US based Cameroonian socialite Lucas Fon has said Culture Minister Ama Tutu Muna showed “unprecedented shameful display of arrogance“ to a cultural baobab by organizing a cultural event in Washington DC that coincided with the funeral of musical icon Lambo Pierre Roger Sandjo today March 28th in Buffalo, New York.
Hundreds of Cameroonians are planning to give Lapiro a grande send-off today and will be busing in or flying from all across the USA and all corners of the world to attend his funeral..
Minister Ama Tutu who will likely not attend the funeral choose this same day to invite Cameroonians to an event to promote Cameroonian culture in the USA after Lapiro’s family politely turned down her offers to be involved in his funeral arrangements when it was initially thought he might be flown and buried in Cameroon. As Culture Minister, she should be representing the government at Lapiro’s funeral, not organizing an event that clashes with that event.
Iroko Magazine learnt from close family sources Lapiro refused to be buried in Cameroon because his early death was indirectly linked to the refusal to treat his prostate cancer when it was first diagnosed following his “unjust” imprisonment for three years at the notorious New Bell prison in Douala from September 2008. There are indications they will be suing the Cameroon government for breaching his right to treatment while in prison.
In a quick reaction to Minister Tutu’s “gaff” and attempts at diversion from the funeral, US based Cameroonian socialite Fon Lucas aka Mishe Fon wrote that the controversial minister “ sneaked herself into Washington DC and had a private citizen announce her very official event”.
The Minister’s event is being publicized by Lady Kate Atabong Ndi who proudly describes herself as a “patriotic Cameroonian-America”. She therefore has dual nationality which Minister Ama Tutu and the government she represents does not support for some strange reasons which is engraved in an archaic 1968 citizen law which the government has so far refused to amend despite pleas from Cameroonians abroad for the law to be changed.
Minister Tutu has been embroiled in a legal battle with Cameroonian born Musician Ndedi Eyango after she dutifully attended the occasion during which he was elected as SOCAM, the copyright company president and then stripped him of the position shortly afterwards on grounds that he now had US citizenship.
Any Cameroonian who gets a different nationality is assumed to have forfeited his Cameroonian citizenship. Ndedi Eyango is now being threatened with some close collaborators of the minister saying he should be deported to the USA since his three month visa to Cameroon expired years ago!
According to a statement from Lapiro’s family, there will be a wake keeping from 5pm to 2am today March 28th 2014 in Buffalo New York to be followed by a thanksgiving service which will be streamed Live on the website www.stgregs.org from the Roman Catholic Church in Williamsville, New York.
Lapiro’s remains will be cremated today and his ashes are expected to be scattered sometime next month in the USA.
“Even in death, an unforgiving Cameroonian government has shown how vindictive it can be not only by not sending an official delegation to Lapiro’s funeral but also organizing a another event to clash with his funeral”, one observer noted.
Lapiro persistently criticized the government in his more than thirty years career as a musician and the government appears to have a very long memory.
Why should black heroes die so soon? Alpha Blondy