Cameroon’s frontline opposition political party, the Social Democratic Front, SDF, has castigated the Biya regime for the mass slaying of unarmed civilians in the Northwest and Southwest Regions during the September 22 and October 1 peaceful demonstrations.
The party vented out her frustration in a recent press release signed by the National Chairman of the party, Ni John Fru Ndi.
In the communiqué, the SDF writes: “the killings, the maiming, the destruction of public and private property, the mass arrests and abductions at the instigation of the Biya junta have been unprecedented in the history of our nation. This is evident of a weak and a dying regime at the verge of collapse that has resolved to annihilate the lives of the citizens.”
According to the SDF, the Biya Government ordered its armed military to shoot and kill armless protesters carrying peace plants, including children below the ages of 10.
“The SDF has come to realise that the Biya regime promoted and facilitated hate speech, the build-up of false allegations of terrorism and planned provocations which induced its army to kill at random and hundreds of lives are reported lost. This carefully crafted genocide must be stopped,” partly read the release.
To the SDF, the looting, breaking into homes, destroying of property, raping of women and minors that ensued are veritable testaments to the fact that the troops we acting on the high instruction of the CPDM Government.
The party however made this clarion call: “we call on all victims and all Cameroonians of good will to assist us in the collection of this material evidence that constitute flagrant and unprecedented human rights violations against the Biya regime and its Government.”
The SDF urged its members and sympathizers to constitute a solidarity fund in a bid to assist the September 22 and October 1 victims.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, has repeatedly refuted all allegations of mass killing, looting and raping.
According to him, even if the military killed, they did so in self defence. He promised hell to all demonstrators, who are trying to destabilise the country. Such ‘terrorists’, he said will be dealt with according to the law.
Cameroon's prestigious National School of Magistracy ENAM has announced the hiring of professors to teach specialized courses for exclusively anglophone students.
In view of the impending launching of the Common Law division in the country's magistracy, lecturers recruited will be expected to teach Civil Court Practice, Law of Evidence, Probate Proceedings and professional ethics.
Applications must reach ENAM latest November 10 2017.
The Minister of Higher Education points out in a press release that President Biya has also ordered the creation of the dept of juridical and political science in the University of Buea.
According to the cabinet member, the head of head had also instructed him to prepare texts for the creation of departments of English Law in various universities around the country.
The governement communique stresses that the measures taken are in response to demands of anglophone lawyers and a strategy to boost the volume of anglophones in the nation's magistracy
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The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, has chastised Cameroonians in the Diaspora while calling Cameroon Anglophones terrorists. In his welcome address during the Regional seminar to drill mayors in the Northwest and Southwest Regions on the recovery of local Council and State budgets, the Mayor of Buea, chastised all people involved in the ongoing Anglophone Crises. Welcoming the Minister Delegate in charge of Decentralisation at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Jules Doret Ndongo, Mayor Ekema expressed joy for the fact that, despite attempts by some Cameroonian to disturb the peace and unity in the two Anglophone Regions, the Minister was able to make it to Buea. "One will imagine how you would have
been wondering and pondering of what awaits you in the city of Buea, but your massive presence here is eloquent testimony of proof that you have not been brainwashed by sycophants, terrorists, adventurers and a bunch of scammers through the social media who have no future and lavish in asylum camps beyond international borders." He assured the Minister of a peaceful stay in the city of Buea as he chairs the seminar.
I assure you of the peaceful climate prevailing in our municipality and we assure you of your safety which has been guaranteed by the meticulous Governor Okalia Bilai and his command staff," Mayor Ekema averred.
This is not the first time that Anglophones have been called negative names in recent times. Last time, it was the Minister of Communication, 'Issa Tchiroma who labeled Anglophones as terrorists. Also, the Governor of the Southwest Region, Okalia Bilai, referred to the Anglophones as 'Dogs'.
Despite the Mayor's assurance to Minister that Buea is peaceful, this is not the situation on the ground as the population has been living in fear lately. There have been continuous arrests in the municipality, youths arrested in their homes early in the morning in the neighbourhoods of Muea, Mile 16 and other vicinities. There is still constant fear also as activities in the municipality are yet to return to normal due to the high level of militarisation.
Considering the constitution of the republic of Cameroon in particular it's section 1(3) and 68;
Considering Law No 2006/015 of 29/12/2006 as amended and supplemented by law No 2011/027 of 14/12/2011 organizing the judiciary in particular its section 32; Considering Law No 90/059 of 19/12/1990 organising practice at the Cameroon Bar Association; Considering the declaration taken at Bamenda, North-west Region on the 9th of May 2015 in which advocates practicing law in the Northwest and the Southwest Regions of the country drew the attention of the nation and its leadership only to the pseudo attempts to erode the common law and procedures which have been in force in these two regions for over half a century, but to other ills plaguing our judicial system and called for necessary re-forms;
Whereas the advocates practicing in he Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon after expecting the Government to react to their declaration of 15 May ,2015 positively to no avail decided to hang their robs and to boycott court audiences on October 11, 2016 to hopefully drive home better grievances as important actors in the justice delivery machinery. Whereas today Wednesday, October 11, 2017 marks one full year since advocates embarked on their action; In view of what Government has done so far to address some of the ills in our judiciary system decried by the advocates; In view of the hardship, suffering and hopelessness of many litigants and other users of the services of the advo-cates these past twelve months as the courts of the North-west and Southwest Regions have practically grounded; AND having regard to the deliberations of the advocates practicing in Meme Division in their Meeting last
25th September, 2017 It Is Agreed As Follows: 1) To suspend their decision of 11/10/2016 to down their robes and resume court appearances for a period of six months to allow government sufficient time to completely address the grievances expounded in the declaration of 9th May, 2015 at Bamenda. 2) Call on government to within this period convene a forum for an inclusive dialogue to which stakeholders no matter their shades of opinion would be invited to chart a new path for this country, a dialogue in which we are pre-pared to contribute our ideas and expertise.
