By Eric Tataw – Thursday July 18, 2019.
Twenty (20) Pro-Kamto supporters have been released at an unusual time of the night from a high security detention facility in Yaounde, capital of the Central African country of Cameroon, National Telegraph has been told.
The members of Prof Maurice Kamto’s Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), main opposition political party were released at about 11PM GMT, Wednesday July 17, 2019, the party’s third Vice President, who’s also the party’s lawyer, Barrister Emmanuel Simh told National Telegraph by phone, early Thursday, July 18, 2019 from his base in Yaounde.
Barrister Emmanuel Simh said a total of fifty-six (56) persons were taken to court late in the night but a judge at the Yaounde Court of First Instance ended up ordering the release of only twenty. The Lawyer also revealed another group of thirty-nine were released last Friday July 12, 2019.
Another CRM sympathizer said at least one hundred and fifty (150) of the party’s members are still in detention including party hierarchy, adding they would continuously mount pressure for their release while fighting for their stolen victory. They were arrested in connection with protests demanding justice in election results, said a source.
Kamto competed in the Cameroon’s Presidential Elections 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.
Others have accused Biya 85, in power since 1982 for desperately holding to power. 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 now in detention for same reasons.
Kamto was then arrested and charged with Rebellion, Sedition, Insurrection, Inciting Violence, Disruption of Public Peace, Complicity, Association with wrongdoers and Hostility against the nation.
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 before they were ferried to Yaoundé where they’re standing trial.