Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
Cameroon’s Head of State Paul Biya has today on Day 04 of the ongoing Major National Dialogue ordered the discontinuance of proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against 333 persons arrested and held for misdemeanors, in connection with the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
The Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute made the announcement today at the Yaoundé Conference Center. The President of the Republic later confirmed the information on his Official Facebook Page.
The President says the decision is guided by his strong resolve to give young compatriots in the two regions who wish to renounce violence and return to the right path the opportunity to once more participate in the lofty task of nation-building.
Many have appreciated the move by the President as it comes during the National Dialogue but like Oliver Twist, say it is not enough. They want him to release each and every person arrested in connection with the crisis including the leaders of the Ambazonian revolution Sisiku and Co. and of course, the likes of Mancho Bibixy.
Speaking to Equinoxe TV at the Conference Center shortly after the announcement, Professor Willibroad Dze-Ngwa, a Political Scientist and Peace Builder said the decision is a welcome move and a good step especially at this particular moment but added that more needs to be done and all arrested have to released.
Others have however wondered why persons arrested for misdemeanors were being tried at Military Tribunals in the first place. Remember, a misdemeanor is a minor offense usually punishable upon conviction by a small fine or a short term of imprisonment.
The names of the 333 persons are not known yet but a list containing their names is expected in the hours ahead and they are also expected to reunite with their families in the days ahead.