MRC’s National Communication Secretary Sosthene Medard Lipoth, claimed in a statement issued same Friday that security forces used violence on the opposition party supporters.
The statement cited MRC’s National Treasurer, Prof. Alain Fogue, journalist turned MRC supporter, Sam Severin Ango and Dr. Appolinair Ako’o as key participants at the meeting.
Lipoth disclosed that the secUrity forces that besieged the meeting venue were from the Rapid Intervention Unit of the police in Ebolowa 1 Subdivision. He wrote that the elements were led to-the scene by the police Commissioner of Ebolowa 1.
The opposition party official sustained that’the uniformed men did not produce warrant from the State Prosecutor or any other legal document backing their action. He claimed the security elements only said “we are executing orders” without further stating why they invaded a private residence brutalising visitors in the process.
The MRC National Communication boss further disclosed that the mobile phones and other personal belongings of the concerned were seized. He described the action as being barbaric and contrary to the laws of the land. The opposition party supporter wrote further that the political configuration respects state laws and institutions.
The opposition party has drawn the attention of the Delegate General for National Security to sanction the security elements. Lipoth claimed the disruption of a meeting of his party supporters is contrary to international conventions which Cameroon has ratified.
Friday’s incident is akin to others involving the MRC. Since of its leaders were released from detention on October 5 this year the party has clashed with local administrative authorities and security forces. Last month, a meeting of the party in Ebolowa was proscribed. On that occasion, images emerged of security forces reportedly removing persons suspecting to be MRC supporters out of public transport vehicles headed for Ebolowa.
MRC leader, Prof. Maurice Kamto, announced on November 25 this year that the party will boycott the February 9, 2020 twin polls. The agenda of the Ebolowa meeting which saw security forces drafted in to disrupt remains unknown.