By Eric Tataw with files from Brussels, Belgium, Friday, February 1, 2019.
The European Union has issued a statement calling on the Cameroon Government to take appropriate steps in solving the political crisis that erupted a
According to a communiqué the European Union through its spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations has enjoined the Cameroon Government.
Maja Kocijancic condemned, Thursday, January 31, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium the political situation unfolding in Cameroon where rallies occurred leading to use of disproportionate force by the police and to arrests, including leaders of the main opposition party.
The Spokesperson states that EU has also observed violence against Cameroon’s Embassies abroad, adding that only dialogue in an atmosphere of inclusivity and serenity, where fundamental right and state of law are respected will solve a problem.
Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) was 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 late Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Kamto was transferred from the Judicial Police Headquarters in Elig-Essono in the nation’s capital, Yaoundé where he was initially held to the Special Operation Unit of the Police, GSO at Carrefour Mvan still in Yaoundé, before he was interrogated and charged on eight (8) counts, Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Maurice Kamto has been charged with Rebellion, Sedition, Insurrection, Inciting Violence, Disruption of Public Peace, Complicity, Association with wrongdoers and Hostility against the nation, Simh told National Telegraph’s Eric Tataw on phone from the country’s capital, Yaoundé, adding that the charge on Hostility against the Nation is tantamount to Death Sentence.
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 protest, 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. Kamto had 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. Others have accused Biya 85, in power since 1982 for desperately holding to power.
As a result, Prof Maurice Kamato, his closest party aides and allies, Christian Penda Ekoka, Albert Dzongang and, several other party activists were arrested at about 9:30 PM, Monday, January 28, 2019, at Albert Dzongang’s Residence situated at Mobile Guinness neighborhood, of Douala III Sub-division, Wouri Division in Cameroon’s Littoral Region.
They were later ferried to Yaoundé where they’ve been charged and expected to stand trial. Amnesty International had earlier called for their unconditional release. The accusations have however also been condemned by