Homosexual arrested for seducing men in Mbalmayo.
BY NOELA BISONG
A man suspected to be homosexual, has been arrested in Mbalmayo, Centre Region, for seducing other men. About 25 years old, fair in complexion and medium height, with curly hair, the man according to state radio, CRTV, looked well kempt. The man whose name CRTV quoted as Amougou, is said to have boarded a taxi dresses like a woman. On the way began to seduce the taxi driver and eventually made advances to him. The taxi driver who became interested, scheduled an appointment, to meet ‘her’the following day. The next day the taxi driver discovered that he was indeed a man. The taxi driver drove him directly to the police station where he was taken into custody. The alleged homosexual, Amougou was presented to the public prosecutor and placed in custody at the Mbalmayo prison.
It would be noted that homosexual is illegal in Cameroon and culprits can be punished with jail terms ranging from six months to five years with a fine from 20000 to 200000 francs FCFA, according to section 347 of the Penal Code. According to Human Rights Watch, at least 28 people in Cameroon have been charged, under the country’s anti-gay laws in the past three years-more than any other African Nation. But homosexual activities are on the rise in the country and police and gendarmes have stepped up efforts to clamp down on this.
This was the case in May 2005 when 11 men were arrested at a night club in Yaoundé on suspicion of sodomy and the government threatened to conduct medical examinations to ‘prove’ their homosexual activity. Many other alleged homosexuals have been arrested and detained under section347 of the Penal Code.
One of these Jean Claude Roger Mbede was arrested by security forces for sending love SMS messages to male acquaintances and sentence to three years imprisonment at the Kondengui Central Prison. The sentence was protested by international Human Rights organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the latter of which named him a prisoner of conscience. Mbede later died in prison. He had not received medical treatment for a month before he activists said.
In November 2011, a Cameroonian court convicted two young men, Jonas Kimie and Frank Ndome, who had been arrested for homosexuality outside a nightclub in Yaounde based solely on their appearance and behavior to five years imprisonment.
In July 2013 a prominent Cameroonian gay rights activist and Journalist, Eric Lembembe, was found murdered in his house in Yaounde. Lembembe’s neck and feet appeared to have been broken and his face, hands and feet burned with an iron, Human Rights Watch had said.
A recent case of homosexuality that has raised a lot of dust is that of Njong Kingsley, a popular 34 years old footballer in Kumba, Meme Division of the South West region.
Njong Kingsley had been involved in same sex activities with some friends without the knowledge of many. However, following information reportedly gathered from some sources, a police investigation was opened and it came to the limelight that he has been truly involved in same sex activities when his nude pictures were found with his numerous homosexual sexual partners.
The news of Njong Kingsley’s homosexual activities spread like wildfire and his peers in same sex activities were arrested. Upon interrogation, one of Njong’s partners disclosed that both of them have been in the business of homosexuality for years, especially as they admired Njong Kingsley due to his body build asnd football skills. Njong later escaped to an unknown destination and is currently being hunted by the forces of law and order for his involvement in homosexuality. If arrested he will be prosecuted under section 347 of the penal code.
It would be noted that Barrister Atoh Walters Tchemi, a Kumba-based Legal Practitioner and head of the Time Law Firm, a gay rights activist, was recently attacked, molested and tortured by unknown individuals, for defending a homosexual, Fonya Cornelius, who unfortunately was jailed by the Limbe Court of First Instance.