By Hans Ngala, Monday, January 15, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Kumbo – Opposition MP. Hon. Wirba Joseph took the town of Kumbo by storm Saturday, January 14, as the population turned out en masse to hear the daring parliamentarian address them.
Before his arrival at Kumbo Squares Roundabout, a mammoth crowd of over 5.000 had turned out in defiance of a Kumbo DO’s letter in which he (the DO) called on Wirba not to dare hold any rally in the town.
Besides Wirba, the rally was electrified with the presence of Mancho BBC, the man who has also become a symbol of the revolution. There were other politicians cum activists who, led by Wirba, vowed to take the message of resistance to the rest of West Cameroon.
The rally began a little after 1:00PM. The crowd went wild with excitement when Wirba appeared, carried on the shoulders of elated supporters who started chanting “Welcome Papa” in Pidgin.
Mancho BBC, taking the rostrum, caused adrenaline to flow when he was introduced. Addressing the crowd that braved the scorching sun and dust in Kumbo, Mancho rhetorically asked after mounting the dais, “They said we were small cubes of sugar in a bowl of water. Are we all gathered here small cubes of sugar?” “No” the crowd shouted.
“Even if we were tiny cubes of sugar,” he continued, “we have refused to melt. Even the basin and the water now are suffering at the hands of the sugar. I always pay tribute to our forefathers for what they did and you know…, I told this government that what they are doing to us is like pumping carbon dioxide into us and when we explode, we shall be deadlier than Lake Nyos.” He said.
Continuing, he recounted some of the brutal killings on West Cameroonians by La Republque forces. “At Waza Park, they fire shots in the air to protect elephants but when Anglophones raise their voices, they are mercilessly shot at. An eleven-year-old was shot at as he went to close his parents’ shop in Bamenda. Are these the kind of people you want us to stay with?” A resounding “No” came from the crowd. “On the day CPDM wanted to do the rubbish march in Bamenda, a 19-year-old student of Longla Comprehensive College, stood in front of her house to wash papaw but police
shot her at point blank range and doctors from Yaoundé wrote an autopsy report saying she fell. Are these the kind of people you want us to stay with?” “Another thunderous “No” echoed from the people. This has gotten to the point where we better die fighting than die as beggars on our knees. We will fight and fight and fight,” he concluded.
Gladys Tafon, daughter to late Isaiah Tum Tafon, first-ever SCNC leader from Kumbo who died in exile in Nigeria, also took the podium and schooled the population on human rights and how far the struggle has gone at the level of the AU.
After all others had done speaking, Hon. Wirba took to the podium amid commotion all over the place. He started; “We are here today to tell the world that we are not slaves. We never were, and we will never be. We West
Cameroonians need to be united in this fight like never before. Since they said we are the ones who opted to join them, we are now equally opting out of that failed union. So it is high time those colonial oppressors in West Cameroon started packing their bags out of West Cameroon. We must resist their oppression and fight for our sovereignty.”
“We will carry this same message of resistance next to Kumba, then Buea and Bamenda…” he said.
All over the scene, conspicuous banners could be seen, some reading ‘No to Anglophone Marginalization” and red T-shirts that read “The Sugar Has Refused to Melt After 55 Years,” referring to the failed union between the Anglophones and French Cameroons
After delivering the message, Wirba then drove to Mbveh, the commercial hub of Kumbo where he met with another teeming crowd of about 5.000. He didn’t deliver any speech here but his presence was very motivating to the crowd. “You are the man! Thanks for being with us,” a voice yelled from the crowd.
Speaking to the Cameroon Journal, Wirba, said, West Cameroonians must stand up for their rights because no one will give it to them if they do not fight by themselves. Some of those present at the event who later spoke to The Cameroon Journal, expressed satisfaction and their readiness to fight for the restoration of West Cameroons like never before.
“It’s good to see that the population has decided that they do not even want anything to do with La Republique anymore. People are tired and frustrated and they needed the kind of leader they have in Hon. Wirba. I think he and the Consortium should keep working together and settle for nothing less than a two-state federation.” A supporter said.