Cameroon: Mbororos petition government over delay to implement commission findings

In 2003, after 17 years of campaigning by the Mbororo people, the office of the president of Cameroon ordered an Investigation into the human rights abuses of Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, which found gross human rights abuses.

The inter-ministerial commission, known as The Jani Commission, on the conflict between the Mbororo Community and Baba Ahmadou Danpullo was created under Ref. No. 1621/SG/PR of 27th February 2003 and put into action by the Minister of Justice by Decision No. 164 of 2nd July 2003.

The Commission undertook detailed investigations, including interviewing victims, meeting key stakeholders, analysing documents and visiting the affected lands. The Commission also interviewed Baba Ahmadou Danpullo and his supporters. The Commission found that the fundamental cause of the conflict was land grab by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo with leadership conflicts being subsidiary.

Key findings of the Commission chaired by Justice Leonard Jani were as follows:

On land disputes

The cause of the land disputes are traced to expropriation inherent with the creation of ELBA Ranch and the subsequent extension of its holdings beyond the initial limits of the Ranch. The dispute involves both Mbororo and non-Mbororo communities. The specific elements of the disputes were found to be:

  • Accrued compensation dues for damages by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo and AES SONEL (former national electricity company now an American company)

On community leadership conflicts

The Commission identified a leadership tussle over the Mbororo community between Baba Ahmadou Danpullo and his supporters and those who are resisting his hegemony. The Commission concluded that for this reason he has resorted to influence peddling which is manifested in the following ways:

  • Masterminding the destitution and nomination of Ardos (Mbororo community leaders) and the creation and imposition of Ndawara as a super-Lamidat (Fulbe traditional ruler)

Recommendations (which were adopted by the Office of the President)

As in is the case with all government decisions since 1985, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo has ignored the recommendations. It is believed that he has blocked the implentation of the decisions because he is unhappy about the setting up of the Commission and treated it with contempt. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the government of Cameroon to enforce its decisions. In this case it has failed to implement the results of its own findings ordered by the Office of the President, the highest authority in the land!

Please sign our petition to urge the government to implement its own decisions here:

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Date: 03/11/2011




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