Dlamini-Zuma regrets Cameroon bloodshed

Africa Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Africa Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN Union chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has expressed regret at the deadly evolving situation in Cameroon, where government forces have killed some protesting minority groups.
At least four people have been killed and dozens arbitrarily arrested as governments responds brutally to English-speaking Cameroonians, who have been staging protests against alleged marginalisation by government.
Speaking in Addis Ababa, Dlamini-Zuma said she was following with concern the disturbances in the northwest and southwest regions.
She regretted the loss of lives and destruction of property that have taken place and noted with concern the closing of schools and medical facilities.
Dlamini-Zuma called for restraint and encouraged a continuation of the dialogue initiated by the government in order to find a solution to the social, political and economic issues motivating the protests.
She reiterated the AU’s support for the respect of the rule of law, and the right to peaceful demonstrations.
“The AU Commission stands ready to assist the parties in this endeavour,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
Protests by English-speaking Cameroonians have intensified recently.
French and English are the official languages of the country but predominantly Francophone regions are home to the majority of the 24-million population and dominate the political and economic landscape.
The central African country is predominantly Francophone with 80% speaking French.

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