By Emmanuel Nduka
FORTY SEVEN opposition activists of Maurice Kamto’s party, MRC, in Cameroon have been sentenced to prison.
The activists will serve between one and seven years for acts of rebellion.
The opposition supporters were arrested in September 2020 for planning what they described as “peaceful marches” against President Paul Biya who has been in power for almost four decades.
In Douala, the country’s capital, more than 500 demonstrators were arrested by the police during the protests in 2020.
According to the opposition party, 124 are still detained.
Spokesman and Treasurer of the party received the longest sentences for alleged “rebellion” and “attempted insurrection”.
The opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, was imprisoned for nine months in 2019 after having run against President Biya in 2018.