Saturday, April 6, 2019

URGENT: moving to the final suspension of the MRC

In a statement signed on April 5, 2019, Paul Atanga Nji, the Minister of Territorial Administration, threatens to sanction the party of Maurice Kamto in case of unauthorized demonstrations.

The tone of the government remains high vis-à-vis the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon. During a press conference on March 28, 2019 in Yaoundé, Mr. Emmanuel Simh, lawyer at the Cameroon Bar and 3rd vice-president of the MRC, announced new demonstrations of his party on April 6, 2019. Demonstrations to claim the adoption of a Consensual Electoral Code and the end of the crisis in the North West and South West regions.

The government reacted this Friday, April 5, 2019. And it is Paul Atanga Nji who carries the blow. In the communiqué he signed, the Minister of Territorial Administration (MINAT) said that "the MRC, after planning and executing the ransacking of Cameroon's embassies in Paris and Berlin by small groups in its pay, continues its logic of provocation and planning insurrection in Cameroon.

The MINAT indicates that "the date of April 6 reminds Cameroonians of sad events."April 6 recalls the coup attempt that took place in Cameroon in 1984 against Paul Biya, who arrived at the highest office two years earlier. Several people were killed and others imprisoned as a result of the failed coup.

"The announcement by the MRC of public demonstrations on this date confirms that it remains in a logic of destabilization of republican institutions," says Atanga Nji.

He warns that "if the leaders of the MRC, for whom, defying the authority of the State has become the favorite sport, persists in creating disturbances to public order by organizing unauthorized demonstrations with the aim of causing a stir with unpredictable consequences, the MINAT will be obliged to apply the provisions of Law No. 90/56 of 19 December 1990 on political parties".

Clearly, MINAT threatens to suspend the MRC. Article 17 (1) of the said law provides that "the Minister in charge of Territorial Administration may ex officio suspend by reasoned decision for a period of three (3) months the activity of any political party responsible for serious public order... "

Atanga Nji concluded his statement by saying that the demonstrations planned by the MRC of 6 and 13 April are prohibited.

Below is the full communique of the Minister of Territorial Administration