By Andrew Nsoseka
Raphael Mbuh, an award winning hydro-electric power generator inventor and educationist and his collaborators have offered to act as peace negotiators between Ambazonia leadership and the Cameroon Government.
The concerned Cameroonians have offered their services for free in other to fast-track the return of peace and normalcy in the country, which has been ripped apart by the ongoing war in the Anglophone Regions.
Their intension was made known during a press conference in Buea on Saturday, January 19, where Mbuh stated that many people have come up with several press conferences and initiatives which have failed because they “fail to clearly state what the Anglophone Problem is and the causes.”
He said the Ambazonia movement was inspired by the irregular referendum, which robbed them of third option and the 1972 decision that erased the Constitutional provision for Federal structure and the renaming of the Federal Republic of Cameroon to the United Republic of Cameroon and later too the republic of Cameroon.
“These decisions were at the detriment of Anglophone linguistic minority,” Mbuh stated.
According to him, the historical facts need to be considered, in order to better comprehend and solve the problem.
“As a matter of fact, if we think that we can end the Crisis in the Anglophone Regions without addressing the causes of the Crisis, then we are deceiving ourselves. If the Crisis end, they will be ignited again.”
The civil society advocate stated that when the Crisis started, he travelled to Geneva to attend the United Nation Forum on minority issues; he learnt a lot and is willing to use the knowledge gained to facilitate a peaceful solution to the Anglophone Crisis.
He regretted that many Cameroonians in the Anglophone Regions “have Cameroonian nationality, but don’t feel like belonging to Cameroon.”
He warned that “we should not be mistaken between Statelessness as a minority issue and Statelessness as an issue of marginalisation, discrimination, maltreatment, suppression and violation of human rights.”
To Mbuh, one of the issues fuelling disenchantment is the over centralisation of power in the hands of a few individuals in the country who sometimes ignore the rule of law and violet human rights in the course of exercising their power.
Harping on the need for a ceasefire and negotiation, Mbuh stated that both the Amba fighters and Government forces are already exhausted and should through their commanders welcome a chance to end the war option and negotiate for the sake of peace and the communities whom they claim to be protecting or fighting for.
He stated that he has had talks with Ambazonia leadership and they are ready for a negotiated solution and that he will in the days ahead, approach Cameroon Government circles to get them get on the negotiation table to find a peaceful solution in the interest of the suffering masses caught in the war.
At the press conference, Mbuh alongside his collaborators also showcased a bronze medal which he recently won through his NGO, the First Modern Agro Tools Common Initiative Group, FIMOAT-CIG that invented a hydro-electric generator which is intended to power machines in remote communities and can also power small communities.
The prize was won in Korea, in an exposition organised by BITGARAM, for technology and research competition for experts around the world.
He stated that they are out to promote mechanised farming, good governance and facilitation of the acquisition of larger pieces of land for farmers.