In a frustrating tweet on the so-called election of Regional Representatives in Kamerun, the Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, has described the exercise as another SELECTION by mummified Paul Biya – Africa’s oldest and most brutal dictator. “Absolute Nonsense by this and other officials who should better focus on bringing peace and enabling an environment for youth to regain their livelihoods.” He blasted. Dr. Fomunyoh went bombastic following a communique by one of the selected Mayors of Tubah, a county in the troubled British Cameroon calling on youths to pickup forms to fill out for support from the old dictator who has not been seen live by the country for over 9 months. With a sense of pain, the director wonders aloud why for four years with the daily killings and atrocities, the Dictator’s henchmen and stooges “speak and act like they are from a different planet”.
Four years into the conflict and with more than 23,000 killed and over 400 villages burnt by the French Cameroun soldiers, Mr. Fomunyoh has not hidden his frustration with the Biya regime that continues to pursue an ethnic-cleansing strategy in the English regions, despite calls for a mediated settlement. Daily innocent people are killed and dumped in rivers or buried in mass graves by the French Cameroun soldiers. Despite his enormous influence as an authority, well-respected around the world, Dr. Fomunyoh is still to garner global action for peace in his native region. He no doubt acknowledges the difficulties in seeking peace in the region. He however maintains that the missing, frail Paul Bya shoulders the blame for escalating the conflict, and still hoping that there is a military solution to the genocide as described by Dr. Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch (Click here to read his declaration). The region has not seen students in schools for the past 4 years, with almost a million internally-displaced and more than a hundred thousand as refugees in neighboring countries. More than 600 were killed in the region in the past 4 months.
Who is Dr. Fomunyoh?
as an authority in demcocracy in Africa, the NDI Director has organized and advised international election observation missions to Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He has also designed and supervised country specific democracy support programs with civic organizations, political parties and legislative bodies in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo. In the course of his work, Dr. Fomunyoh interacts regularly with heads of state and government, cabinet ministers, elected officials and political and civic leaders. He recently designed and helped launch the African Statesmen Initiative (ASI), a program aimed at facilitating political transitions in Africa by encouraging former democratic heads of state to stay engaged in humanitarian issues, conflict mediation, public health and other key sectors of political, economic and human development on the continent.