Cameroon’s Human Rights Czar is Dead

The Chairman of the Cameroon National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda has died. He died Monday at Clinique le Jordaine-a private clinic in the country’s capital, Yaoundé at the age of 74.

Relatives told Timescape Magazine that he died of the novel Coronavirus, although the human rights czar’s health has been on a downward turn for some time now.

As happens to all those who die from the raging Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Chemuta was immediately buried at his Yaounde residence by health care professionals.

He was appointed Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms in 2003 and held onto that post until his demise on May 18.

The native of Bafut in the restive once independent state of Southern Cameroons Cameroon’s graduated from the University of Yaounde and obtained a PhD in Public Administration at Nova University, USA.

He was a vocal critic of human rights violations in Cameroon, with the latest being his outspoken criticism of the country’s military excesses in the fight against separatists in the once independent state of Southern Cameroons.

He was among those who carried out an inquiry to shed light on the February 14, 2020 killing of children and women in Ngarbuh, Donga-Mantung Division by forces loyal Cameroon’s dictator, Paul Biya.