President Paul Biya of Cameroon must respect the right of the opposition to exist and stop killing the innocent. This is the charge of South African politician Julius Malema.
Malema, who leads the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party was speaking on May 25 at an Africa Day event in the city of Tshwane.
He called out African leaders who he said were stifling democracy and thus setting a ruling with undemocratic tendencies. Among others he slammed Nkurunziza of Burundi, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and DRC’s Joseph Kabila.
With respect to Paul Biya of Cameroon, Malema said: “The same thing happens in Cameroon, Biya must respect political parties, particularly the opposition and stop killing the innocent.
“We want the people of Cameroon to exercise their democratic right without fear, without favour and they must choose a government of their own,” he added.
Even though he did not directly mention the Anglophone Crisis in the country’s Northwest and Southwest regions, it is believed to have informed his call to the 85-year-old.
The central African country is due to hold elections later this year and Paul Biya is set to contest to extend his stay in power.
The Anglophone crisis as it has come to be known has claimed lives of separatists under the Ambazonia Republic banner as well as security forces killed in guerilla-style attacks.
The regions have been militarized as security forces continue to patrol large parts. Violence has led to attacks on state institutions and on villages. Thousands have fled into bushes and others to Nigeria in the wake of the armed conflict.