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Kamto’s MRC Wants Court To Suspend Ban On Nationwide Protests

Douala (National Times)-The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) opposition political party of detained professor Maurice Kamot has engaged legal action at administrative courts in Yaounde and Douala seeking judges  to annul  a nationwide ban which territorial administration Minister Paul Nji Atanga instituted in it since April 5th .

Olivier Biboum Mishack spokesperson of Kamto disclosed Wednesday April 10th  that, he had filed a suit  at the  Littoral administrative Court in that light. On the same date, another similar legal challenge against the minister’s decision was tabled at the Administrative court of the Center Region.

The legal move is in a bit to get the court lift the ban on public manifestation for the MRC political party. On April 5th, Territorial administration minister Paul Nji Atanga issued a statement banning all public manifestation of the party. The MRC is arguing that, the preserve to ban protest marches rest with local administrative authorities and not the minister.

In that statement, the interior minister accused the party of engaging in activities that threatened public peace and order. The minister then accused the MRC of engaging in activities to provoke a political uprising in Cameroon.

The minister accused the MRC of coordinating attacks on Cameroon’s embassies in Berlin and Paris following protests staged at home and abroad on January 26th this year.

Kamto’s MRC had programmed public manifestations for April 6th and 13th across Cameroon. This is what prompted the minister to issue the  ban with threats of further banning  party out of the political scene.

On Tuesday April 9th, hundreds of supporters of the MRC dared Atanga Nji as they flooded the vicinity of the Appeal Court of the Centre Region. Same day Kamto was expected for hearing on a habeas corpus which his lawyers had filed in a battle to get his immediate release. Yet both the detained leader and his counsels boycotted the court session. The court ruled in their absence rejecting the release plea.

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