Political Shockwaves

Cameroon: What was in Maurice Kamto’s letter to Paul Biya?

By Mathieu Olivier

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Posted on January 3, 2023 10:11

 Maurice Kamto, president of the ‘Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun’ (MRC). © MABOUP
Maurice Kamto, president of the ‘Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun’ (MRC). © MABOUP

The president of Cameroon’s ‘Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun’ took a letter to Etoudi Palace on 21 December. It was addressed to the head of state. If Maurice Kamto won’t elaborate on the contents of the letter, we will.

A photograph sent political shockwaves everywhere it went. Shared throughout social media, the photo showed Maurice Kamto’s vehicle at one of the entrances to the Etoudi Palace, the seat of the Cameroonian presidency on 21 December.

The Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) leader had arrived at the palace to give a document to President Biya’s security apparatus.

International politics

Since that day, speculation has been rife throughout the country, with Kamto choosing not to make public the contents of the letter that was addressed to Biya. In response to this development, the MRC released a press release referring to the letter as one concerning a sensitive subject of national interest.

According to sources, Kamto’s file concerns a matter of international politics, in particular, the ongoing dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi Peninsula. This is at the

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