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The Cameroon Democratic Union CDU party of Adamou Ndam Njoya would like the State of Cameroon to raise the Noun division in the West region to a Region.

This Regional chauvinism is contained in a memorandum by Members of paliament of the CDU, presented at a press conference held at the Hotel des Députes in Yaounde. The party which enjoys overwhelming support from the Noun division states clearly that it is unjust for the division not to be a Region, since it is made up of three quarters of the entire  population of the Western Region.

 

Tomaino Hermine Ndam Njoya, the spokesperson for the MPs, stated that "from  the outset there were two Regions in the West: the Bamileke Region, whose chief town was Dschang and the Bamoun Region, whose Noun was Foumban. Today we find ourselves with a Region of eight divisions:  the former Bamileke Region displays seven divisions  and the former Bamoun Region just one ".

 Hermine Ndam Njoya also noted that the Noun is even larger than the seven divisions  of the Bamileke Region.

The Mp who is the wife of the party chairman and Mayor of Foumban, Adamou Ndam Njoya pointed out that the situation has a negative impact on the youths  and the populations of the Noun who feel marginalized.

The High Court in Mfoundi, Yaoundé has rejected the demand by Lawyers of the imprisoned Advocate General at the Supreme Court, Justice Ayah Paul Abine, for his unconditional liberation.

The Lawyers applied using the Habeas Corpus because according to them Ayah Paul was illegally arrested on January 21,2017 at his residence.



One of the Defense Counsel Barrister Ndong Christopher says by arresting him on Saturday which was a weekend they were doing so in contradiction of the Criminal Procedure Code which forbids arrest of someone on Public Holidays or weekends unless that person is caught red-handed committing a crime.

The lawyers of Ayah Paul have hinted they could apply against the rejection.

This development according to pundits means Ayah Paul may likely be referred to the military tribunal.

The Mfoundi High Court during a closed door court session last week in an informal way charged Ayah Paul Abine with terrorism, secession, propagation of false information and rebellion.

The President of the People Action Party, PAP, has now spent two months in custody at the Defense State Secretariat. His family has recently written to the State demanding his release due to poor health but the request has fallen into answering machine.

The government of Cameroon has come up with a list of witnesses to testify against Consortium leaders and other detained Anglophone activists. Receipt of the list was acknowledged by Barrister Evans Muna of the Muna & Muna Law Firm; leading defence counsel of the detained Anglophone Consortium leaders  as reported by senior journalist,


Human rights lawyer Barrister Felix Agbor Balla, university lecturer Dr Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy will appear at the Yaounde military tribunal today to answer severe charges of terrorism and secession amongst others.

 

The activists jailed for organizing stay at home protests known as "ghost towns" against oppression and maginalisation of Anglophones were arrested  on January 20, 2017 after the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium was outlawed by the government. Their trial which began last  month was delayed without an official explanation. Though state prosecutors said they didn't have their complete list of witnesses.

The Goverment bench has now come up with a list of witnesses who will testify against the jailed leaders.  The list we are told was handed to the defense counsel led by Barrister Ben Muna paving the way for fireworks at the tribunal today.

Receipt of the list was acknowledged by Barrister Evans Muna of the Muna & Muna Law Firm; leading defence counsel of the detained Anglophone Consortium leaders.

The witnesses, amongst them, Dr. kinge Njie, Fung John Ngum, Mr. Tala Michael Ndikum; are to testify  against Barrister Balla and the other activists at the military junta in Yaounde today.

A college of more than 150 lawyers defending Balla and co  have a tough mission of debunking the claims of the witnesses who are alleged to have been coerced by the government just to punish the Outlawed consortium leaders.

Amnesty International is leading mammoth calls for the detained activist to be set free unconditionally. Balla and co could face a death penalty if found guilty.

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) repeats its call to the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to conduct the trial of Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla in a civilian court, without interference, and in adherence with international norms of legal and transparent due process. The trial, postponed on 1 February 2017 and again on 13 February 2017, is presently scheduled to be held before a military tribunal on 23 March 2017.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corell stated: 'The IBAHRI implores the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to observe the recommendations found in the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Assistance in Africa, adopted by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights in 2003, to which Cameroon is a signatory. Decisively, Principle L provides that "Military Courts should not in any circumstances whatsoever have jurisdiction over civilians." Attempts to conflate Barrister Agbor-Balla's actions with those of a terrorist in order to justify the use of such military tribunals are disingenuous, shocking and wrong, and pose a clear threat to the independence of the judiciary.'

