By Eric Tataw – February Monday 25, 2019.
Cameroonian activists based in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, in the East of Southern Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the US border, have held a street protest, with a publicity van with motion pictures calibrating Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President as a Dictator.
Paul Biya, 86, is a Cameroonian politician and head of the ruling party; Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) and has been serving as the country’s President since November 6, 1982. His administration according to most Cameroonians has been decorated with the highest fabric of officialdom, corruption, and nepotism.
Paul Biya has been accused of retarding economic development as unemployment is ever on the rise in Cameroon with most city dwellers living in slums and total poverty while a few government officials are constantly being recycled from one office to another.
To dispense part of their anger and frustration, activists of the French-speaking part of Cameroon based in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, February 23, 2019, took to the streets, displaying pictures of the 86-year-old dictator, National Telegraph has been told.
The protesters chanted songs like “How many people Paul Biya go kill…?”; referring to the number of killings by the military in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.
Protesters also played another song from Longuè Longuè, a famous Cameroonian musical artist, suggesting Paul Biya is tired and should retire. The protesters at a point, read a list of American presidents since Biya came to power, calling President Paul Biya an assassin.
One of the protesters told National Telegraph they were demonstrating to draw the attention of the World over what they call Electoral Holdup in the country’s recent Presidential Elections and Genocide in the English-speaking regions of the country.
Protesters also chanted names of Kamto and some of his allies arrested by the Biya Regime, calling for their immediate release. The van also carried the picture of Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice, Jean De Dieu Momo recently accused of using antisemitic comments as well as that of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president also considered a Dictator.
National Telegraph is told President Paul Biya has further destroyed Cameroon’s fragile democracy following Presidential Elections that held late last year under questionable circumstances. He has been accused of modifying the Constitution to keep him in power.
The main opposition party, the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, known in French as Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) of Prof Maurice Kamto
Kamto had declared himself the
Kamto challenged the results at the country’s Constitutional Council where the Council’s ruling was considered by many Cameroonians as jaundiced. Kamto believes the Electoral Commission imputed figures to favour the incumbent especially as elections were boycotted in the North West and South West Regions buried in an armed conflict.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the behest of Kamto, Cameroonians observed peaceful demonstrations in Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam and in other cities. A mammoth crowd attended the protests, denouncing what they term Electoral Holdup.
Abroad, many Cameroonians who were protesting invaded Cameroon Embassies in France, Belgium, Britain, and Germany causing material damages. In Cameroon, several protesters were reportedly shot by police, including Michele Ndoki, a famous female lawyer.
In return, the government ordered
Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) has been officially charged on eight (8) counts including facing a death penalty, the party’s third Vice President, who’s also the party’s Advocate, Barrister Emmanuel Simh told National Telegraph in January.
The Ottawa protest, National Telegraph is told is meant to mount pressure on the Regime to release Kamto and also to call on the International Community to intervene and ask Biya to step down for Kamto considered as the rightful winner, reason why one of the motion pictures with Kamto reads; Jailed for fighting for his people, set him free.
The protest also hopes to achieve a global response to what is considered an ongoing Genocide in the two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West where the Cameroon military has been battling Anglophone militias fighting to restore the Statehood of the former British Southern Cameroons.
The protesters say during these battles, the military has contravened all war laws and are now targeting unarmed population, killing women, children, burning some alive in their houses. Hundreds of villages have been burnt down by the military, including churches and hospitals and in some cases, health care personnel have been killed.