Monday, 8 October 2018

Breaking News - Maurice Kamto Now An ‘Outlaw’ says Issa Tchiroma Bakary

One of the country’s leading presidential candidates in Mauritius, Maurice Kamto, on Monday claimed victory over Paul Biya, outgoing president and high-flying favorite, outlawing the government.

“I received a mission to shoot the penalty, I shot it and I scored it,” Kamto told the press in Yaounde. “I received from the people a clear mandate that I intend to defend until the end”.

He did not, however, give a figure, a percentage and did not indicate what he was basing on.

By this proclamation before the official results, Mr. Kamto is “obviously outlaw,” told AFP the Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Issa Tchiroma Bakary. “Whoever gets in the way (of the national institutions) will naturally meet the rigor of the law, because the force belongs to the law”.

“Mr. Kamto will not have the government in front, but the whole nation that does not accept that destabilizes the only religion that is common to us, namely peace,” he warned.

Former Minister for Justice (2004-2011) and lawyer at the Paris Bar, Maurice Kamto, 64,
Breaking News - Kamto Is ‘Outlawed Out Of Law’ says Issa Tchiroma Bakary
He had received support on Friday from another strong candidate, Akere Muna, also a lawyer, who withdrew from the race on his behalf and was present Monday at the press conference.

Maurice Kamto denounced “multiple cases of fraud orchestrated by the power” to which he nevertheless reached out: “My arms remain open to them to work together to the national rebirth”.

“I invite the President of the Republic to organize the conditions of a peaceful transition in order to protect Cameroon from an election crisis that our country does not need,” the MRC president continued.

“As I am committed, I assure him and his family all the guarantees of security,

Gregory Owona, Minister of Labor and Deputy Secretary-General of the ruling Cameroon Democratic People’s Rally (ruling CPDM), accused Kamto of having “insolently invited President Paul Biya to organize the handover!”
Friday evening, Paul Atanga-Nji, Minister of Territorial Administration (Interior), had said that “any form of challenge to the verdict of the ballot box outside the legal channels would not be tolerated”.

Legally, the Constitutional Council, composed of relatives of President Biya, is the only one authorized to proclaim results, at the latest two weeks after the poll.

Mr. Kamto was one of seven candidates opposed to the favorite Paul Biya, 85, of whom nearly 36 in power, who was seeking a seventh consecutive term.

Here is what will happen to Maurice Kamto for claiming victory

Results on networks

Despite the long delay of official publication, the results of hundreds of polling stations on 25,000 installed throughout the country, circulated on social networks as of Friday evening.

In the south-west and north-west, the two English-speaking regions hit a year ago by a deadly conflict between separatists and the army, the election has been energetic, with very few voters participating. Gunshots were heard in the two regional capitals, Buea and Bamenda, all day long, and three armed men, suspected separatists shooting at passers-by, were shot dead by police in Bamenda.

According to Hans de Marie Heungoup, a researcher at the International Crisis Group (ICG), “almost all the returns we receive place the participation rate below 5%” in these English-speaking regions of South-West and North-West where more 300,000 people had to flee their homes.

In the rest of the country, the vote was held without major incident reported, including Yaoundé and Douala, political and economic capitals.

In the Far North region, the “lock” of the election because the most populated of Cameroon, there have been very few representatives of opposition parties, supposed to monitor the smooth running of the vote, according to concordant testimonies.

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