3, December 2016
The so-called Cameroonian government spokesman and Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary has reacted to allegations made by the US State Department which accused Yaoundé of “various violations of fundamental freedoms in Cameroon”, specifically in the management of the demonstrations in Bamenda and in Buea deep within the English-speaking part of the country .
Minister Tchiroma observed that the police acted in strict respect for the international commitments that bind Cameroon. The corrupt government official added that “The government has sought to maintain dialogue and consultation with a view to finding appropriate solutions to the demands of Anglophone lawyers and English-speaking teachers.”
In this regard, Tchiroma said, appropriate measures had been taken, namely: – the working visit to Bamenda by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, from the 25th to the 27th of November 2016, to discuss with representatives of lawyers and teachers; – the creation by the Prime Minister, Head of Government of an inter-ministerial committee to examine the problems of teachers.
The controversial politician chanted the same old CPDM slogans no longer listened too in British Southern Cameroons and enlisted “the opening of sectoral negotiations, to the respective diligence of the Minister of Justice, on the one hand, and the Minister of Higher Education on the other as positive steps taken by the Francophone government.”
Issa Tchiroma also noted that the special donation of 2 billion FCFA to private sector teachers, the announced recruitment of 1000 young bilingual teachers and even the creation of an ad hoc committee, are signs of openness to dialogue. It is of vital importance to include in this report that Minister Issa Tchiroma was addressing the wrong audience and that the Anglophone leaders have rejected all government proposals not linked to a new constitution for the country that will guarantee Anglophone autonomy.
By Rita Akana