Called “support bonus”, the allowance concerns all the elements of the Public Force without any distinction, engaged in the fight against the English separatists.
The Cameroonian Head of State, Paul Biya, has decided to pay a “support bonus” in the amount of 30,000 FCFA per person per month, for the benefit of soldiers engaged in Peace and Security Operations in the North West and South West Regions.
This bonus, which comes into effect in March 2018, is equivalent to the war bonus already paid to personnel engaged in the fight against the Islamist sect Boko Haram in the Far North, we learn.
A decision taken when the Ambazonia Defense Force (ADF, armed wing of the English-speaking separatists) multiplies assaults against the positions (police stations, gendarmerie brigades, etc.) of the Cameroonian defense forces in the English-speaking regions. Clashes last Sunday in several localities including Mungo Ndor have killed one in the ranks of the Cameroonian army, according to witnesses. A balance sheet not yet confirmed by the authorities.
Since the end of 2016, the Cameroonian army has been heavily deployed in the English-speaking zone, where secessionist activists have established a form of guerrilla warfare against the Yaoundé government, which they claim to marginalize that part of the country, which represents some 20% of the population. millions of citizens.
According to the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, the army has since lost 27 elements that have fallen as a result of terrorist acts, with 18 more cases of rape of girls aged 13 to 18 attributed to the separatists.
The current tensions began more than a year ago in November 2016 with the demands mainly of teachers deploring the appointment of French speakers in English-speaking regions, or of lawyers lamenting the supremacy of Roman law to the detriment of Anglo-Saxon common law.
Most of the protest leaders are demanding a return to federalism and, for a minority, the independence and proclamation of a new state they call Ambazonia.