Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
The President of Cameroon Paul Biya has ordered the release of incarcerated leaders and militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM). The announcement was made today, hours after the end of the Cameroon Major National Dialogue on the Official Twitter Page of President Biya and in a communiqué signed by the Minister of State, Secretary General of the Presidency of The Republic Ferdinand NGOH NGOH.
President Biya’s tweet read “I have ordered the discontinuance of proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against some officials and militants of political parties in particular the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM).”
The announcement is coming barely 24 hours after the Head of State decided to discontinue proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against 333 Anglophone detainees arrested and held for misdemeanors.
Amongst the CRM Leaders and militants expected to be released is the Party President Professor Maurice Kamto, his allies Penda Ekoka and Albert Ndzongang. They were arrested on the 28th of January this year for organizing a march on January 26 to protest against Electoral Hold Up, mismanagement of resources meant for the organization of the 2019 AFCON and poor handling of the Anglophone crisis. The protest turned bloody and Cameroon’s embassies in Paris, Berlin and Brussels were vandalized.
Other Prominent leaders of the Party including Barrister Michelle Ndoki and Celestine DJamen, were equally arrested after receiving bullet wounds. Djamen was pulled out of his hospital bed while Barrister Ndoki was arrested months later in Idenau while trying to escape to Nigeria for treatment. The First Vice President of the Party Mamadou Mota later joined them in prison few months later for organizing another protest march. Hundreds of militants of the party were equally arrested nationwide.
Their release is coming after several calls have been made from the civil society, other political parties, Cameroonians in general and the International Community for all political prisoners to be freed.