On Thursday, May 23rd 2019 at the Star Building in Yaoundé – Cameroon hosting the services of the Prime Ministry, Prime Minister Chief Dr. Dion Ngute Joseph gathered his entire cabinet for their traditional monthly come together.
The meeting came up barely days after the PM ended his “Peace Mission” to the two restive English speaking regions on instructions of the Head of State Paul Biya.
Many expected the PM to brief his collaborators on the situation on the field while expecting the President of the Republic to design the way forward, but curiously the Anglophone Crisis did not even feature officially on the agenda of the usual presentations during such meetings.
Deliberations rather centered around the promotion of road infrastructure and improvement of the activities of the lone airline corporation, Camair-CO.
The silence in the Anglophone Crisis at the Cabinet Meeting became suspicious due to the fact that the situation on the field in the two regions is even getting worse after the visit of the head of government, Chief Dr. Dion Ngute Joseph.
Public opinion have started questioning the veracity of the supposed “Peace Mission” of the PM.
Some even go as far as to say that the discoveries of the head of government in Bamenda, Buea, Limbe and Kumba have put the entire government in total confusion on the way forward to resolve the crisis, to a point where, for a Member of government to address the situation, care is seriously taken to avoid misunderstandings and Misinterpretations which could further fuel the rising tension on the field.
A recent example is the declaration of the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji who contradicted the statement of the Prime Minister.
The PM had indicated Paul Biya’s readiness to dialogue on all except on Secession, and hopes were high, but immediately shattered by Minister Atanga Nji whose outing recently on France24 indicated that talks on the form of the state is not on the dialogue agenda of the head of state.
Given that the Cabinet Meeting shied out from the Anglophone Crisis, the way forward remained blurred as all eyes are focused at the Unity Palace for President Paul Biya to make a reasonable statement that will concretely pave way for and inclusive dialogue ahead of resolving the stalemate that is on now for over three years in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.