Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Cameroon - CLL - Is Government finally bowing to the Lawyers?, though anglophones say the core issue of 'Federalism' was no where on the negotiation table

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The Common Law Lawyers(Lawyers of the North and South Wests Regions of Cameroon) who have been protesting since 11 Oct. 2016 mandated representatives  to meet with some members of the National Assembly in Yaounde, yesterday November 15, 2016. The meeting that was chaired by Deputy House Speaker Hon MONJOWA Lifaka Emilia, seem to have ended on a win-win note, with 15 recommendation adopted by both the Members of Parliament representing the government, and the four man delegation representing the Anglophone Lawyers of the two English speaking Regions of the country.

Below the recommendation reads:

  1. Parliamentarians shall strongly condemn the maltreatment of lawyers during the strike action in the north and southwest regions;
  2. An independent parliamentary commission of enquiry should be set up to ascertain the circumstances of the attack on lawyers in the north west and south west regions;
  3. The law n° 90/059 of 19th December 1990 organizing practice at the bar be amended to reflect the creation of a common law bar association and other provisions to that may necessitate amendments;
  4. That all officials who directly or indirectly contributed towards the attack of lawyers in the north and southwest regions be sanctioned.
  5. Request the immediate uplifting of the ban of Northwest lawyers association (NOWELA) and meme lawyers association (MELA) and the decision suspending the activities of the famous lawyers association (FAKLA);
  6. Magistrate, Court Registrars and Bailiffs should be deployed nationwide according to their legal background;
  7. Immediate return of lawyers wigs and gowns, and other personal effects that were seized from lawyers;
  8. Compensate victims of the attack;
  9. Call for an enlarged meeting with justice sector stakeholders;
  10. Simultaneous publication of laws in both English and French;
  11. Enactment of a labour code which punishes those who violate its application;
  12. Creation of a law school;
  13. Creation of a common law bench at the supreme Court;
  14. Creation of a common law department in ENAM;
  15. Include lawyers of both legal systems into the higher judicial council.
The Lawyers say they will continue the strike action, despite assurances from the Members of Parliament  that all will be well.

The CLL should wisen up, because this might  just one trick by government to break their hands, so that they shouldn't riot during this AFWCON period.

Below is a copy of the memorandum
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