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In Cameroon World Bank Props Up Biya Silent Like Guterres on Burned Village Life Sentences

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NYP

UN GATE, Oct 18 – On September 29 Inner City Press was sent another tweet about Biya's platform for national dialogue, an account featuring a photos of the grip and grin between Guterres and Biya's foreign minister. This is the result of Guterres' sold out diplomacy - a Potemkin Village of fake dialogue accompanied by violence and censorship. Guterres is no better than Biya. At least Biya is officially senile. What is Guterres' excuse?

 Now on October 18, on the eve of Guterres' irrelevant junket to DC for the World Bank IMF Annual meeting at which he'll whisper at a small states forum then slink back to his $15 million mansion in NY, this on the World Bank propping up Biya: "The World Bank will be expending up to $200 million for investment in Cameroon under a development policy credit (DPC) deal. The agreement was signed this week by Abdoulaye Seck, the Bank’s country director for Yaounde and the Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Alamine Ousmane Mey.  The DPC aims to strengthen fiscal sustainability, protect the poor and most vulnerable in the West African country and enhance its competitiveness among other nations.  In addition, the DPC will also target the efficiency of public procurement, broaden the non-oil tax base, support efforts to rationalize and reduce tax expenditures and improve civil-service management.    The funds are also expected to be deployed into road maintenance, improving supply chains at the Port of Douala, working towards achieving greater financial sustainability in the energy sector, and a more climate-resilient road network.  The World Bank supports Cameroon through various mediums with a net commitment of $1.81 billion."

  Both Biya and Guterres are engaged in blatantly mismanagement. While Guterres whose waste of money and censorship for corruption lead to lower payments to the UN cries poor, here is what Biya's has done to Cameroon, even according to money loving Moody's: "Cameroon's credit profile constrained by institutional challenges 11 October 2019 London, October 11, 2019 --  Cameroon's credit challenges include the weak institutional environment Relatively diversified economy and natural gas reserves are among credit strengths The credit profile of Cameroon (B2 stable) is constrained by the weak institutional environment and rising public and external debt, Moody's Investors Service said in an annual report this week.  Credit strengths include the economy's relative diversification and the development of natural gas reserves, which offers the potential to compensate for gradually declining oil production.  "Cameroon's public and external debt has increased significantly on the back of the mostly externally financed public investment programme," said Kelvin Dalrymple, a Moody's Vice President - Senior Credit Officer and the report's co-author. "This has exacerbated by the country's below median revenue-generation capacity, which weighs on debt affordability."  Domestic political risk is the main driver of event risk in Cameroon, given succession risks and tensions ahead of the legislative elections scheduled for October 2019."  We'll have more on this.

  Guterres m.o. is spreading. Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and now Melissa Fleming have refused to answer Inner City Press' written questions about Cameroon. Dujarric amid Biya's killings tweeted this: "  UN Spokesperson  @UN_Spokesperson   Secretary-General  @antonioguterres  encouraged by   @PR_Paul_BIYA 's decision to release Maurice Kamto and hundreds of others, reiterates  @UN 's support for #Cameroon's National Dialogue." The irony? Biya on Twitter blocks many critics including Inner City Press, which is ALSO blocked by Dujarric. Birds of a corrupt feather.

Meanwhile this from MimiMefo: "There is commotion in Bali Town, Mezam Division North West Region.  Soldiers invaded the village in their number during and after October 1st commemoration, the day Southern Cameroons independent state of Ambazonia was declared, by separatist leaders and fighters.  In Sang, a Bali neighbourhood, several persons, notably civilians are feared dead. “The people had escaped to the bush to seek refuge but returned yesterday, not knowing soldiers were still there,” a source told Mimi Mefo Info.  “The population of Bali nyonga since yesterday are under gradual extermination. Sang Will soon finish. The military doing what they know best,” said another source.  “Many of those killed in Sang, are from the Mbalang compound,” the source added." And from corrupt Guterres? Nothing. Censorship and ban of Press.

  On September 26 in a nearly empty UN General Assembly Hall Biya's foreign minister Lejeune Mbella Mbelle gave a speech nearly entirely in French, blaming all problems in the SW and NW on separatists. Inner City Press, banned from the UN by Biya's colluder Guterres, puts some of it immediately on Twitter, here. Now here is the whole speech, on YouTube It is shameful - and Guterres is shameless. We'll have more on this.

Here's from Kamto's letter, retyping from PDF and prepared to ask Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming about it in writing:

"Dear Mr. Secretary General, We are very skeptical about your role as an honest broker and neutral facilitator in the resolution of Cameroon's multiform crisis, as would be expected from the UN Secretary General. Our appreciation is based on the following observations: Soon after the presidential election, we wrote to you to warn of the chaotic situation in which Cameroon has been locked up for 37 years, due to a biased and unreliable electoral system....

We notably pointed out the rigging of this election and other resulting crises our country is confronting, epitomized by the Anglophone Norht-West and South-West (NOSO) regions' conflict and related humanitarian drama...

No concrete actions from the UN Secretariat were noticed afterwards. To the same extent, whereas, the recent visit to Cameroon of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Michelle Bachelet, was very disappointed by its poor achievement: an audience with Mr. BIYA, her decoration and a short meeting with some political activists. No field visit to the NOSO afflicted regions and no meeting with the political prisoners. 

Mr BIYA unwillingly undertook the Geneva dialogue initiative. Following its announcement, we were surprised by your prompt endorsement of a process that was bound to fail, as this unilateral approach underlined by a divisive rationale is far from the required broad-based, consensual process and undercuts its credibility... your prompt rush to applaud this initiative without ensuring of the fulfillment of the key conditions for its success. 

In consequence, the credibility of the UN Secretary General is questioned. Truly yours, Mauice Kamto Christian Penda Ekoka Political prisoners, Yaounde, Cameroon, 24 September 2019."  We'll have more on this.

Inner City Press as of September 25 is being banned by Guterres and Melissa Fleming from covering the UN General Assembly, presided over by Nigeria's ambassador Tijjani Muhammed-Bande. We'll have more on this.

Inner City Press live tweeted the shameful May UNSC session and uploaded Guterres' envoy Francois Fall's failing statement here.

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