Cameroon – Obituary: Unrepentant Southern Cameroons Activist, Mola Njoh Litumbe, Dies in Douala

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
BUEA - 26-May-2020 - 22h33   3771                      
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Mola Njoh Litumbe, rights activist, political leader and frontline advocate for the independence of Southern Cameroons has died.

Born on February 4, 1927 in Buea, the Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Alliance (LDA), died in Douala Tuesday, May 26, 2020 of an illness, family members say.

The nonagenarian’s cousin, Senator Mbella Moki Charles announced the departure of the retired chartered accountant on his Facebook page along with a photo taken “few months ago” in Douala.

Mbella Moki wrote: “Mola Njoh quits the stage... A great family man is no more. My last church service with cousin Mola Njoh Litumbe in Douala a few months ago. We shall miss you. RIP.”

Mola Njoh’s remains are said to be preserved at the morgue of the Buea Regional Hospital Annex pending funeral arrangements. He was widowed and is survived by four children.

He will be remembered for widely advocating for the right to self-determination of Anglophones in Cameroon. He was twice placed under “house arrests” by authorities, on the eves of October 1 believed to be the day Southern Cameroons got her independence.

On February 17, 2014, he was a speaker at a colloquium held as part of activities to commemorate Cameroon’s 50th anniversary of reunification. The colloquium had as theme “From Reunification to Integration.”

Mola Njoh told his audience that included the Prime Minister Head of Government among other state dignitaries that “there is no documentary evidence at the United Nations Organization(UNO) as required, that Southern Cameroons and La Republique du Cameroun legally  yoked together  to become one country – Cameroon.” He likened the union between the two entities as mere cohabitation – what he humorously referred to as “njumba marriage”.

On May 28, 2011, Mola Njoh Litumbe organised a press conference in Buea during which he presented his book, “Case of the Annexation of the UN British Administered Territory of Southern Cameroons.

The 48-page book, written in French and English, Litumbe said, is also a “Critical review of the Formation and Dissolution of the State of the Federal Republic of Cameroon”.

“Southern Cameroons has never got independence from Britain. We merely changed our slave master from Britain to la Republique du Cameroon,” Litumbe, stressed. “We have just been annexed. This is crime against humanity because colonialism is abolished”.

When the Anglophone crisis turned into an armed conflict, he is known to have gone mute, especially given that he had all his life upheld the force of argument and not the reverse.


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