Kondengui Central Prison

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Kondengui Central Prison is a maximum security prison in Yaoundé, Cameroon. It has been the subject of numerous international criticisms for its overcrowding and poor conditions.

Kondengui Central Prison is located in Cameroon
Kondengui Central Prison is located in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Kondengui was constructed in 1967 and was originally built to house 1,500 inmates.[1] The facility has 16 toilets and 400 beds.[1]

In 2002, prisoners were fed one meal a day and given 4.4 ounces of soap every six months.[1] In 2003, the US Department of State issued a "scathing" report on Cameroonian prisons in which it noted that Kondengui was severely overcrowded, housing a population of 9,530 in space meant for 2,000.[2] In 2011, Amnesty International described the prison conditions to be "harsh, with inmates suffering overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate food. Prison guards are poorly trained, ill-equipped and their numbers inadequate for a big prison population."[3]

Notable current and past prisoners[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Makossa singer Lapiro de Mbanga referenced the prison in a popular 2007 anti-corruption song, with lyrics including "Send them to Kondengui Prison. Everybody to Kondengui... ministers, directors send them to Kondengui".[13]


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  2. ^ Ange Ngu Thomas (16 April 2003). "US attacks Cameroon's rights record". BBC. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  3. ^ David Smith (9 June 2011). "Campaign to free Cameroon man jailed for homosexuality". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Moorehead, Caroline. "Prisoner of Conscience: Activist jailed over interview: Albert Mukong", The Independent, 27 March 1989.
  5. ^ a b Amnesty International. "Cameroon: Human Rights Defender and Political Activists Arrested and Held in Prison", Africa News, 25 October 2002. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "AI" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ Kini Nsom, "GARGA HAMAN ADJI: Hunting Embezzlers", The Post (Cameroon), 8 October 2004.
  7. ^ Xavier Messè, "Issa Tchiroma Bakary : Je n'ai pas de rancune", Mutations, 6 April 2009 (French).
  8. ^ Deji Olukotun (23 January 2010). "Gold, Guns and Books: the Meyomesse Affair". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Amnesty International, Annual Report: Cameroon 2013, May 23, 2013.
  10. ^ Moudio, B. C., Justice: Enoh Meyomesse Libre. La Nouvelle Expression, April 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Reporters Without Borders. 2010. “Sick Journalist Dies in Prison.” Retrieved September 20, 2011 [1].
  12. ^ David Smith (9 June 2011). "Campaign to free Cameroon man jailed for homosexuality". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cameroon dances to anti-graft beat". BBC News. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2011.