The Network For Human Rights Defenders In Central Africa, REDHAC has condemned in its strongest terms, the brutal assassination of the mayor of Mamfe Mr. Ashu Priestly Ojong allegedly by separatist fighters on Sunday, May 10, 2020 near his Oshobi village in Manyu division southwest region of Cameroon.
According to a press release from the network mayor Ojong as part of his efforts to bring peace to the southwest region and as part of the DDR program for ex combatants had received a telephone call to participate in a ceremony of laying down of arms by some 35 separatists who wanted to return to normal life.
Accompanied by two soldiers the mayor was shot at close range in the head before he could arrive his destination. Other members of the delegation were serious injured.
The network as outlined in the Media release, urges all parties in the conflict to put into practice the call for a global ceasefire launched on the 23 of march 2020 by UN secretary general Antonio Guteres to better fight the covid-19 pandemic.
While reiterating its proposal to putting in place inclusive mechanisms that will resolve the armed conflict in the NW and SW regions of Cameroon, REDHAC also urges president Paul Biya to give a second thought to its proposal of setting up a truth, justice and reconciliation commission.