We went to Bamenda, one of the intervention fiefdoms of Mowha Franklin, an activist who is no longer to be introduced. Since the beginning of the Anglophone crisis, the president of the FFCI, which claims to be a defender of human rights, has been on all fronts of the crisis. In his house in Bambui 4 km from Bamenda where he retired with his family, in town, at the Catholic monastery of the same town, Mowha. F agreed to meet with us. He is preparing a demonstration during which he will directly attack the Head of Government if nothing of what his association claims can finds a lasting solution.
Apparently there are no more boot sounds in Bamenda, can you confess that everything is finally calm?
We have been discouraged for some time by partisans and sympathizers of the secessionist movement. The fact that major leaders, who are the commanding agents of the crisis that is called the “anglophone crisis“, are on the run. Moreover, many of them sought the motive of obtaining a status of political exile. Today they are in the West with their children who go to very big schools. Now is “all man for himself” because leaders of yesterday have ran.
Yet a march was evoked on Monday, April 24, 2017?
Yes! Some people dressed in white tee-shirts, carrying the message “No To Gost Town,” marched. It was the only peaceful movement observed since the outbreak of the crisis, and framed by the law enforcement forces. It should be noted that since November 21, 2016, the ghost towns are observed more or less in devious ways, exasperating the entire populations, also encroaching on education at any order. I praised the initiative because it is time for every citizen of Cameroon wherever he is, to say too much is too much. This is because the means of information carried out by the instigators that have arisen are decaying. What I deplored in the walk you are referring to is the fact that the Mondays already baptized ghost towns, know less activities, therefore, people were on their plantations as usual. A movement like this should be organized on a day when the activities are at the peak, to reach a huge target, in order to convey the message.
Classes have resumed at the upper level, yet in some secondary and primary schools, we are not far from a blank year?
One can not rejoice at the fact that classes are normally held at the University. You know better than I that a blank year is declared by the Government of a State. Some individuals in the shadows that I mentioned above, have decided to disrupt the education of children, a fundamental rights, base of exercise of any other right. They have made the social climate unbearable. I am shocked when some children no longer have access to their schools, others are even assaulted on the way to school for unavowed reasons. Of course, it is a manifest delay by these children, which will certainly have an impact on the results at the end of the year, especially those in examination classes. One thing is certain, students who are at home will have to write official exams, but this time there is a bit like external candidates. Our wish is to see life resume its normal course. That is why I am asking the Government of the Republic to grant a price which, in order to put an end to harm, it is necessary for those who believe that in order to claim their right they must be deprived of theirs.
In Bamenda, people testify that you are joining as well with authorities as with secessionists. What is the meaning of this attitude?
As a humanitarian activist, I do not consider my neighbor as an enemy. For a long time, I promise to promote the living together between humans. It is a consecrated struggle, where feats of arms speak for themselves. The mission I had set myself was to meet all the protagonists of the crisis. Initially, I had to know the real causes of the mass arrest of young people and their transfer in Yaounde, far from their regions of English-speaking expression. To have access to the families of the victims, I felt compelled to collaborate with everyone. Through this collaboration, I am content to have brought these victims back to their respective families. Every day, more, I communicate with the populations about the risks they run in facing the security forces with sticks. In this communication of proximity, I ask them to preserve the acquired, not to burn more public buildings as it has been the case.
For the first time, you launched a strike order that aborted. What did you want and what were the reasons for this abortion?
The Frontline Fighters for Citizens Interest (FFCI) initiated a strike, which preceded the Anglophone crisis, which was to denounce the defective state of our roads, specifically the Bafia-Bamenda-Kumbo-Mkambé Passing through Bafoussam. On November 7, 2016, we began a mass demonstration for the immediate rehabilitation of the section collapsed at the site called Bandiangseu by Bangangté. The work will soon be delivered, we are proud of it. The one that was to follow on the axis Babadjou-Bamenda originally scheduled for December 10, 2016, is still pending, due always to the dangerousness of this stretch. In the meantime, in the next few days, we plan to launch a mass movement for the Kumbo-Nkambé section. During this demonstration we shall publicly demand without delay the resignation of certain high-ranking state clerks competent in these matters, beginning with the Prime Minister, Head of Government, followed by the Minister of Public Works and others.