The winner of 2019 Mount Cameroon Race of Hope under pressure to support the struggle for the restoration of Ambazonia statehood. Mbacha Eric Mangeh 2019 winner in the men’s category has stated “… I have been receiving calls from unidentified people asking me to support the struggle for the restoration of ambazonia republic. The calls have not stated any specific amount and I have not stated an answer.“
The 36-year-old athlete from Mbot village, Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region of Cameroon explains that besides asking for financial support, his life or that of his family has not been threatened as rumored on the social media.
Mbacha Eric Mangeh bagged ten millions francs cfa for arriving the first position at the end of the race at the Molyko omnisport stadium in Buea, which amount is subject to 11% tax deduction.
Other winners of the race both in the men and women category contacted have not received similar calls like Mbatcha Eric.
Mbacha Eric Mangeh trained in Noun Division in the West region of Cameroon for the race this year given the high level of insecurity in his native Donga Mantung Division and the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon in general.
Mount Cameroon Race of Hope took place in Buea on Saturday 23rd February under very tight security as Ambazonia separatists earlier threatened to disrupt activities marking the 24th edition of the Race of Hope.