mamfe and Bamenda?
19) Why does the ring road exist only on paper?
20) Who currently owns Ndu Tea, and Why?
21) Who currently owns Tole Tea, and why?
22) What percentage of the revenue of The Cameroons comes from The Southern Cameroons?
23) What percentage of the revenue in #22 is used for the development of Southern Cameroons?
24) Why are all the Reservoirs of Petroleum products in Douala, Yaounde, Bafoussam and in Garoua while there is none on Southern Cameroons Soil, when production is based in Victoria?
25). Why are petroleum products in the Southern Cameroons imported from Douala, while the refinery is in Victoria of Southern Cameroons?
26). Why are petroleum products transported by tankers from Victoria Refinery to Douala for storage?
27 Why was the Southern Cameroons not given the third option in the 1960s of gaining independence without necessarily joining either Nigeria or la Republique du Cameroon?
28). Why did the United Kingdom leave the Southern Cameroons without a Military Force to defend its territory?
29).What happened to the so called Federal Republic of Cameroon?
30). Why was The Southern Cameroons split into North West and South West Provinces?
The final straw on the camel’s back to this struggle has been from 2016 when our judicial system (Common Law) was being tampered with to be replaced by the French legal system (the civil law). Our lawyers were also having the problem of having to handle cases in court being presided over by French judges. To make matters worse, our educational system was also a victim whereby French teachers were posted to English schools. What a gross abuse of human nature. Both teachers and lawyers decided to go on sit down strike which up till now is ongoing with no school resumption. As usually, peaceful demonstrations resulted to lawyers, teachers, pro-independence activists etc being beaten, killed,brutalised and bundled to the deadly Kondengui prison. Not to talk of the numerous youths and university students that were raped and abducted. The struggle has now taken a different turn and no Southern Cameroonian of sound mind is sleeping until that minute when our flag will be flying in Buea.
When enough is enough, the people have no choice but to go out loud for international support or better still to fight for what is theirs. We have suffered enough in the cruel hands of Paul Biya and his government of LR. There is no turning back and we will resist till the end. We have been pushed to the wall for so long and with their own eyes day in and out they see people disappear into thin air,there is bound to be an explosion or eruption. That is what 22nd September 2017 was to Southern Cameroonians headed by women/TAKEMBENG or TAKUMBENG. This same day Mr Paul Biya was presiding over his bag of lies at the UN General Assembly in New York. Southern Cameroons schools have not opened since last year and Mr Biya is that bold to talk when he has deprived us of education which is a basic human right. When women come out in their numbers in a mass protest as ‘Takumbeng” in a traditional way,it means that their “eyes have seen their ears”. This is a traditional way of expressing the severity of an offence. Women go out in numbers half naked or putting on old clothes,bright colours clothes etc. The case of Friday 22nd September 2017,women were dressed either in red,white, old clothes or half naked. Southern Cameroonians have had enough and can no longer accommodate or bare the barbarism of La Republic. Mothers/women can no longer sit and watch their children disappearing. The militarization of our towns and villages,the unlawfully killings, arrests,threats,etc has unleashed the Takumbengs for an out cry for the gods to hear as well as the international community to rescue us and intervene. So many innocent souls have been lost and enough is enough.
Takumbeng or Takembeng are a female social movement in the North West region of Southern Cameroons. It connects with traditional practices where group of women perform ostracizing rituals against individuals in their communities. Glaring examples could be seen as far back as the 1950s and 1960s towards the end of colonial control and in the early years of independent Cameroon. Since the early 1990s especially in the city of Bamenda, Takumbeng protests have taken place which was another horrible period in the history of S C. This was seen more especially during the presidential election of 1992 in which the results were fraudulent in favour of Mr Paul Biya. This resulted to several deaths, arrests, destruction of public structures.
No schools, Internet crackdown
It is nearly 2yrs now since schools have been closed in Southern Cameroons yet Mr Biya says that everything is perfect in his country to the world. The world is now a global village as we say and we can feed our eyes with happenings a thousand or more miles from us. Thanks to social media for being such a necessary evil. Internet in SC fluctuates like the stock exchange market/exchange rates meaning that it is up to the government. It is on/off so that certain happenings are hidden from the world,of course acts of horror and abuse to mankind. Dictator Paul Biya,shame on you and your government,the blood of the innocent Southern Cameroonians killed is in your hands and will haunt you. All the pains and torture inflicted on us,mass arrests,the abduction of our people and all those lavishing in prisons has strengthened this struggle to the next level.
Where is my President,my chairman and other Leaders?
