From Switzerland to Music: Kemta Haunts Biya, Tells Anglophones Not to Give Up Their Quest for Freedom

As Cameroon’s Dictator Paul Biya, has been reported to have made another trip to Switzerland, I could not help but think of one person, who has in the past, made such trips to lose the coziness that Biya craves from them. This person is Emmanuel Kemta.

Kemta is perhaps best known for chasing Biya away from his hotel in Geneva Switzerland. Sometime in 2017, CODE (Collectif des Organisations Démocratiques et patriotiques des Camerounais de la Diaspora), the organisation of which Kemta is a part, uncovered Biya’s hotel location and gave him an ultimatum to return to Cameroon, which the strongman surprisingly, observed. Despite doing all these, the attractiveness of Switzerland, compared to Biya’s Cameroon, is such that he cannot help but go there as often as possible.

Kemta, has, in addition to physically going after Biya, used music to haunt the Cameroonian octogenarian who has been in power for 36 years. In the style of the legendary Lapiro De Mbanga, Kemta uses a combination of English, French and FrancAnglais (Mboko) in his music.

In his latest release titled Don’t Give Up, Kemta captures the short history of the current phase of the Anglophone crisis. He highlights that although some are asking for Federalism and some Separation, the bottom line is that, everyone wants Biya to go. Also, speaking on behalf of CODE, Kemta in this piece, demands that the Cameroon military stop the genocide it is carrying out in the Anglophone Regions. He further makes the declaration that Biya is wrong to tag Anglophone fighters as ‘terrorists’ given that they are simply engaged in legitimate self-defense.

A Cameroonian of Francophone extraction, Kemta has been among one of the most vocal activists challenging the gradual and systematic extermination of English-Speaking Cameroonians. He has been part of many demonstrations organised in the United Kingdom.

As recently as Friday 27th July 2018, Kemta led a group of other Francophone activists to the Cameroon High Commission, where they denounced the actions of the Cameroon military in the North, North West and South West Regions of the country.

As news has again spread that Biya is currently in Switzerland to receive medical attention, it would not come as a surprise if Kemta were to pay Biya another unwelcome visit. Who would blame him though? If Biya took care of Cameroon’s health infrastructure and other aspects of the country’s development, he would have little incentive to keep going to Switzerland, where it is becoming obvious, there is always an unwanted guest at the party.

 

Cameroon Military Allegedly Capture Base of Separatist Fighters

Images being displayed by the Cameroon military indicate that they have captured one of the bases of operations of the Ambazonian Separatist fighters. According to an update posted on their Facebook Page Honneur et Fidélité – Armée Camerounaise.,  the operation led to the killing of one Ambazonian fighter, one captured, and several wounded in the forest. These claims are difficult to verify, given that the pictures do not show any dead or wounded fighters. There is, however, one young person sitting in mud, who apparently has been captured. However, there is no indication in the picture that he was caught at the scene where other items are reported to have been found.

Captured Ambazonian fighter
Person claimed by Cameroon Military to be a Captured Ambazonian Fighter

Among the other things reported to have been recovered from the fighter’s base, are 03 Ak47 + 06 other firearms; 520 rounds of ammunition, 29 hunting rifles plus 1137 matching rounds of 12 calibre ammunition; 2 defensive grenades, 1 electricity generator, a solar plate, 3 motorcycles, 1 heavy gear battery, 1 ADF T-shirt, 1 Camouflage pants, 1 canal+ antenna, a dozen bags of rice, Kitchen utensils and hundreds of bottles of dry-Gin.

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The Cameroon Military has been in a long drawn out conflict with Separatist fighters, following Biya’s declaration of war against activists. Activists who were hitherto peacefully demanding that the Anglophone problem be resolved either through a Two-State Federation or through a Separation of the Country, feel their actions are justified as they are merely defending themselves from Biya’s brutality. Huge casualties have been recorded on both sides of the warring factions, but the most casualty has been suffered by the ordinary citizen, faced with the challenges of a war situation.

 

 

Carrying the Cameroon Flag: Patriotism or Self-Preservation?

Growing up in Cameroon, the one thing I knew for sure about the Cameroon Flag, is th.at if one were passing by a police or military base while it was being hoisted and failed to stop and show respect, they will be in trouble.

I never understood the rationale behind being forced to show respect to the flag-actually, I still do not understand. Some will argue that it is a sign of patriotism, but I will content that patriotism should be something that comes from a deep sense of love for one’s country. On the other hand, I know for sure that the one reason I did stop for the flag, was always the fear of what would be done to me if I didn’t.

Looking, therefore, at the images of these Cameroonians holding the flag, with armed personnel standing nearby, I had to wonder what could be the motivation behind the “patriotic” act.

Could it be that these people, who clearly are living in a rundown, poverty-stricken neighbourhood, have suddenly discovered an upsurge of love for a country that takes away everything from them and gives back nothing in return? Or Could it be that they know that it is either they feign respect for the flag or run the risk of being killed and their villages burnt down by the military?

Anyone familiar with the Cameroon military’s recent record of killing unarmed women and children or killing young men and burning down their villages will surely decipher what the real situation is.

It does not require a rocket scientist to decode that these people are carrying that flag just to avoid being riddled with bullets and having their village burnt. It is a survival mechanism that some of us learned when we were youngsters, but which seems to be gaining relevance in a more ominous situation. Either respect the Cameroon Flag or face dire consequences.