Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

Cameroon: Bali/Bawock - Fons Challenged to Surmount Ego for Peace

Intolerance, tribalism condemned as Bawock Fon returns to ancestral land after 2007 barbaric destructions.

Wisdom from the Holy Bible and State authority were central on October 31, 2009 following instructions that the traditional rulers of Bali Nyongha and Bawock must improve traditional leadership to give peace and development a chance in Bali Sub-Division. This was after the barbaric confrontation in 2007 that reduced Bawock to naught with property destroyed while inhabitants escaped the village for safety. Not even the Bawock royal palace, the customary symbol of the people was spared in the violence that sent His Highness Fon Quimon Nana Theodore Wanda III and subjects homeless and haunted by fear.

The official return of the Fon to the land of their ancestors was a crowd puller. Several traditional rulers from across the country gathered round the Mezam SDO, Mache Joseph Bertrand for the event. The administrator had a strongly worded message to set records straight in the crisis that brought shame to his Division. He was clear when he blamed the "selfishness of leaders and intolerance for the destruction of Bawock by people condemned by history to live together". He was at a loss that such happened in the 21st century with Bawock now only trying to rewrite their history. To hear him "Never, never again should such barbaric acts occur between Bali and Bawock. Cameroon is a Republic with unity and national integration as cornerstones and not a monarchy".

"There is no super citizen or super traditional chieftaincy in Cameroon. The Fons of Bali and Bawock are respectively, 1st and 2nd class Fons with the Fon of Bawock attached to the Fon of Bali" he continued. In all, the SDO had home work for the Fons with Psalms 34:12-14 prescribed as the gateway to a long, peaceful and better life on earth.

The clocks stroke 11:25a.m. when the elated Fon Quimon Nana III set foot back in his ancestral palace with a message of peace towards his neighbours, Bali Nyongha. He revisited the sad events regretting that their neighbours violated their non aggression pact. Bawock, according to him, is a separate entity from Bali and Bawock refuses to lose neither their land nor their identity. Fon Quimon Nana III appealed for immediate government assistance beginning with the planting of a gendarmerie post in Bawock and the need for walls of superiority and supremacy to give way to peace, justice, trust and equity.

His Majesty the Fon of Bali Nyongha, Dr Doh Gahnyongha III was also around and according to him "peace has no price" and that is why he was in Bawock palace to "welcome Fon Quimon Nana Wanda III back to the village he left without informing me". He further expressed need for dialogue in Bawock's endeavours for a new beginning and did not find fairness in earlier comments by a delegation of the North West Fons Union, NOWEFU which revisited their condemnation of the barbarism of 2007 because it brought shame to the North West according to the Fon of Ngyen Muwa who spoke for NOWEFU. Bawock elite also stated their preparedness to forgive the perpetrators of the violence. An ecumenical service set the tone for the event preaching peace and reconciliation.

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