Douala (National Times)-Cameroonian music icon Longkana Ango Simon popularly known as Longue Longue remains technically detained despite his release from security custody after he was locked up for allegedly criticising president Biya.
Weeks after his release from detention, the music icon has remained on bended knees for the authorities to return his passport. In several videos online, the musician has offered apologies to the presidential family and administrators following his declarations.
In his latest media outing on Equinox TV on Sunday, April 28, 2019, Longue Longue wept bitterly, saying he needed the passport to fend for his family. Pointing at his three kids in a family photograph, Longue Longue reiterated that he did not want to see his children suffer.
He further disclosed that his partner had complained that his oldest son was already getting out of hand, inviting girls to their home, not obeying his mother, thus, and necessitating the presence of a man in the home to maintain order.
The singer went on to reveal that he had plans to travel to Canada for business that would have seen him organise his wedding.
Admitting failure to control his tongue, Longue Longue apologised to Cameroonians in general, Paul and Chantal Biya, Samuel Eto’o and Sergio Polo. He adds that “nobody can score 20/20 in their life”, given that to err is human, promising to avoid attacking people.
The 46-year-old singer has been begging for forgiveness and the return of his passport for weeks now.
In the first week of April, the musician surfaced in a video claiming detained opposition leader Maurice Kamto was the legitimate winner of the 2018 presidential election in Cameroon.
He has also narrated his ordeal in detention, detailing how he was tortured.
While critics of the Biya regime hail the singer for what they call a courageous act, some observers have rubbished Longue Longue’s meddling in politics. The latter group argues that he should have stayed neutral.
President Paul Biya, 86, won another controversial election in October 2018 after more than three decades in office.
Since then, the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement party has not conceded defeat.It still believes that, its leader Maurice Kamto, is the legitimate president. This has led to national and international demonstrations by supporters, resulting in several arrests.