Barrister Akere Muna, who is also the Chairperson of Eminent Persons Panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism, has declared his candidacy for the 2018 Presidential Election.
The erstwhile Chairman of Transparency International, TI, former Cameroon Bar Association and an international human rights lawyer, made the declaration on Sunday, October 8, and presented a manifesto for his yet to be announced party.
In his declaration speech, Akere Muna centres on creating a non-partisan platform to catalyse the transformation of his Cameroon which he describes as “The New Republic.”
Hear him: “My fellow Cameroonians, our country is now at the crossroads of its history. We must now move towards a New Republic. A New Republic that finds strength in diversity, A New Republic founded on good governance, A New Republic built on the rule of law, A New Republic inspired by the will of the people, A New Republic that is a union we must define, A New Republic that must cultivate zero-tolerance for corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favouritism, A New Republic that reaffirms justice for all, healthcare for all and education for all,” Akere asserts. He went further to pledge his firm commitment to Cameroon as a nation.
“I have, therefore, taken the decision to be part of the solution that our country is crying out for: the creation of this New Republic. It is with a great sense of responsibility and humility that I have decided to inform you of my intention to run for the office of the President in the Republic of Cameroon in the elections constitutionally scheduled for 2018. Our Union faces serious challenges. Lives have been lost and many of our fellow citizens have been injured,” Akere stated.
The legal luminary also used the occasion to commiserate with families of the October 1 massacre. Hear him: “Today, our hearts and prayers go out to all those who lost their dear ones. To the injured, we wish you all a swift recovery. Public and private property has been destroyed.
The stability of the Nation is in peril. Our institutions and systems of governance must be relevant to the hopes and aspirations of the people. The bond between citizens and their Government must never break down.
I have been blessed with a national and international career in Civil Society and International institutions.”
Barrister Akere Muna pledges to continue reaching out to youths, Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties, and to Traditional Rulers, adding that women and the youth will constitute the cornerstone of his programme.
“The women and youth offer so much in our society but they get very little in return. In spite of this injustice, their energy is unrelenting. I ask all the Youths and women of Cameroon to accompany me in this journey.
“I urge you to join the NOW! Movement and to participate actively in the creation of a New Republic,” he said.
Akere holds that Cameroonians have lived in a country without a clear future; where the people have no voice; where the women have no choice; where the poor and under-privileged have no chance and citizens have been transformed by material needs and blinded by greed for too long.
He is, however, upbeat that, together, Cameroonians have the power to change things for the better, as he says: “Together we can direct that power to succeed, Together we can change our ways, Together we can change our society, Together we can change our country, and Together we can choose our leaders.” The new 2018 candidate wraps up his declaration by calling on Cameroonians to remain united in diversity and not divided by it.
“The days of waiting are over. We must begin here, now and today. Those who thought that they can put us to sleep have now realised that we are still awake. Those who thought we should live in fear have now realised that we stand up for ourselves and for our country. I urge Cameroonians to join me in the march towards this New Republic,” Barrister Akere appeals.