Elvis Ngolle Ngolle’s Propaganda on Al Jazeera Genocidal!

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Elvis Ngolle Ngolle’s Propaganda on Al Jazeera Genocidal!

 

This Pain is too much to bear! Have you ever been angry you feel like crying? That’s me at the moment I’m writing this. I guess you are wondering what might have stirred such mixed emotions within me! Here is why.

In its Preamble, the Cameroon Constitution of 1972 with amendments through 2008 “declare[s] that the human person, without distinction as to race, religion, sex or belief, possesses inalienable and sacred rights” such as the freedom and security, freedom of movement, right to privacy, the right to life, the right to a fair hearing before the courts, the freedom of communication, of expression, of the press, of assembly, of association, and of trade unionism, as well as the right to strike. Yet, the freedom of speech/expression/press of English-speaking Cameroonians has been entirely trampled upon. Reminiscent of the infamous Idi Amin, while there might be freedom of speech in Cameroon (in principle), no one’s freedom after speech can be guaranteed.

“…while there might be freedom of speech in Cameroon (in principle), no one’s freedom after speech can be guaranteed…”

As you might already know, the Cameroon government has shut down access to internet services in the North West and South West Regions for over a week now in reaction to loud cries and non-violent protests by teachers, lawyers, and millions of English-speaking Cameroonians against various forms of marginalization by the fascist Paul Biya regime. In addition, the government has targeted, arrested and detained leaders of the Consortium on counts of acts of terrorism inter alia, outlawed the Consortium and turned a deaf ear to proposals by Anglophone Cameroon for Federalism or total Independence from the Republic of Cameroon.

On its Inside Story, 26th January 2017 edition, Al Jazeera’s Richelle Carey’s assessment of up-to-the-minute developments in Cameroon left me almost angry and hopeless that the plight of the marginalized English-Speaking Cameroonians will ever be confronted. Albeit I am usually very optimistic even in desperation, watching and listening to Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Former Minister of Special Duties in the Office of the President of Cameroon lie with unpretentious stare with respect to the current events in the country was very frightening.

Over the years, the Professor of Political Science has proven to be the most vocal and unrepentant praise-singer of Paul Biya. In explaining the current situation in the country, Ngolle Ngolle rendered an entirely false account of the crisis, one that is psychotically divorced from the realities on the ground. He maintained that fundamental freedoms have always and everywhere been respected in the country and that the social media blackout in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon are the results of dissuasion from the rule of law, amongst other claims. But one thing is sure: it takes a lie to cover another, and so it proved to be. While Paul Atanga Nji had earlier asserted that talks of Federalism belong to the past, Ngolle Ngolle contradicted his henchman by claiming that talks about Federalism in Cameroon have been going on for 56 years. Reminiscent of the duplicitous tactic by Paul Atanga Nji who initially and unashamedly denied the existence of an Anglophone problem, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle’s distribution of propaganda is aimed at portraying the near-Nazi treatment of English-Speaking Cameroonians by the Biya regime as paradisiacal.

But truth be told, the reason for the internet shutdown is simple: images, videos and narratives of human rights violations ranging from killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and various forms of violence against peaceful protesters by forces loyal to Paul Biya were doing rounds on various social media platforms and this scared the government to the core of its being. And, perhaps aware that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”,  the young and bold Political Analyst, Albert Nchinda thoroughly articulated the crux of the matter, politely expressing his disappointment at Ngolle Ngolle’s distribution of propaganda on Inside Story.

Well, for fear that the world might now turn its all-seeing eye from the recent events in the Gambia towards Cameroon, the immediate “rational” decision by the government was to begin a “soft” persecution of millions of Anglophone Cameroonians by militarizing their streets and neighborhoods and by ensuring a complete internet blackout in the North West and South West Regions of the country. The government clearly does not want the world to know what is going on within the country’s borders!

The government clearly does not want the world to know what is going on within the country’s borders!

 

Today, as the world muses over millions of Jews who were slain as part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” as well as those massacred in subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Dafur, the ill-advised manipulation of the truth by politicians loyal to Paul Biya is geared toward distracting the world from what is potentially a 21st century genocide in Cameroon. Just like North Korean defector Thae Yong-ho has come out against the country’s nuclear weapons-obsessed leader Kim Jong Un, it would be heroic for Cameroon’s politicians to be emphatic in their denunciation of the tyrannical regime of Paul Biya and tell the truth about what is going on in the country lest another dark chapter be written in the books of History. As the Legendary Martin Luther King Jr said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” I therefore, urge that we speak up and let the truth lead so that together, we will uproot the seeds of genocide everywhere in the world.
#SpeakUp #WeWontBeQuiet #LetTheTruthLead #BringBackOurInternet#FreeSouthernCameroon

#HolocaustMemorialDay #securetalksfreedom

 

Nuff said!

Hubert Kinkoh

 

 

Hubert Kinkoh

Hubert Kinkoh is an independent research consultant from Cameroon who currently works with International Crisis Group on the Horn of Africa Project. He is a holder of an MA in Peace Studies and International Relations from Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi-Kenya. He enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, sports and making friends.

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