Justice Minister to Hold Press Conference After Meeting with Lawyers ‘Not Representing’ Protesting Common Law Lawyers

Besides Nico Halle, there was Sama Francis, Bernard Muna and Nfo Tabetando in attendance.
Besides Nico Halle, there was Sama Francis, Bernard Muna and Nfo Tabetando in attendance.

By Amindeh Blaise Atabong, November 22, 2016

Cameroon Journal, YaoundeSome Anglophone lawyers have taken part in a crisis meeting organized in Yaounde by the Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso. But leaders of the Common Law lawyers’ indefinite strike have maintained that the lawyers represented only themselves in the meeting.

Tuesday’s meeting, which ran into the late hours of the evening, this reporter gathered, was attended by: Sama Francis, former Bar Council President; Ntumfor Nico Halle, Bar General Assembly President; Mbah Ndam, SDF MP; Nfor Tabetando, CPDM Senator; and Ben Muna, former Bar Council President. We observed that no member of the Common Law lawyers’ constituent assembly which is staging the strike was in attendance.

Reacting to the development, Nkongho Felix Agbor, President of the Fako Lawyers’ Association (FAKLA), said they stood by the decision taken by lawyers’ associations in the two English speaking Regions not to attend the meeting in Yaounde.

A cross section of those in the meeting.
A cross section of those in the meeting.

The Common Law lawyers had vowed to stay away from any such meeting unless certain conditions are fulfilled by Government. They had pointed out that they will only be opened to dialogue should the meeting principally be chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government or any other senior member of Government other than the Justice Minister.

Despite the Common Law lawyers announced plans to boycott Esso’s meeting, Halle, had

Chief Tabetando seen in attendance wearing white.
Chief Tabetando seen in attendance wearing white.

insisted he will attend, arguing that  staying away from dialogue does not tantamount to being a lasting solution to the Common Law lawyers’ strike.

By press time, the crisis meeting was still in session, with plans for the Minister of Justice to grant a press conference on the outcome of the meeting thereafter. Details later…


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