4, February 2017
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rt. Rev. Samuel Fonki Forba has said that the Government should release all Anglophone leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and proceed with dialogue for the possible resumption of schools in the two English speaking regions of the country.
Rt. Rev Samuel Fonki was speaking at a Press Conference held in Bamenda, North West region after the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees Meeting of the PCC. The Moderator and 13 other Executives signed a two-page press release proposing that some sought of amnesty be given to all those who were arrested and detained in the wake of the crisis that continues to rock Southern Cameroons.
“We want those arrested because of their political ideologies and those detained because of crimes committed within the period to be tried in the regions where they were arrested so that their rights to be cared for by family members and friends would be guaranteed.”
The PCC Moderator and his Executives also called on the State to end all arbitrary arrest and detention of persons from the two English Speaking regions. They also suggested that the Government should comply with the decisions arrived at with Teachers during the Bamenda meeting of January to enable the resumption of classes.
On the issue of suspension of the strike and contrary to what was reportedly on Cameroon Tribune, the Moderator said, “I never initiated a strike action in the first place and I would not be the one to call it off. I am simply appealing on stakeholders to do so. If Government schools are unable to resume classes, I don’t see how PCC schools can do so in isolation.”