BY ATIA TILARIOUS AZOHNWI
Hon. Joshua Osih, First Vice National Chairman of the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) has said they will continue with protests against the withdrawal of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosting rights from Cameroon as well as multiply efforts to frustrate the 2019 municipal, legislative and regional elections if the Anglophone crisis is not resolved.
The Member of Parliament for Wouri Centre was speaking to The SUN hours after security forces clamped down on an SDF-led protest in Douala.
Though the SDF National Secretary for Communication, Denis Nkemlemo said in a statement that Osih and Nintcheu were brutalised and abducted by security forces during the Wednesday, January 23 protest, it will appear it was not as brutal.
Osih said they were not arrested as such, but he was prevented from marching. He said the troops led him into his car. When he entered his car and headed for his office, the MP says the troops followed him until he got to his destination. His office then came under a heavy security siege in what may pass for a house arrest.
Osih added that Nintcheu was put into a police van and taken home. Nintcheu would then be prevented from leaving his house by security forces.
The First Vice National Chairman of the SDF denies he was brutalised but insists that they will continue the protests until all those who caused Cameroon her AFCON are brought to book.
The SDF peaceful protest had been banned by the Divisional Officer for Douala I, Jean-Marie Tchakui and the Divisional Officer of Douala V, Zachaeus Bokoma Elango. The two SDF MPs dismissed the ban as “d’irrecevables” (inadmissible).
The SDF warns that faced with the gravity of the curtailing of collective and individual rights of the citizens and the levity with which the dignity of the human being is considered by the despotic regime in Cameroon since 1982, the party and the people will not continue to tolerate these aberrations that increase in magnitude on a daily basis.
Osih reiterated his party stance on the situation in the North West and South West Regions, informing the Biya regime that it will oppose any future attempts to organise elections in the country if the crisis in the restive Anglophone Regions of the country is not solved. \