Barrister Agbor-Balla was arrested on 17 January 2017 and held incommunicado as a result of his involvement in protests and strikes by anglophone lawyers and teachers in West Cameroon against what they perceive as the marginalisation of the anglophone minority. The barrister was charged with a number of offences, including incitement to secession, civil war and revolution, and 'Hostilities against the Fatherland' - some of which carry the death penalty on conviction. On the same day, the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium over which Barrister Agbor-Balla presided was outlawed.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Baroness Helena Kennedy QC reiterated: 'The arrest of Barrister Agbor-Balla by military authorities that now intend to prosecute, judge and sentence him is deeply troubling to the IBAHRI and the international community. That the military tribunal may be held in closed session is further cause for alarm. It is for these reasons that the IBAHRI is again compelled to intercede on Barrister Agbor-Balla's behalf, respectfully asking the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to abide by the United Nations Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary and ensure that judicial proceedings are conducted fairly.'

She added: 'We also draw the government's attention to the rights enshrined in the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, as well as the UN's Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, that have so far been denied to Barrister Agbor-Balla. These include his rights as an individual and a professional to personal liberty, free expression, association, protection from arbitrary arrest and the right to a fair trial.'

The reasons given by the military prosecutors for postponing the trial of Barrister Agbor-Balla are: a coinciding funeral for senior Cameroonian military officials (1 February 2017), and to allow prosecutors to produce an updated list of witnesses (13 February 2017). The trial is now scheduled for today, 23 March 2017.

The IBAHRI has previously called for due process in the trial of Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla. To read the previous statement, visit: tinyurl.com/hfp6hdq
     
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The Cameroon People Democratic Movement CPDM, the governing party in Cameroon was born in Bamenda on March 24, 1985 from the ashes of the Cameroon National Union CNU. As  preparations for the party's 32 anniversary reaches fever pitch across the country, Bamenda the birth place of the party is not catching the euphoria which usually characterizes the build up to the celebration.

During a closed door preparatory meeting chaired by the Prime minister Philemon Yang in Bamenda early this week, local party officials raised serious worries over the unstable socio political atmosphere in the city.

 

They told the Permanent Regional Coordinator, Philemon Yang that the boiling tension in the anglophone regions and Bamenda in particular makes it unreasonable for any grand rally to held. They revealed that the party  is still haunted by the deadly clashes of December 8, 2016 triggered by an abortive attempt by the Prime minister to forcefully hold a rally, still perceived by a cross section of the population as an act of provocation. That incident was a disastrous turning point in the combined sit down protest of anglophone lawyers and teachers.

Reacting to the worries raised by local party officials, Philemon Yang has ordered the cancellation of the grand rally scheduled for the Commercial avenue Grand  stand. While some sections will commune at their levels, there will be no event in other sections due to the volatile environment.

Anniversary rallies have always been the avenue for senior party officials dispatched from Yaounde to come to their bases and sing the achievements of the regime. A move which has been heavily condemned by inhabitants of Bamenda who are embittered over the present stalemate in the North west and South west regions.

It is feared that there could be a similar atmosphere with low key celebrations in many parts of former West Cameroon following persistent calls from secessionists abroad to totally black out the praise singing event.

British police have conducted raids in London and Birmingham linked to Wednesday's attack in London, arresting seven people. Lawmakers were due to return to parliament one day after the deadly assault.

Authorities also revised the death toll, saying that four people are dead - including the attacker - and that 29 people are currently being treated in hospital for their injuries. Seven of those wounded are in critical condition:

Officers searched six addresses and made seven arrests in "Birmingham, London and other parts of the country," Mark Rowley, Britain's top anti-terrorism officer told reporters on Thursday. The raid was part of an investigation into the assailant in Wednesday's deadly attack in London, he confirmed.

 

Rowley added that authorities believe the attacker "acted alone" and was "inspired by international terrorism."

Police have said they know the identity of the attacker but have not yet named him as investigations into his "motivation and associates" are ongoing. The senior counter-terrorism officer added that police have "no specific information about further threats to the public."

Rowley also revised the death toll, saying that four people are dead - including the attacker - and that 29 people are currently being treated in hospital for their injuries. Seven of those wounded are in critical condition.

A knife-wielding man first plowed a car into a crowd of pedestrian-son London's Westminster Bridge and stabbed a policeman outside the British Parliament on Wednesday.

Parliament is due to convene later in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a signal that the attack would not disrupt British democracy or normal daily life.

Several Londoners appeared to echo the prime minister's sentiment to defiantly carry on with their lives. The Tower Hill Underground station, known for writing a quote of the day for busy travellers to ponder as they rush through the city, posted a picture of today's quote on Twitter: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of them all."

They added the hashtags "London is open" and "we are not afraid."
 

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