AFRICANS RISING MEDIA RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE

March 2017

Africans Rising Releases Fact-Finding Mission Report Into Crisis In Cameroon
Africans Rising for Peace, Justice and Dignity

In October 2016, associations representing teachers, educators and lawyers in two of Cameroon’s Anglophone South West and North West Regions embarked on a strike action. Their demands centred on greater inclusion and promotion of English-speaking Cameroonians in the teaching and legal sectors as well as across government and society in general, both regionally and nationally.

The strikes were followed a few weeks later by public protests in the two regions’ main cities, Bamenda and Buea organised by leading civil society organisations in the regions in support of the strikes and against the general “marginalisation and deprivation” of Anglophone Cameroonians by the Francophone authorities and government of President Paul Biya. The protests were broadened to include “ghost town” actions – stay-at- home boycotts enacted twice a week that led to major disruptions of schooling, judicial processes, private and public businesses and other services.

The government responded to protests with a security crackdown that led to reported human rights violations by the authorities and security forces including killings, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture, harassment and intimidation. An internet blockade that was instituted in January and has denied millions of people in the Anglophone regions access to the internet, remains in effect. Together with militarised security operations, this has produced a pervasive climate of repression, fear and intimidation across the

South West and North West Regions. Concerned about the worsening human rights situation, a four-member delegation from Africans Rising embarked on a fact-finding mission to Cameroon to understand the nature of the conflict, its context and its impact on the people of Cameroon and to help seek lasting peaceful and just solutions to the crisis for the Cameroonian people. The delegation met discreetly with a range of stakeholders, many of whom requested

anonymity out of fear for their safety, who shared eyewitness accounts of many of the reported human rights violations and the impact of these violations on them and their communities.

We observed the devastating economic impact of the internet blockade, disrupted cellular communications and the closure of businesses as well as the equally devastating social impact on education, healthcare and safety and security that the government’s crackdown and protest actions have brought to bear in this crisis. The repressive response by government also has had serious political impacts, most notably the shrinking of space for civic and political action that in turn undermines citizens’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly and political association.

In order to resolve this deepening crisis, the Africans Rising mission recommends that the government immediately act to end the repressive actions and fear by ending its militarised security operations in the Anglophone regions with immediate effect. Other recommendations include the immediate unconditional release all people – including children, civil society leaders, and journalists – arrested and detained in connection with the process; the immediate restoration of internet access; the resumption of schooling; and the establishment of an open, independently-mediated dialogue process between government and Anglophone civil society to address all grievances.

As an emerging movement of people and formations, working for peace, justice and dignity we call on African organisations such as the African Union as well as other solidarity social justice groupings to engage this crisis in order to help bring about lasting peaceful and justice solutions for the people of Cameroon.

THE End.

A STATEMENT. (Is the GOVT straightening Joho)?

A Briefing & STATEMENT 29th March, 2017 Towards the August General Elections: an EYE-VIEW of the Performance of Government Departments. The Attention of the government has been drawn to reports covered by several media houses, and attribute to opposition politicians, to the effect that the H. E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Commander […]

A Briefing & STATEMENT

29th March, 2017

Towards the August General Elections: an EYE-VIEW of the Performance of Government Departments.

The Attention of the government has been drawn to reports covered by several media houses, and attribute to opposition politicians, to the effect that the H. E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Commander in Chief of Kenya Defense Forces is using government agencies to intimidate one Hassan Joho.
This office wishes to categorically inform Kenyans that this accusation is totally force and made in bad faith. The government agenda to clean the education system of academic fraudsters will continue with the full support of all government departments as a part of entrenching justice, fairness and the rule of law in the republic.
Similarly, the obligation to pay taxes falls squarely on the shoulder of every citizen and no person shall be exempted regardless of his/her perceived status in life. We inform the public that the Kenya revenue Authority commenced investigation into tax fraud by a company associated with Joho in January 2016 following leads developed by analysis of KRA,s internal data and information from patriotic tax paying Kenyans.

When the company was duly informed that it is under investigation, the said company rushed to court and obtained an injunction preventing KRA from proceeding with the investigation. In January this year, the injunction was lifted and investigations resumed.
it is unfortunate that such diligent efforts by government agencies have been misinterpreted to serve hopeless political purposes.

In the meantime, the Government wishes to sensitize Wananchi that as the elections draw near, there are those politicians who would want to divert the attention of the country from productive activities to politics. The advice of the government is that citizens should continue with their daily activities in order to improve their own standard of living and develop the country in general. Spending time in the streets demonstrating over non-issues will only make them lug behind as other Kenyan continue working hard to develop themselves. Needless to say, the same politicians will be here neat season to tell them that they are behind because they have been marginalized.

A STATEMENT. (Is the GOVT straightening Joho)?

A Briefing & STATEMENT

29th March, 2017

Towards the August General Elections: an EYE-VIEW of the Performance of Government Departments.

The Attention of the government has been drawn to reports covered by several media houses, and attribute to opposition politicians, to the effect that the H. E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Commander in Chief of Kenya Defense Forces is using government agencies to intimidate one Hassan Joho.
This office wishes to categorically inform Kenyans that this accusation is totally force and made in bad faith. The government agenda to clean the education system of academic fraudsters will continue with the full support of all government departments as a part of entrenching justice, fairness and the rule of law in the republic.
Similarly, the obligation to pay taxes falls squarely on the shoulder of every citizen and no person shall be exempted regardless of his/her perceived status in life. We inform the public that the Kenya revenue Authority commenced investigation into tax fraud by a company associated with Joho in January 2016 following leads developed by analysis of KRA,s internal data and information from patriotic tax paying Kenyans.

When the company was duly informed that it is under investigation, the said company rushed to court and obtained an injunction preventing KRA from proceeding with the investigation. In January this year, the injunction was lifted and investigations resumed.
it is unfortunate that such diligent efforts by government agencies have been misinterpreted to serve hopeless political purposes.

In the meantime, the Government wishes to sensitize Wananchi that as the elections draw near, there are those politicians who would want to divert the attention of the country from productive activities to politics. The advice of the government is that citizens should continue with their daily activities in order to improve their own standard of living and develop the country in general. Spending time in the streets demonstrating over non-issues will only make them lug behind as other Kenyan continue working hard to develop themselves. Needless to say, the same politicians will be here neat season to tell them that they are behind because they have been marginalized.

Government Spokesman