National Assembly of Cameroon
On 16 November 2016, the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Front (Sdf) held a press conference in the Chamber denouncing the meeting between parliamentarians of the ruling party and leaders of English-speaking lawyers currently on strike.
According to alafnet.com’s source the agenda of the meeting which took place at the Hotel des Deputes in Yaounde was to attenuate the action of striking Anglophone lawyers. The Sdf PMs from the English-speaking regions in the National Assembly say they are “surprised and embarrassed by this manipulation orchestrated by their colleagues of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement(CPDM) who invited the leaders the four constituent groups that make up the Common law lawyers(CLL).”
Honorable Mbah Ndam, Chairman of the Sdf Parliamentary Group, said that his party members in the parliament had not been informed of the meeting.
“This meeting should be held in a general assembly in the Northwest. The problem of anglophone lawyers in Cameroon is real. One system must not assimilate the other. In the North West and South west regions,
French lawyers are numerically more than English Speaking law lawyers and this is a major problem. We must return to federalism because there is no justice there, “he hammered.
For the SDF PM, the meeting organized in the National Assembly by the CPDM PMs is a maneuver to mitigate the unfortunate consequences of the action of the CLL.
Resolutions of the said meeting of 15 November 2016, of which alafnet.com has obtained a copy indicate that eight lawyers (leaders of the common law branches) and 20 deputies CPDM under the chairmanship of Emilia Lifaka Monjowa, vice-president of the National Assembly, were present at this meeting .
The members of the ruling party present at the meeting were Muyali Mary, Enoh Tandjong, Emmanuel Mbiam, Francis Enwe, Clarah Aleh Eyabi, Martin Atinda, Daniel Ngalle Etongo, Emmanuel Banmi.
At the end of the meeting Emilia Lifaka Monjowa, on behalf of Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, President of the National Assembly, thanked the representatives of the CLL from the North-West and South-West region for agreeing to “participate in the crucial meeting”.
On the telephone yesterday, Mr. Emmanuel Mbiam admitted that the meeting actually took place. For him, lawyers all over the world are defenders of freedom and should not be brutalized. He said, however, that Cameroon is a state governed by the rule of law.
The CLL return to their various branch and have since issue a statement about their meeting in Yaounde and what they think is the way forward.
by Evangeline Sih .
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