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CRM ‘Hides’ Behind Legal Challenge to Atanga Nji’s Warnings To Suspend Protest

Yaounde (National Times)-Militants  and sympathizers of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) political party of detained professor Maurice Kamto will not dare protest any where across the country this Saturday April 13th as earlier planned.

Authorities of the party declared at a press conference in Yaounde Friday April 12th that, the planned protest has been shifted to a date yet to be known. The party’s first vice National President Mamadou Mota alongside other party heavyweights at the meeting explained the reason for the suspension of the political action.

The CRM leaders said the party is waiting for the courts to rule over suits filed challenging a ban which territorial administration Minister Paul Atanga Nji issued on April 5th on any such activity.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the CRM seized the administrative courts of the Littoral and Centre Regions to annul the decision of the minister.

Mota had on April 11th  issued a release announcing the postponement of the protest. In that release, the party official said, the CRM remains focused on it its pursuit of getting its leader Professor Maurice Kamto  and other party militants freed.

The decision of the party has been viewed as being sensitive to government’s hardliner posture of not being ready to tolerate any further move from the party. Minister Atanga Nji in his April 5th statement had threatened further sanctions if the CRM continued with what he described as ‘provocative activities’.

Political observers reason that, Kamto’s party sense a plot to ban it, thus they have opted to ‘dodge’ such traps.

Legal minds have put to question the decision of the party to seize the administrative courts after it denied the ruling of the Constitutional Council declaring CPDM’s Paul Biya winner of the last presidential election.

In the wake of the decision, the Divisional Officers (DO)s of Bafousam III in  the West Region and that of Douala III in the littoral had issued  statements banning any manifestation of the MRC.

In Bafousam III, the  D O in his announcement Friday April 12th states that, no authorisation has been granted for any public manifestation this Saturday. The same announcement with reference number 007/CR/F35.03/SP prohibits any gathering of more than three persons in the sub Division.

At the level of Douala III, the administrator had cited ‘serious threats to public peace and order’ as reason to deny an authorisation for the CRM  to go ahead with its activities.



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