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Cameroon Deploys Soldiers To Central African Republic

Cameroon has deployed a contingent of 1,150 soldiers to the Central African Republic to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSCA) in the restive country.

The deployment, September 15, 2020 follows the graduation of the contingent from the Pre-deployment Training Centre in Motcheboum in the East Region, which ceremony was presided over by the Ministerial Delegate in the Presidency in charge of the Armed Forces, Joseph Beti Assomo.

This new continent of Cameroonian soldiers is the seventh so far sent to the Central African Republic and is made up of 750 soldiers, 280 gendarmes as well as military observers and police officers. The contingent is led by Colonel Richard Nzameyo Mba.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Minister Beti Assomo condemned the shameful behaviours of previous members of the Cameroon contingent to MINUSCA advising the new contingent to: ‚ÄúSave us from the deviances committed by some of your comrades who preceded you and who are actually facing prosecution by the United Nations authorities. These sorts of behaviours included small shameful practices as well as deviant sexual predation, which is not tolerated by the United Nations authorities‚ÄĚ.

The minister called on the seventh Cameroonian contingent to MINUSCA to be ‚Äúprofessionals in the accomplishment of the tasks that would be assigned to them and to cultivate cohesion and fraternity within their ranks, to always be dignified in their behaviours, in order to preserve and bring back intact, the flags and standards conferred on them‚ÄĚ.

It should be recalled here that Cameroon is amongst the top ten contributors of troops and police units to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

In September 2014, a Cameroonian, Major-General Martin Chomu Tumentah was appointed Force Commander of MINUSCA. He died a year later under circumstances which are still to be elucidated to date.

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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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