During the past three years, thousands of precious Cameroonian lives have been lost to a foolish, avoidable war. But last week death came naturally to a good number of socialites and elder statesmen. Barrister Bernard Acho Muna, son of Solomon Tandeng Muna, one time West Cameroon Prime Minister and Vice President of the Federated states of Cameroon, died on Sunday, October 6, in Yaounde.
Ben Muna was once an SDF party chieftain. He was also a two term President of Cameroon’s Bar Council. He was an outspoken critic of the regime and strong human rights crusader. Until recently when his health began to fail him, Barrister Muna who had a stint at the United Nations Human Rights Court for Rwanda in Arusha-Tanzania in the late 90s was very regular in the courts, defending arrested activists of the Ambazonian project. One of his siblings, Akere, also an erudite lawyer with international credentials partnered with the deceased at the Muna and Muna Chambers, Yaounde. He was 79.
The death also occurred last weekend of Mr. Justice Moma Che Macaulay. Moma was a judge of repute whose career spanned several decades, mostly in the Southwest and Northwest jurisdictions. He retired as a Supreme Court judge.
Mr. Chia Kiyam Barth, a retired civil servant died at age 95 in Njinikom, Boyo Division. He was a retired member of the ruling CPDM party. He served as Section President of the said party for many years. CK Barth as he was fondly called was a prominent player in Southern Cameroons politics. He passed on at the Njinikom Catholic General Hospital on Saturday, October 5.