It all started with a comment by Adèle Mballa Atanagana, 20h 30 bulletin newscaster on the public channel, Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), on 25 November 2016.
Talking about Bernard Muna, the woman who also happens to be Information Director for CRTV télé, declared that “he has been a candidate in several presidential elections”. Which set the web talking. On the one hand, there are those who criticised her “lack of political culture”, and on the other, those who agreed with this claim made by the star newsreader.
But the fact is, the lawyer and politician, Bernard Acho Muna, often nicknamed Ben Muna, was only a candidate in the 2011 presidential race for the opposition representing the Alliance des Forces Progressistes (AFP – Progressive Forces Alliance).
On this occasion, he proposed a new constitution and catching up the delay in terms of development through the fight against corruption. For the first time, voters saw a candidate use internet through an official website and social media, to campaign. But in the end, Ben Muna was 10th out of 11 with 0.381%.
A former Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1997-2002), Mr Muna is the son of ex-Prime Minister of English-speaking Cameroon (11January 1968 – 20 May 1972) Salomon Tandeng Muna and Akere Muna, founder of Transparency International Cameroun.