Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe fondly called Wazizi had become a household name in Buea, southwest Regional capital of Cameroon. His program, “Hala ya matta” on Buea based Chillen Music and Television (CMTV) has not only thrilled listeners but has earned him a lot of popularity in and out of Buea. The popularity of Samuel Wazizi’s TV program earned him the name “Hala ya Matta” and every body, old or young called him by his new found name. He lived his quiet but “near-celebrity” life in the Muea Neighborhood, one of the most targeted neighborhoods in Buea as far as the Anglophone crisis is concerned.
August 2, 2019, Samuel Wazizi was arrested for having links with the armed Anglophone separatists group, popularly known as Amba Fighters. He was equally accused of giving out his farmland as a base for Anglophone Separatist Fighters. Samuel Wazizi was also faulted for spreading Separatists rumors. He reportedly spent 5 days in the Muea 3rd District Police Station in Buea. From there, Samuel Wazizi was transferred to the 21st Motorized Infantry Battalion in Buea as reported by BBC pidgin. He was held incommunicado for over 300 days. Irrespective of the pressure mounted on the Cameroon government by Wazizi lawyers, Association of English Speaking Journalists, right groups to show prove of Wazizi’s existence, the government of Cameroon maintained a suspicious silence
Equinox TV on June 2nd during her 8pm news cast break the news of Wazizi’s death. Citing sources close to the military, Equinox TV reported that Samuel Wazizi died in Yaoundé of wounds inflicted on him by the Cameroon Military. The Government after this yielded to pressure and confirmed that Wazizi died of “Severe Sepsis”.
Since the confirmation of his death by the government of Cameroon, the corpse of the Samuel Wazizi is still to be handed to the family for burial. It is reported that the family of the diseased journalist has fled to an unknown destination for the fear of the unknown
The spoke person for the Cameroon military, Serge Atongfack maintains that they will not hand the body of Wazizi to his family anytime soon. The military spoke person says access to the body of the diseased journalist is is not allowed to any one including family members since his body has been sealed. The reason for the sealing of the body of Wazizi is to allow investigators to determine the cause of his untimely demise. This investigations, it should be noted, was ordered by Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya. Since the the ordering of the investigations nothing has filtered as to what caused the death of Samuel Wazizi.
Cameroon journalists, especially those practicing in the restive Anglophone Regions of Cameroon has been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. They are either targeted by government forces or the military.