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Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis: Paul Biya Finally Bows to Demands of Common Law Lawyers

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Written by Deckson N.
The Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso has announced that a department of Common Law will be created both in the National Advance School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM and Supreme Court in the nearest future.

He disclosed in a Press Conference held in Yaoundé that Cameroons President Paul Biya gave the instructions as part of measures to calm the tension going on in the two English Speaking regions especially responding to grievances tabled by Common Law lawyers last year.

He also announced the creation of faculty of Law and Political Sciences in the University of Buea, creation of department of English Law in the Universities of Douala, Ngaoundere, Maroua and Dschang.

There will also be the creation of a Law school to train Lawyers, Notaries.

Another issue raised by Common Law Lawyers is the non mastery of the English language by Francophone Magistrates but who deliver their judgment in either French or non understandable English, the President through the minister has promised to redeploy such Magistrates and increase the number of Anglophone Magistrates at the Supreme Court among others.

The series of Presidential decision comes to water down the strike action and expected to lure Common Law Lawyers who have on strike since October 8, 2016 to go back to courts.

The decision is in total contradiction to views earlier held by Justice Minister who said there was no problem in the Judiciary. Paul Biya has therefore proved him wrong by taking the above decisions.

The realization of most of these projects will be proposed by Ministers of Higher Education and Public Service and Administrative reforms, while others by Presidential decrees especially in appointments.

However Paul Biya made no mention of the fate of Security forces that disgraced Lawyers in Buea and Bamenda by beating, seizing robes and spraying them with water cannons and tear gassed some.

Lawyers have been calling for appropriate measures against the men in Uniform.

By Wilson MUSA Via CIN

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