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Bamenda: the SDO bans gatherings on the eve of October 1

by Theophile
préfet du département de la Mezam, Emile Simon Mooh

This is the contents of a prefectural order signed Friday, September 29, 2023, by the SDO.

The SDO of Mezam, Simon Emile Mooh, has banned undeclared public meetings and demonstrations for an indefinite period throughout his command area. This is the content of a prefectural decree signed on September 29, 2023.

The document warns that violators will be punished in accordance with existing rules and regulations. Analysts were quick to react to the decision by affirming that the SDOt’s decision relates to October 1, the independence day of Southern Cameroon, celebrated by the separatists.

Since 2018, as October 1 approaches, all SDO in English-speaking Cameroon always signed orders prohibiting unauthorized gatherings.

This is to prevent separatist fighters and their supporters from demonstrating in a military or civil manner in the North-West and South-West regions of the country.

According to Nexus, a citizen of Bamenda, the prefectural decrees have never been effective. Since the start of the crisis, we have always witnessed demonstrations, both civil and armed, despite the bans and the strong military presence. This means that such decisions are not binding on the fighters,” said Nexus

SDO decree
SDO decree

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