Cameroonian Senator Pleads With Separatist Fighters To Embrace Peace

The lawmaker said separatist fighters must rethink what they are doing in the bushes and follow the head of state’s call to return to normal life.

Regina Mundi, Cameroonian Senator representing the Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) party in the country’s upper legislative arm, has called on the young separatist fighters who kidnapped her to lay down their arms.

Separatist fighters abducted Mundi recently before she regained freedom following a military operation. The abduction took place on April 30, 2022. 

Mundi was rescued by Cameroon’s elite Rapid Intervention Battalion of the Cameroon army, BIR, on May 30, 2022. 

“I saw boys in their adolescence and some aged about 20. They must rethink what they are doing in the bushes, follow the head of state’s call to leave the bushes and return to normal life,” the lawmaker said in Yaounde on Friday, June 3.

The Senator of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (CPDM) party said she was abducted by the Lucas Ayaba Cho faction of the separatists.

She said the separatist fighters forced her to denounce her seat in the upper house of the Cameroon parliament.

She called on the separatists to allow children to return to school.

“The armed groups must rethink keeping the children away from school. That is very unjust,” she said.

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