A Bamenda based not for profit nongovernmental organization Modern Advocacy Humanitarian Social and Rehabilitation Association MAHSRA has expressed indignation towards Cameroon’s judiciary following suspicion of “conspiracy and undue favouritism if not bribery” in a recent decision made public which according to the NGO “deprives a poor widow and her legitimate orphaned children of their Livelihood.” 

Briefing the press recently in Bamenda on the continuous maltreatment of widows by traditions worst of all by courts which are repeatedly being noticed to be disrespecting human rights November 1, 2017, Dr Kelly Ngyah the Chief Executive Officer CEO of MAHSRA as a case study narrated the story of a country based widow (name withheld) and a foreign based widow (name withheld) with the courts considered to have issued a judgment in favour of the  foreign based who the CEO says is guilty of bigamy and multiple identification because she got married again while in her foreign country with a different name and dates of birth. The home based widow on whose disfavour the judgment is delivered MAHSRA CEO narrates lived with the man in question (name withheld) till death, bearing children, performing the widowhood rights and even in possession of a letter of administration which is now withdrawn. With the understanding that both women were both married with legal marriage certificates, the rights group indicts the courts for failing to establish the true identity of the foreign based widow.
Before making the press outing, Dr Kelly indicated that he has written to several institutions amongst them the Attorney General Court of Appeal North West, the Ministries of Justice, Territorial administration and decentralization, women empowerment and the family and the National Commission for Human rights and Freedoms with no reply on the matter.
“Restlessly, our heaviest concern here lays in the fact that, there are countless other cases out there suffering similar fate and which the corrupt minds continue to enjoy impunity, thus we are requesting for thorough   investigation to be conducted to ascertain that the said judgment was not flawed by any corrupt influences and that equity finds its place to rescue this poor widow whose only livelihood sources for her and her legitimate orphaned children is threatened.” MAHSRA CEO said.   
Being an NGO “having as duty to foster sustainable development priorities at all levels especially with respect to advocacy in the promotion of vulnerable women and girls development rights, MAHSRA stands against the fact that a woman could abandon a man for “20years and left to die in the care of another woman mothering his legitimate children” to come back after to “maliciously grab from a deceased man she had hurt.”

Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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