Kondengui Central Prison. Mancho Bibixy Lead Actions for Peace and Stability in Cameroon

Mancho Bibixy, an English-speaking journalist and activist against terrorism, reportedly organized a series of events at Kondengui Central Prison in Yaounde to consolidate Cameroon’s unity.

Emmanuel NGOTA

In a letter broadcast on social media, supposed to have been written by him, the former pidgin news broadcaster of a radio station in Bamenda, North West, called the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, to support a peace initiative created by Anglophone and Francophone detainees at Kondengui Prison to strengthen leaving together.

According to Mancho Bibixy, one of these initiatives will be the organization of a football match between anglophone and francophone detainees. Although the authenticity of the letter cannot be verified independently by Cameroon report, it does however bear signatures that would be those of Mancho Bibixy and Ngalim Felix, another inmate of Kondengui.

Following court proceedings in relation to the prevailing crisis in the north west and south west regions, the military tribunal in Yaounde, on May 25, 2018, sentenced Mancho Bibixy to 15 years in prison and a fine of 268 million francs CFA and  64 million francs CFA as damages requested by the civil party and 204 million as damages requested by the State, on charges of “acts of terrorism”, “hostility against the homeland”, “secession”, “revolution”, “propagation of false information”, “contempt of public bodies and public servants”, “resistance”, “depredation by band”, “failure to hold his national ID card” and “insurrection” under the Law on the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism No. 28 of 2014 and Cameroonian Criminal Code.

When the crisis erupted in the English-speaking regions in 2016, he had taken the lead of the sling in Bamenda, North West. His photographs haranguing the crowd near a coffin of an English-speaking victim had been widely shared on social networks. Upon his arrest in the North West Region, Mancho Bibixy was charged by the military Tribunal for rebellion, Civil war, Destruction of public property, looting, spreading of false information by electronic means, Non possession of National Identification card, Murder. Acts of terrorism, Secession, hostility to the fatherland, spreading false information, revolution, insurrection, simple rebellion, contempt to civil servants.

The arrest by Mancho Bibixy comes after the government outlawed the Southern Cameroon’s National Council – SCNC and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC on the grounds that their purpose and activities are contrary to the constitution and susceptible to jeopardise the security of the state, territorial integrity, national unity and integration.

In a Ministerial order signed by the then Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Rene Emmanuel Sadi on Tuesday, 17th January 2017 the two groups were declared illegal. Regional Governors, Senior Divisional Officers and Divisions were instructed to strictly apply the order and bring defaulters to face the law courts in accordance with the laws and regulations in force. The prohibition order banned all activities, meetings and demonstrations initiated and promoted by the Southern Cameroon’s National Council – SCNC and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC and any other group with similar objectives or by anyone partisan to these groups

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