After biggest crackdown on Consortium: Francophone gov’t launches action plan to induce Common Law Lawyers
Minister Laurent Esso, a known anti-Anglophone CPDM member of government revealed yesterday the 30th of March 2017 during a press conference in his ministerial department in Yaounde, some steps taken by the 84 year old Cameroonian dictator, Paul Biya to induce Southern Cameroon lawyers to put an end to their strike action that has lasted for some six months now.
The Minister for Justice who reportedly ordered the arrest of Lord Justice Ayah Paul of the Supreme Court and the leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium said the President of the Republic has accepted the creation of a section of the Common Law at the national High School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM.
Laurent Esso also added that Biya has accepted the creation of a Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at the University of Buea, the opening of a department of English Law in the universities of Douala, Ngaoundere, Dschang and Maroua, the establishment of an Institute of Judicial Studies for the training of lawyers, notaries and judicial officers and the redeployment of magistrates taking into Linguistic criteria.
The Francophone Justice Minister also announced that Biya has accepted an increase in the number of English-speaking magistrates in the High Court. At the time of filing this report, the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium with legitimate authority over British Southern Cameroons had not responded to the Laurent Esso press conference. What we do know is that the Consortium has made it abundantly clear that dialogue and negotiations will be held with the Biya Francophone regime only by the detained leaders of the Consortium.
By Eyong Johnson