Barristers Felix Nkongho Abgor Balla(left) and Bobga Harmony(right) at the ad hoc meeting in Yaounde
The Common Law Delegation to the Yaounde talks chaired by Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice, Jean Pierre Fogui walked out of deliberations earlier in the day yesterday, but on the 3pm and 5 pm newscasts on CRTV the impression was given that talks were going on frankly, honestly and serenely.
In fact, in his report at 3pm Ashu Nyenty alleged that the talks were still going on with all members present, though some sticky points persisted. Although the reports at 3 and 5 pm tried to show some balance, no Common Law Lawyer was given speech- nit even Ntumfor Nico Halle who is still President of the General Assembly of the Cameroon Bar Association, raising suspicions of manipulation.
Just minutes after Ashu Nyenty’s report on the 3pm newscast, I contacted Ntumfor Nico Halle who answered around Edea on his way back to Douala. The legal luminary made clear all Anglophone lawyers left the hall over disagreements on preliminary objections they raised.
He said the government side refused to release Anglophone children still in detention, and that the issue of venue had yet to be resolved along with issues of representation at the commission. A position confirmed by Barristers Agbor Balla Nkonghor and Bobga Harmony Mbuton.
Great was thus my surprise to hear Minister Delegate Jean Pierre Fogui say on CRTV news that resolutions were arrived at and voted by consensus.
This is a clear indication that government is not willing to address the Anglophone problem comprehensively, it is definitely bent on manipulating the seemingly gullible public put of the strikes with the complicity of governing Anglophone elites as posited by the correspondence of the bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province.
According to Barrister Agbor Balla, the Consortium of Anglophone Civil Society Organizations will publish a press release today denouncing the Fogui resolutions.
Credit :John Mbah Akuroh