Cameroon’s presidential election Sunday will pit incumbent Paul Biya, in power since 1982, against eight challengers amid a boycott expected in the separatist-leaning and conflict-stricken Anglophone Regions.
The regime is working hard to eliminate any traces of opposition so that any protests will be inconsequential. The army will be unleashed to repress any such attempts in the most violent of ways.
It appears that democracy is instead being controlled by President Biya to promote civil strife, anger, and instability. It is time for Cameroonians, especially the ruling elite to look deep into their souls
Is everyone calling for the President to stay in power? If so, one might reasonably then question if elections have become a formality in Cameroon, perhaps a “tick the box” exercise meant to satisfy Western conditionality for more aid.
You may ask yourself as a DC reader why this article is even important. Why should you know these issues about the La République du Cameroun? Well, DC readers are interested in politics.
Local and international pressure forced President Paul Biya of Cameroon to order the reinstatement of the internet in BSC on April 20th after shutting it down for 93 days.
Since January 18 the regime has shut down the internet for British Southern Cameroon in a measure of collective punishment and a show of cowardice.
The ghost towns are evidence that Anglophones have decided to resist Government’s manipulation and repression through passive resistance which is far more potent than war.
The Government has clearly refused dialogue and has continued to intimidate Anglophones. In the SW, the State authorities have embarked on closing down shops of individuals who respect the protests.
The government now treats the terms protest and terrorism as synonyms. This is a recipe for civil war as this might further radicalise Anglophones.