Maurice Kamto
Maurice Kamto

The United States and the European Union have urged the administration of President Paul Biya to immediate release detained Cameroonian opposition party leader, Professor Maurice Kamto.

Kamto and his supporters were arrested over a month ago, following an election late last year that Kamto claimed he won.

In a statement on Tuesday, European Union high representative, Federica Mogherini, joined the US Under Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Naggy, to call for the release of Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, opposition party who came second at the 2018 presidential elections and his supporters.

Maurice Kamto who claimed to have won the 2018 presidential elections, was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019, alongside dozens of his supporters during a civil protest he organized.

The EU representative wrote that the “arrest and prolonged detention of opposition party, leader Maurice Kamto, and a large number of protesters and supporters, as well as the opening of disproportionate proceedings” further increases the political malaise in Cameroon.”

He urged the government of Cameroon to release the opposition party leader who has been charged with rebellion and insurrection alongside his supporters maintaining that “the response to the important challenges facing the country can only be achieved through an inclusive political dialogue and in a context of respect for fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.”

On his part, the United States Under Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Naggy, who spoke to French radio, rfi, before embarking on a tour of African states last week called on the government of Cameroon to release Maurice Kamto and all supporters of his CRM party. He observed that since their arrest are all politically aligned then they are perceived as “political prisoners”.

He said, “I think it will be wise to release him. Whether the accusations are true or false”, his arrest is because of his political activities and this is “unacceptable.” The statesman is expected in Cameroon on March 17, 2019 where he will meet with government officials and members of the civil society,


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