The resumption of service in the pretenses of the English-speaking regions, announced for this 02 May 2017 by the president of the Bar Association of Cameroon Lawyer Jackson Ngnie Kamga, has not been effective
On Tuesday, May 02, 2017, the atmosphere in the different courts in Buea and Limbe in the Southwest region is quite the same as the one that has prevailed since the beginning of the anglophone crisis 6 months ago.
No lawyer has been present in the courtrooms, thus making the president of the Cameroon Bar Association, Jackson Ngnie Kamga, a liar. The latter had stated that the strike of the English-speaking lawyers had been called off and that the latter would resume service on May 02, 2017. In a communiqué issued on April 03, Jackson Ngnié Kamga explained that this resumption of activities had been decided Following 2 conclaves held on 18 March 2017 in Buea in the south-west and 25 March 2017 in Bamenda in the North-West region.
Speaking of Bamenda, some English-speaking lawyers in this part of the country have according to sources, answered present to the resumption. But other men in black dresses claimed not to feel concerned by the announcement made a few weeks earlier by the President of the Order.
This announcement had sparked controversy among some anglophone lawyers. While some did not find it inconvenient, others felt that there were prerequisites before any return to work. Ruth Leyuga, a lawyer in the south-west and a member of the Fako Lawyers Association (Fakla), said: “We are ready to work, but our colleagues must be released.” She was referring to Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla arrested when he was a lawyer protesting for better working conditions.
Meanwhile, a few days after the announcement of the takeover, members of the South West Lawyers’ Association signed a statement in which they stated that Ngnie Kamga is not qualified to call off a strike. Strike of which he is not the initiator.