By Mbarga Abega – Saturday Jan 26, 2019.
Biya’s Government’s report card is definitely red. Apart from gesticulations from supporters of the Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) to which Paul Biya, Cameroon’s President is Chair, no single other Cameroonian in the last few months wrote anything good about the Government. Many diplomatic missions have expressed concerns over growing insecurity in the North West and South West hit by armed conflict, hoping the situation gets better.
The Regime already has a dampened image at the International Scene which it has hired lobbyists, paying thousands dollars to mend its already battered appearance resulting from reports of Human Rights violation in the two English-speaking Regions as well as reports of consistent scenes of war crimes. Cameroon already has enough to handle and the International Community might have as well seen enough already.
Reports of gross Human Rights violation are now being filed in from places other than the two English-speaking Regions., a thing that would only go a long way to reap Biya off the auxiliary good image. National Telegraph has been told by a witness that Celestin Djamen, a militant of Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) of Prof Maurice Kamto who contested the just-ended Presidential Elections in Cameroon, has been shot on the left leg by the police in Makepe, a neighbourhood Douala, in Cameroon’s Littoral Region, Saturday January 26, 2019. Elsewhere, in the same line of protest, Barrister Michele Ndoki who hitherto was assaulted has also been shot on the thigh.
Celestin Djamen and many other militants were about to attend a peaceful protest called by Maurice, Chair of CRM against what they describe as the October 7 Electoral Fraud and the declaration of war in the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon before police clamped down on them, a local source says. Celestin Djamen is a former militant of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) who resigned to join the CRM on August 9, 2018, National Telegraph learned. As a former member of Union for Active Diaspora while he lived in France, Celestin Djamen, on the behalf of this organization, filed a lawsuit against Paul Biya in December 2010 in a Court in Paris, France for embezzlement of public funds in Cameroon.
Prior to this, Denis Nkemlemo, National Secretary for Communication of Cameroon’s leading opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) had announced with consternation the “brutalization and abduction of two parliamentarians of the nation – Hon. Joshua Osih and Hon. Jean Michel Nintcheu in Douala yesterday, Wednesday January 23. According to the SDF, the two lawmakers were taken to an unknown destination. They SDF in a swift response demanded the immediate release of the duo in a strongly worded press release. Nintcheu and Osih were freed sometime around 7:00pm.
Osih, First Vice National President of the SDF and Nintcheu, SDF Littoral Boss were allegedly bundled out from the Douse neighbourhood in Akwa, Douala where a crowd had gathered to stage a peaceful protest to call on the government to punish those responsible for Cameroon’s inability to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), following CAF withdrawal. The peaceful protest attracted security forces that appeared to disperse the demonstrators with teargas. At every roundabout in Douala, the anti-police vehicles were on display, while in some areas, combat-ready security forces made rounds.
The demonstration which was planned by the Social Democratic Front had been banned by the Divisional Officer for Douala I, Jean-Marie Tchakui and the Divisional Officer of Douala V, Zachaeus Bokoma Elango. The two SDF MPs dismissed the ban as “d’irrecevables” (inadmissible). The SDF warns that faced with the gravity of the curtailing of collective and individual rights of the citizens and the levity with which the dignity of the human being is considered by the despotic regime in Cameroon since 1982, the party and the people will not continue to tolerate these aberrations that increase in magnitude on a daily basis.