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SCAPO Chairman, Dr Gumne, Is No More 

By Basil Afoni

The Chairman of the Southern Cameroons People’s Organisation, SCAPO, one of the most active factions of the Southern Cameroons separatist movement, Dr Kevin Ngwang Gumne, has passed on.

According to reports, Dr. Gumne was found dead in his house in Gateshead Tyne and Wear in England on October 3 by the Gateshead police.

Police were reportedly alerted after one of Dr Gumne’s children tried reaching him on phone on several occasions to no avail. He became worried and contacted a friend to check on Dr Gumne. The friend, after knocking for hours with no response, decided to rush to the Gateshead police and make a report. Police then forced their way into the residence and found the SCAPO Chairman dead.

Dr. Kevin Gumne

Late Dr. Kevin Gumne

In August 2015, under his leadership, SCAPO was transformed into a political party known as Southern Cameroons People’s Party, SCPP. However, not all members of the organization welcomed this, with some resigning in protest. They argued that SCAPO had, through that transformation, abandoned the cause.

In his first letter to President Paul Biya in August 2015 as Chairman of SCAPO political party, Dr Gumne wrote: “This is why the first public action of SCAPO as a legal political party is to call on you a president of the Republic to tender a national apology on behalf of the Republic of Cameroon to the state and people of Southern Cameroons. For this act of bad faith during the UN General Assembly vote on independence for Southern Cameroons on 21st April 1961.”

Dr Gumne was the President of SCAPO and lead plaintiff in the Banjul cases in which the SCNC/SCAPO sued La Republique du Cameroun before the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on January 9, 2003 asking it to grant Southern Cameroons independence.

ALSO SEE: Tribute to Late Dr Gumne, SCAPO Chairman

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