Eric Tataw – Monday May 27, 2019.
An influential Cameroonian young politician has resigned from his party, citing inability of party hierarchy to condemn military atrocities on the civilian populations in the handling of the ongoing armed conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking Regions of the North West and South West, National Telegraph has been told.
Ndansi Elvis told National Telegraph from his base in New York, a state in Northeastern U.S, late Monday May 27, 2019, that he wrote the resignation letter to the chair of The National Union for Democracy and Progress Party (NUDP) on Monday May 20, 2019 but only succeeded in tabling it at the party’s headquarters in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, Monday May 27, 2019. Below is the full text;
It has taken me longer than I would have imagined to write this letter and I am writing it after many considerations. When I left the University of Buea in 2016 after serving as a Student Leader, I was filled with energy to be part of the change that my community needed.
I decided to start my political career with the National Union for Democracy and Progress Party (NUDP) and you welcomed me the very first day I made my entry into the party. Just one year later, in 2007, you approved my candidature to run as NUDP list leader for the municipal elections in Misaje at the age of 24.
No one else could have given a young man such an opportunity. However, you did, and not only that but you braved the challenging road network to come and launch your campaign in Misaje, as a way to support my me.
You also showed me this same love in 2013 when you permitted me to run as parliamentary candidate for NUDP for the Misaje/Ako constituency. You came for a second time to Misaje to support me in the launch of my campaign.
In 2012, I was elected during the party congress in Yaoundé as president of the youth wing of our great party. I spent five years of my life rendering services to our party. I enjoyed the love and fraternity I shared with all comrades, as I made several tours around the country – from the North, to the East and West of our country.
I saw for myself the great potential of our party to lead the nation of Cameroon. You supported me and I made sure I stood by you in challenging moments also.You were not only my party Chairman but a father-figure to me, who always was ready to listen.
When the Anglophone crises started and lawyers and teachers were brutalized by the military, I met with you in your office and asked that our party should make a public statement condemning the acts of the military.
Rather, you called for a meeting at the party headquarters with Anglophone elite of the party and some central committee members and during the meeting, we told you the reality of what was happening on the ground.
To my greatest dismay, the final communique which I participated in drafting was modified in your office instead of denouncing the atrocities caused by the Cameroon military on innocent civilians, your communique on behalf of the party rather threw more blame on the Anglophones for being brutal and burning schools.
Yet, you called for dialogue in that same communique. This is the third year into the crises. More atrocities have been committed to the population of the North West and South West.
Women have been raped and killed, villages burnt down. More than 50,000 Cameroonians from these regions have escaped to Nigeria and are now refugees. More than 500,000 people are internally displaced and over 1000 people have been killed.
Yet you and the party have maintained your usual silence. In July 2018, when the Presidential elections were announced, you called for a central committee meeting for us to decide…”
Ndansi Elvis joined the NUDP in 2006 at the age of 23 and has since become pillar of party in the Anglophone regions and beyond. One year later after joining the party, he was chosen by the party to run for twin elections vas NUDP list leader in his native Misaje in 2007.
Ndansi Elvis was the youngest candidate during the elections of that year. He was later made Divisional President of the party in Donga Mantung Division and in 2012, was elected during the party’s congress as National Youth President of the Party.
After serving for just a mandate as the National Youth president of the party, Ndansi in February 2018 stepped down as youth wing president despite overwhelming calls for him to seek re-election. He was however later appointed member of the Central Committee of NUDP party where he became the youngest member of the strategic organ.
Ndansi’s leadership prowess hasn’t been without challenges, but he enjoys it that way. After the 2007 twin elections, he ran for parliamentary elections in 2013. And though he didn’t win in any of these elections, he brought-in remarkable results for the party in both North West and South West Regions. Besides being a young politician, Ndansi has been working to provide basic health care to undeserved communities in Cameroon.
He is founder and president of the local NGO, Unite for Health Foundation, which assists Cameroonians to access health care through the opening of micro-clinics: with focus on reducing maternal and child mortality in Cameroon.
Ndansi holds Master’s Degree in Nursing and another in Public Health meanwhile he is currently a PhD candidate in Health Economic Policy and Management.
In 2016, Ndansi who has traveled to over 22 countries in the World was one of 24 youths selected by US government to represent Cameroon at the Mandela Washington Fellowship, MWF for Young African Leaders ,YALI – a brainchild initiative of President Obama to groom young Africans who have voluntarily led positive change in their communities.
He holds several international certifications in diverse subject areas including his advance training in health research ethics. He is the author of the book “Gate Way to Politics” and is a motivational speaker and coach to many young Cameroonians.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages according to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo and just recently, The Human Rights Watch.