Hon. Joseph Banadzem has revealed that Martin Mbarga Nguele had signed a warrant of arrest for Hon. Joseph Wirba, outspoken SDF MP for Jakari Special Constituency who is currently on self-exile in the United States.
The SDF parliamentary group leader made the revelation to press five days after tough-talking Wirba sneaked out of the country into Nigeria and later travelled to the US. Banadzem told press yesterday that he has a copy of the arrest warrant the fugitive parliamentarian sent to him. He also revealed that they had asked the Right Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djirbil, Speaker of the National Assembly to protect Wirba, without which he will not step foot in the house of assembly.
Hon Banadzem also decried the fact that the police chief issued a warrant of arrest for a sitting Member of Parliament who is supposed to have parliamentary immunity.
The March session of parliament opened on Monday March 13 at a time when political analysts were casting doubts over the fate of outspoken SDF Member of Parliament. He was absent from the opening and later confirmed his escape in a Facebook post.
It should be recalled that the Jakiri MP boosted his popularity among English-speaking Cameroonians when he mounted the pedestal in the National Assembly in November 2016 and pleaded their case. It should be noted that the SDF MP is more or less seen as one of the motivators of the on-going protests in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
Almost every influential English speaking Cameroonian who has, in the past couple of months, been vocal about the Anglophone problem has either been arrested or is in hiding. Hon. Wirba, it should be recalled, told the House Speaker that his observations of the marginalisation of Anglophones have made him to conclude that Southern Cameroons secessionists are right in their struggle.