By Boris Esono Nwenfor (Cameroon)
The leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, MRC Maurice Kamto is said to have been arrested in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala.
According to reports, Kamto and other MRC militants including Celestin Djamen, who was shot on the leg during the protest, were equally arrested Monday night. It is still not clear as to the motive behind their arrest.
His arrest comes barely a few days after he organized a nationwide protest on what he calls electoral holdup, swindling of AFCON funds and the government’s failure to end to the ongoing crisis in the South West and North West Regions.
Speaking during the match in Douala, Kamto said: “The time is now or never”. He equally said he was willing to pay the ultimate price to free Cameroon and told protesters that there is no turning back in “our journey to freedom”.
Michel Ndoki, lawyer and vice President of the Women’s wing of the party confirmed she had been shot four times on the leg on Saturday morning as she led scores of protesters in the street. Meantime, Celestin Djamen was equally shot on the leg as he took part in the demonstration.
Many politicians and inhabitants have condemned the arrest. According to Akere Muna, “in this unfortunate attempt to show strength we discover a government too weak to dialogue, too incompetent to understand the cry of its people. The greed of the oligarchs who have captured this state is pushing them towards self-destruction.
The protest across the country led to over 100 persons arrested by secuirity forces. According to government’s spokesman, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, 62 persons were arrested and detained in Yaounde, 42 in Baffoussam, 13 in Mbouda and 7 arrested and taken to the headquarters of the CRM in Douala.
“The government condemns these manoeuvres aimed at destabilizing the country under an electoral hold up pretext. Persons promoting such wave of violence will face the wrath of the law”, Communication Minister warned.
The Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji added that all those arrested will face the law and warned similar protests will equally be met with resistance from forces of law and order.
Many have noted that his arrest is in a bid to stop another protest that has been planned for this Tuesday January 29, in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.