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Prof. Titus Edzoa, leader of the progressive wing of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement, an organization dedicated to protesting the Cameroon's government’s policy of legalizing corruption was released in Yaounde after 17 year in prison.
Believing that non-violent measures would be successful, Edzoa and a host of other former barons of the ruling CPDM party intend to challenge the Biya government in the 2018 presidential elections. Titus Edzoa was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was convicted a second time for corruption. He received another 20 years sentence and was held at the National Gendarmerie Headquarters in Yaounde.
On the notorious Gendarmarie Headquarters in Yaounde,Prof Titus Edzoa lived in a tiny cell, received meager rations and performed hard labor like the Great Nelson Mandela. The Cameroonian people now believe that his 17 years in prison became the crucible which transformed him. Through his intelligence as a Professor of Medicine, charm and dignified defiance, Edzoa intends to assume the Cameroonian leadership and bring about the intensive and productive change badly required in Cameroon.
Many senior Cameroonian elite including the leader of the main opposition party, Ni John Fru Ndi, led an international movement to free Edzoa. Many countries including the United Nations stated that he was a political prisoner. The Cameroonian dictator offered to release Edzoa, who had been moved from Komdengui Central Prison in Yaounde to the National Gendarmerie Headquarters on the condition that he renounced revealing secrets of the ruling CPDM hegemony. Edzoa, like Nelson Mandela refused, saying, “Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Only free men can negotiate.”
In France, Hollande became president and began to dismantle the policies of President Biya's victimization policies and pressed for the release Prof. Titus Edzoa. Edzoa was realeased after 17 years in prison. In this exclusive interview with Cameroon Concord's Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai, Edzoa believes now is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts. Edzoa says to relax our efforts now would be a mistake which generations to come will not able to forgive.