17, January 2017
The head of the so-called Ad Hoc Committee has announced in a press release issued in the French language that negotiations between the Biya Francophone regime and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium have come to an end. The pronouncement came as Southern Cameroonians are observing day-two of the civil disobedience campaign earlier decreed by the Consortium.
The regime had established the Francophone dominated Ad Hoc Interdepartmental Committee to review and propose solutions to the problems identified with respect to the demands of Anglophone teachers. This committee, chaired by Professor Ghogomu Paul Mingo, held two meetings with representatives of striking teachers in Bamenda. The last one took place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January.
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium made it abundantly clear to Ghogomu Paul Mingo and his team of inexperienced negotiators that the demands of the Common Law Lawyers and the Anglophone teachers were linked to the marginalization policy instituted by the Francophone regime in Yaounde.
It was evident the Ad Hoc Committee had to fail in its attempt to induce trade unionists to lift their call to strike. In a communiqué released yesterday Monday 16 January 2017, Professor Ghogomu Paul Mingo, announced the end of his mission and blamed West Cameroon leaders for erecting a stone wall during the dialogue process. The light weight political elite from the Bamenda province of Southern Cameroons also accused the new generation of Anglophone leader of taken parents and students hostage for political reasons.
By Rita Akana