Santa: homosexuals caught making love in abandoned vehicle

two suspected homosexuals come under mob attack at Nkwen - Bamenda

two suspected homosexuals come under mob attack at Nkwen – Bamenda

The locality of Santa, some 25km south east of Bamenda was brought to a near standstill last Sunday night, September 29, 2013 when two men in their mid twenties were caught in the act of love making inside an abandoned vehicle near a local night club off the Bamenda-Bafoussam high way.

The two were reportedly spotted by a commercial bike rider stationed outside the night club who reported seeing strange behaviours between the two men as they left the night club late that night.

It is believed that the bike rider raised an alarm when he noticed that the two were up to some mischief, prompting his colleagues and others at the night club to come out in their numbers.   The two men, identified as Nkeng kingsly and Cedrick Nchinda were reportedly found naked, with only their pants on, prompting the crowd to pound on them with sticks and stones.

They were subsequently arrested by the gendarmes and are still under detention. When Bamenda Online arrive the Gendarmerie Brigade Santa, the gendarmes would not let anyone including family members speak to them.

Some residents say it’s not the first time these two have been caught committing sodomy. Earlier this year they were caught in the same act by a family member at Nchinda’s apartment, causing NKeng to be separated from his wife and kids for six months and they only returned after he paid a fine to the traditional authorities and performed some cleansing rites for his atrocities

Homosexuality is punishable under Cameroonian law, section 347 of the penal code with both a fine and prison term of up to five years, though many would prefer this to the homophobia experienced in the society.

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender face great injustice because of homophobia. Last month, a teacher resident at the Travellers neighbourhood Bamenda had his furniture set ablaze by an angry mob and was only rescued from mob justice by the rapid intervention unit of the Police after he was caught making love to a teenage boy. The suspected murder of Eric Ohena, a leading gay right activist last July in Yaoundé by unidentified individuals has help to fuel such homophobia across Cameroon.

It’s not only the authorities that have waged the war against this group of people. Families have been known to disown their own caught in acts of homosexuality while most villages impose heavy fines of goat, palm oil, fowls, and crates of beers for gays and lesbians. The church considers it an abomination and has taken a strong stand against it.

The Catholic Church has been strongest in its condemnation of homosexuality. In January Bishops of Cameroon during the 36th Episcopal conferences in Sangmelima condemned the act of homosexuality as one which “…falsifies human anthropology and trivialises sexuality, marriage and family as the foundation of society. In African culture, it is not part of the family and social values. It is a flagrant violation of the legacy which our ancestors, faithful to heterosexuality and the family have handed down to us” in their final communiqué.

The two are expected to be transferred to the Bamenda Central Prison to await their trial date.

 By Abongwa Fozo in Santa

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