By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Hon. Jean Michel Nintcheu, the Littoral Regional chairman of one of Cameroon’s main opposition parties, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) Party has written to the local authorities seeking permission for a “peace march” against the atrocities ongoing in the North West and South West Region, what has become known as the “Anglophone Crisis”.
The peace march has been scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2022 around the Douala 1 municipality. The itinery of the march will see the protesters moving from Carrefour Ndokoti – Carrefour BP Cité – carrefour Agip – Douche Municipale – carrefour Ancien Dalip – carrefour Soudanaise – poste d’Akwa – poste Centrale de Bonanjo – service du Governeur de la région de Douala – lecture d’une déclaration.
It is still uncertain if the local administration or government officials will allow the peace march to go ahead as planned with peaceful protest by opposition parties always banned. The last one held by the MRC opposition party saw some of its members arrested and have been given heavy sentences.
According to a release, the Member of Parliament has called for an immediate ceasefire with an urgent need for an inclusive dialogue. Hon. Jean Michel Nintcheu went further to call for the release of Anglophone prisoners associated with the crisis and all political prisoners.
This is not the first time that the SDF scribe has called for a peaceful protest in solidarity with the population of the English-speaking regions that have been facing violence for the last five years. In 2017, Hon. Michel Nintcheu called for a Solidarity March which was eventually banned.
After that solidarity march was banned, Hon. Nintcheu accused Jean Marie Tchakui, DO Douala 1 of being partisan and taking sides. This came from the fact that the same authority had granted the ruling CPDM party permission to hold a rally but did not do the same for the opposition party.
Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions have been wracked with instability since fighting escalated in 2017. More than 1,500 people have been killed and half a million people displaced as a result of the fighting. The violence has continued to impact the livelihoods of many and left more than 600, 000 children out of schools and has disrupted the health sector.