DONE AT KUMBA this 11th day of October 2017
MPAKO JACOB NJUME
BARRISTER -AT-LAW (AD VOCAT)
Multiple calls for effective school resumption overshadowed this years Teachers Day celebration in Meme Division.
Speaking at the end of festivities at the Kumba City Council Grandstand, Secondary Education Delegate, Aghim Abunaw Obase, said there can be nothing more important than getting all students back to the classroom.
According to him, teachers are ready to go the extra Mile for children to return to school. Abunaw opined that they are appealing on bended knees for parents and guardians to send children to school. "Our appeal is that parents should see with our eyes the need to send children to school.
We think that every other thing may be wrong but we should not do the last by killing the same children we think we are fighting for. We have taken advantage of the International Teachers Day to appeal to parents on bended knees to send their kids back to school," Abunaw stated.
The Delegate disclosed that pressure and threats on teachers and school administrators has diminished. The result he explained, is the increasing numBer of children that have returned to school in the last four weeks. To the Delegate, the momentum must be sustained such that cases of no school activities in the rural areas can be reversed.
The engineer cum Delegate denied reports that teachers marched to justify their salaries, considering the social tension in Anglophone Cameroon.
Barrister Akere Muna, who is also the Chairperson of Eminent Persons Panel of the African Peer Review Mechanism, has declared his candidacy for the 2018 Presidential Election.
The erstwhile Chairman of Transparency International, TI, former Cameroon Bar Association and an international human rights lawyer, made the declaration on Sunday, October 8, and presented a manifesto for his yet to be announced party.
In his declaration speech, Akere Muna centres on creating a non-partisan platform to catalyse the transformation of his Cameroon which he describes as “The New Republic.”
Hear him: “My fellow Cameroonians, our country is now at the crossroads of its history. We must now move towards a New Republic. A New Republic that finds strength in diversity, A New Republic founded on good governance, A New Republic built on the rule of law, A New Republic inspired by the will of the people, A New Republic that is a union we must define, A New Republic that must cultivate zero-tolerance for corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favouritism, A New Republic that reaffirms justice for all, healthcare for all and education for all,” Akere asserts. He went further to pledge his firm commitment to Cameroon as a nation.
“I have, therefore, taken the decision to be part of the solution that our country is crying out for: the creation of this New Republic. It is with a great sense of responsibility and humility that I have decided to inform you of my intention to run for the office of the President in the Republic of Cameroon in the elections constitutionally scheduled for 2018. Our Union faces serious challenges. Lives have been lost and many of our fellow citizens have been injured,” Akere stated.
The legal luminary also used the occasion to commiserate with families of the October 1 massacre. Hear him: “Today, our hearts and prayers go out to all those who lost their dear ones. To the injured, we wish you all a swift recovery. Public and private property has been destroyed.
The stability of the Nation is in peril. Our institutions and systems of governance must be relevant to the hopes and aspirations of the people. The bond between citizens and their Government must never break down.
I have been blessed with a national and international career in Civil Society and International institutions.”
Barrister Akere Muna pledges to continue reaching out to youths, Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties, and to Traditional Rulers, adding that women and the youth will constitute the cornerstone of his programme.
“The women and youth offer so much in our society but they get very little in return. In spite of this injustice, their energy is unrelenting. I ask all the Youths and women of Cameroon to accompany me in this journey.
“I urge you to join the NOW! Movement and to participate actively in the creation of a New Republic,” he said.
Akere holds that Cameroonians have lived in a country without a clear future; where the people have no voice; where the women have no choice; where the poor and under-privileged have no chance and citizens have been transformed by material needs and blinded by greed for too long.
He is, however, upbeat that, together, Cameroonians have the power to change things for the better, as he says: “Together we can direct that power to succeed, Together we can change our ways, Together we can change our society, Together we can change our country, and Together we can choose our leaders.” The new 2018 candidate wraps up his declaration by calling on Cameroonians to remain united in diversity and not divided by it.
“The days of waiting are over. We must begin here, now and today. Those who thought that they can put us to sleep have now realised that we are still awake. Those who thought we should live in fear have now realised that we stand up for ourselves and for our country. I urge Cameroonians to join me in the march towards this New Republic,” Barrister Akere appeals.