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Of Supreme Court Reforms and Southern Cameroons Question: Too Late Hewett



The Cameroon National Assembly enacts new law to amend the 2006 law relating to the reorganisation and functioning of the Supreme Court. The amendments are to address some of the greivances raised by the Cameroon Common Lawyers.

Coming a little too late? Shamefull it had to take 56+ years, rioting, civil disobedience, killings and imprisonments for this regime to do what it nows claims is “reasonably and logically” correct to do. Interesting to note in the proposed amendments is point Section.11 (3) that clearly reads :”The legal/judicial officers appointed to the Common law Division (of the Supreme Court) MUST have an Anglo-Saxon background.” Note the word MUST written in caps.

Where are all those who have been in denial of the “Anglophone problem” ? The likes of Atanga Nji Paul, Mathias Eriic Owana, Issa Tchiroma, and the long list of sycophants..

Unfortunatley this is coming a little too late. Many (including myself) had warned that there shall come a time in this struggle when the debate will no longer be simply along the lines of “an anglophone propblem”. The demands would have changed when the regime will finally want to address the problems.

People have been hurt, some have died, many still in prison and many more on the run, for daring to raise their voices to complain and demand for what is now “reasonably and logically correct”.

This is not how you treat a people. The ill advised strategies deployed in the early days to resolve this crisis have radicalised the youth in these two regions in a way that simple cosmetics and tinkering sections of the constitution will not normalise the situation.

A total sweep and revamp of the current constitutional framework in favour of a Federated Cameroon may be the starting point. Unfortunately this regime has neither the credibility nor the will to embark on such a route, reason why they must be shown the exit door.

In an even better setup, let a referendum be conducted in the two regions, supervised by international partners, for the people in this regions to determine the kind of relationship they want with the brothers and sisters on the other side of the Mongo.
But again, the first best option is ensuring that the regime in power has the will and credibility to engage in such a process in a meaningful way. The current regime has neither that will nor the credibility.

But before it even starts, unconditionally #FreeAllArrested

Eric Acha

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