Sunday, 25 December 2016

North West Lawyers Association say they won't be part of Prime Minister Yang's Commission

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The North West Lawyers Association(NOWELA) Executives met on Saturday Dec. 24 2016 to examine their position in the Prime Minister's Commission, as well as government's silence on the treatments meted on lawyers during their peaceful protest march.

The men in black robe said they found a lot of discrepancies, irregularities and inconsistencies in the commission, that were not favourable to them, and which was not of their interest. 

After the meeting, they observed thus

1)The composition of the commission is not balanced, that there are many Francophones than Anglophones in the commission. That some Anglophone lawyers such as Manka Rosaline and Amaazee Amah Anthony who happens to be husband and wife, do not share in the same plight of the Common law lawyers as they had taken their stand against the course which was presented to the media. 

2) That the commission has left out some instrumental leaders from the South West Region namely Barrister BALLA Nkongho and Barrister EYAMBE as well as our Bar Council representative from the South West Region which is a deliberate act of the government to divide us.

3) That notwithstanding, it is with regret that till date, the government has not made any official statement condemning the acts of brutality on lawyers carried out by the forces of law and order including the confiscation of their wigs and gowns and the violation of lawyers offices. Such condemnations should precede any dialogue if the government is sincere for meaningful dialogue and lasting solutions to all the issues raised.

4) Yaounde is not an appropriate venue for the holding of such meeting. That the commission should and must hold in BAMENDA or BUEA. 

5) From the above, the EXCO recommends that these issues must be addressed to warrant our attendance. 

6) We have also resolved that the BIG 4 together with the other members in one document should issue a communique to the fact that until the above issues are sorted out, we can't be a party to any meeting of the PM's commission. 

7) The EXCO also recommends that the consortium should urgently meet on Monday 26/12/2016 and take a position on these recent developments. 

Vice President Barrister Umenjoh Hiram

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