|Singer Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala on Friday 8 April 2011 at 2 pm after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions.
The release was not expected before Saturday morning, but as Freemuse called the singer on Friday afternoon to hear about his expectations he said:
“I have two news for you. A good one and a bad one. Which one do you want to hear? The bad one is that I will not be released tomorrow. The good news is that I’m already out of prison now,” he said, followed by a big laugh.
A spokesman for New Bell Prison had told a reporter that Lapiro de Mbanga was just being transferred to a prison in Lapiro’s home town, Mbanga.
Lapiro de Mbanga, however, confirmed his release in a phone call to Freemuse at 16:10 pm.
Lapiro on 9 April 2011 in front of the gate of his house
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However when asked if he is planning on standing for election in October, Mbanga replied that he is not, and continued:
Mbanga added that he has written a book entitled ‘Cabale politico-judiciaire ou la mort programmée d’un combattant de la liberté’ (‘Politico-judicial cabal or the planned death of a freedom fighter’), for which he is currently seeking a publisher. To read the full interview in French, click here.
Lapiro on 9 April 2011 with fans and friends visiting his home
Followed closely internationally
Freemuse has collaborated with Freedom Now, International Pen, Mondomix and his guitar provider Vigier Guitars.
Lapiro de Mbanga (real name: Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) was the winner of the Freedom to Create Prize in 2009. He received the prize when Freemuse visited him in Cameroon on Music Freedom Day 3 March 2011.
Read more about Lapiro de Mbanga:
Lapiro appears at the Supreme Court
Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day