On September 18, 2019, AmbaNews24 published an article titled, “Switzerland Begins Consultation with Some Ambazonian Movements for the Cameroon National Dialogue.” Innocent Chia, a member of MoRISC, one of the organizations that will be attending the meetings has responded to this article. Martin Forminyen in a message circulated on whatsapp has also replied to Innocent Chia’s response. AmbaNews24 editorial policy includes The Right to Respond and the Right to Reply. In compliance with this policy, AmbaNews24 is publishing in their entirety, in transparency to the public, and without any editing, the responses.

Response to AmbaNews24 by Innocent Chia

AmbaNews24.com, like Paul Biya’s CRTV, takes aim at Ambazonia

In a September 18th piece of ignorance titled “Switzerland Begins Consultation with Some Ambazonian Movements for the Cameroon National Dialogue”, ambanews24.com throws its kitchen-sink at Ambazonian pro-independence leaders meeting this weekend in Switzerland as part of ongoing preparatory work towards the Swiss-led mediated negotiations with La Republique du Cameroun. The opening paragraph is served with a double whammy lie:  a) that pro-Independence Ambazonian leaders are meeting in Switzerland this weekend as part of Cameroon’s National Dialogue; and b) insidiously making belief that these leaders are meeting in Switzerland for the first time. The opening paragraph reads:

“The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs working with the Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) Center in Switzerland will this week and possibly beyond, consult with some Ambazonia movements in the diaspora…to enable them to make their contribution to discussions on the resolution of the crisis.”

Before reaching any conclusions about the motives of the author and of ambanews24.com, let us ask ourselves some basic questions from the foregoing:

1) Is the government of Cameroon hiring the services of the Foreign Ministries of every country with a Cameroonian diaspora? 

2) Will the government of Cameroon also be appointing and dispatching, in addition to the hired Foreign Ministries, delegations to meet the Cameroonian Diaspora that dictator Biya outlined in his speech? 

3) If so, what is the role of the Cameroonian Embassy and why is the Cameroon Embassy in Washington DC sending out invitations in lieu of the office of the US Secretary of State? 

4) Is ambanews24.com aware of the fact that the group of Ambazonian leaders that are signed on, and committed, to the Swiss led initiative are not in Switzerland for the first time? 

5) Did ambanews24.com reach out to any of the leaders who will be meeting in Switzerland – Dr Ebenezer Akwanga of APLM, Dr Samuel Sako of the IG, Augustine Ndamgam of SCAPO, or Ntumfoyn Boh Herbert of MoRISC,  just to name these few, to counteract the story from it’s highly placed “source” in Yaounde?

6) If ambanews24.com did not reach out to any of these leaders for a counter to what Yaounde offered ambanews24.com, is ambanews24.com the new CRTV or a branch of CRTV based in “Spain”?

AmbaNews24.com is not shy about its high level sources in Yaounde. In fact, it claims that they 

*”spoke to a high ranking official at the Cameroon Prime Ministry in Yaoundé where Dion Ngute, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cameroon is leading the National Dialogue.* 

So, how come you can talk to LRC but cannot, not for a second, talk to fellow Ambazonians who are all fighting for same Independence?

In addition to fabricating outright lies and belittling the Swiss Foreign Ministry to be on the payroll of Biya, ayabanews24.com cannot seem to explain why Dr. Cho Ayaba is playing cat and mouse with the process. The self-styled “Leader of the Revolution” opted to say he would not attend the Swiss led initiative *this week*, leaving open a backdoor to get into after the others would have done all the hard preparatory work that goes into such a process.  No one expects CRTV to point out to Biya that his dross is showing; no one expects ambanews24.com to point out same to Dr Ayaba. The question remains, meantime, will Ayaba’s next time no longer constitute part of the Cameroun Dialogue?

Another blatant lie that  ambanews24.com manufactures is its highly placed anonymous source in Yaounde. How is it a lie? Ambanews24.com cannot maintain whether it was a tip or an interview. Anonymous sources give tips. An interview is a different ball game all together. A source agrees to interview precisely because it wants to go “on the record”. When a source elects to be anonymous,  it is no longer an interview.  They are providing information. In the piece by ambanews24.com, there is confusion as to whether it was a tip from an anonymous source or the product of an interview. Such confusion is revealing. 

Ambazonians are not fools. Ambazonians have a long memory too. It was not that long ago when ambanews24.com hailed Dr Ayaba Cho and AGovC for signing on the European Institute of Peace (EIP) to provide capacity building and even mediation with LRC. A month or so ago, EIP suspended its involvement, citing, above all, that it wanted to avoid any confusion between its capacity building role and the Swiss led process that it endorsed along the UN, EU, AU, the Unites States, and Canada. Ambanews24.com did not report that the EIP, based in Belgium, has suspended its involvement partly because AGovC was acting as if they owned EIP and would be dictating to the majority of pro-independence groups whether to dance njang or elephant dance, when to jump and how high to jump…  And while the other groups decided to attend the EIP capacity building seminar in Belgium as an olive branch and to foster a better working relationship,  AGovC turned down an invitation to attend the first meeting of the Swiss led initiative that had been agreed to by the rest of the groups. EIP experts quickly saw it, tried severally to fix the problem, but Dr Ayaba and AGovC have remained obstinate. On the request of the majority of Ambazonian pro-independence leaders, the Swiss government has reached out severally to Dr Ayaba and the EIP, as well as to Dr Yerima Darbney who represents the AyukTabe IG.  Both gentlemen have opted to play politics even as LRC exacts its genocidal acts on Ambazonians. 

