The Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reform (MINFOPRA) launched on May 15, 2017 a special competitive exam to select 80 candidates that could not be specially from the Northwest and Southwest.
The official communiqué signed on May 15, 2017 by Michel Angouing, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reform (MINFOPRA), said: “Following the very high instructions of the President of the Republic prescribed within the framework of the resolution of the concerns expressed by certain English-speaking lawyers, two special competitive exams for the recruitment of 50 pupil Magistrates and 30 English-speaking student court registrars are open at the Judiciary and Registrar division of ENAM for the academic year 2017-2018“.
In its publication of May 18, 2017, Le Quotidien de l’Economie stresses that it is the English-speaking candidates and not the North-West and Southwesterners. “For although these two zones of Cameroon are of Anglophone culture, they do not have the monopoly of the English language“, it reads. Therefore, even Francophone Cameroonians who have studied in the Anglo-Saxon system are also eligible for this special recruitment at ENAM.
“Candidates for this special recruitment will write exclusively in English during the written tests that will take place in the chief towns of the Central, North, North-West and South-West regions,” said MINFOPRA. For the newspaper, this means that the competition will not be held exclusively in so-called anglophone areas, but also in francophone regions such as the Center and the North.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice, there are 2,086 lawyers in Cameroon, including 1,390 francophones and 696 anglophones, and nearly 1,400 lawyers trainees. In the geographical distribution of lawyers, it can be seen that in the southwest, no francophone lawyer is installed against one in the northwest. But in the so-called francophone regions, there are 129 English-speaking lawyers. The country has 69 notaries, none of whom are Anglophones, because this function is being exercised for the time being and on a transitional basis by lawyers. There are 514 bailiffs, including 499 francophones and 15 anglophones. 43 francophones and no English-speaking judicial officers in the Northwest. 16 French-speaking bailiffs and 15 Anglophones of the country are in the Southwest. The rest of the ushers exercise in the other eight regions of French expression of the country. 1,542 magistrates are active, including 1,265 francophones and 227 anglophones.