Yaounde (National Times)-Some Militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) political party boycotted a court hearing Tuesday April 23 at the Mfoundi High Court in Yaounde after prison authorities reportedly stopped them from wearing jerseys bearing colours of the nation’s flag with inscription ‘CAN 2019’.
Today’s hearing was focused on the examination of a habeas Corpus which lawyers of the detained militants had filed before the court. The case was thus adjourned to April 25th.
The National Times gathered that, authorities of the Yaounde Central prison rejected the requests of the detainees to put on the jerseys. In reaction to the decision of the prison authorities, the MRC militants are reported to have refused going to court.
Observers of MRC’s agitations against the Biya regime infer that, the inscription of ‘CAN 2019’ on the jerseys had some links with the abortive 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign. The MRC has in its protests been clamouring for investigations and explanation into what happened that Cameroon failed to host the tournament.
Government has since not made any move towards such demands. It has rather galvanised its energy to prepare the nation for the 2021 AFCON campaign which it hopes to host.