Southern Cameroons Crisis-Maurice Kamto Affair: Yaounde 1, Washington Nil 0

Yaoundé has denounced political pressure coming from the United States on its management of the Maurice Kamto Affair and the crisis in Southern Cameroons observing that foreign governments should stay clear of the domestic affairs of sovereign nations.

Communications Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi issued the statement following remarks that came from Tibor Nagy, the US top diplomat on African affairs who reportedly said on French radio that, the Cameroonian government was aware that Maurice Kamto was arrested and imprisoned for lame and ridiculous reasons and called for his immediate release.

I think it would be very wise to release him. Because, whether true or false, he is perceived to have been incarcerated for his political activities and this is unacceptable” said Tibor Nagy

Hon. Tibor Nagy also called on the Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo regime to be more serious in the management of the crisis in Southern Cameroons. In his reaction to the Tibor Nagy interview in France, Minister Rene Sadi noted with contempt for the Trump administration that Tibor Nagy’s words “not only denote the lack of knowledge of the issues and facts concerning the arrest of Mr. Kamto and many of his supporters, as well as the situation in the North West and South West regions but betray a serious impulse barely veiled and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country.”

Emmanuel Rene Sadi repeated the Biya regime’s popular inaccurate stereotype that Cameroon is a state of law and that Kamto and his supporters of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon are subject to the rules that govern the republic.

Kamto and his supporters are prosecuted for common law crimes, including insurrection, hostility against the homeland, rebellion and the destruction of public property inside the country and in several diplomatic missions abroad. Tibor Nagy is expected in Cameroon on March 17 as part of an African tour. Both parties will no doubt have the opportunity to explain themselves.

Rita Akana in Yaounde