By Tabie Bofor
A homosexual suspect was almost given mob justice on April 20, 2016 when it emerged that he was spotted with another man allegedly in deep romance in the Soppo neighborhood in Buea, Southwest of Cameroon.
Kamwa Anthony, a film maker ,was reportedly seen by a neighbor with his so-called love partner, a certain man whose name we only got as Mbeng.
But for the intervention of friends, Kamwa Anthony, born on 20 January 1977, might have been lynched, according to eye witness accounts.
How he escaped from the mob that had gathered remained a mystery;but unfortunately his partner Mbeng was seriously beaten, resulting in his demise,reports said.
Kamwa is now said to have gone into hiding for fear of prosecution and or persecution.
Homosexuality is a crime in Cameroon, punishable by Section 347 of the Penal Code in its section 347.
According to the aforementioned section, “Whoever has sexual relationship with a person of the same sex shall be punished with imprisonment from six months to five years and a fine from 20.000Fcfa to 200.000 Fcfa"
Although Cameroon is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and also a signatory to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on June 27, 1984, this central African country is yet to decriminalize homosexuality
Human rights experts strongly argue that countries that are signatories to rights protection conventions should give protection Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.
But Cameroon is not the only country where homosexuality is considered as a crime. In fact over 50 countries are yet to decriminalize it.
It is public knowledge that many homosexuals in the past several years have been prosecuted and jailed in Cameroon.