A few months ago we were jubilant, welcomed and celebrated the formation of our interim government headed by HE Sisiku AyukTabe to lead Southern Cameroons. I amongst others did not hesitate in sending out this message to the world “My president,our president is now Sisiku AyukTabe and that is final and indisputable. His mandate is genuine,legal and we (Southern Cameroonians) have chosen him as our leader. We all stand with him and he will take us out of the burning bush. Mr President we thank you for taking this office and with you together we shall succeed. Our independence is inevitable and we will resist till the end. Our struggle to independence is God-ordained and we must take back control…….” for further reading; http://ukscnc.co.uk/2017/11/07/president-of-southern-cameroons/
The cruel hands of LR at work once more, pure State-Sponsored-Abduction gross human rights violations. Our interim President HE Sisiku AyukTabe Julius,SCNC national chairman Nfor Ngala Nfor, members of the interim government, and many others were abducted in Nigeria. This act of barbarism took place on January 5th 2018 in Nera Hotel in Abuja-Nigeria during a meeting to discuss the situation of thousands of Southern Cameroonians refugees in Nigeria. Our leaders were picked to the land of nowhere like hens off their chicks and up till now they have been denied access from lawyers and even their love-ones. What cruelty,where is the UN, Amnesty etc? In this modern world people are being treated like animals. We say NO, No, No, We shall fight even with our last breath,our leaders must be free and we must be free too. Mr Biya,we shall continue this fight until you set us free,freedom is a fundamental human right. Here are the names of those abducted,just to name a few;
1) Sisiku AyukTabe Julius,
2) Nfor Ngala Nfor
3) DR. Fidelis Nde Che
4)Dr. Henry Kimeng
5) Prof. Awasum
6)Dr. Cornelius Kwanga,
7)Barrister Nalowa Bih
10) Ojong Okongho
11)Dr. OGORK Ntui and
12) Shufai Blaise Berinyuy.
Where is the world,how is this possible and has happened to people seeking refuge in another country? Nigerian/Paul Biya alliance opened to the world to see the lawless nature of Africa,bribery and corruption is the game. The western world especially the UK government must intervene for we are living in this bondage because of the mess caused by them directly or indirectly as highlighted in the write up by a powerful human right activists Jackie Fearnley https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/uk-must-take-lead-on-injustice-in-cameroon&ved=0ahUKEwjA4p68_MfYAhXiCsAKHQOsAGkQyM8BCCYwAA&usg=AOvVaw085c1Sf82ndFZWCJ_JpWRz&cf=1
HE Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius presiding over a fundraising event in Premrose Baptist church,London (17/11/17).
HE Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius with Catherine Yombo in London November 2017.
The wind of change is blowing over Africa
Mr Paul Biya of La Republic du Cameroon, step down now for time is up and we say no to dictators all over the world. For over 36yrs you have been in power changing and amending the constitution as you deem it to your taste. This year 2018 you still want to stand as a presidentially candidate which we know the winner already before Election Day. People’s power will always prevail and we the Southern Cameroonians have made it clear that enough is enough and we want back our lands. The wrath of the gods is going to be so severe so it is the time of reckoning,repent and be save. That wind of change must reach Cameroon for we are rising to fall no more.
“O my home,blessed with milk and honey,land of peace and joy. The oppressors want to sweep all our God-given treasures;we are killed,abducted,arrested and tortured for no just cause. Paul Biya and his government have come to cripple us and our future generations. Land of abundance and peace where did we go wrong? We have become refugees by no choice classified stateless.
Land of abundance and peace,we are now homeless and wander in the world. Our farm tools seized by the uniform men and we are now called terrorists.We now feed from hand to mouth with no future,resorting to food banks”.
Nfor Ngala Nfor(SCNC National chairman) heading the team at the Refugee camp in Nigeria,November 2017.
“Land of abundance and peace, we have been chased to the bushes by strangers. Lost and found in another’s territory,Nigeria is not my home. Cried the beloved,I must head home for I was never born to live in another’s house. My home,my home to thee I belong and there shall I live to part no more.
Land of abundance and peace, Mr Paul Biya will not take that from us. A blessed nation with everything in abundance,loving and peaceful. Our gods will continue to watch over us and we shall fight for our freedom till the end.
Yesterday was your partner in crime dictator Yahya Jammeh of Gambia,today Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe etc. and tomorrow will be you dictator Paul Biya of LRC. The voice of the voiceless will be heard with no doubt. Land of abundance and peace never to die”.
Plan of Action
I will die for my country, will resist till our independence granted. “When injustice becomes the law, Resistance becomes duty’’, Thomas Jefferson.
For your interest by Catherine Muring Yombo
Done this day, April 14th 2018 by CATHERINE MURING YOMBO.