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La satisfaction de l’Église au terme du Grand dialogue national

La Croix | Le Grand dialogue national convoqué par le président Camerounais, Paul Biya, pour trouver des solutions concertées à la crise anglophone a été clôturée, vendredi 4 octobre.

L’Église qui a activement participé aux débats a confié sa satisfaction.

« Tout le monde a dit ce qu’il pense donc nous partons avec un gibier dans notre sac de chasse », a commenté le cardinal Christian Tumi, archevêque émérite de Douala, au terme du Grand dialogue national, le 4 octobre.

Du 30 septembre au 4 octobre, se déroulait au Palais des Congrès de Yaoundé cette rencontre dont le but était de trouver des solutions concertées aux problèmes du Cameroun, plus précisément à la crise anglophone qui secoue l’extrême ouest du pays depuis 3 ans.

Dans une allocution télévisée le 10 septembre, le président Camerounais Paul Biya, qui, jusque-là refusait toute négociation avec les séparatistes anglophones, avait convoqué un dialogue national en vue de trouver des solutions à la crise anglophone.

Pour le cardinal Tumi comme pour le premier ministre, Joseph Dion Ngute qui dirigeait les débats, la rencontre est succès.

Un « dialogue basé sur la vérité »

Mgr Abraham Kome, évêque de Bafang (Ouest) et président de la Conférence épiscopale nationale du Cameroun (Cenc) a, de son côté, estimé que le dialogue était « basé sur la vérité ». « On avait cette appréhension que ce soit une mascarade dont le but serait de consolider le pouvoir en place mais ce n’était pas le cas, a-t-il confié à Vatican News, le 5 octobre. J’ai participé aux commissions et j’ai bien senti cette liberté d’expression. Le rendu au niveau des plénières, a tenu compte dans la grande diversité des points de vue. C’est partir de cela que je me suis dit que cela valait la peine car un dialogue basé sur la vérité est susceptible de porter de bons fruits. »

Propositions

Parmi les propositions faites par les huit commissions qui ont débattu pendant cette semaine, la plus importante reste celle sur la décentralisation, avec, notamment, « l’octroi d’un statut spécial aux régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest, la suppression du statut de délégué du gouvernement nommé prévu dans le cadre du régime spécial applicable à certaines agglomérations ». Cette solution est un juste milieu entre le centralisme jusque-là reproché à Paul Biya et le fédéralisme exigé par de nombreux habitants des régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest.

Un souhait émis par les évêques anglophones – dans leur lettre au premier ministre datant du 25 septembre –, la mise en place d’une Commission « Vérité, Justice et Réconciliation », a été également adopté dans la déclaration finale, de même que le renforcement de l’anglais dans les administrations et les services publics et la possibilité d’une double nationalité pour la diaspora.

Arrêt des poursuites contre 333 séparatistes

Le dialogue a, par ailleurs, été marqué par la décision prise par le président Paul Biya, d’arrêter les poursuites contre 333 prisonniers séparatistes ainsi que certains opposants politiques emprisonnés dont Maurice Kampto, arrivé en deuxième position à la présidentielle d’octobre 2018.

Commentant cette décision, le cardinal Tumi a confié son optimisme. « Le fait que 333 prisonniers politiques ont été déclarés libérés par le président, c’est déjà quelque chose. On ne peut pas tout faire en même temps. Il faut commencer quelque part. La joie et la paix ont déjà commencé ».

L’ensemble des propositions seront présentées au chef de l’État qui décidera de leur mise en œuvre.

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22 comments

  1. Anglophone federalists, such as Balla, Tumi, Munzu, etc, who attended BIYALOGUE were humiliated.Their quest for FEDERALISM was ignored by the CPDM junta.
    Their presence at the congress center was simply to legitimize Biyalogue. The regime used their presence to liberate Kamto.
    Anglophone federalists ATTENDED the dialogue while Kamto through MRC BOYCOTTED.
    However, all MRC detainees RELEASED, only a few out of the more 10.000 were released.
    .
    In the end, what will the Anglophone federalists show as their achievement for attending BIYALOGUE? SPECIAL STATUS?????: Special status was already in the 1996 constitution. The Grand North has also asked for the so-called SPECIAL STATUS.

