Major National Dialogue: Appearence of Ex-combatants as a confidence booster

The emotional appearance of three different groups of ex-combatants from the North West and South West regions constituted high points of the just ended Major National Dialogue.

 

Their participation in the debates contradicted some foreign media reports affirming that secessionists groups were not present for the dialogue.

Monday 30th September 2019 during the opening ceremony presided over by the PM, Head of Government, a group of thirty converts from the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration centre addressed the assembly.
Their spokesman Yannick Kawa Kawa made a plea for government to assist them through their reintegration process.


Stating that they were misled, he promised to work with competent authorities to have many more converts leave the bushes.

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The next day, another group of five made a public appearance at the Yaounde Conference Centre.

“General Capture and Destroy” and four others (Commander Pussy, Ezehmo, No Mercy and Commander Champion) came in during the Major National Dialogue.


It was another emotional moment when their spokesman expressed remorse for the level of destruction both emotional and physical.
“The suffering is too much and the torment is unbearable. Our brothers and sisters are suffering in Nigeria and we want them back”.

Stressing the need for peace to be restored “General Capture and Destroy” with a Bible in his hand stated.

“If we fail to put this thing to an end, we will all suffer, we will see how our children are killing themselves”.

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Wednesday 2nd October 2019, another group of nine came on. They stated they had accepted President Paul Biya’s peace offer.

The leader of the group Shey Divine aka “Aluma” from Nkambe, Donga Mantung Division, North West region asked for pardon from the nation for the many atrocities.

“We have sinned against the nation, we have sinned against God, we ask for forgiveness.” He said.

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Twenty-one other ex-fighters came at the closing ceremony of the five day debates.

Once again Cameroonians listen to them express remorse. They all stated they were misguided. They begged government to stand by them as they pull out other sceptics from the bushes.

The collective accounts from these ex-combatants was amongst the success stories of a five day meeting to find solutions to the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

Benly Anchunda

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