CRTV' ace sports analyst, Fon Echeloyi, who is also Deputy Director Coordinating new television channels the corporation still has to create, has been summoned to appear before investigators at the dreaded Secretariat of State at the Ministry of the Defense in Charge of the National Gendarmerie, code named in French- SED.
According to the summons served on Fon Echekiye, he is expected to show up on Tuesday the 28th of March at 9 am, purportedly at the behest of hierarchy. Although the accusations leading to his being summoned are not expressly mentioned on the documents served on the avid sports analyst, the sections of the Criminal Procedure Code quoted indicate that he is being called up in relation to treason. That links him to the Southern Cameroons Question which has left the country devastated, occasioning the questioning and arrest of numerous Anglophone elite.
If arrested this Tuesday, Fon Echekiye shall be the ninth Anglophone journalist being held in connection to the crisis. Fon Echekiye's summons leaves many wondering how his name could come up, since he reports sports and sports alone, while the Anglophone problem is in the domain of politics. Sources close to the case indicate that the matter has been brought to the attention of the journalism watchdog institution, the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ.
Speaking at the opening of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at his Nkolfolou residence on the outskirts of Yaounde on Saturday March 25, Ni John Fru Ndi said Hon Wirba’s famous intervention in parliament on the Anglophone problem was the MP’s personal point of view.
“When he talked in parliament the way he did I congratulated him and told him he talked more on a personal point of view; using I not we,” the SDF chairman said about Hon ‘Joe’ Wirba.
Fru Ndi disclosed that he cautioned the SDF Member of Parliament for Jakiri Special Constituency and told him that in the future when he’s talking, he should make sure that he’s talking as an SDF member.
“But he went and organized a rally in Nso, his other colleague MPs were not there, the Mayor of Kumbo was not there, the SDF electoral district chairman for Kumbo was not there, the divisional coordinator of the party for Bui never attended that rally. And so when all this is done, you want me to make a statement, what statement?” the SDF chairman said in relation to an appeal for support by the escapee SDF MP.
It should be recalled that Hon Wirba is on the run following a warrant of arrest for him. In a message on social media page, he has vowed to continue to the fight till the Biya regime recognizes and respects the rights of Anglophones in the country.
My dear brothers and sisters,
I speak to you all today with a heavy heart and profound frustration resulting from both confirmed, and unconfirmed reports of several acts of vandalism and atrocities against some individuals as well as infrastructures in the West Cameroon. Setting up human beings in flames, attacking some with acids, and torching down infrastructures are not reflective of the admirable values in our culture and character as West Cameroonians. Such actions that lack respect for humanity are associated to the colonial government of La Republique du Cameroun.
I strongly condemn these horrific and inhuman acts. Beware that our oppressors in their desperation can do this to justify their brutalities on our people. Our struggle in reclaiming our rights and freedom is legitimate and we have no need for anything violent. The virtue in our character and culture as West Cameroonians will continue to be demonstrated through our peaceful resistance.
Our brothers and sisters are continuously being unlawfully abducted and detained, tortured and abused beyond human imagination. That is what they do best. While they struggle to find legitimacy through oppression, we will maintain our pride by respecting humanity. We will reclaim our rights and freedom by resisting their oppression peacefully.
I hear you all. I see you all. We share the same pain and frustrations, but we will forge ahead holding each others' hands tighter than ever, wearing the batch of our unique culture with undeniable pride. We must never allow ourselves to act like them. We are different from them and will never imitate their violent ways. I encourage you all to verify any information concerning me or from me on my official Facebook page for authentication. Thank you all for the immense support and prayers. Please share to all you can.
THE COFFIN REVOLUTION LEADERS SAYS:
They may take my freedom away from my people, they may keep me in the dark, they may deprive me of the right to express my emotions towards my father land, they may deny me the right to fight for the freedom of my people... But they can never take away my determination to fight for the liberation of my dear Southern Cameroon.
No matter what they do to me or what they offer to me, my determination and zeal to free my people is stronger by the day. The road maybe rough but we shall get there.
I therefore call on all southern Cameroonians to stand firm and stronger towards our course for the struggle continues. I will not fail to communicate to you my brothers and sisters with every little chance i get.
Please God is watching at our struggle and will soon answer our prayers.
