The Cameroon Peoples Party has made public its decision not to participate in celebrations marking the so-called 45th National Day of Unity to be held on May the 20th 2017. In a press release issued on Thursday, May 11, 2017, the party led by Kah Walla noted that there can be no celebration in exclusion, violation of fundamental rights and repression.
The CPP move followed that of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) recently announced by Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi. The reason given for the decision inter alia includes the feeling of mistrust and exclusion felt by many Southern Cameroonians. The CPP observed that “The crisis in the North West and South West regions with many arbitrary arrests, brutalities towards the populations, violations of the fundamental rights and freedoms of nearly 5 million citizens and economic losses has added to the feeling of distrust and exclusion felt by many Cameroonians.”
“We cannot,” the statement added, “participate in official festivities when we do not agree with the current management of the Anglophone crisis!” We cannot commune with a government that systematically violates our freedom of assembly and demonstration we cannot show any agreement with a government that does not know dialogue, that continues to refuse essential electoral reforms and which, in a forward flight, drives our country through its governance to a chaotic tomorrow.”
By Chi Prudence Asong
Cameroon Intelligence Report