The main opposition party of Cameroon took several resolutions at the end of its last National Executive Committee held in Bamenda, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Among others, it said yes to the strike of English lawyers and the announced anglophone teachers.
The Social Democratic Front (SDF) supports the strike of English lawyers. According to La Nouvelle Expression of Monday, November 7, 2016, the lawyers’ strike that paralyzed for nearly a month the courts in the regions of Southwest and Northwest was a key item on the agenda of the National Executive Committee (NEC), held on November 5 in Bamenda.
“Besides, some SDF militant lawyers who are not members of the NEC took part in the foundation, subject to better explain the problem session defending the executive meeting of the SDF. The strike launched on 11 October took another turn. On this, the National Executive Committee of the SDF supports the strike and calls the lawyers to “continue this movement until President Biya solve the problem,” said our sources inside the NEC.
Moreover, the newspaper said, the same support from NEC is brought to the strike in the making of English teachers. “It is deplorable that the government have turned a deaf ear to these legitimate claims from lawyers,” said the Honorable Chinda Fobi of the SDF. We believe that “these lawyers are fighting for the population, and it is a legitimate cause. But we are against against separation as advocated by some, “said the MP of the Mezam.
The paper recalls that lawyers’ strike is becoming an “Anglophone” problem because what started as a simple language claim stands today as a political claim. New strikers requirements relate to federalism. These lawyers have already striking in a statement issued on November 4, created a bar only for English-speaking lawyers. Other requirements include the creation of a chamber of the Supreme Court for the Common Law, the withdrawal of French magistrates in English-speaking regions.