The Strike Continues: I WON’T GO TO COURT ON TUESDAY 02.05.2017!!! (By ShuSheey Barrister AKUWIYADZE)

 

The President of the Cameroon Bar Council recently announced that Common Law Lawyers will be returning to court, signalling an end to the strike action that has paralysed the legal, educational and other sub-systems of West Cameroon.

During the period of the strike action, rather than make efforts to grant the demands of the striking civil society, the recalcitrant government of Cameroon resorted to intimidation.

Arbitrary arrests, rape, torture, shutdown or the internet amongs other human rights violations.

With none of the demands of the strikers granted, it is nothing but shocking that the Bar Council President should announce a return to the courts.

Following is a response from one of the Barrister’s and it is fair to say, after listening to other views on Afrique Media today, that his position represents that of the majority.

I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Lawyers in West Cameroon have lost income for six months and their families are suffering. Were they sacrificing for the usual promises?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Consortium Leaders are in jail, some on self-exile, while their families are suffering in Cameroon. Did they ask for promises?
No, Mr. President of Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Over 100 West Cameroonians, arbitrarily arrested and incarcerated in East Cameroon are suffering in jails for months. Is that why they are paying this price?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Some of our children have been killed and their families are still in pain. Did they die for promises?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Our children have sacrificed a whole academic year; parents have lost school fees paid; teachers in private schools are without salary for 5 months now. Is that what they sacrificed (and are still sacrificing) for?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Business people in West Cameroon have lost income from sales by adhering to Ghost Towns. Some have seen their fortune go up in flames! What have they got in return?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

My colleagues are in jail while others have been forced to go on exile for daring to stand for the TRUTH! Are Lawyers not the watchdogs (whistle-blowers) of society?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.
How can I go to court in a country where a Superscale Magistrate in active Service at the Supreme Court (Ayah Paul Abine) is arrested and incarcerated with impunity ~ without due process?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

How can I go to court when an Honorable Member of Parliament (Joseph Wirba) who did nothing more than his duty as a true Representative of the people (and not a hand-clapper) has been forced out of his country for telling the TRUTH?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

West Cameroonians have suffered more than enough in this Triangle since 1961 as their heritage has been completely wiped out!
Where is Cameroon Bank?
Where is NPMB?
Where is WADA?
Where is PWD?
Where is Yoke Power Station?
Where is Santa Coffee Estate?
Where are our much-cherished Institutions? Health? Education? Justice? Law and Order? Etc, etc?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, you are not an Anglophone and I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

If I should go to court on the 02.05.2017 or thereafter:

1. ALL our brothers and sisters arrested as a result of the strike action that we (Common Law Lawyers) started on the 11.10.2016 must be UNCONDITIONALLY RELEASED (with guarantees that there won’t be any further arbitrary arrests).

2. Internet Connection cut off from West Cameroon on 18.01.2017 must be re-instated.

3. The towns and villages of West Cameroon flooded with soldiers, must be de-militarized.

When the above pre-conditions would have been met, the dialogue will resume so that the problem of marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon is dealt with once and for all. The time is Now!

Is this a poem?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017 or any date thereafter as I’m ready to boycott the courts for two years (renewable) until JUSTICE is done and seen to have been done to us.

ShuSheey AKUWIYADZE,
(Barrister-At-Law)
Kumbo.
West Cameroon

Response to Akoson: RE: Breaking News: The UN Sends Away Biya’s Men! My sources at the Ministry of External Relations just hinted me

Response to Akoson:   RE: Breaking News: The UN Sends Away Biya’s Men! My sources at the Ministry of External Relations just hinted me

Dear Akoson,

A lot is circulating on social media, purportedly written and signed by you. While we appreciate your efforts in using your resources to provide news updates to the people of West Cameroon on the current crisis, we also wish to call your attention to some issues raised in one of your write-ups.

In your recent write-up titled “Breaking News: The UN Sends Away Biya’s Men! My sources at the Ministry of External Relations just hinted me”, you made a number of unsubstantiated statements. I will attempt to clarify some.

First, the only “Treaty of Union” that exists is the treaty signed in 1707 by England/Wales and Scotland leading to the formation of the United Kingdom. There is no such thing within the United Nations Charter. With the UN what is needed is a ratification of agreements between nations by the General Assembly.

Secondly, it is very inconsistent that Biya who has been preaching his dogma of ‘one and indivisble Cameroon’ will all of a sudden send a delegation to the UN to ask for a nonexistent ‘treaty of Union’ whatever that is.

The ratification of the plebiscite results in April 1961 and the acceptance of the 1961 Constitution by both Southern Cameroons (West Cameroon) and La Republique Du Cameroon (East Cameroon), legalised that Union between the two. No one challenged the 1961 Federal Constitution, and both parties adhered to it until it was changed in 1972. That in itself indicates that both parties were happy with it at the time.

Although there is the argument that the Foumban Conference was inconclusive, thereby implying that there was no binding treaty between the two States, this in itself does not negate the Will of the people who voted on February 11, 1961. As there were no issues raised about irregularities during the vote, and no legal challenge was brought up, that vote was the democratic will of the people of Southern Cameroons at the time.

The only democratic process that can change the results of that Plebiscite vote has to be another general vote. A referendum for the people of the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon, is therefore the one democratic means through which the vote of 11 February 1961 can be challenged.

We cannot make any progress if we keep lying to ourselves and hope that these lies will one day liberate us.