Shooting blocks Prime Minister Cameroon’s visit to the separatist region [+video]

Douala (Reuters) -Speech was interrupted by a distant machine gun firing on Tuesday when Cameroon’s Prime Minister Dion Gute visited the northwestern capital, which Anglophon separatists vowed to confuse.

Videos on social media show that Ngute follows in the middle of a speech as the crowd turns and shouts in a burst of distant shots. In another footage, a man in a suit in a flake jacket has his arms protected around the premiere, which is being escorted by security forces.

It was not clear who was responsible, but the incident highlights the anxieties that plague Cameroon’s two English-speaking countries.

There was no immediate comment from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Sources in the northwestern governor’s office said the ammunition was fired in a mountain outside the provincial capital Bamenda, leaving the prime minister unharmed.

“The situation was under control,” sources said on condition of anonymity.

Before the shot rang, Ngute told the cheering crowd that he was there to help him resolve the crisis. “For all of us, it’s time for this suffering to end. That’s why we brought me here,” he said in Pidgin English.

The northwest is one of two regions where English-speaking secessionists trying to form a state called Ambasonia have fought government forces over recognized alienation by the French-speaking majority in Cameroon.

Both sides committed atrocities in a conflict that killed more than 3,000 people and fled hundreds of thousands.

Before Ngute visited Bamenda, the so-called Ambassonia Defense Forces ordered residents to stay home, saying that anyone attending the meeting with Ngute was at their own risk.

“There will be military operations planned to challenge the colonial prime minister’s visit,” they said on Monday.

Separatists were not asked to comment.

Last week, the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) shut down in both regions after being blocked in both regions by a non-state armed group banning all movements, labor and social activities from September 15 to October. He said he had an obligation. 2.2.

Violence, kidnapping and attacks on those who oppose the blockade, including teachers and students, have increased significantly, he said.

(Report by Josiane Kouagheu, Bate Felix, Edward McAllister, Written by Alessandra Prentice, Edited by Giles Elgood)

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21 comments

  1. What count in a conflict is not incidence like this,but who comes out victorious.looking deep into the future one does not see how independence can be achieved because younde is ready to maintain the current situation like this for twenty thirty years.the only thing that can force them to think differently is a SUPIRIOR military capability.it is important to take time and think through a situation like this before taking the decision to confront the government militarily.without going through a calm and very thoughtful process like this. Tragic mistakes will be made because the Natural impulse is to act out of emotions.

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    • Still a confused man up to now. The military started the shooting from
      day one. What is happening, is the boyses `defending`themselves and
      their fatherland – Ambazonia. It is very right, to do so.
      Ngute, is a very dishonest christain.

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      • JOSHUA,,,, it is clear that the military started the shooting. The question is before taking up arms to confront them, did we take time to think about what thier reaction will be? let us remember that it was not the first time, the same thing happened in 1992.but back then we were sober calm and thoughtful enough.

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        • We are all warned to `look before we leap`. Why don`t you Always
          wait and think, before coming on? Why have you not asked yourself,
          why your military, didn`t `take time to think about what our reaction will be`? A military that doesn`t think and take into account,
          i call it a dumb military, what exactly, your military is. You are glad
          they killed in 1992, so this should be the reason how peace can reign.
          Acho, it is never late to learn, please. Take some classes and stop being
          a nuissance.

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    • Men you are a confuse piece of sh*[email protected] Achu what ever about name you are pretending to emulate cause I don’t think you are one of us

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      • CAVANI,,,, I am not under obligation to follow you blindly. Allow me to use my thinking to forge my opinion base on cretical thinking. I am not interested in your emotionally driven irrational insults without the SLITEST argumentation to expose your point.

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    • @BAH:- u need to grow up and start using your brain. I think u have really stopped reasoning. Why are you not honest with yourself?..What makes you feel the govt will win the war?..If you are marginalized, suppressed and treated like a second class citizen, WAR remains the only alternative..
      The Govt of cameroon does not have the economic and political power to win this war..
      The war is too costly for them and Southern cameroonians are just a determined people that say enough is enough..
      @BAH:- you are not an honest man. You are just a typical Fake francophone, who lives in denial. YOu dont want to look at root causes of problems and always blame others..
      Give me just one reason why Anglophones shouldn’t declare war?..
      Is there an alternative?..Should they just stay quiet and suffer?

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      • BIKO,,,, where have I stopped reasoning? saying that we made a terrible by taking arms to confront younde without first anticipating what thier reaction will be is not being reasonable and honest? it is not me thinking that the government will win. What I am doing is looking at the force and weaknesses on both sides. as of now younde has the suppo of the Nigerian state our IMMIDIATE neighbours who block us from using their territory. secondly the government has necessary resources to sustain this war for twenty thirty years. They just need to tape and sell brut oil to by arms and sustain the conflict. this are some of the logistic advantages that will enable them to end up winning.i have never said that the government has been responsible in its treatment of our people.

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        • My point is that it was not sensible for us to take up arms against them because it was easy to décern that they will react overwhelmingly and they did. Look at the children who were maybe paid to sing welcome songs to dion ngute. don’t you see that for them to accept to take risk that can lead to thier death mean they are really suffering from the consequences of our very onthoughtful decesion that has inflicted heavy suffering on them? look at how sad thier faces are yet they sing meaning they are left with no UPTION.the root causes of the problem are clear for all to see. The government was absolutely wrong. My point is that we had better sensible uptions than taking up arms in a war we shall not win.

