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Rebel attacks in East Region: Governor blamed

By Mbom Sixtus, Nov. 12, 2013
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Cameroon Journal, East Region, Nov. 22 - Residents of Gbitti, communities located at the Cameroon-Central African Republic frontier are blaming the governor of the East Region – Samuel Ivaha Diboua for a recent attack that left several people dead, and some wounded after rebels invaded the area.

 They have accused the governor of giving a whole different version of what transpired prior to the incident in an interview he granted state radio.

The governor had said on CRTV 8pm news, Sunday November 17, after the attack, that he had taken several measures to prevent any possible invasion, following information he gathered from the residents of the village. “We had been receiving information that a group of rebels was preparing to attack our military bases here. The reports became persistent until the rebels finally attacked on Sunday the 17th, at about 6pm” he said.


However, the villagers told the media that they had sent several alerts to the governor, indicating that even customs officers in the area had abandoned their posts after threats of invasion became very eminent. They argued that had the governor followed-up with the alerts sent to him and secured the border as custom officers had vamoosed the borders, the incident could have been prevented.


A release from the Defence Minister, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o stated that 5 rebels were killed in the attack and several others wounded. The Cameroon army suffered a soldier casualty and a civilian. Another soldier and a civilian were wounded in the battle.

The villagers believe had the governor visited to evaluate the situation - what they were informing him about, the incident could not have happened. The Governor is talking about security in the area but he forgets that only three police officers and seven soldiers of the Rapid Intervention Unit of the armed forces, BIR, were working in shifts in the area.

Customs officers, who abandoned their posts they said, did so after they were tipped that a great number of heavily armed soldiers were preparing to invade the area from a base in Banga, the first Central African Republic village across the Bombe River which separates the two countries. “These rebels had molested us and seized our properties for so long before the intervention of the Cameroon armed forces.” One of the Gbitti residents said.

The village was attacked by rebels of the Central African Republic's FDPC who want the release of their leader, Abdoulaye Miskine, currently imprisoned in Yaounde. He was arrested September this year in Bertoua where he had come seeking medical treatment  after being shot in a shootout with the Seleka soldiers of Michel Djotodia, current strongman of the CAR.

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