By Eric Tataw – Tuesday April 2, 2019.
The Cameroonian government headed by President Paul Biya, 86, is slumping and the Regime is losing complete control of some key Administrative units dubbed Divisions.
The Senior Divisional Officer for Ndian in the country’s restive South West Region while commissioning some military personnel in Mundemba, capital of Ndian Division said all civil servants in his administrative precinct must resume work in one week.
Lawrence Forwang went on that workers have abandoned their duty posts, adding that such acts are tantamount to embezzlement since they collect salaries in abstentia. Come back to work or face charges of embezzlement for collecting salaries without any work done, said Forwang.
He went on that should they fail to return to their posts of work within the one week deadline, appropriate quarters would be notified for termination and accompanying sanctions.
The declaration from Forwang is coming just after that of his colleague in Lebialem, another Division in the South West. On March 7, 2019, the SDO for Lebialem issued a statement, through his First Assistant, acknowledging all civil servants have abandoned their duties.
The Senior Divisional Officer for Lebilaem Division hereby requires all State Personnel (Civil Servants and Contract Workers) working in his command unit who have conspicuously absented from their job sites since April 2018 to resume work…, parts of the statement says.
There’s an armed conflict in South West and North West. These two regions have been rocked by repeated and fierce gun battles with Pro-Independence fighters fighting regular Cameroonian military to restore what they call the statehood of former British Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia.
They have consistently called for a boycott on any government activities. Civil servants have remained a high target to the Pro-Independence fighters who want to ensure they’re stopped from going to work in order to frustrate the central government and bring it to submission.
On the other hand, civil servants are facing a bigger menace from the military who shoot at any civilian without a question or seeking to investigate identities. Many civil servants have lost their lives from military brutality including nurses, medical doctors and priests.
Some civil servants who have spoken to National Telegraph on grounds that we conceal their identities said they would prefer to be dismissed or their salaries suspended than freely walking into their deaths.
They argue that the SDOs and other top administrators and their families protect themselves with bulletproof vests added to soldiers guarding them yet want them to go to work unprotected knowing that Amba Fighters as the Pro-Independence Fighters are called would target them.
Just recently, the government was forced to move National School Games for Secondary School Students dubbed FESNACO A Games from Bamenda, the Regional headquarters of the restive North West where the games were initially scheduled to hold to Yaounde, the country’s capital, citing insecurity.
How than do they expect us to work in these areas when even CAF cancelled the Nations Cup for security reasons? a civil servant has questioned. Cameroon was recently denied hosting rights of this year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) citing infrastructures and insecurity, Ahmad Ahmad, CAF’s president said after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra in November of 2018.