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Prisoner without a Crime. Disciplining Dissent in Ahidjo's Cameroon

Disciplining Dissent in Ahidjo's Cameroon

Albert Mukong

Publication Year: 2009

Doughty human rights crusader, Albert Mukong was incarcerated for six years in some of Cameroon's worst detention centres under the despotic regime of late President Amadou Ahidjo. This book details his personal account of the discipline and punishment that the Cameroonian state has systematically dished out to dissidents who have dared to stand their ground. Until his death in 2004, Albert Mukong was without doubt, Anglophone Cameroon's most conspicuous political prisoner, spokesperson and champion human rights advocate. The particular detention he recounts in this book is evidence of how nationalists such as Ruben Um Nyobe, Ernest Ouandie, Bishop Ndongmo and others, have in their struggles sacrificed enormously so that freedom and democracy might see the light of day in their reluctant Cameroon.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Chapter One

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pp. 10-21

It was about five o’clock in the morning when they came to take me away. It was a Tuesday, 6 October 1970. I . . .

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Chapter Two

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pp. 22-37

My little kit had been held back by the Chef de Poste but he allowed me to take my loin-cloth into the cell. As I settled . . .

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Chapter Three

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pp. 38-68

It was in this place that I spent the first six months of those six years. As I already stated I came in when the cases of Ouandie and Ndongmo were . . .

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Chapter Four

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pp. 70-81

The twenty-three of us left the BMM premises that day about 4.30 a.m. Among these were two friends I mentioned earlier, Tiencheu Christophe . . .

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Chapter Five

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pp. 82-100

From Foumban you follow the road bound for Ngaoundere until you get to Malantuan. A little descent gets you to this town which lies just ten . . .

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Chapter Six

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pp. 102-112

We got to Yaounde the day after we left Mantoum, travelling along the Bangangte/Bafia road. I was taken directly to the Yaounde Central hospital as . . .

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Chapter Seven

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pp. 114-124

It was sometime in late November that they decided to take me back to Mantoum. The gendarme officer who was to escort me hinted to me an hour or so before . . .

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Chapter Eight

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pp. 126-138

Mr Nisack was quite pleasant when he received me. He first reminded me that I was married and had children and as such owed a responsibility towards . . .

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Chapter Nine

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pp. 140-152

When I got to Tchollire, it dawned on me clearly that the Ahidjo government was serious and would never release me unless I embraced the CNU. And . . .

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Chapter Ten

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pp. 154-157

I had given up all hope of ever being released from this prison while Ahidjo was in power. I looked up to God and passed much of my time in prayer and . . .

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956716166
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558346

Page Count: 158
Publication Year: 2009