Pray harder for us all........ALL FOR ONE,AND ONE FOR ALL ..One love:
Dear President Paul Biya,
Everyone knows that the arrests of Barrister Balla and Supreme Court Lord Justice Ayah Paul were effected without due process of the law. In speaking out and leading, these lawyers did just what lawyers do best in their careers and for their communities.
Then came the summons and interrogation of Barrister Akere Muna for expressing his personal views about your end of year speech. For a country that prides itself with freedom of expression and association and respect for the rule of law, these arrests, detentions and trials have put a serious dent on national unity and national integration that you hold so near and dear to your heart.
Your Excellency, what these three men I have cited above have in common is that they all come from Southern Cameroon, they are all well respected national and international lawyers and have all expressed only views related to their profession that affect not only their lives but also the lives of millions of their English speaking communities.
But today they are being charged and or threatened to be charged with terrorism and treason. Both charges come with a death penalty looming over their heads.
Sir, people are asking where have these three lawyers gone wrong? If extraordinary men of their magnitude could be treated like poppets would, what would this regime not do to thwart and hurt the ordinary Southern Cameroonian?
It was only a few days ago that Your Excellency stated in Italy that speaking of federalism is a taboo and definitely there will be no dialogue if federalism is what Anglophones want.
Sir. The problem with this statement I'm afraid is that, 90% of the people from Southern Cameroon no longer want to stay in the union, largely because of torture and marginalization.
Due to wanton human rights abuses and Internet blackout, over 90% Anglophones at home and abroad now want separation and outright independence, (if I'm lying to you try a referendum Sir in the two English speaking Regions). Now discussing federalism around some of our people is fast also becoming a taboo.
As a leader and the father of the nation, Mr. President, you have to be fed the truth. Yet i'm worried no one around you who has your ears is willing or courageous enough to tell you this. Not even foreign friendly nations. It's rather unfortunate!
Now we have a deadlock situation where no one side is willing to shake or shift their goal post for dialogue to genuinely begin and give our people the peace, prosperity and liberty every one of us deserves.
The regime appears to be placing it's bets on the army and the courts to silent all forms of expressions by Southern Cameroonians.
On the other hand, effective ghost towns and close down of schools have persisted despite numerous trips by the PM to the regions and continues arrests. But no one seems to face the truth as to why our people have still not given up and it is your right and place Mr. President to know.
Your excellency, order the courts to stop all these trials. Authorize the prisons to release everyone and all these leaders without conditions. Command the forces of law and order to stop the arrests. Instruct CRTV to hold off on all forms of media propaganda on this issue! In so doing you will diffuse tensions.
In the higest interest of peace, liberty and freedom, Your Excellency, permit me use this opportunity to respectfully request for audience aimed at telling you the whole truth and handing you a road map for genuine dialogue as my own modest contribution towards peace and finding lasting solutions to this problem.
Dr. David Makongo. USA
On March 20, 2017, I received a summons requiring that I show up to the National Defense Secretariat (SED) on Wednesday, March 23. Due to a prior commitment, I informed the SED of my intention to fulfil my professional commitments in South Africa on that day, offering instead to have the hearing on the morning of Friday, March 24.
I was accompanied to SED on Friday morning by the President of the Cameroon Bar Association, as well as four former presidents of the Bar and many members of the Bar Council. On arrival, I found over a hundred lawyers waiting outside. They waited patiently outside while I was being heard by a Lieutenant of the gendarmerie. These are the charges that were levied against me:
- Hostility toward the homeland
- Advocating terrorism
- Compromising the security of the State
These charges, it would seem, stemmed from the content of articles that I had published in the "Le Jour" daily newspaper. The first article appeared on December 19, 2016, entitled "The Inevitable Nature of Change" in which I examine the futility of resisting change.
The second appeared on January 10, 2017, entitled "Cameroon is One and Indivisible: Which Cameroon?" in which I discuss the questions of unity that plague our country.
The investigation, I was informed, was opened at the request of the commissioner of government at the Military Tribunal. I responded to all the questions asked truthfully, reaffirming my convictions and standing behind the words I wrote in those articles. After a few hours I was allowed to leave the gendarmerie. The report of the investigation will be transmitted to the commissioner of government.
I am grateful for the out-pour of kindness and support that I received from well-wishers both online and off. To those who, fearing for my safety, encouraged me to stay away from Cameroon, I say thank you for your concern, but my conscience is my judge and I believe am not guilty of wrongdoing. I love my country and I will always speak up in the interest of a better tomorrow.
Akere T. Muna