ETHNICITY IN CAMEROON : A TRADITIONAL RULER IN BARE BAKEM VILLAGE CHASE OUT PEOPLE FROM THE WESTERN REGION(BAMILEKE).
We are getting a very conflicting information coming in from Bare-Bakem,a village in the Moungo Division,Littoral where we are told that a certain traditional ruler (State Council) and his brother(Police officer) are chasing away people from the Western Région (Bamileke) for reasons yet to be known…The head of State on several occasions has reminded Cameroonians that each individual is free to be in all liberty wherever he/she likes (village, sub-division, Division or region).
Pictures below present a crowd of people and we can see an individual holding a traditional regalia known as (Ndop) mostly used by people from the Western Région. while in a second picture,the same individual holds the same regalia in flame.
We can not identify who this individual is, but if the information is true,We call on the power that be to take any necessary and swift action to put an end to that act and bring perpetrator (s) to court..
In the preamble of our Constitution, the Cameroonian people, proud of its linguistic and cultural diversity, solemnly proclaimed that Cameroon constitutes a single and one Nation, engaged in a common destiny.
The following principles are solemnly affirmed by Cameroon before several International organizations..
Human beings, without discrimination of sex, race, religion, belief, possess inalienable and sacred rights;
All men have equal rights and obligations. The State assures to citizens conditions necessary for their development;
Liberty and security are guaranteed to each individual in the respect for the rights of others and the supreme interest of the State;The respect for all correspondences is inviolable.It cannot be under-mined, except by virtue of decisions coming from the judicial authority;the State is civil and law has no retroactive effect.
Ethnic conflict is one of the major threats to international peace and security….
The Bamileke also known as Grassfields people are the largest ethnic group in Cameroon.The Bamileke are regrouped under several groups, each under the guidance of a chief or fon. They speak a number of related languages from the Eastern Grassfield branch of the GrassField language family. These languages are closely related, however, and some classifications identify a Bamileke dialect continuum with seventeen or more dialects.The Bamileke people are best known for their very striking and often intricately beaded mascarades, including the impressive elephant mask.They control morethan 50% of the economy and are found in all the ten regions of Cameroon.