By Eric Tataw – Tuesday May 21, 2019.
Fighting has erupted at a hotel in Washington DC, capital of the United States during a May 20 gala organised by the Cameroon Embassy in the US, sources have told National Telegraph.
Embassy officials were holding an evening celebration of the 2019 Cameroon National Day when a group of activists who identified themselves as members of Brigade Anti-Sardinards – BAS, a Pro-Kamto group stormed the venue and disrupted the celebrations, causing a fight.
Every May 20, Cameroon celebrates its National Day also known as the Unity Day but the BAS like many other Cameroonians called for a boycott of the event. The group later moved to the Thurgood Marshall Hall of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 2660 Woodley Rd, NW Washington DC and disrupted the party organised by the Cameroon Embassy in the US.
They argued that the Cameroon military can’t be killing innocent civilians in the North West and South West Regions wrapped in an armed conflict while the embassy is celebrating with other diplomatic missions as though all is well.
A 3-month-old baby was intentionally shot and killed, Monday May 20, 2019 at about 11:15 am by elements of the Cameroon military, residents of Muyuka, a war-torn town in Cameroon’s restive South West Region where the incident took place told National Telegraph. This is one of the many murders carried out by the military.
According to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo, the Cameroon military has been wrapped in several war crimes.
The government of Cameroon has been converted by its Diaspora into an object of ridicule, pundits have told National Telegraph, adding that during the fight at the Embassy’s gala, the Cameroon Ambassador to the US, Henri Étoundi Essomba invited other Ambassadors and their wives at the event only to have it end up in a fight between Pro-Biya and Pro-Kamto supporters.
At a point in the fight, the belligerent parties made a mockery of the Cameroon flag as Embassy officials and hotel security tried to put out Prof-Kamto supporters from the floor of the event.
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, National Telegraph learned.
Kamto competed in the country’s Presidential Elections against incumbent Paul Biya and went on to declare he won. He later 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.