17, March 2018
Mancho Bibixy, a broadcaster and anglophone activist accused of “threatening Cameroon’s sovereignty” for his role in protests, has had his trial adjourned for the thirteenth since his arrest over a year ago.
He first appeared in a coffin at a protest in the western city of Bamenda in November 2016, saying the vessel was symbolic of anglophone Cameroonians “who seemed to have died before their real death” and who therefore should not fear speaking truth to power.
Mr Bibixy was arrested months later in January 2017.
Cameroon’s government say Mr Bibixy and others have threatened national sovereignty by “demanding the partition of Cameroon through the creation of the State of Ambazonia”.
At a previous hearing, he is reported by the Journal du Cameroun news site as having told the judge:
“I have a heavy heart because Cameroon is on the brink of a civil war. We find ourselves in this situation because our politicians have failed in finding tangible solutions to our problems.”