The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has issued a sound warning to promoters of disorder in the upcoming regional elections that no action against state security shall go unpunished.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji was speaking Tuesday September 7 at the press conference. This was shortly the Head of State’s convening of the electorate for the regional council election.
Atanga Nji’s utterances of Tuesday observers aid is an indirect caution to opposition politician, Prof Maurice Kamto of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, MRC.
Kamto is among those whom have come under condemnation for engaging political tactics that threaten public peace and order in Cameroon.
Minister AtangaNji said: “It has come to my knowledge that some political parties losing steam, have made some irresponsible declarations by putting some preconditions for the holding of Regional election. This mischievous plan is aimed at destabilising republican institutions, and is against H.E Paul Biya who incarnates them.”
To the MINAT boss, “obviously, these threats have not fallen on deaf ears. Once again, I want to remind everybody that the Minister of Territorial Administration is in charge of maintaining law and order, the protection of persons and their property, as well as the supervision of the activities of political parties, associations and NGOs. I want to make it very clear that no disorder shall be tolerated fro, any political party or any political actor.”
The Minister cited key provisions of law No. 2016/007 of 12 July 2016 bearing on the punishment that promoters of disorder could face.
According to article III secession sub(1) “whoever undertakes in whatever manner to infringe the territorial integrity of the republic shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”
It should be recalled the MRC leader, Maurice Kamto had promised to take to the streets if the President of the Republic convenes the electorate for the regional elections without changes to the country’s electoral code.
Observers say Kamto has remained controversial and battling at all cost to sustain his dwindling popularity overtime. The Minster has called on political actors to be responsible and massively participate in the upcoming political consultation.
Below is the full press declaration of Minister Paul Atanga Nji at Tuesday’s outing.