Close to 1000 Common Law Lawyers drawn from Anglophone Regions of North West and South West and from other Regions in Cameroon are expected in Kumbe, Meme Division on January 13, 2017 to attend the much awaited Common Law Lawyers Conference.
The date was announced in a Joint Communiqué released last Friday, December 30, 2016 by the leadership of the Constituent Association of Cameroon Common Law Lawyers, made up of Barristers Harmony Bobga-Mbuton, Nkongho Felix Abgor Balla, Eyambe Elias Ebai, and Ngangjoh Sopseh Emilien presidents of NorthWest Lawyers Association, NOWELA, Fako Lawyers Association, FAKLA, Meme Lawyers Association, MELA, and Manyu Lawyers Association, MALA respectively.
The Conference will amongst other things take stock on the ongoing strike that started in October 11, 2016, share experiences from the peaceful demonstrations in Bamenda on November 8, and Buea November 10 wherein forces of law and order teargassed lawyers, seized their wigs and robes and other valuables, their encounters with the South West CPDM Parliamentarians, Bristish High Commissioner to Cameroon, American Ambassador to Cameroon, the Prime Minister in Bamenda and the recent encounter with the Ad-hoc Committee chaired by the Minister Delegate in the Ministry of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Jean Pierre Fogui of Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28th December 2016 in Yaounde.
The Communique which THE SUN procured also gives a synopsis of their deliberations in Yaounde with the Ad-hoc committee of December 28 -28, 2016. It reveals that during the meeting, the twelve Common Law Lawyers to wit; Barristers Eta Besong, Nico Halle, Amazee Anthony, Harmony Bobga, Ngale Monono, Eyambe Ebai Agbor Balla, Sopseh Emilien, Ebah Ntoko, Mbah Eric, Dikuba Kitsito and Manka Rosaline had to stage a walk out reasons being that the Chairman couldn’t reply to a preliminary objection raised by the lawyers.
The Priliminary objection included the unconditional release of the young Cameroonians who were arrested in Bamenda and Kumba and ferried to Yaounde for detention. Other preliminary objections included the adjustment of the composition of the Ad-hoc committee to suit the aspiration of the common law lawyers, the unbanning of the various associations and above all that the committee should move from Yaounde to Buea.
The joint communique equally resolves that the ongoing sit down strike continues indefinitely and that the Common Law Lawyers are still open to dialogue only if the issues raised in the preliminary objection are determined and resolved.
As we went to press, THE SUN gathered from the MELA secretariat that everything is set for the conference to hold. MELA’s Scribe Barrister Pascal Nanje Meloko told THE SUN that from the records of the financial secretary, much financial contributions have come in, and that the hall to host the event is already set, meanwhile committees have already been put in place and MELA will start receiving her guests from both the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon and those in the other Regions who have indicated their presence in the conference. Barrister Meloko hinted that Kumba will be hosting about 1000 Common Law Lawyers.