By Eric Tataw – Tuesday July 30, 2019.
The government of Cameroon has made an official statement on the whereabouts of some Anglophone detainees who were transferred from the Kondengui Central Prison and Buea Central Prison from where uproars occurred, Monday July 22 and Tuesday July 23, 2019, respectively.
There was an uproar at the Central Prison in Yaounde where ‘Ambazonia’ detainees were demanding for their release and an end of an armed conflict in the country’s North West and South West. This incident was followed by another at the Buea Central Prison the very next day.
Many detainees were transferred from these detention facilities to unknown destinations. News of the brutal killings of some top English-speaking activists who were held at the Kondengui Central Prison, Cameroon’s capital spread like wild fire.
However, after thorough investigations, National Telegraph first dismised news of their deaths but confirmed the deaths of seven detainees both English and French-speaking at SED, Cameroon’s National Gendarmerie headquarters.
Mancho Bibixy, fondly called Mancho BBC is among the prisons whose news have remained disturbing to all and sundry. National Telegraph has however confirmed that contrary to information that he and other top inmates have been killed, they’re held at SED but have been tortured.
Government’s spokesman, Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi said in a tweet, Tuesday July 30, 2019, that Mancho Bibixy is alive. ‘Munity at the Kondengui Central Prison Cameroon; False allegations on the death of Mr. Macho Bibixy Che. The aforemention, spotted among the 177 leaders, is doing well just like the other fellow insurgent inmates held in remand for investigation”, the statement says.
This statement is coming only after a strong declaration from the separatist leaders but government is yet to mention their exact location. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, President of the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, an outlawed government fighting for the restoration of the statehood of the former British Cameroon has sign a letter from himself and nine other members of his government to Tuesday July, 30, 2019.
Sisiku et alia said in the letter addressed to Cameroon’s Minister of Justice and Keeper of Seals in which United Nation Secretary General, African Union, European Union, Commonwealth, Embassy of the United States of America, Yaoundé and British High Commission, Yaoundé are copied that they’re beginning a hunger strike.
According to sections of the letter, the strike is triggered by the disappearance of Anglophone detainees from the Kondengui Central prison and the Buea Central Prison, following peaceful protests on July 22 2019 and 23 2019 respectively.
The detainees were transferred from the Kondengui Central Prison and Buea Central Prison from where uproars had occurred. Ambazonia detainees as they’re called were demanding for their release and an end of an armed conflict in the country’s North West and South West.
Late Saturday July 27, fifty-six (56) inmates at the Kondengui Central Prison were transferred to the Kondengui Principal Prison. The new intakes are mostly very young people under the age of 30, disheveled and for the most part emaciated, sources confirmed.
Other detainees over a hundred and fifty, mostly Anglophones were transferred to a dreaded prison in Yoko in Mbam-et-Kim Division in Cameroon’s Centre Region and to SED as well as other detention facilities in the country, National Telegraph confirmed.
Mancho Bibixy, fondly called Mancho BBC is among the prisons whose news have remained disturbing to all and sundry. National Telegraph has however confirmed that contrary to information that he and other top inmates have been killed, they’re held at SED but have been tortured. The separatist leaders however insist government must provide them.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia as it was in 1961. Many are now asking the International Community to look at the root cause of the conflict from 1961.