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[11/05/2018] Musa Usman Ndamba [Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA)]

Gender: Male

Location of the incident: Cameroon

Counting Unit: Individual

Affiliation on the individual / type of group: Community leader or member

Specific attack on the HRD(s) / Rights of the HRD(s) affected by the incident:

  • Lawsuits & regulatory action: General

Date of the incident: Fri 11 May 2018

Date accuracy: All correct

Summary of the incident: According to the information received, on May 11, 2018, Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba was sentenced to 6 months in prison and a fine of 500’000 FCFA (approximatively 760 Euros) on charges of “defamation of character”, under section 305(1) of the Criminal Code of Cameroon. Furthermore, he was condemned to pay an additional sum of 500’000 FCFA as civil award to Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, who acted as a plaintiff in the case. International civil society condemned "the sentencing of Mr. Ndamba, which comes after 60 hearings and seven years of continuous judicial harassment in violation to his right to a fair trial and aims at sanctioning his peaceful and legitimate human rights activities, in particular as MBOSCUDA’s National Vice President." The case happens in the context of widespread judicial harassment against leaders of civil society organisations denouncing the government’s corruption and opposing land grabbing in Cameroon. Many of these acts are linked to cases of land acquisition by Mr. Baba Ahmadou Danpullo, a business magnate and the richest man in francophone Africa.

Related Company/Companies:


Name: Baba Ahmadou Group

Company sector: Diversified/Conglomerates

Headquarters: Headquarters in Cameroon

Alleged degree of company involvement: Direct

Other actors allegedly involved:


Alleged actor: Company sues HRD/ CSO (re: Lawsuits)

Issues the HRD is/was working on:

  • Land rights

Sources of information:

https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/cameroon-sentencin...

http://www.omct.org/es/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/camer...

https://www.worldfinance.com/markets/baba-ahmadou-danpullo-africas-discr...