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CAMEROON – Senator shot dead in the street

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Emmanuel Kemende

It is with sadness and sadness that the Cameroonian Police noted the murder in the street, in Bamenda, of Senator Emmanuel Kemende, emblematic figure of the opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF). According to the defence and security services, this attack is undoubtedly the work of the Ambazonian separatist group. It is a real scandal that sickens the Cameroonian justice because the victim is also a lawyer at the bar. 

A terrible news for Cameroon already occupied by the African Cup of Nations, the senator, lawyer and opponent, Emmanuel Kemende, was shot dead by armed men on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at around 7pm in Bamenda, in the northwest of the country. The man in his car was intercepted by a group of men who shot him in the heart and head respectively. He was later found by a motorcycle driver who alerted emergency services.

The deputy Jean-Michel Nitcheu, party comrade of the victim, lamented a loose foundation of a justice worker. It does not exclude any hypothesis in this war zone where the regular army and the separatist forces have been fighting for many months. This political scandal taints the African Cup of Nations for the moment well organized by Cameroon.

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The separatist fighters often target members of the homeless, whom they accuse of treason and complicity. This fact adds to this logical series of terror imposed on the party’s militants by the separatists. On the night of 15 to 16 December 2019, it was already the turn of Joseph Mbah Ndam. Member of the nation, Vice-President of the National Assembly of Cameroon and faithful to the cadres of Ni John Fru Ndi, his house in Batibo went up in smoke. The next day, on the night of 16-17 December 2019, one of the houses of the homeless mayor of Kumbo, Njong Donatus Fonyuy, located at the Tobin roundabout, was set on fire by unidentified gunmen, also causing a lot of damage,” it said in a SDF statement in 2019.

It should also be noted that Ambazonia or the Federal Republic of Ambazonia, also known as Amba Land, is a self-proclaimed state on 1 October 2017, claimed by the English-speaking protest movement. It is made up of the regions of North-West and South-West Cameroon in West Africa. 

       

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