Cameroon – Anglophone Problem: According to the Honorable Simon Fobi Nchinda, “The detainees of Bamenda were in the street to show their discontent”

Written by Deckson N.

The MP of the Social Democratic Front of the Mezam met with the people arrested following the demonstrations observed in the English-speaking Regions of Cameroon.

On 10 January, the Government released 21 persons arrested following mood swings in the Northwest and South-West Regions. Simon Fobi Nchinda, MP of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) of the Mezam, said he spoke to these protestors. He talks about his interview with them in an interview given to the daily newspaper Le Jour edition of January 12, 2017.

The MP who carried out a descent to the central prison of Kondengui in Yaounde, in the Central Region and then to the Secretary of State of Defense in speaking of the motivations of his action states that “in addition to being MP of the nation, I came from the Mezam where these detainees were arrested. So it concerns my constituency. So I had to be amply informed to know that justice was being done. The conditions under which these detainees were arrested, the conditions under which they were transported and the conditions under which they were detained were discussed. In addition to that there are issues of legality. Why they were arrested, why they could not be tried in Bamenda.

Compared to the observation made, the MP states that “in Kondengui we found that their diet was not the best. This is how we eventually brought food, pots and pans so that they can prepare and eat their fill while they are being held. Secondly, sanitary conditions were not good. I then had to see the doctors to know the medical situation. Afterwards we had to work on the reasons for their detention and the constitution of their defense “.

When asked why they were arrested, Hon. Simon Fobi Nchinda replied, “You know they are anglophones. They were in the street because they are sick of their treatment in the present Republic. They were in the street to show their discontent.

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