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Cameroon – Anglophone Strike: Prime Minister Philemon Yang Returns Empty-handed from Bamenda

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Written by Deckson N.

The Prime Minister nevertheless insisted that in Cameroon, freedom of thought is total. Trade unionists can express themselves and, “as long as they do it in the republican framework, there is nothing wrong.”

On 25 November, Paul Biya sent his Prime Minister to Bamenda to negotiate with the teachers’ unions and the lawyers in their positions. According to the weekly newspaper Intégration published on November 28, 2016, some have quickly analyzed this approach as a republican program. “For this, changed the clandestine meetings that had been known in the past with the only guardians of the power of Yaounde. Unfortunately, Philemon Yang (a native of this region, where Anglophone dissatisfaction seems to crystallize) has not been able to defuse the sling, “one reads.

The Prime Minister nevertheless insisted that in Cameroon, freedom of thought is total. Trade unionists can express themselves and, “as long as they do it in the republican framework, there is nothing wrong.” He also denounced the double game of political recuperators of the situation. According to the newspaper, the crisis meeting held with common law lawyers, returned back to back the two sides. According to local sources, some lawyers have reported that “the hour of mobilization has struck, the media’s efforts to order the separation of the government from the strikers no longer hold a second.” “We demand that at least one of the 12 points of our demands be taken into account. We will only return to the negotiating table on this basis and until further notice! “, A lawyer thundered on Sunday, November 27, on the antenna of the National Radio Station of the CRTV.

During a briefing held on November 25, 2016 in the hall of the Ministry of Communication (MINCOM) in Yaounde, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, MINCOM, had gathered around him three of his colleagues following a climb Violence in the streets of Bamenda. Jacques Fame Ndongo (Minister of Higher Education), together with MINCOM, wanted to demonstrate that the government does not validate the evils that eat away from living together.

We saw the disagreement as it was, but we agreed to open a dialogue. We have no enemies among trade unionists. We have no enemies among the unions. We do not fight any of their directions. We are supporters, “hammered the MINESUP. Laurent Esso, Minister of Justice, also present, denounced the barely veiled ambition to clear the ground for the advent of the independence ideas in southwestern and northwestern Cameroon.

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