Southern Cameroonians in the know, are reeling in shock as screenshots of Tanpang Ivo and Mark Bareta’s Facebook conversation, has revealed that the pair has been using the ‘plight’ of Southern Cameroonians as a money making venture.
Under the disguise of Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium interim leaders, the pair used the emotions of Southern Cameroonians to raise huge some of money via GoFundMe and private fundraising events whiling blackmailing government officials to collet huge sums of money.
The following is an excerpt of a report by The Horizon Newspaper, which will be published tomorrow:
“The money usually flows in, in thousands of US Dollars following numerous Facebook live outings by the said individuals to motivate donors in the name of moving “the winning” struggle forward. In the end, when the collections are closed, the screenshots indicate, the money is then shared among the various stakeholders involved and in some cases a tiny fraction sent home to one or two persons to disguise the mafia surrounding the operations. That is how it becomes a matter of war, insults, setting-up of people and groups of people who go out of their way to call for accountability on the use of the public funds raised. Those asking for accountability as quickly named enemies of the struggle and “agents of La Republique” and swept under the carpet or put up for public lynching on Facebook and other social media outlets.
According to This reporter recalls that a few months ago, Mr. Tassang Wilfred, Secretary General of the Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union, CATTU and Programs Coordinator of the Consortium released a video in which he said repeatedly that the Consortium was not involved in any fundraising exercise.
That video attracted widespread condemnation on social media to the point it was even alleged that he was captured by government forces and was as a result speaking what they were asking him to say. Less tolerant comrades shredded the man as an enemy of the struggle whose avowed intention was to destroy the interim leadership and of course the Anglophone cause.
The release of these screenshots tells another story and leaves to understand that Tassang and the local Consortium leaders had sensed the foul play and were by that move distancing themselves from the scams, but they easily got suppressed by the robust, well oiled and coordinated machinery of the social media army put in place by Tapang and Mark to secure their “business”.
A ring that has run into difficulties since the advent of a united front with more stringent ways of raising funds for their activites. This far, the names of a number of figures of the Anglophone struggle have been used to launch fundraisers: Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, Ayah Paul Abine and perhaps in the days ahead it would be the turn of Mancho Bibixy, the author of the coffin revolution, if his girl friend were to accept the offer of 40% of eventual collections as revealed by the evidence provided to our newsroom. Information concerning the collections launched ($30 per person) purportedly to pay transport for lawyers going to Yaounde for the hearing of their colleague, Agbor Balla in on April 27, 2017 is yet to filter out and we have been unable to get any of the lawyers concerned acknowledge receipt of any such assistance.
The notion that those whose names are in use know exactly what is happening is quickly put paid to when one examines the communications between Tapang and Mark critically. From the look of things, what appeared to be a power tussle between the local Consortium leaders on the run and the Interim Consortium leaders based abroad and whose role was supposed to be that of fronting for the organization after it was banned on the 17th of January, 2017, was in actual fact a battle to safeguard a new found source of revenue.
Sensing that that the local leaders were beginning to run to safety in their numbers and that power would soon leave them, Tapang and Mark decided to narrow down the Consortium to two people; Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba. Their understanding was that those two would be confined for long giving them room to make more money. Thus, on the 16th of February, 2017, Tapang and Mark signed a release titled; “Reaffriming the Indivisibility of the Consortium”. In the release they made clear that the interim leadership “shall remain unshakeable”, stating unequivocally that only the release of Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba would condition.”
See the screenshots below: