By Eric Tataw – Tuesday July 16, 2019.
An appointee of the United Nations (UN), an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations has declined the highest Humanitarian job in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions, a source from the UN has told National Telegraph.
Dr Kinge Namanga originally from Cameroon’s South West Region with residence in Mutengene was early July appointed UN Humanitarian Response Coordinator for South West and North West of the Central African country of Cameroon.
Dr Kinge who studied in some of the best Universities including Auburn University, Alabama, USA was charged with leading UN Agencies in these regions as well as all International Organisations vis-a-vis their responses in Humanitarian.
Reports say the UN senior staff has worked in Humanitarian Response teams in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leon, Sudan, among others where he tapped diverse experience but decided to decline that in Cameroon’s restive English-speaking regions after several threats.
Although, it hasn’t been exactly established who threatened him, it’s the wish of many that both the Cameroon government soldiers and Ambazonia fighters grant Humanitarian teams full access to the regions’ villages and other precincts.
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, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
The Cameroon government has blocked Humanitarian organisations from having access to the war-torn areas while others have been denied entry into the country like a recent case of a Human Rights Watch staff.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West are engulfed in an armed conflict since 2017 and elements of the armed forces and mobile police have taken advantage to target innocent civilians and loot goods and chattels of the civilian population, sources say.
It started 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.