By Chris Fobeneh, May 10, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Washington D.C – Boh Herbert, hitherto Spokesperson for the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia United Front SCACUF, has resigned, pulling out his organization –Movement for the Restoration of the Independence of the Southern Cameroons MoRISC, out of the infant umbrella organization.
Herbert’s resignation came in a press statement written by him and dated Wednesday May 10. Herbert who states in the release that he is withdrawing from SCACUF to focus more in his role as Spokesperson/Chairman of MoRISC, – the organization he founded late last year, advanced a number of reasons for his resignation from SCACUF.
Amongst the issues he raises are the subject of the lawsuit against La Republique du Cameroon involving the American law firm of Hoag Foley, a litigation whose contract was officially signed only last weekend. Herbert complains that he and his organization were not adequately listened to or consulted by SCACUF and SCAPAC officials who managed the whole arrangement up to its signing.
“It would be in bad conscience if I were to caution or approve of the high level of backdoor and under the table dealings conducted by “shadowy” individuals leading up to the birth of SCAPAC and culminating last Sunday in Boston (USA), in the signing of a Retainer Agreement with a law firm. A lot is wrong with what went down in Boston. For instance, signed documents showing or implying that organizations which have endorsed SCACUF have automatically endorsed SCAPAC (or have to be seen as having done so) has to be an act of fraud. Keeping the terms of the Retainer Agreement secret, including even from liberation movements supposedly partners of SCACUF, is an unfortunate illustration of the lack of trust, confidence and transparency that can only harm our struggle.” Herbert wrote.
However, the Cameroon Journal has gathered that Herbert’s organization was actually fully represented at that signing by Larry Eyong Echaw who happens to be one of the top executives at MoRISC. Elvis Kometa, SCNC North America Chair, who has since subjugated the organization under the tutelage of MoRISC was also present at the signing event in Boston.
Apart from the lawsuit objection, Boh Herbert also suggests in his resignation statement that SCACUF officials appear to have reneged on an agreement from its last conclave in Nigeria to hold elections for an Interim Southern Cameroons Gov’t this month.
Nevertheless, Herbert questions, “Is it possible, as some argue, that the Retainer is worse for Ambazonia than the 1959 accords between France and her colonial territories in Africa? Are critics wrong to claim that it
constitutes a wholesale auctioning and/or mortgage of Southern Cameroons (territory, government and people) to what, on paper is a law firm, but may (in the light of certain terms of the Retainer) be qualified by historians as a vulture fund?”
The press statement also re-echoes what The Cameroon Journal had in one of its editorials suggested was lacking as a binding factor for SCACUF’s unity effort to be enduring. ‘The failure to work out and adopt terms of references for partner organizations of SCACUF, is sadly wreaking havoc where the long, sought after emergence of a united front, should have reenergized participation.”
The statement, kind of vindicating to critics of MoRISC who have always seen the organization to have political undercurrents, ironically invokes the same fear that some within SCACUF appear to be working towards making SCACUF emerge as the only political party at the end of the struggle. “Permit me,” Herbert writes, “to conclude by thanking SCACUF for giving Southern Cameroonian liberation movements a united front. However, let me caution SCACUF to resist the bait however tempting of adopting the workings of a one party system.”
The fear of SCACUF emerging or creating a one party system is raised in the backdrop of SCACUF’s apparent renege on facilitating the election of an Interim gov’t for the Southern Cameroons, an idea born out of MoRISC
and which was supposed to hold May 17. The statement suggests that instead of working towards carrying out the elections, some within SCACUF are conspiring to turn the organization into becoming an interim gov’t itself.
“The unilateral decision taken by some within SCACUF to set aside the most important resolution adopted at the Second Lagos Conclave the election of an Interim Prime Minister in May 2017 reinforces worrisome signals. It violates the resolution adopted during the Conclave for some to be itching or working feverishly to transform SCACUF into the much awaited Interim Government.”
At press time, no statement had come from SCACUF in response to its Spokesperson’s resignation and the pulling out of MoRISC. A phone call to Tassang Wilfred, SCACUF Secretary General wasn’t answered. We will stay on top of the story.