In a swift reaction to purported suspension of the ongoing Anglophones Lawyers strike which has now entered the 7th month, Common Law Lawyers have rejected the document both in spirit and content following a document signed by La Republique du Cameroun, Bar President, Kamga Ngnie Jackson in far away Douala suspending a strike he did not call.
However, in a swift rebuke to La Republique in line with the spirit of the struggle Common Law lawyers have rejected the press released suspending the strike and insisted that the strike will continue.They questioned government commitment to past promises and insisted the strike will continue.
In a separate released signed by Barrister Eyambe Elias Ebai, President of Meme Lawyers Association and Barrister Harmony Bobga, President of North West Lawyers Association, they all insisted Bar. Kamga lacks jurisdiction and the locus standi to called off a strike he did not initiate. They said the focus of the strike is now on the restoration of statehood. Here them:
”This is still the desperate attempts by the desperate regime in Yaounde to Common Law lawyers into going back to the courts. Some few desperate lawyers were gathered from the northwest and south-west and in a state-sponsored meeting held in Bamenda and Buea recommending the resumption of practice.The majority of lawyers are totally against this move.And I reject it outrightly. Eyambe, President of Meme Lawyers Association Said.
In the same spirit, Harmony Bobga president of North West Lawyers Association issued the following statement:’NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL COMMON LAW LAWYERS THAT IT IS NOT WITHIN THE COMPETENCE OF MR. KAMGA WHO IS NOT PART OF THE COMMON LAW BAR TO SPEAK FOR US. HE HAS ALL ALONG LENT HIS SUPPORT TO ANTI-COMMON LAW PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION. HE LACKS THE COMPETENCE TO COMMIT US. ON YOUR BEHALF I CONDEMN AND REJECT THE DIRTY GAME. WHOEVER AMONGST US IT PARTY TO THE DEAL IS FREE TO GO WITH THEIR CHOSE PARTNERS. WE STAND BY WHAT WE RESOLVED AND NO LESS. I SHALL GET BACK TO YOU ALL IN MORE DETAIL WITH OUR POSITION IN THE DAYS AHEAD.
Eyambe Elias Ebai who doubles as President of Meme Lawyers’ association and Deputy Secretary for Consortium question government promises. Here him: Gentlemen of the common Law bar, I wish to appeal to your consciences. Let us not be fooled. Firstly the Batonnier does not have our mandate to call off a strike he never called in the first place. Secondly, the basis of calling off the strike cannot be hinged on the mere promises of the minister of justice. What has happened to the laptops promised the students by the President? What has happened to the 3 billion promised the education family by the President? Let no one fool us that the promises will come to fruition. Our colleagues are in jail some are on the run yet we are called to resume work. Why did we first go on strike? We have been like this for six months running. What is the justification for calling off the strike in the first place? If we commit the error of resuming work, we are doomed. The entire southern Cameroonian will never forgive lawyers for starting a struggle and betraying them midway. History will judge us. Let us resist and say NO to a Bar President who did not care about us in the first place.