“Swiss-Led Process” is International System’s Trojan Horse for Cameroun’s Victory – Dr. Cho Ayaba
a May 16 “Weekend Reflection,” Dr. Cho Ayaba, the President of the Ambazonia
Governing Council (AGovC) has described the purported Cameroun Swiss-led talks as
a “Trojan Horse” that the international community is using to infiltrate, lure
Ambazonian fighters to surrender to Cameroun, and distract the Ambazonian
people from focusing on building strength for the ultimate defense and
liberation of their homeland.
has the international community used such schemes before to roll back gains of
armed forces? How is Switzerland and Cameroun on the same side? What is the way
forward? The visionary, intelligent and inspiring reflection from the leader of
the Ambazonia liberation struggle that is published in full below is a
REFLECTION” by Dr. Cho Ayaba, President of AGovC
In more than 50 years, all our diplomatic efforts to regain our independence took Ambazonia from an independent country into near extermination. All attempts to use the justness of our Cause argument; matching our ideals against the method of both the oppressor and the international system made us a mockery of the continent. In the face of resistance in South Africa and defense of the right to be free in South Sudan, East Timor and Eritrea, Ambazonian idealism looked like cheap propaganda from a people who lacked guts to face down their robbers. Our believe in the international system: our believe in Western capitalism, concept of liberalism and its almighty trojan horse dubbed democracy left warriors to be led like sheep to the slaughter.
years ago we rose up to defend our independence. Against all odds we normalised
the right to exist; the right to life and dignity in the psyche of our people;
but the most important achievement was normalising the right to the protection
of these concepts using arms.
did not pick up arms because we were savages. We did because for close to sixty
years matching our ideals to the method of the oppressor did not work; hoping
on the international system to fix the mess they put us in did not work. We
faced the arrogance and guns of an unrepentant occupier. We were faced with two
options, Blink or fight back.
we resisted, the world hoped it was simply agitation from a disgruntled
few; they used all kinds of words to describe our revolution. We neither
blinked nor lost focus. We knew our mission; had mastered our methods and
understood our oppressor. Our determination frightened them and sensing the
defeat of Cameroun, they introduced a speed brake call Swiss talks. They knew
we were gullible and will fall for it.
1997, as the forces of Kabila garnered strength, the West that had been
complicit to the plunder of Zaire attempted to introduce a speed brake by
asking for transition by negotiations. Kabila and his men knew that a man who
had refused to negotiate for more than 30 years should be outrightly defeated.
In May of 1997, Mobutu left the capital for Gabon on a one way flight into
Syria, after the rebels had defeated the Syrian forces in almost all of Syria
and laid siege to the capital, scared of an islamic take over, the world used
the Swiss and HD to organise negotiations in Geneva. That speed brake
introduced to slow the rebel momentum cost the rebels heavily. Today the rebels
have lost all their gains and are struggling for survival in the last city of
Idlib where they have been surrounded.
are faced with a choice: Mobilise our
people for total resistance or succumb to the machinations of Switzerland using
infiltrators to forever destroy our resistance.
is not our friend. It is a trojan horse
being used by the international system to hand victory to Cameroun. Ask
yourself these questions; what is the interest of Switzerland in trying to help
end the conflict? Does Switzerland care about the genocide in Ambazonia? If it
does, why can’t it refer Cameroun to the ICC? Is Switzerland interested in a
genuine outcome that brings peace and justice? If yes, why is it afraid to make
the process transparent and inclusive of other international stakeholders?
the negotiations between South Africa and the ANC [African National Congress], and between Colombia and the FARC
rebels, secret channels of contacts existed for many years. [Switzerland] is
unable to get Cameroun to commit; unable to use its influence to halt the
Switzerland is a danger to our war of
It is not a neutral facilitator. It is a collaborator in the subjugation and
maintenance of Ambazonia as a colony of Cameroun. This move has been
frustrated by our refusal to accept a blank cheque.
finally back on track. We must not be naive.
world does not care about justice. They want stability. If they cared about us,
they wouldn’t have asked for a unilateral cease fire because of Covid 19; they
would have asked for Yaoundé to release our people. They have never cared about
the condition of detention and the trauma our [Prisoners of War] are going
through. They don’t care about the tragedy of those in IDP camps and the
consequences of the Republic of Cameron’s continuous brutality on our children;
if they did, they would have taken stronger actions.
of Biya’s money is in Switzerland. For many years they were complicit in the
exploitation of our cocoa and in banking Biya’s ill-gotten wealth from
extortion in Ambazonia. While Biya developed Switzerland, we had no schools and
do not hate our oppressors; we do not hate those who conspire against us; we
have identified them and we shall never be fooled again.
What is the way forward? We must intensify the
war against Cameroun! Mandela did not do the same because he did not care about his
people: He sacrificed his own freedom because he wanted everyone to be free.
Martin Luther King Jr could have simply given up; he lost his life to ensure that
Barrack Obama had a chance. Malcolm X did not invoke the right to self-defense
blind to the dangers of that decision. He lost his life in the process.
international conspiracies must stop with this generation! We will not be
manipulated or derailed from our focus on ending Cameroun’s reign in Ambazonia.
We shall use self-defense as a key instrument to achieve our objectives.
is what Ambazonians must know. The
nature of the process of any negotiations will determine the outcome you want.
this stage in our struggle the world cannot negotiate the outcome of our war
without the Ambazonia Governing Council. This Governing Council oversees the
most structured, most armed and inspired force on the ground. The Swiss are in
bed with weak, corrupt and ideologically weak groups who cannot end the
conflict. The Ambazonia Governing Council can because its position reflects
that of the Ambazonian people.
Wars of liberation are about the most effective strategies that weaken your enemy, gain you respect and force your enemy to beg for a way out. Anytime your enemy is unwilling to even talk, you must understand that you still have some knocking to do. That is why our people must persevere and work harder to cripple Cameroun, render it powerless and force it to beg to negotiate its way out. That is what it takes to be free. Chances make Champions. We have taken our chance and this generation will end the nightmare over us. Our forces are ready! They are determined! They are inspired and they are confident!!
Dr. Cho Ayaba