    • BTW, the so-called special status does not resolve the ROOT CAUSE of the Anglophone Question. It is considered by most Anglophones as a NON-STARTER. That is the reason the war has intensified after the BIYALOGUE.
      Anglophone federalists must now either join the camp of the unionists or that of the “secessionists”.
      Dictator Biya has made it abundantly clear to the federalists that there will be ZERO federalism under his watch. Balla, Munzu, TUMI, Ndi Fru can therefore not continue to preach federalism. The battle lines have clearly been drawn by the BULU junta.

    • I have said it before. Permit me to repeat it here again: ONLY THE WAR WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF THE INFORMAL VIVRE-ENSEMBLE.
      Annexionists do not surrender the annexed territories without a fight.
      Eritrea, South Sudan, East Timor and Kosovo did not wait for a Grand National Dialogue to liberate themselves. They used AK47, BOMBS and other weapons to kick out the annexionists.
      Southern Cameroonians must be prepared to fight in order to kick out LRC occupiers. Dialogues, special status are all diabolic tactics of the occupiers to sustain the occupation. Over 200 LRC terrorists were parachuted to Lebialem to fight Field Marchal Leke. Most of the LRC terrorists were NEUTRALISED, the rest fled to Dschang. Rumours abound that more LRC terrorists are on their way to Lebialem.

      WAR IS WAR!!!!

      • So,
        When are you going to travel to ground Zero and joing the fight?
        Are you still learning how to use a AK4 or your plan is to shoot people trought the internet?
        Sponsoring the war is not enough, and it’s very stupid because your money ends up in Mad Ba-retas pocket.
        Your Amba boys need manpower.
        When are you travelling?

        • As a son of the soil of Victoria, my only advice to you is simple:

          you should NOT invest in the house you built in Victoria. The house was built on stolen Bakweri land.

          The BETI thief cum SDO called Zang III stole the land and distributed to his Beti friends. We have taken an inventory of all the Betis who received Bakweri land from Zang III.
          At the appropriate time, we will recover all the stolen Bakweri land WITHOUT compensation.

          DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT WARNED.

        • I can donate that summer house to you if you can promise to come back to reality and stop dreaming and sponsoring terrorism.
          Deal?

    • **** LRC TERRORIST KILLS BOSS IN BAMENDA ****

      There is panic at the Bamenda military Camp following the shooting to death of a certain Captain Nkae by a Junior soldier called Caporal Ajovi.
      The young soldier after the act also took his own life with the same gun.

      WHY???

      The captain had included his name as one of those to be deployed to Bafut. The soldier refused and said he can’t go to Bafut anymore because of Amba boys resistance.
      Simply put, LRC terrorists are now very afraid to be sent to fight Ambaboys.

      My question begging for answers is:

      How can Dictator Biya force his DECENTRALISATION AGENDA down the throats of the Anglophones when his terrorist soldiers are now afraid to be posted to SC because of Amba boys ???????

    • **** SPECIAL STATUS? – BY JUSTICE AYAH ****

      “SPECIAL STATUS automatically conjures up DEPENDENCY and resting upon the PROTECTION of a higher authority. That ipso facto discards INDEPENDENCE and reliance on one’s own absolute ability to manage oneself and one’s business.
      It goes without saying that SPECIAL STATUS is inappropriate, inadmissible and inapplicable in the case of Southern Cameroons, often referred to as the Northwest and Southwest. It could only so be if Southern Cameroons was a dependency of the Republic of Cameroon. To put it in the form of a question: is Southern Cameroons a colony of the Republic of Cameroun?”

    • “The answer is OBVIOUSLY in the NEGATIVE! It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that Southern Cameroons achieved independence on October 1, 1961. Even if any dependence there had ever been, (and let it be REPEATED that there had been none), such dependency was extinguished by the fact of achieving independence. Southern Cameroons and the Republic of Cameroun went into a de facto cohabitation as partners EQUAL IN STATUS. Neither partner is more important or less important than the other. That ABSOLUTELY rules out either partner being given attributes inconsistent with the status of EQUALITY”

  2. Paul Biya, Master Dribbler???????
    It is bad enough that human beings elevate an individual to the status of a deity; it is worse that such an individual should believe in the farce!!!!!!

    Yes, the president has replaced GDP with PEACE as a measure of progress. But what is the unit of measure?
    Yes, the grand national dialogue has come and gone but Eric Chinje is still working in the shadows, making discreet mediation here and there in the name of the president, according to Jeune Afrique magazine. After Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, Ministers Jacques Fame Ndongo, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, Christian Cardinal Tumi and, supposedly Julius Ayuk Tabe in Kondengui prison, Eric Chinje now heads to South Africa. To meet with who? The magazine of Bechir Ben Yahmed did not quite say. Why? No answer.

