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2018 Presidential: Gov’t vow to clampdown on protesters

Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, says government plants to firmly clampdown on all attempts to disrupt public…

Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, says government plants to firmly clampdown on all attempts to disrupt public order.

In a recent press statement, Atanga Nji said;

“It is incumbent on me, in my capacity as Minister of Territorial Administration, to recall that with the proclamation of results of the October 7, 2018 presidential election on October 22, 2018, the election process is over. Public manifestations have therefore to respect the prescriptions of the law. The administration has thus far shown proof to tolerance. But I must tell you that we will henceforth not tolerate any disorder.

All attempts to disrupt public order will be handled with all firmness. Perpetrators likewise those they would have incited into joining them will have to answer before competent judicial institutions. To the best of my knowledge, being a candidate in a presidential election or member of a political party doesn’t give immunity.

All those who will attempt to violate the laws of the Republic will answer before the law courts and be rigorously treated by the same laws”.

On CRM’s Kamto declaration, Atanga Nji said;

 “It is however regrettable that before the presidential election and thereafter, a candidate undertook upon himself to make illegal and anti-constitutional declarations.

Notably proclaiming himself winner of the election even before the Constitutional Council, the only competent authority to do so, could act. Even as the said candidate after deciding to abide by the rules, notably petitioning the Constitutional Council before which he freely made known his arguments, he again derailed by contesting the verdict of the Constitutional Council, which is final. The candidate and his followers never stopped multiplying provocations and other dangerous acts on social peace by attempting to organize insurrections.

Many of their acts and declarations contravene existing laws of the land notably dispositions of the Penal Code and the Anti-terrorism law which punish acts like terrorism and incitation to rebellion. The people of Cameroon have thus far shown proof of maturity by not giving ear to the numerous calls for the destabilization of our country”.