Senior opposition figures in Cameroon were present today at the trial of the detained leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. Ni John Fru Ndi including SDF members of parliament and Senators were joined by Prof. Maurice Kamto of the MRC and Edith Kah Walla of the CPP during the court session at the Yaoundé Military Tribunal.
The Consortium leaders, Barrister Agbor Felix Nkongho, Dr. Fontem and the radio broadcaster Mancho Bibixy incarcerated in the nation’s capital for over three months now were taken from the Kondengui High Security prison to the court premises today March 23, 2017 by troops loyal to the Biya Francophone regime.
Ni Jonh Fru Ndi, the Chairman of the Social Democratic Front who has never hidden his support for those arrested in connection with the Anglophone crisis, arrived at the Military Court shortly after 1 pm, accompanied by the Secretary General of the SDF and some SDF MPs and Senators.
Tension reportedly mounted inside the court room and prompted the sitting judge to adjourn the terrorism trial of Barrister Agbor Balla, Dr Fontem Neba and Mancho to April the 27th 2017. CIR gathered that none of the government witnesses turned up in court. Notwithstanding the mass arrest of the leaders and activists of the Anglophone cause, activities in Southern Cameroons have remained paralyzed for almost five months now.
By Rita Akana in Yaounde