The Upper House of the Cameroon Parliament (Senate) has in a three-page-document published on Friday 19th April 2019, condemned the European Union (EU)’s declaration on the state of the country. According to the release signed by the President of the senate, Marcel Niat Njifenji, the EU Resolution outlines a litany of falsehoods on the socio-political and security situation in Cameroon.
Earlier this week, the EU parliament in a series of resolutions called on the Cameroon government and pro-independence fighters to take concrete measures towards addressing the deepening armed conflict in the North West and South West regions of the country.
The EU also called on the government of Cameroon to ensure accountability for human rights violations by the security forces and to conduct prompt and independent investigations into all allegations of human rights violations in the two regions.
The EU further called on the state of Cameroon to immediately release all unlawfully detained civilians and political prisoners and to put an end to the practice of incarceration of convicted civilians far away from their families on which they have to rely for food and other essential needs.
The senate in its recent publication reminded the EU that the state of Cameroon has always complied with all international treaties and agreements and that the government is open to dialogue and has spared no effort in providing ideal solutions to the problems faced in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon.
The senate also expressed its willingness to host a delegation of European MPs in the country, so they can make their own opinion on the socio-political and security situation in Cameroon.
The release contradicts the comments made during the last parliamentary session by the eldest member of the senate, Senator Nfon V.E. Mukete who voiced out at last, blaming the government for leading the country into its current state.
However, it appears not all members of the senate were consulted before issuing this release.
Senator Henry Kemende of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) has criticized the senate for failing to consult the SDF in the house’s condemnation of the European Parliament resolution on Cameroon.