By Andrew Nsoseka
Maurice Kamto, one of the eight opposition candidates for the October 7 presidential election, has in a press conference declared victory, a day after the election exercise took place in the highly contested race.
In the afternoon of October 8, the candidate of the Cameroon Renaissance movement, CRM, addressed the press corps in the nation’s capital, Yaounde, alongside supporters, saying, “My mission was to take a penalty. I did and I scored…” Kamto declared amidst chants from supporters.
Kamto in his press outing, also called on the incumbent President, Paul Biya, to organise a peaceful handover of power in the interest of the country, and also to avoid post electoral violence. He went on to declare that he will ensure the safety of President Paul Biya’s family, when he effectively takes over.
He urged the forces of law and order, to ensure the peaceful transfer of power from the present administration to the next.
Making reference to those affected by the crisis in the Anglophone regions, Kamto said, he was coming to their aid, and will ensure the reconstruction and compensation of those affected by the crisis that has crippled life in the two regions.
“I only have a word and I will abide by it, I am coming soon to reconcile our nation as a family. I am committed to rebuilding the villages that have been burnt down, to compensate the incurred losses. Don’t lose hope, very soon, the sun will rise again over the Northwest and Southwest” He ended.
The declaration of Maurice Kamto, come during a controversial period in the political life of Cameroon, as many fear that the wide range of time, 15days, provided by the law, after which the results would be declared, may give room for election malpractice that could greatly compromise the verdict of the ballot.
The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, had in a press outing, declared that only the Constitutional Council have the mandate to declare election results and that as such, anyone declaring the results will be punished by the laws in place.
On his part, Cameroon’s Communication Minister, Issa Tchiroma, who himself had declared the Victory of the incumbent President Paul Biya, prior to the elcection, faulted the CRM for declaring victory for Maurice Kamto.
Many predict that the results that will be presented by the Constitutional Council in the days ahead may be highly contested given the atmosphere that is fast picking steam.