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CRM To Intensify National Resistance After Kamto’s Liberation 

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

The Cameroon Renaissance
Movement, CRM, says, since the just ended Major National Dialogue, MND, did not
address the thorny issue of the post-election crisis and other issues affecting
the life of the nation, the party is obliged to maintain and accentuate
national resistance.

The strong worded
statement from the CRM party is contained in six-page document made public on
October 5 in Yaounde and signed by its National President, Prof. Maurice Kamto.
According to the communiqué, the forms and method of resistance will be
communicated in the days ahead.

“… The MND did not, at
all, address the thorny issue of the post-election crisis. Even our nine months
of arbitrary imprisonment will not have been enough to sensitise the ruling
power on the need to resolve this issue. In particular, no attention has been
paid to the crucial issue of the consensual reform of the electoral system
before any new election, an issue on which all political actors in our country,
including ELECAM, agree,” the communiqué reads.

The document further
states: “It is therefore clear that the electoral hold-up continues and intends
to be reinforced. We are, therefore, obliged to maintain and accentuate the
National Resistance, in the forms and methods that will be communicated later.
As a result, we urge CRM activists and supporters as well as all Cameroonians
concerned about the future of our country to remain mobilised.”

Apart from announcing
national resistance, the CRM party indicated that the MND seems not to have
brought a new and lasting solution to the claims of the Anglophones on the form
of the State. At such, a solution can only be reached through direct
discussions with political representatives of the armed groups that control the
ground, including those who have recently been sentenced to life imprisonment.

“Such a solution is
essential before the organisation of the next elections, so as not to open the
way to a de facto partition of the country because of insecurity. In this
perspective, it is urgent to release all those still detained because of their
involvement in the Anglophone Crisis,” partly reads the communiqué.

Talking about the MND,
the party asked: “Did we need about 3,000 deaths, more than half a million
internally displaced persons, nearly 40,000 refugees, hundreds of villages
destroyed, three years of lost schooling and an economic catastrophe to come
and reaffirm a Constitution that has long been denied for 23 years?”

Besides discussing the
content of the ‘Special Status’ within the framework of the MND with the
representatives of the various groups concerned, including the Secessionists,
the CRM party indicated that there is no shortcut to a direct dialogue with the
Anglophone leaders who have a real grip on the armed groups controlling most of
the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

The party says general
amnesty for all leaders and all those concerned in the crisis, is essential to
create the conditions for a deep and lasting solution. It maintains that there
is need for peace to return to the affected Regions, because, if the next
elections are held only on one part of the country, it means the country is
already divided.

Appreciating Sultan
Mbombo Njoya’s proposal, the party also called for the guaranteeing of public
freedom and fundamental human rights, independence of the judiciary and the
renunciation of the use of justice for political ends.

The CRM party expressed
their thanks to all Cameroonians and foreign lawyers who, in an exceptional
commitment, brilliantly defended them. The party also thanked CRM leaders and
militants at all levels, for their ongoing vigilance and mobilisation, as well
as the international community, friendly countries, human rights NGOs and other
Civil Society Organisations, for their various statements in favour of a
concerted and inclusive settlement of the many crises that are shaking Cameroon
as well as their immediate and unconditional release.

Nevertheless, the party
pointed out that the announced discontinuance of proceedings does not seem to
have settled the situation of all the detained comrades, with a number of them
facing long prison terms ruling.