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Justice Ayah Paul: Manyu SDO's communique could amount to International Criminal Court prosecution.

DECLARATION OF WAR

Unlike the many intelligent Camerounese I have heard/read, I have not had the privilege to chance on a constitutional provision on how war can be declared in Cameroun. To my mind, there are only implications in the constitution as to how that can be done.

The constitution provides that, under certain prevailing circumstances, including a threat to the territorial integrity of Cameroun, the President of the Republic could, by decree, declare a state of emergency/siege and take all the necessary steps to ward off the threat.

It follows that, even if war is that necessary step, the necessary declaration must be preceded by the declaration of a state of emergency/siege absolutely. Also must that declaration be by a presidential decree.

When administrators do supplant the President of the Republic with communiqués as the Manyu SDO has just done, their acts are unconstitutional and therefore null and void.

It may be instructive to add that even when war has been regularly declared, international law on warfare must be strictly observed. One of such laws forbids the deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian settlements. The Manyu SDO’s communiqué, to say the least, is in flagrant violation of the law on warfare. It could amount to an offence within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

There can be no greater responsibility for those in power than the necessity to evacuate civilians when in grave danger. It beats the imagination that it is rather those authorities that are pushing citizens into the forest and refugee camps abroad.

I have never spared any effort to give counsel to the Camerounese Government free of charge even as they have thousand of legal advisers on huge salaries! Curious it is that I recently paid for this altruism by official plots for my elimination and 223 days in captivity.

Glory to God on high!

Concord Essen

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