From Switzerland to Music: Kemta Haunts Biya, Tells Anglophones Not to Give Up Their Quest for Freedom

As Cameroon’s Dictator Paul Biya, has been reported to have made another trip to Switzerland, I could not help but think of one person, who has in the past, made such trips to lose the coziness that Biya craves from them. This person is Emmanuel Kemta.

Kemta is perhaps best known for chasing Biya away from his hotel in Geneva Switzerland. Sometime in 2017, CODE (Collectif des Organisations Démocratiques et patriotiques des Camerounais de la Diaspora), the organisation of which Kemta is a part, uncovered Biya’s hotel location and gave him an ultimatum to return to Cameroon, which the strongman surprisingly, observed. Despite doing all these, the attractiveness of Switzerland, compared to Biya’s Cameroon, is such that he cannot help but go there as often as possible.

Kemta, has, in addition to physically going after Biya, used music to haunt the Cameroonian octogenarian who has been in power for 36 years. In the style of the legendary Lapiro De Mbanga, Kemta uses a combination of English, French and FrancAnglais (Mboko) in his music.

In his latest release titled Don’t Give Up, Kemta captures the short history of the current phase of the Anglophone crisis. He highlights that although some are asking for Federalism and some Separation, the bottom line is that, everyone wants Biya to go. Also, speaking on behalf of CODE, Kemta in this piece, demands that the Cameroon military stop the genocide it is carrying out in the Anglophone Regions. He further makes the declaration that Biya is wrong to tag Anglophone fighters as ‘terrorists’ given that they are simply engaged in legitimate self-defense.

A Cameroonian of Francophone extraction, Kemta has been among one of the most vocal activists challenging the gradual and systematic extermination of English-Speaking Cameroonians. He has been part of many demonstrations organised in the United Kingdom.

As recently as Friday 27th July 2018, Kemta led a group of other Francophone activists to the Cameroon High Commission, where they denounced the actions of the Cameroon military in the North, North West and South West Regions of the country.

As news has again spread that Biya is currently in Switzerland to receive medical attention, it would not come as a surprise if Kemta were to pay Biya another unwelcome visit. Who would blame him though? If Biya took care of Cameroon’s health infrastructure and other aspects of the country’s development, he would have little incentive to keep going to Switzerland, where it is becoming obvious, there is always an unwanted guest at the party.