Anglophone Lawyers Strike: Biya government brings back the veterans-and they are dangerous for Southern Cameroons
The government of La Republique du Cameroun has literally ignored the ongoing sit-in strike of the Anglophone lawyers (which strike is basically a fight against all forms of assimilation of all Anglophones by the Francophones) and betters the lives of more than 5 million of her “citizens”.
The French news desk of the Cameroon radio and television reported that the leaders of the lawyers’ protest were not at the meeting with the Biya Francophone Beti-Ewondo government in Yaoundé on Tuesday November the 22nd 2016.
The French news bulletin observed that in their place were former bar council chairmen and other senior lawyers. They included Sama Francis, Eta Besong, Ben Muna, Charles Tchoungang (francophone), Joseph Mbah Ndam, Senator Chief Tabetando and Nico Halle.
With this Francophone campaign of intoxication and attempts at imposing leaders on Southern Cameroonians, the Cameroon Common Law Lawyers have resolved that the strike shall continue indefinitely except and until all our demands are met.
These demands are contained in the CCLL conferences 1 & 2 resolutions and in the communiqué calling for this strike.
The gist of these resolutions is that:
- We want a return to the Federal system of government we voted for in the plebiscite of 11th February, 1961. That is two independent nations of equal status having full independence uniting as a Federation of states;
- We want to have a southern Cameroons National Assembly to enable us make our own laws and other legislation;
- We want a perfect Common law legal system for Southern Cameroons, ie having her own law school to train lawyers. To nominating and confirming via our own House of Assembly, judges of the lowest to the highest courts, ie including a Southern Cameroons Supreme Court;
- We want to be able to decide on our educational path and future which primarily favours technical
- We of course demand the use of English language as the sole working language of Southern Cameroons;
- We want to manage all our natural resources e.g petroleum, timber etc, and direct FD investment and
- We want to have the possibility of breaking away from the Union with French Cameroon if it becomes at anytime the wish of the majority of Southern Cameroonians.
We are calling on all Anglophone Cameroonians to stand with us and fight by us to achieve these objectives. Together we shall succeed.
The time is now.
By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai with cables from Franklin Sone Bayern