By Eric Tataw
It took Mpund Balong until 2016 from Colonization to Independence to ever get electricity. The population celebrated on guitar and music. No one would have ever expected a scene as sad as
In 1994, in just 100 days, over 800,000 people were butchered in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists. Members of the minority Tutsi community and political opponents were killed with impunity. The same scenario, maybe even worst is happening in Cameroon’s English-speaking Regions of the North West and South West.
On Friday, January 25, 2019, locals from Mpundu Balong, a farming community in Muyuka Sub-Division, Fako Division of Cameroon’s South West Region circulated on Facebook videos of the gruesome killing of some (10) youths, accusing government forces of carrying out the act. Other reports suggest the youths were former armed fighters in one of the militias in the precinct who decided to start a normal life away from the warring areas.
National Telegraph confirmed from one of the Commanders of the armed groups in the area that the ten had returned to normal life before they were rounded up and killed. A local said the ten guys were unarmed and didn’t post any threat to security. The irony in this incident is in the fact that Cameroon’s 85-year-old President Paul Biya had signed a decree creating a committee to handle those defecting from the war.
The National Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Committee (NDDRC) according to Paul Biya is meant to take appropriate measures to collect and destroy weapons. If this is the case, how come unarmed civilians are still being killed in the manner as captured in the sullen video.
The decree said the committee would facilitate the reintegration of ex-fighters particularly by organizing, training and providing them with tools and means of production and assistance for the creation of income-generating activities. Many locals have confided in National Telegraph that the victims didn’t appear harmful in any way. They’ve blamed the military for carrying out such acts of barbarism, describing the scenario as systematic and planned Genocide.
They went on that Biya’s disarmament project is a smokescreen and only intended to provide