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Cameroon Anglophone Separatist War: Wounded Soldiers To Be Reintegrated Into Army

Cameroon’s Minister Delegate in the Presidency in charge of the Armed Forces has assured soldiers wounded at the front of the ongoing Anglophone separatist war that they would be reintegrated into the army when they leave hospital.

Joseph Beti Assomo, who has been touring the restive Northwest Anglophone region of Cameroon since November 20, 2020, visited the wounded soldiers hospitalized in the 5th military region hospital housed in the B Campus of the Bamenda National Polytechnic. 

He told the sick soldiers that he brought them “a message of comfort and the reassurance that they would be reinserted and redeployed in time, taking account of their physical aptitude”.

The minister was accompanied on his visit by the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele Nguele, the Director General of External Research, Leopold Maxime Eko Eko, the Army Chief of Staff, General Rene Claude Meka and several other senior military and police officers.

Assomo revealed that the deployment of such a high-powered security and military delegation to the restive Northwest Region was to “globally evaluate the security situation, obtain knowledge of the living and working conditions of the men on the ground. 

It was also “to transmit the message of encouragement and orientation to the troops and to reassure the population that the government was doing everything to ensure that they regain peaceful living conditions,” he added. 

The visit comes as the country prepares for the December 6, 2020 regional elections and the end-of-year festivities and is aimed at ensuring that “these two strong moments pass hitch-free”.

At the end of the visit, Minister Beti Assomo “thanked the administrative authorities and populations of the Northwest Region for their contribution towards the final return of peace”.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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