Human Rights and Freedoms : Commission Head , Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda dies At 74

The Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda has died aged 74.

He died in a private clinic in Cameroon’s Capital, Yaoundé, on May 18, 2020 .

Reports say the Chairman of Cameroon’s Human Rights Commission has been battling ill health for over two weeks now.

Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda became Chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms in 2003.

The late states man spent 17 years at the helm of the structure, fervently  advocating for the respect of human rights in Cameroon.

He was a member of the Commission of inquiry that probed the Ngarbuh killings of February 14.  His death comes less than a month after the findings of the inquiry ordered by the Head of State were made public.

In December 2017, the Canadian High Commission to Cameroon honored the man who was said to have “spared no effort  to take the commission up to international standards with the aim to achieve greater autonomy, more credibility and efficiency”.

Dr. Chemuta Divine Banda was born on 26 December, 1946. After graduating from the University of Yaounde, he proceeded to the Nova University-USA, where he obtained a PhD in Public Administration.


Kathy Neba Sina 

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