“I cannot understand how any peace-loving citizen given the present context can propose a bill that makes bilingualism an option in blatant violation of the constitution! Talk about fueling the fire! So. here we go again lawyers protesting,” Akere tweeted.
When the lawyers took to the streets Wednesday, political actors expressed fear that such concerns could reanimate the tension already existing in the English-speaking regions for over three years.
At the origin of the controversy is article 26 of the bilingualism bill. This article makes clear that judgments can be passed either in French or English languages in courts across Cameroon.
Legal experts and lawyers have since interpreted the law to mean giving a passport for French to dominate English language in courts across the North West and the South West regions.
In the wake of the divergent views within the polity, the bill is reported to have been suspended same Wednesday. The suspension is said to be indefinite. There has been no official statement from the executive or legislative leadership of the country in relation to the development.
The Guardian Post gathered that, the bill had already been adopted at the level of commissions. It was also expected to be adopted in plenary Wednesday but tor the outburst from lawyers and other civil society groups.
Cameroonians are aware the current mayhem across the Anglophone regions sparked through grievances from Common Law lawyers. Since March 2015. lawyers kept raising concerns and giving deadlines threatening to take to the streets if their concerns were not addressed.
Government remained adamant and by October 216, the lawyers took to the streets. Teachers and other socio-professional groups also joined the strike action.
Today, it has morphed into an armed conflict. Observers hold that none of the parties in the current conflict ever expected it to go get his horrible.