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Exclusive from prison: Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto and ally Christian Penda Ekoka write open letter to UN’s Antonio Guterres Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021

Detained Cameroonian opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, and his political ally, Christian Penda Ekoka, have written an open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, expressing their skepticism over his ability to remain an “expected honest broker in Cameroon’s crisis”

The letter dated 24 September and forwarded to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA on Friday was written from prison and personally signed by the duo, according to an advocacy group in the United States.

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“We are very skeptical about your role as an honest broker and neutral facilitator in the resolution of Cameroon’s multiform crisis, as it would be expected from the UN Secretary General,” Kamto and Ekoka wrote in a letter exclusively obtained by TODAY NEWS AFRICA.

The writers chronicled Mr. Guterres’ missed opportunities and concluded that he had not acted as would have been expected of him.

Maurice Kamto, a brilliant and respected scholar and professor of law, who represented Cameroon during the Bakassi peninsula crisis with Nigeria and won, was a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations from 1999 to 2016.

After he ran for President in 2018 as the leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), Kamto accused Biya of massive rigging and intimidation and declared himself winner.

Official results said Biya won the election while Kamto was runner-up with only 14 percent of the votes.

However, Kamto challenged the official results and declared himself winner of the election.

Following small-scale non-violent protests by his supporters, the government grew increasingly uncomfortable and on 26 January 2019, the 65-year old and 200 of his supporters were arrested and locked up in Kondengui maximum security prison in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. His trial was recently stalled.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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