Yaounde (National Times)-The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) party of Professor Maurice Kamto would not be taking part in the events marking the celebration of 20th May otherwise known as National Day, says party hierarchy.
“During its ordinary meeting at the Odza Office in Yaoundé on the 1st May 2019, the Directorate, the ruling organ of the party, unanimously adopted a resolution to cancel any participation to this year national day celebrations,” a press released by deputy party Scribe, Noah Roger Justin read.
The Secretary General advanced as reasons for the boycott, the war in the Anglophone regions which he claimed the Biya regime has turned a deaf ear to calls for dialogue, as well the incarceration of Maurice Kamto whom he described as “President-elect” and his followers and sympathizers. According to Noah, Kamto and his cohorts are unjustly and illegally detained which is why the world is calling on Biya to release them immediately.
It should be noted that during the October 7 presidential election, the CRM candidate, Maurice Kamto was officially declared second with 15 percen distantly following winner, Paul Biya of ruling CPDM with FCFA 71.21 percent.
This would be the first time the party is taking such a move. Other political heavyweights like Edith Kah Walla, President of the Cameroon Peoples Party (CPP) had earlier on called for a similar boycott citing the same reasons. Two weeks to the day, it is still uncertain whether other political establishments like the SDF of Fru Ndi would take part.