By Sandrine Akeabeh
The Social Democratic Front, SDF, has promised that it will boycott the upcoming November session of Parliament, as well as withdraw from the upcoming Parliamentary Elections if the Cameroon Government fails to end the civil War in Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
In a position statement signed by the SDF, on August 10, in Douala, the SDF stated that that it is “incumbent on Mr Paul Biya, not only to bring the civil war to an end, but also provide a definitive solution that will create an enabling environment for children to return to school in September 2019, and for elections to take place; failure to which the SDF shall be obliged to withhold its parliamentarians from attending the November 2019 session.”
On upcoming elections, the SDF further stated in its position statement that “If elections are convened and held under the present circumstances, the SDF will not participate and this will tantamount breaking the country into two.”
The position statement also highlighted ills which followed the war in the two English speaking regions, writing that, “the declaration of war sparked a spiral of violence which led to disastrous consequences: maiming, rape, torture, kidnapping, mass killings, looting, destruction and torching of schools, hospitals, houses and razing of entire villages. This has caused thousands of casualties and displacement of persons, who today, are refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), paradoxically fulfilling the secret assimilation agenda of Anglophones especially the annihilation of the educational and Common Law systems.”
To parliamentarians and councillors of the ruling CPDM, representing some areas of the Anglophone regions, the SDF statement chided them for exhibiting “disturbing indifference and support to the oppressive government irrespective of the frustrations and atrocities inflicted on the Anglophone people whom they purport to legitimately represent…” The SDF went further to say the CPDM representatives from Anglophone regions should stop using the crisis for political ends.
To separatists, the SDF cautioned them, urging that they should exercise restraint.
To Francophones, the SDF said it was reminding them that the Anglophone problem is a national issue, which if not urgently addressed, will lead to irretrievable separation of the country. The party also condemned what it termed the “irresponsible and incendiary narratives pouring from the diaspora, which further exacerbates the situation.”