By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, January 9, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – Garga Haman Adji, whose Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) party has been inconsequential since creation in 1991, has been picked by President Paul Biya to persuade aggrieved Anglophone Teachers and Lawyers to call off their ongoing strike.
On Friday January 6, during the presentation of New Year wishes to Biya who has ruled Cameroon for 34 years, Garga Haman told the state broadcaster CRTV that Biya has commissioned him to negotiate between the Government and
protesting Anglophone groupings. He said Biya rhetorically questioned him if he (Garga) would fold his arms and watch Anglophones go their separate way, before intimating him to do something.
Haman, who once served the Biya regime as Minister of Civil Service and Supreme State Audit before resigning, confirmed that he accepted the task.
Meanwhile, The Cameroon Journal can report that Haman has already set out to meet with some prominent Anglophone Cameroonians. On Saturday January 7, the ADD chairman was spotted in the Tam Tam Weekend neighbourhood in Yaounde. Our reporter later learned he went to consult with Justice Ayah Paul Abine in his (Ayah’s) residence.
So far, observers of the polity are already speculating that Haman’s efforts may yield fruits as he is believed not to be a partisan. Also, the former Minister’s track record as Minister of Civil Service and the Supreme State Audit in fighting corruption suggest he can accomplish the assignment, though being a Francophone from the Far North Region.
Government officials assigned similar task have failed woefully as teachers have vowed not to resume school on Monday January 9. Common Law lawyers too have refused to return to court rooms until their grievances are properly addressed.
Bribes, threats, fake press releases, doubtful utterances, officials and private meetings have characterized Government’s efforts at addressing the Anglophone problem, but such efforts have largely been a failure.