By Augustine Nyuykongi
The family of the late Senator Henry Kemende of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has received condolences from the Cameroon Bar Association following the assassination of the senator in Bamenda on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by the President of the Cameroon Bar Barrister Clair Atangana Bikouna. “On this sad day for our Corporation, I present my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased colleague, in my name and the name of the Bar Association as a whole,” he wrote.
According to the statement released by the Bar president, Senator Henry Kemende was abducted and whisked off in his car by two armed men who came on a bike on Tuesday night.
He was later brought back some hours later around the mile 2 area, where he had been taken and dumped by the roadside with bullet wounds on his body.
Barrister Clair Atangana Bikouna also adds that an investigation into the assassination of the Senator has been initiated. He has urged his colleagues to exercise restraint as the results of the investigations are awaited. “I call on each of us to show calm and exercise utmost caution, in particular those of our colleagues residing in the regions plagued by the violence from various sources,” he urged.
To him, keeping calm will be ideal at the moment, given the series of attacks directed at members of the Bar Association in the previous 24 hours. In his letter he mentioned Barrister Ivoh Aloh Njuh who was struck by a bullet in Buea on January 12, 2022.
The Social Democratic Front Party has not yet issued an official reaction since the assassination of the Senator. However, some colleagues of the late Barrister like Barrister Agbor Balla and Barrister Akere Muna have expressed their deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the fallen senator.
Barrister Akere Muna opined on Twitter that the assassination of the Senator was an indication that killings have been made the new normal in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon.
“… it is clear killings are now becoming the new normal. We are staring straight into the abyss. Henry, dear brother and friend RIP,” Barrister said in a tweet.
In a tribute to Senator Kemende, Barrister Agbor Balla mentioned that the deceased was a true advocate who defended and protected rights.
“Your gruesome and tragic death was shocking. You were a true advocate for the masses. You defended your people, protected and promoted their rights,” Barrister Balla wrote.