An enlarged all South West Forum unfolded in Buea over the weekend during which the sons and daughters of the region agreed to pursue peace efforts while distancing self from secessionist and two-state federation.
The people of the South West Region have resolved to unite behind the country’s leadership for a united and indivisible Cameroon. Meeting at the Buea Mountain Hotel last Saturday August 25, 2018 in what was termed All South West Forum, sons and daughters from the six divisions that make up the Region gathered to say enough is enough following the untold human, material and economic damages the so called Anglophone crisis has caused the region.
Holding on the theme “The South West Region: Facing our challenges together,” the internal and external elites reflected on four sub themes in four different workshops that followed the opening plenary session chaired by Peter Mafany Musonge, President of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.
Peter Mafany Musonge, speaking during the forum that was also attended by the Governor of the South West Region called on those perpetrating violence in the region to lay down their arms so as to give way to meaningful and inclusive dialogue. The South West elites were unanimous that peace is the only way out and could only be achieved through dialogue.
While pledging their support to one and indivisible but decentralised Cameroon, the political elites, traditional rulers, members of the civil society and religious leaders called for the putting in place of Regional Councils.
The South West elites joined their voices to that of the regional administration to call on the population not to succumb to fear and send their children to school as the new academic years begins on September 3 nationwide. They also called for a peaceful presidential campaign and voting during the upcoming election. On this score, the elites called on the government to increase the presence of security agents in the region for the security of people and their property.
The South West Region that witnessed considerable progress in recent years have within the past two years witnessed a downturn of developments following the crisis that have paralysed school activities for two years. It has also led to kidnappings, assassinations and displacement of thousands of people. The agro-industrial giants in the region, the Cameroon Development Cooperation and Pamol Plantations are on their knees barely surviving as their installations and plantations suffer recurrent attacks. The CDC for example, has recorded an estimated loss of FCFA 13 billion already.
This is why the South West elite’ forum was necessary to examine the way forward from the socio-political impasse imposed by armed secessionist groups in the region. Peter Mafany Musonge thus challenged all sons and daughters of the Region to multiply efforts in joining the government in seeking lasting solution for peace, stability and unity of the country.