  3. The head of state’s charm offensive uses only Anglophones for his delicate missions. Before Eric Chinje, the proprietor of Kory Communications, it was Joseph Dion Ngute and a string of other Anglophones going far back to Peter Mafany Musonge and Simon
    Achidi Achu. Always Anglophones for the dirty job. What about Francophones for such missions? Not good enough? How about Governor Okalia Bilai or his NW counterpart Lele L’Afrique? Or great interpreter Issa Tchiroma Bakary? Laurent Esso?

    By the way, does Eric Chinje really believe in the mission assigned to him? If Biya despised Mo Ibrahim’s generous offer of a rich retirement package did not move President Biya to step down and go on retirement, what can Eric Chinje’s Kory Communications offer?????????????

    • Camer believer (Colby)

      The government convened the NATIONAL GRAND DIALOGUE to help find lasting solutions to the madness you have been financing over 02 years now delegates came over the world to offer what they think can help build a better Cameroon you neither came nor made a constructive proposal all what you know better is to run your empty stupid mouth to criticize Eric Chinje who have being coherent and offer his mediation even before the Dialogue to help the lost souls get their senses back what do you have against him you this old wrinkled sorcerer????

      • The best example of wrinkles are on the face of the sit-tight dictator for whom you are spilling bile!

  4. Mediate what? If you woman leaves you once, she will leave you again! Only a dummy goes back to mediate with his in-laws, while some is having fun with her.
    lrc; cut your losses and move on. Talk is cheap, so was the grand dialogue. Nothing has changed!

  5. This is time to tame the enablers. Very important.

  6. It is not the role or responsibility of the church, to afford education and health
    care, to the population. All that, is gov`t responsibility. But because of money,
    the church, is assuming a bailing our gov`t. What the church is doing with so
    much money, needs to be known. One, should be thinking about `corruption`,
    etc. The church, should go back and focus on spirituality and morality, not
    money. Something, is very wrong here.

    • [email protected] The retired pope ,picked Cameroon as his first country to visit on one (or was it the only one ) African tour .

      • Free money in cameroon. And they all came running for it – Scotland,
        Gutteres, Grand Master etc. Perhaps, the pope, had his own by way
        of Biya`s envoy. The pope, dared not come by. Kedla, might have
        been the stonewall. If peace is the watchword here, why did the pope,
        not come to visit biya at such a demanding time? Have catholic christians
        ever wondered about this? Did their church leaders cry out?
        So sad, that folks are blinded, by the bible and its men in white.

  7. Special status my foot! Laws don’t work in Biya’s bananna republic, even when they are enshrined in the constitution and penal code. Take the ignored 1996 decentralisation act, the one on government officials declaring their assets. Laws only work in Biya’s bananna republic when he can use them to terrorise the people. Take for example the creation of the military court and the number of innocent Ambazonians now in jail because of its creation, as well as all the political opponents he has neutralised by jailing them to Kondengui. No doubt the staunch dictator loves saying how his diabolic forces will neutralise Ambazonians. Ambazonia is not a property of Lrc or Biya’s. The war in Ambazonia is unwinnable, not by special status! There is a time when a people say enough is enough! It is now!

  8. Le journal révèle par exemple que «les 403 participants au grand dialogue ont reçu chacun 127000 FCFA représentant les frais de participation au grand dialogue».

  9. @joshua disagree the church from time memorial for centuries has assumed that role to provide aid through outreach program as charity ,educating the population on how to develop ,self sufficient in life, reasons why’d the first formal education of higher learning in the Roman empire was started by the monk or through out mediaeval era early centuries B.C. educating the masses was restricted to religious men for there wasn’t any separation between church and state thus been a ruler was by divine order not election like in democracy ,secondly don’t understand what meant by” focus on spirituality and morality”, helping the poor through outreach program like building hospital, educational programs is spirituality and morality u think spirituality should be confined in a building Sunday service

  10. [email protected] charity is allowing the lands to be bountiful and provide basic food wealth for its citizens .The church owns a lot of land especially in poor countries so what, exactly, is charitable about hogging land? People staved a lot because of no land rights in medieval times it isn’t the best period of church benevolence.
    The guilds,associations of different crafts and industries did a much better job in education.
    charity never makes people responsible for their own actions and thus they can become completely dependent on it. .Compasionate actions by Cameroonians looking after strangers ,and these actions are ingrained luckily in its society as a whole ,have nothing to do with the church even though it would very much like to think so.

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