ILLEGALITY OF THE DECISION OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF MELA TO SUSPEND COMMON LAW LAWYERS STRIKE IN MEME DIVISION
Dear learned colleagues of the Meme Lawyers Association (MELA), accept warm greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This statement is not a coincidence but divinely ordained, because today marks exactly one year that I took the command baton as President of the Meme Lawyers Association, which was precisely on the 15th day of October 2016. On this day, we were already 4 days into the strike action called by the Presidents of the four constituent associations of the common law lawyers. It is a fact that, the said strike was decreed indefinite and in the course of time, the entire Southern Cameroons populace identified with the lawyers and propelled the strike to the level in which we are today.
In the Common Law Lawyers confab held in Kumba on the 13th day of January 2017, the general assembly of the Common Law Lawyers unanimously endorsed the acts of the Presidents of the constituent associations and a steering committee was set up to pilot the affairs of the ongoing common law lawyers strike action.
With this background, it is clear that any decision bearing on the common law lawyers strike shall stem from the said steering committee or the Presidents of the constituent associations jointly. It therefore goes without saying that the vice president of the Meme Lawyers Association, either as an individual or in association with less than 10 lawyers from an association with a membership of almost 200 lawyers, lacks the necessary capacity to suspend the strike action in Meme Division. It is equally an affront that the illegal suspension was done in a stage managed call over of the Meme High Court summoned for that purpose.
Consequent upon the foregoing, and in my capacity as the President of the Meme Lawyers Association, I hereby dissociate myself from this illegal act and further enjoin all the members of the this association, TO IGNORE THE DECLARATION OF THE VICE PRESIDENT SUSPENDING THE STRIKE AND TO CONTINUE OBSERVING THE STRIKE WITH OTHER CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS AS PRESCRIBED BY THE CONSTITUENT ASSOCIATIONS OF THE COMMON LAW LAWYERS.
Thank you and God bless us all.
Barrister Eyambe Elias Ebai
President Meme Lawyers Association (MELA)