By Augustine Nyuykongi
The Yaoundé Military Tribunal has sentenced for the second successive day militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement to jail.
On December 27, 2021, Alain Forgue, the National Treasurer of the CRM party, and Olivier Bibou Nissack, Professor Maurice Kamto’s Spokesman were each given a 7 years jail term.
A day after, Awusum Mispa, the National President of the CRM Women’s wing, and Pascal Zamboue were equally sentenced to 7 years in prison each still by the Yaounde Military Tribunal.
The sentenced CRM militants were arrested in September 2020, after the nationwide protest which was called by Professor Maurice Kamto.
They were among other things accused of attempted insurrection and contempt of the Head of State, Paul Biya.
Following these latest developments, the President of the Popular Action Party (PAP) Njang Denis has criticized the Government’s lack of a political will to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the opposition parties.
He said “imprisoning politicians is a resounding signal that the ruling class lacks the stamina to measure up with any contradictions rather than collaborating with the opposition for a more vibrant Cameroon.”
According to the PAP President, the regime has a “hidden agenda… to ignite Cameroonians to violence.” Njang Denis has called on Cameroonians home and abroad, Political parties among others to rise and call the regime to order.
At a time when Cameroon is preparing to host the African Cup of Nations Tournament, many have opined that it doesn’t bode well for the image of the country.
These condemnations also come just a few weeks after Professor Maurice Kamto had urged the Government to release his Militants for them to enjoy end-of-year festivities with their families.
He said early December that his party was going to be peaceful in seeking solutions to it, but also did not rule out using force should the need arise.