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  2. Why was that Dion Ngute of a man risking his life?

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  3. It is true,Yaounde does not have the Political and Economic Power to sustain this war for even the next five years.But I think the issue here is not whether Yaounde will win the war or not.What I see is the collapse of the state of Cameroon.What I see,is a failed unitary state of Cameroon that will collapse in it’s entirety.We will not be able to gather the pieces.Cameroon will become like Libya after the fall of Ghadafi.Cameroon will become like Somalia.That is the legacy that @BAH ACHO’s gang in Yaounde will leave.
    The signs are very glaring.CPDM is presently renewing it’s basic organs.They have done it in all other regions except North West and South West.Why? becos CPDM is gradually disappearing and will leave Cameroon in Chaos.

  4. @BAH:- you are a very irresponsible man..
    I have never read any critic from you about BIYa and his gang of thieves ruining cameroon and the economy..
    All your wish is that Southern cameroonians stay quiet and suffer so that you can eat , drink and sleep in peace..How can 2 countries unite and you just want the one suffering to remain quiet?..
    You are criticizing the uprising with very immature points.
    Do you have an alternative to the war?..
    Do you know that these sufferings are going on for over 60 years now?
    Do you know that if we seperate, the southern cameroons will develop rapidly in a short time and you will see the lazy francophones coming in to ask for asylum like they are doing in GABON, EQ. Guinea?.
    You seems to be dreaming -wake up and use your brain

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  5. @BAH:- you are a very irresponsible man..
    I have never read any critic from you about BIYa and his gang of thieves ruining cameroon and the economy..
    All your wish is that Southern cameroonians stay quiet and suffer so that you can eat , drink and sleep in peace..How can 2 countries unite and you just want the one suffering to remain quiet?..
    You are criticizing the uprising with very immature points.
    Do you have an alternative to the war?..
    Do you know that these sufferings are going on for over 60 years now?
    Do you know that if we seperate, the southern cameroons will develop rapidly in a short time and you will see the lazy francophones coming in to ask for asylum like they are doing in GABON, EQ. Guinea?.
    You seems to be dreaming -wake up and use your brain.
    Its horrible reading from u

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    • BIKO,,,, i do not think, saying that taking up arms against younde was not the sensible thing to do is irresponsibility.the consequences of this decesion show that we did not even anticipate what the governments reaction will be.i have said time and again that thinking that biya is responsible for our well being is a mistake. All evidence show that he doesn’t even understand what economic transformation, industrialization and modernization is about.look at the defective decesions that they took. How could they not understand that in oder to impose a modernization and economic transformation programme it was necessary to impose a single African language which everyone will use in oder to think and act in the same way?

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      • Language is not for communication. It carries concepts, values, a culture which hold people together like glue.you can’t get two people with distinct cultures to work together. it is illogical. The was a sensible alternative to this self debasement called war. We should have concentrated on modernizing our agriculture sector, build our own industries and focus on winning a shear of the gigantic 250 million Nigerian Market. Once we had money we should have negotiated with younde with an upper hand due to our industrial capacity.nigeria imports, French fries for more than one billion dollars a year, apples for more than 800 million dollars a year. This we could use our vast lands to supply them.they also import flour for 500 million dollars above.all this are sectors we could win and contro.

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      • Bah Bah Bah and Bah again, why are you not living in the grand wide
        world of reality? Cameroon, is not an island and so, your yaounde,
        should not have taken up arms, for what ever reason. Justify, why they
        had to take up arms on civilians and why this has to continue.
        Be told, that like the succeesses recorded by others in similar situations,
        we shall win. Afganistan, should quickly come to mind.

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  6. This we did not need younde to establish. We have the financial resources necessary to get more than this amount of industries up tuning. We were already suffering for sixty years. I think with the decesion to take up arms the next 60 years is already destroyed. Except we solicitate calm and careful reasoning.right now we are not going to win, caught up in the middle the situation will even be worse. We should have seen this coming before taking up arms.look at the vast fertile land we have from Santa to NJAH-ETU, batibo. How can we not use this land to generate resources to build industry creating jobs and skills for our people? Taking up arms against younde to fight for riches in the soil we are walking on was really unwise.

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  7. 70% of cities in lrc are shantytowns
    no reliable electricity
    Camair bankrupt
    Cicam only has 5% market share
    Sonara broke
    importing gasoline
    importing rice
    importing fish
    No portable water
    no roads
    everyday some govt entity has not paid workers for 9 months
    Fighting 3 wars – kidnappers from CAR, Boko Haram, boyses
    Missing Covid dough
    Who wants to live in this sh^ t hole
    Glad biya and his fools can see their failure

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  8. I said and will repeat again….When A is always in argument with B, C, D….., Z then its ok to say : A is the fundamental problem. I had many yrs ago discovered that its best to ignore A no matter his write up. In my opinion, he has an issue with his brain cells.
    IF YOU HAVE TIME AND ENERGY TO SPARE, THEN KEEP WASTING YOUR TIME ON THIS PLATFORM ADDRESSING A’s COMMENTS.