By Njodzeka Danhatu
Christian Cardinal Tumi, one of the lead conveners of the third edition of the All Anglophone Conference, billed for November in Buea, has doused off threats from the Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema who had vowed that the said conference would not take place in his municipality.
Reacting to the threats from Mayor Ekema, Cardinal Tumi maintained that Ekema has no competence and wouldn’t be able to disturb the holding of AACIII.
At a recent planning meeting aimed at preparing for the said meeting, a budget of over FCFA 32 million was made for the event scheduled to hold on November 21 and 22 in Buea.
The information was revealed on Thursday October 11, 2018 in Douala during a press conference organised by the conveners of the AACIII.
The money according to the organisers will come from the general public. The conference is expected to be attended by invited persons at home and abroad, who can all play a vital part toward resolving the prolonged crisis and bring the much needed peace to the people of former West Cameroons and Cameroon at large.
Cardinal Tumi’s pronouncement that Mayor Ekema does not have the competence to perturb the holding of the conference was made in response to threats issued by the said Mayor, who has promised to disrupt such a gathering.
Mayor Ekema had made the threats during a timidly attended meeting which he said was that of Bakweri Sons and Daughter. The meeting took place in August of 2018.
During the meeting, Mayor Ekema said the conference will not hold in Buea even if the Head of State, Paul Biya approves of it.
The AACIII had originally been planned for September and was later on postponed by the organisers who said it was best holding it after the October 7 Presidential elections.
The Conference according to the Religious Leaders, who dominate the Organising Committee, will propose long lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis that has been rocking the two English speaking Regions of Cameroon since 2016.
The organisers comprise of different Leaders of various religious denominations in Cameroon, mainly Roman Catholic, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, and the Islam.
One of the organisers is Dr Simon Munzu who has a similar experience from his work at the UN, he took part as a key actor in AACII, which was aimed at stemming the same problem.
The conference will be coming after a series of meetings to solve the crisis by the Government had not yielded any fruits.
The conference grasped the attention of the international community, during the UN Human Right Commission general assembly last month. The New Commissioner, Michelle Bachelett, while slamming the Cameroon military and restoration fighters over gross violation of Human rights in the deepening Anglophone crisis, accused the government of Cameroon saying it has not done enough to promote the conference planned by the religious leaders.