In a statement released on April 10, the Cameroon Bar Association indicated that “English-speaking” lawyers would resume work on May 2. This decision followed announcements by the Government on their claims to the preservation of their legal subsystem.
This communiqué came after a series of measures announced by the government on March 30, in response to the demands of the anglophone lawyers, at the origin of the socio-political crisis that paralyzed this part of Cameroon for six months.
The President of the Bar Association of Cameroon insisted that he did not make this decision on his own, but rather after meeting with lawyers from the Southwest and North-West Regions during his trips to Bamenda and Buea.
But some have already hinted that they did not expect to resume work on Tuesday. “The lawyers of the three leaders of the anglophone protest were surprised to see the president call to end the strike, but not to the release of the detainees, including the famous lawyer Agbor Bala,” informs Radio France International on Tuesday .
Agbor Bala is currently being tried for terrorism and incitement to secession before a military court in Yaoundé and is awaiting a decision by the judge concerning a possible provisional release. A decision that would dispel the crisis, according to the lawyers of English-speaking leaders. Meanwhile, they have already warned that they do not feel bound by the promise of the president of the Bar Association.