Ambazonians are not fooled as to who is working with Yaounde. Ambazonians have followed France and all pro-Biya forces sing in unison about the need to release AyukTabe and co as a precondition to any negotiations. Biya has said he might do it. He did it for Dr. Balla and Dr. Fontem. We know what the results have been. Both men since became sworn enemies of an Independent Ambazonia. Watch for Biya to free AyukTabe, then appoint him to lead the Ambazonian delegation to Switzerland… Hopefully, Dr Ayaba Cho will be pardoned and included in that delegation as well. Ambazonians – we must stay alert and beware of wolves in sheepskin. 

Innocent Chia

Reply to Innocent Chia by Martin Forminyen

My dear Innocent Chia,

I was reading thinking it was Comrade Boh Herbert, until I saw your signature under. Great that your writing styles are both converging. 

I have read your response to the AmbaNews24 article, and also read the AmbaNews24 article itself. Unfortunately, I must confess to you that your writing has so much rambling outside of the positions stated in the AmbaNews24 

The entire AmbaNews24 article has three points that you totally failed to respond to effectively, and with any evidence.

1. That there will be a meeting between some Ambazonian movements and the Swiss this week.

2. That in that meeting, the Swiss will intend to solicit contributions, whether directly or indirectly, overtly or implicitly, in ways that will be very open or not, towards the Cameroon Grand National Dialogue.

3. Considering that these movements have also denied involvement in the Cameroon Grand Dialogue Process, AmbaNews24 advises them to formally declare to the Swiss that none of their inputs at the meeting should be construed as material for the Cameroon Grand Dialogue.

You rambled, sometimes became childish, most often escaped the facts and focused on persons, and failed to respond convincingly to these three key points.

First, I have independently confirmed from a member of MoRISC that the said meeting will actually hold from September 20 to September 22 in Switzerland. So, the first point raised in AmbaNews24 article is true. Can you state for the records to the Ambazonian people that no such meeting or workshop will be holding?

You should rather be explaining to the Ambazonian people why you are having these meetings behind their backs, without at least informing them. There is a difference between confidentiality and obscurity. The Ambazonia liberation struggle is a matter of public interest, and obscurity breeds suspicion and must cause every Ambazonian to wonder why those attending such meetings in view of deciding the future of our 8million people do not have the simple courtesy to inform the people that they are meeting on their behalf. In fact, I should extend special gratitude to SCCOP for their Press Statement, as opposed to others who stayed mute!

So, I will rather thank AmbaNews24 for acting as what we expect news media to do in our future Ambazonia homeland: inform the people, whether there is a cover-up by actors or not!

Second, the only way out to disprove AmbaNews24 that there is no attempt by the Swiss to obtain any input from the movements attending, whether overtly or covertly, implicitly or explicitly, is to publish to the Ambazonian people the full agenda and the records of the meeting upon completion. So, please, remember to do this so that we can all know that the source that spoke to AmbaNews24 was unreliable.

On the last point, what you have is a piece of advice to safeguard the Ambazonian revolution, which shows that AmbaNews24 is not acting as CRTV but as an advocate of the Ambazonian struggle to ensure that these our movements do not consciously or unconsciously fall into a potential trap. 

Your mention of whether invitations to past workshops were sent to AGovC or to Yerima and Akuroh are inconsequential as there is no mention of such past invitations in the AmbaNews24 article that you could say are proving them wrong. Rather, AmbaNews24 clearly mentioned that the AGovC, the Consortium, RoAN, and Seseku’s IG have hitherto not bought into the Swiss-led process.

So, my dear Innocent, tone down. Avoid all the rambling, and make sure that when MoRISC participates in the upcoming Sept. 20 to Sept 22 meeting in Switzerland, you are on your guard and give no opportunity for your words to be taken to Yaounde without your knowledge. In this regard, follow the advice of AmbaNews24.

With respect to anonymity, no law requires that anyone interviewed cannot remain anonymous. In fact, today, it is very common to see videos of a journalist interviewing someone whose face remains blurred out. Sometimes, one hears a voice speaking but his or her figure is invisible completely. This is anonymity. An anonymous informant could be interviewed and still remains anonymous. An interview can be done for documentation to be published later or it can be done just for the purpose of getting enough information and checking the authenticity of the information, with no intent to reveal the identity of the interviewee. But the way the message was put across to Ambanews24 should not be a matter of discussion, the point is, someone gave that information to Ambanews24, which at least from the point that there is actually a meeting beginning tomorrow, September 24 has proven true.

One aside issue you raised is whether the Swiss are working for Cameroon. Well, you failed to answer that convincingly again because, I think, you do not know. Do you? No country spends money just for spending sake, whether in a facilitator, mediator, or negotiator role. All countries, especially those in the west, are out for their self-interest in everything they touch. Americans were very involved, playing both facilitation and support roles in the Sudan-South Sudan negotiations. Behold, they were not neutral. They had oil deals with the South Sudanese that they were seeking to achieve, though acting as mediators. The international system is crocked and people who fall into it without reservations are very bad negotiators for their people. Work for Ambazonians, not the Swiss! Watch out!!

From your Ambazonia brother, Martin Forminyen