Cameroon – Anthony Nong Zih: Anglophone lawyer resigns from his post of deputy Secretary General of the National Bar Association of Cameroon becuase he’s being treated as a “simple” translator by francophones

Written by Deckson N.

According to sources, Me Anthony Nong Zih was tired of being relegated to the role of “simple” translator by his pairs of the francophone zone.

This is information contained in the Daily Emergence edition of this Monday, November 21, 2016. Me Anthony Nong Zih, deputy secretary general of the National Bar Association of Cameroon, dated November 18, resigned from his post. The newspaper reports that according to sources, the lawyer was tired of being marginalized and relegated to the role of simple translator by his pairs of the francophone zone. “No longer able to bear to be regarded as a stop-gap in the office, the lawyer who is a national of the English-speaking area of our country has decided to resign“, writes the newspaper that stresses that it has learned that the resigned lawyer is otherwise Member of the Council of the Order.

It must be said that in an interview given to the daily Mutations edition of November 17, 2016, Deputy Emmanuel Mbiam already indicated that anglophone lawyers no longer feel comfortable in the Bar of Cameroon. And the resignation of the secretary general of the National Bar Association of Cameroon comes at a time when English-speaking lawyers from the Northwest and South-West Regions are in a strike. They have chosen to desert the courtrooms to protest against the “marginalization” of which they say they are victims. A marginalization which, to listen to them, would be due to the unavailability of the English legal texts.

Analyzing this situation, the Honorable Emmanuel Mbiam declared that “the lawyers in the world are defenders of freedom. They have a vocation to defend the human being who has committed a crime before the law. On the basis of this precise statement, it is not acceptable for lawyers who demonstrate peacefully to be brutalized by the police, let alone within the walls of the courthouses.

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