The June session of Parliament has begun in Yaounde as Members of Parliament and Senators converge to make decisions on the deplorable condition of the country. Anglophone MPs have once again given a deaf ear for them to walk out from the Parliament which aggrieved Anglophones say does not longer represent their interest.
By continuing to attend Parliamentary sessions in Yaoundé, most Southern Cameroonians believe the MPs are traitors, people who put their interest first before the population who elected them. They are not only a minority but never has their voices been taken to consideration. Very few MPs especially from the ruling party CPDM have come up to react to the unlawful arrests, intimidation and imprisonment of Anglophone youths.
Opening the session at the National Assembly Thursday, long term Speaker, Cavaye Yegue Djibril mocked actors who called for boycott of National Day. To him, the calls did not in any drowse the spirit of the celebrations and Cameroonians demonstrated their willingness to live together. He has given a pass mark to efforts made by ¨President Paul Biya to resolve the Anglophone problem as well as efforts taken by education authorities to ensure the academic year goes through despite calls for boycott.
Senate President, Marcel Niat Njifenji who opened the Senate sessions hours later called on CAMRAIL to speed up the compensation of victims of the Eseka train crash while stressing the need for unity.
A minute of silence was given in honor of the fallen Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Benoit Balla whose death has been described as shocking by MPs
SDF MPs have rubbished the opening session saying Government has done nothing to resolve the matter. But that has not pleased majority of disgruntled Anglophones who want the MPs to walk out from what they say is a rubber stamp Parliament.
The June Session has nothing a stake. MPs will control government action through Questions and Answer sessions. We learnt about 7 bills will be on for scrutiny in the days ahead.
Three Boko Haram bombers were killed in Cameroon on Friday morning by their own bombs, local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, reported, two days after another set of killers attacked the same area.The newspaper said the two bombers were killed in Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s far north region, when the explosive devices they were carrying exploded before their attack. No one else was hurt. A third was killed in Mora at about 3am Friday.
The latest attack came two days after two bombers, a woman and an 8-year old girl blew themselves up in Galbi, an area in Mora, also in Cameroon’s far north. Two civilians were injured.Boko Haram has been wrecking havoc in Cameroon and Nigeria and on Wednesday night, the terrorists killed about 14 people in the northeastern Nigerian town of Maiduguri and injured at least 24 others.
It was the biggest and most severe attack in Maiduguri in 18 months. The Boko Haram insurgency started in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in 2009 before extending to Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
So far, over 2000 have been murdered by Boko Haram in Cameroon. Millions of people have been displaced and thousands of women, girls and boys have been abducted.
Ayah Ayah , son of detained former Supreme Court Advocate General has been released after spending one night at the Defence State Secretariat SED. He was picked up, Wednesday after security forces accused him of allegely taking pictures of the stormy trial of Anglophone leaders at the Yaounde Military Tribunal.
Upon his release, he reacted to the claims circulating " Kindly tell all around you that I am Just back from jail after I was picked up yesterday at the military Tribunal Yaounde alongside my younder cousin, as I came to his defence, just after he took photographs of myself, Honourable Joshua Osih and Barrister Kan, outside the court room, contrary to all the lies and misinformation you have all been fed with this far. That is the truth. I chose not to abandon him to his fate and let him suffer alone. He is my responsibility. Thanks be to God for letting my entire family and especially my mum for bailing me out of this wahala."
About his 24 hour expirience in the dungeon, he says "What an experience it was. I spare you the details for heaven's sake. What I will say is this: There's need to pray for all those under detention especially the 'anglophone' detainees on the account of the 'anglophone' crisis. They must be going through the darkest moments of their entire lives. Just one night for me and....."
Following his father's prompt retirement , Ayah Ayah wonders what his father has done to merit such a disgraceful move from the Biya regime, Hear him "you must have already gotten news that our only Advocate General of the Highest Court of the land was retired yesterday June 07, 2017. What a price he pays? May you all remember him in your prayers and in all you do..."
The now former Advocate General at the Supreme Court, Ayah Paul Abine has been sent on retirement, the Higher Juridical Council decided Wednesday June 7, 2017.
This is major decision taken at the Unity Palace during the meeting chaired by President Paul Biya. Ayah Paul Abine now imprisoned has reached the age limit but could have been given two additional years as the constitution specifies. He was replaced by Yap Abdou.
As Ayah Paul goes on retirement while in dungeon, his son AYAH AYAH Abine arrested Wednesday in front of the Military Court, he is accused of taking pictures of the court prohibited by law. AYAH AYAH Abine was arrested alongside his brother Etonong Christian and ferried to State Defense Secretariat. A family member confirms the arrest to reporters.
Ayah Paul has been a strong critic of the regime . As member of the ruling CPDM, he bitter objected to Biya's removal of Presidential term limits, resigning from the party and forming the People Action Party - PAP.
He was abducted from his Yaounde residence by 6 armed men from SED. They had no arrest warrant.Ayah was not permitted to make any calls nor answer any. They got into Ayah's privacy with no restraint. Even Ayah's wife wasn't permitted to change clothes as the men in question accompanied her even into her privacy.
He graduated from the Cameroon National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in Yaoundé in 1976.
Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, Mancho Bibixy and 26 other Anglophones have regained their respective detention centres in Yaounde after the Military Tribunal rubbished an appeal for release of the leaders of the disbanded Anglophone Civil Society Consortium by Judicial Supervision.
Colonel Abega Eko Eko Mbazoa who is the presiding judge read the ruling as crowds thronged the court to savor what is now an elusive freedom for the Anglophone leaders.
Today's hearing lasted less than 20 minutes and the matter was adjourned to the 29 of June 2017. The Defense Counsel that was planning to launch a new appeal for the provisional release of the 26 others previously refused bail and sympathizers of the detainees have expressed shock at the Judge's ruling.
The high point of today's court drama was Mancho Bibixy who arrived at the Military Tribunal, handcuffed and under heavy armed guard. He looked shaby, barefooted and pale. He stormed the court room on his buttocks as he had joint other Anglophones in the indefinite hunger strike. But, he remained defiant saying even death can't stop his enthusiasm for the Southern Cameroon Course.
We are yet to get the main reason behind the judge's refusal .But legal experts were clear that it was not proper proposing judicial supervision to only two out of 29 detainees held under similar charges. Even if that were to happen, the leaders had insisted on an unconditional release of all those arrested in connection with the socio - political upheavals in the Anglophone regions. It is also alleged in some quarters that the Prosecuting counsel had filed a motion behind closed doors telling the Judge not to consent to the demands for judicial supervision under the pretext that it was difficult to guarantee a hitch free clause for judicial supervision.
Attempts by Cameroon Concord to reach some lawyers of the Defense counsel on the way forward proved futile.