The Secretary General, SG, of one of the factions of the Union des Populations du Cameroun, UPC, Augustin Frédéric Kodock, has said late Marthe Moumie, widow of the late UPC leader, Felix Roland Moumie, was no longer a member of the party by the time of her death.
Kodock made the declaration at a press briefing in Yaounde January 30, ahead of a ceremony to exchange New Year wishes with party militants.The 78-year-old Marthe Moumie was allegedly raped and brutally murdered at her Angale Lakeside residence of Ebolowa last January 7 by an 18-year-old boy, Frank Eboutou Minla'a.
The police arrested Frank three days later at Tom some 10 km from Mfou in the Mefou and Afamba Division of the Centre Region. In an apparent move to clear UPC of critical press reports that it remained mute in the face of the murder of an active militant, Kodock said for several years now, Marthe Moumie was no longer a member of the party.
He explained that after the Nkongsamba congress of the UPC in 1992 where over 5000 militants voted and renewed the leadership of the party, an official delegation was sent to Ebolowa to meet and discuss with Marthe Moumie.
Kodock said the message brought from Marthe Moumie was that she had adopted a religious faith which didn't permit her to engage in politics any longer. He said above all, the late Moumie's wife also indicated that she wanted to lead a peaceful life. Kodock said the party did not react officially to her death because she had decided to withdraw her militancy.
The UPC SG also used the occasion to evaluate the year 2008 in Cameroon. In his opinion, last year was very troublesome and a year when the hopes of Cameroonians to enjoy economic recovery after the HIPC-I completion point were dashed.
He placed such failures on the shoulders of the country's leadership where authorities seemingly don't know what to do with the accrued sums of money from debt cancellation.
He said the country ought to have re-directed its development programme with emphasis on the wellbeing of future generations.
Stating that the ruling minority class in the country are clearly working against the interest of the Cameroonian people evidenced by their looting skills, Kodock reiterated his party's determination to continue to work hard for Cameroon to remain on its feet.
He mentioned a pact the party signed in 1992 to ensure the integrity of the nation but regretted that Cameroon has been entrenched in the politics of exclusion by a few power mongers living on ill gotten wealth.
"This nation will never be built on such premises. This practice does not give UPC the room to contribute its share to nation building," he stated. Referring to the rival faction of the party, Kodock said enemies of the party within the ruling CPDM are diverting part of the state resources to that faction in order to divide and weaken the historical UPC party.
On ELECAM, Kodock called on Cameroonians not to throw stones at its members yet but to observe how they are going to carry out the tough responsibility of elections management.
He said if the members can work hard and guarantee free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Cameroon, then their names would go into history books as having patriotically served the nation.