Yaounde (National Times)-Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna has written to the Speaker of Cameroon’s National Assembly, Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril demanding sanctions on Alternate Member of Parliament for Mefou Afamba constituency, Essomba Bengono for comparing Anglophones to the sinful people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In a letter dated May 15, addressed to Hon Cavaye, Muna expressed his disbelief about the remarks of Bengono. The concerned is a frontline member of the ruling CPDM party. According to the Coordinator of the Muna, such utterances are at variance with the peace, dialogue and reconciliation currently being preached by Paul Biya and Prime Minister Dion Ngute.
He urged the House Speaker to convene an extraordinary session of the parliament to dwell on the case of Hon Essomba Bengono as well as open space for the much needed dialogue.
The International legal mind went further to state that every life counts including the lives of Anglophone who are part of Cameroon.
Akere Muna argued that the remarks of the MP are genocidal and must be condemned immediately. He also urged Men of God not to be indifferent especially in cases where the Bible is misinterpreted to justify the annihilation of a people.
He made a comparative analysis with the case of a certain Ambeazieh Andrew Ofembe who was condemned to 11 years imprison by the Yaoundé military tribunal because he was found with a tract calling for ghost town.
Akere challenged Hon Cavaye to make a comparison and see whose action is more of a threat to peace than the other. He said his law firm has in a pro bono manner defended similar cases of about 40 other persons linked to the Anglophone conflict.
Before ending his lamentations, Akere reminded Cavaye of similar remarks made by Governor Okalia Bilai who called Anglophones “dogs”, a journalist who described Anglophones as “rats” as well as a media manager who urged Paul Biya to chase away all humanitarian agencies, sealed the two regions and put out by force every challenge to the tranquility of Cameroon. He said such remarks which go unpunished sow seeds of more violence.
It should be noted that in the evening of May 13, Essomba Bengono Engelbert said on Equinoxe TV that, God has for many times exterminated a people when he found them sinful. Bengono argued that it is effortless counting the number of those killed in the Ambazonia war.He inferred that, what matters is the number of Cameroonians who are alive.
The remarks have since then received criticisms at home and abroad with many comparing Hon Bengono to Hutu supremacists of the Rwandan genocide.