Monday, 16 October 2017

Many Questions About The Candidacy Of Akere Muna For The Presidential Election In Cameroon

The announcement of intention to candidate for the presidential election of October 8, by the anglophone international lawyer Akere Muna, arouses many comments in the public opinion.

On October 8, 2017, through his twitter account, the Cameroonian lawyer Akere Muna, originating from the northwest in the anglophone zone, announced his intention of candidacy for the presidential election scheduled in 2018 in Cameroon.

For who rolls Akere Muna?
"Candidature of the betrayal, the real challenger of the regime in place, Akere Muna falls the masks," could read in some columns of the Cameroonian newspapers, which unleashed on this candidature.

As a reminder, Akere Muna was a lawyer for the State of Cameroon. As such, he had "represented to assert the immunity of President Paul Biya", in a case in the United States, he said himself.

Akere Muna led a delegation of the Pan-African Union of Lawyers on June 6, 2014 to present a prize to President Paul Biya with former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

"This is the first real candidate for the 2018 presidential election," said Jean Bruno Tagne, a political journalist on the private television channel Canal 2 International.
Many Questions About The Candidacy Of Akere Muna For The Presidential Election In Cameroon
Son of the former vice-president of the Federal Republic of Cameroon -Solomon Tandeng Muna-, an anglophone from the north-west, "Akere Muna is taken seriously by the camp opposite," says Tagne.

Albert, a Cameroonian citizen, also praises the candidate Akere Muna.

"This gentleman is internationally and nationally renowned and has been elected president of the Bar of Cameroon, proof that he can win votes with all Cameroonians, and in the perspective of a single opposition candidate, Akere Muna has the best profile, "he says.

The context in which her candidacy was announced was undoubtedly helping to make her famous. On October 8, 2017, it was a week that some people from the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon (north and south-west), supported by a frank of the population, claiming the republic of the Ambazonie, the symbolic independence of this part of Cameroon.

The Cameroonian government has opposed to them the force of the law in addition to a safe device of the day.

According to Amnesty International, the Cameroonian army has killed at least 17 people. Almost 500 others arrested since 1 October. The minister of communication, Issa Tchiroma, denied on VOA this balance.

Would the situation in the English-speaking area today be confusing? Akere Muna, did not specifically say so.

Although he mentioned the crisis in his declaration of intent to bid, he said he was "in favor of federalism", a form of state that some Anglophones demanded lately and which was rejected by the central government because unconstitutional.

"Akere Muna tactically positions himself as a political actor from the English-speaking regions and wants to assert himself as a presidential personality," analyzes Professor Eric Mathias Owona Nguini, a political scientist, a teacher at the University of Yaounde.

The teacher warns that "this positioning in favor of federalism will only be able to satisfy those who are in favor, whether it is in the French-speaking or English-speaking areas."

"Anglophone separatists have already criticized the candidacy of Akere Muna," added Professor Owona Ngiini.
Akere Muna against the homeless?
Akere Muna is 65 years old. He has so far been without political training and has been active in the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the main opposition party in Cameroon, led by another northern-western anglophone, John Fru Ndi.

According to some observers, this candidacy will erode the English-speaking electorate of the SDF.

"I will not have announced my candidacy now, but I would not have done so, but I respect his choice, which contributes to enriching the political debate. of Akere Muna, there are too many candidates in Cameroon and fewer political programs, "said SDF vice-president Josuah Oshi.

Can Akere Muna bring change?
In Yaoundé, Akere Muna has its offices as a lawyer, in the eponymous foundation. Nothing filtered the continuation of the events about his candidacy that many Cameroonians consider "the most serious against the candidate of the party in power".

Me Akere Muna nevertheless broadcast a recording on the internet in which he presents himself as the precursor "of the new republic".

"We must march towards a new Republic, which will be based on good governance and the rule of law ... where there would be no tolerance for corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favoritism" , said candidate Akere Muna. The latter promised not to harm the current president Paul Biya in case of victory in 2018.

Emmanuel Jules Ntap, correspondent for Yaoundé | Many Questions About The Candidacy Of Akere Muna For The Presidential Election In Cameroon.

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