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Anglophone Crisis Solution: Limbe Chiefs Want Immediate Construction Of Seaport 

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By Francis Tim Mbom & *Erna Mouyem

The Chiefs of Limbe, led by Chief Otto Molungu of Batoke, have tabled a memo to the Government on what they term ‘must-do’ things by the Biya regime, if it intends to honestly solve the vexing issues that have resulted in the killing of many Anglophones.

The Chief’s Memo was written on Saturday, October 14, and presented on Tuesday, October 17, to Senator Daniel Lyonga Matute at the Limbe II Council Chambers. Senator Matute was in Limbe II as the head of a team of elite from the Region sent by the Government in a peace–seeking mission in the two Anglophone Regions, led by Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

For peace to return to the two Anglophone regions once and for all, the Chiefs demanded that the Government must, among other things, begin “the immediate construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport.”
For over two decades, the Biya Government has made countless promises to start the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport. Even before the Government ever dreamt of the Kribi Seaport Project, promises to build a deep seaport in Limbe had long being made. The current PM, Philemon Yang, has, in the past, told Anglophones that the construction of the Limbe Deep Seaport will soon commence.

Senator Matute, had during the Limbe gathering urged everyone to be as frank, open and fearless as possible in order to fully express their worries so that the Government can be able to find a lasting solution to the current crisis.

The Chiefs further said that for lasting peace to reign, the Government needs to ensure that the language of instruction in all Government-run professional schools within the Anglophone regions such as the Police College in Mutengene, CEFAM in Buea, Fisheries School in Limbe, the warders training school in Buea, will henceforth be exclusively in English. They observed that it was abnormal for these schools to be in the Anglophone Regions but the language of instruction was solely French.

The Chiefs said they could not understand why in these schools, the Government has made it a policy that only French should be the language of instruction. It is a problem that exists even in all military and paramilitary training schools in Cameroon where the sole language used is French.

Some of the participants during the talks accused the Government of a sinister plan, since independence, to assimilate Anglophones, kill their language and culture and ensure that Cameroon is exclusively French.

One of the participants openly accused even Senator Matute that he was aware of the Government’s secret programme to eliminate English and establish French as the only language. The Chiefs had other grievances which they raised in their memo.

One of the participants accused Anglophone Senators and Members of National Assembly, MNAs, of maintaining sealed lips during the ongoing crisis and for failing to voice the real problems to the Government. Councillor Dieudonnez Lebou of the Limbe II Council stated that the main problem was that most Government officials do not tell the truth to the Head of State and those that matter.

Lies telling, he said, had become the order of the day and this aggravated the problems. Minister Issa Tchiroma was heavily blamed for the crisis following what they termed the numerous lies and denials of the Anglophone Problem that he has been championing.

They observed that many Government officials who have come for the same missions in the past have ended up not conveying exactly the problems as expressed by the people to the Government. Some said the Government has shown bad faith and insincerity to resolve the Anglophone Crisis over the years.

One of the participants recalled that the same problems were raised during the All Anglophone Conference I and II in Buea and Bamenda but nothing was done by the Government. Even after the Government tried and came up with the 1996 Constitution, it failed to implement it.

The Chiefs called for a full implementation of the 1996 Constitution as one of the ways to resolve the crisis. They stated that they want decentralised system whereby the people of the different Regions would elect their Governors.

The people ended by calling on the Senator to ensure that their problems are tabled straight to the Government and that those who have aired out the problems should not be witch-hunted.

*(UB Journalism Student on Internship)