Cameroon - Buea University Strike: Case Against Student Union Leaders Intensifies

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Yaoundé - 06-May-2013 - 12h20   4378                      
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The case between the University of Buea Student Union (UBSU) leaders and the University Of Buea (UB)have been adjourned to June 2, 2013 after the complainant, Vice Chancellor of UB failed to show up on the last hearing on May 2 in a court in Buea.
The case between the University of Buea Student Union (UBSU) leaders and the University Of Buea (UB) have been adjourned to June 2, 2013 after the complainant, Vice Chancellor of UB failed to show up on the last hearing on May 2 in a court in Buea. The prosecuting council made it clear in court that they have come prepared to proceed with the hearing even in the absence of the complainant. But unfortunately for them, the defense council also made it clear that the hearings cannot proceed in the absence of the PWI who happens to be the V.C who has not been in court since the start of the case. UBSU leaders are being accused of organizing a strike in February that wrecked havoc on campus. It led to the disruption of classes for weeks, the arrest of four students (freed already) and the kidnapping and torturing of the UBSU leader for 10 days by unknown assailants. On February 6, 2013, day one of the protest, the Vice Chancellor was temporally held hostage by the striking students for over three hours in her car as she made her way into the campus early in that morning. The strike was motivated by the lack of photocopying machines on campus, low premiums given to students after March pass, insufficient businesses on campus among many other grievances. The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nalova Lyonga and the University of Buea Student Union, failed on several occasions to reach a peace accord. According to UBSU President, Ronald Minang, the dialogue failed because “Our V.C. was dictating to us, it was not a dialogue forum anymore.” But during a press conference on February 13, the VC seized the moment to rebut claims that she was not open to dialogue with the students. Until June 2, affaire à suivre...
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