Cameroon - Anglophone Crisis: Defence of Agbor Balla and Co, Bar Council "Warns" Ben Muna Against Bypassing Hierarchy

Par Ernest NFORMI | Cameroon-Info.Net
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Mbongochobi   112017-04-21 06:59
@ Chesco002

It seems as if you are not getting my message of you've refused to get it.

I was born Southern Cameroonians and will die as such. I reason as a free citizen of Southern Cameroon and will live to fight for the total liberation of my homeland Southern Cameroons.

Before the rape, torture, abductions, humiliations and killings of my fellow brothers and sisters of Southern Cameroons, I thought LRC and Southern Cameroons could live as one one day, but now I know we cannot and will never as since we as a people had been accused of being terrorist and extremist, and with the collective punishment being netted on my people, I will for ever live to hate LRC, and all that it symbolises. But I will not hate my francophone brothers who too are victims of this same DICTATORIAL regime, but the system. I have alo t of respect to my neighbours and friends of LRC, but I will never and never accept the system and it's leader KIM JUNG BIYA
Chesco00216    12017-04-20 23:43
@ Mbongochobi

I would like To know the exact country where you live. Then i would name some key problems existing there and ask you To solve them all, since your cmr is a hell.
Before english language you are are a cameroonian. During the troubles of 2008 the victims were from all tribes and languages and nobody complained because he was basa, bulu anglo franco.
You guys seem to knowingly organizing troubles in order To call the killers of the international community To install war like in lybia syria etc.

Change your mindset and express yourself as a cameroonian, as an african
Mbongochobi   242017-04-20 20:28
@ Chesco002
I donot live in LRC or Southern Cameroon because since DICTATOR KIM JUNG BIYA was handed over power in 1982 by President Ahmadou Ahidjo, he tribalised just every segment of the society. All appointments and even public service concours were tribalised. if you were not from either the South or Centre region, then no way for you.And being an Anglophone too, all doors were closed for me, and that is why i decided to look for greener pastures far fron the DICTATORLAND called LRC.

Cameroon has already been divided between the Francophone of LRC and the Anglophones of Southern Cameroon. Its a historic fact. When internet was shut down on the 17th of January 2017 to the 20th of April, it was don only in Anglophone Southern Cameroons. Its our sisters that were raped in Buea, our brothers molested, the whole Anglophones of Southern Cameroon accused of being terrorist and extremist, because they were simply asking for a better life for them and their children. Our leaders were arrested because they were speaking the truth and defending our communities and they are still held today at the Maximum concentration camp call kondengui prison.

So the division has been there even before 1961, and will continue to be, reason why we have decided to go our own way and leave you people with your DICTATOR KIM JUNG BIYA in your beautiful DICTATORLAND called LRC

As concerns Mr Kamga Ngnie, he is the Batonier of the civil lawyers of LRC, he never studied common law and should never speak for Common Law lawyers. More of that, he is a sellout. He has become suddenly interested in the release of Dr Nkongho Balla, but he was never there when the others were being beaten and humiliated as if they were thieves.

We dont wan him to speak for us ANGLOPHONES, Batonier or whatever you call him, should defend his DICTATORLAND and leave the people of Southern Cameroon alone
Chesco00229    32017-04-20 18:11

``Don't bring that gene of corruption, tribalism, favoritism and greed among us.``

Bravo Sacho. You were born without sin like the Virgin Mary.

Please pray for others who are sinners in the eyes of almighty God
Chesco00217    42017-04-20 18:08
It seems you too are a member of the consortium?
Do you really live in Cameroon, as you seem to ignore how people (am not saying Anglophones) have been denouncing the arrest of those barristers and others (although it depends on what they are accused of, that`s another debate).
Battonier kamga is not ``suddenly`` interested to the matter only now, his release is clear about that. And he met with many other barristers before coming out with his release
Let`s not judge facts with emotion.

You keep insulting cmr and the so called ``kim jung biya``. What kind of education does that reflect? Be polite dear.

You accuse others of dividing. But remember that each time you say ``anglophone``or ``francophone``, you are dividing Cameroonians. Look at your face in a mirror
Sacho   262017-04-20 17:15
The military court in Yaounde has said all those arrested would be judged as one. Their Lawyers issued an objection to this ruling but the military court refused. How come you are now clamoring for the release of only 2 people of which they are all being considered as one? All of them were arrested because of the same strike action. Hence, if you clamor for the release of only a particular group of people because it suits your objectives then you have failed. Your devide and rule tactics has failed. We have been used to this for 56 years and now we are too wise. You are not a Southern Cameroonian. Allow Southern Cameroonians to solve their problems. Don't bring that gene of corruption, tribalism, favoritism and greed among us.
Mbongochobi 18    282017-04-20 15:30
Mr Ngnie Kamga, you are here exceeding the boundary between being ĺhe Batonier of Civil law in LRC and that of being one of the defence lawyer of the leaders of the CONSORTIUM.

Why is it that you have suddenly become very interested in seeing the Common law lawyers resume work today, but you never uttered a word when they were being beaten down the streets of Buea and Bamenda in November ? Why ?

You'd never made a statement concerning the arrest of hundreds of Anglophones still in the Kondengui concentration camp, but you single out and defend only Agbor Balla and the other arrested lawyer. Why ? Are the lives of the other abducted Anglophones not important to you and Laurent Eso?

Worst still you had never made mention of those who had been killed by the tribal militia of Kim Jung Biya and his gang. We understand your plans of division of the present struggle but it would never work.

The government has woefully failed to divide is in this winning struggle and what about you ? You will fail too.

Consortium was the initiator of this strike and it's only this same CONSORTIUM through its President, Dr Nkongho Balls who can call it off and sellouts like you, Ngnie Kamga don't have anything to say as to what concerns this present steuggle
Agbor Ball, standing left, and Mancho Bibixy, standing right W. Musa
Following the media outing of the team of defence lawyers of detained activists of the Anglophone crisis headed by Barrister Bernard Muna, the Cameroon Bar Council has issued a statement saying the current president of the council is “by right” the lead counsel for the defence of Barristers Agbor Balla and Abadem Walters; both advocates of the Cameroon Bar Association.

The statement signed by the scribe of the council says the appearance of the Bar President to defend and protect the interests of his colleagues in the Yaoundé military tribunal should not be mixed up with the strategy which a team of defence lawyers have put in place in favor of people who are not members of the Cameroon Bar association.


Having taken cognizance of the press release of a group of lawyers styled “the team of Lawyers for the defence of Barrister Felix Agbor Nkongho Balla, Dr. Neba Fontem, Barrister Abadem Walters, Mancho Bibixy and other persons standing trial at the Yaoundé military court,” signed by Batonnier emeritus Bernard Muna on the 13th day of April 2017 for national and international consumption,

And considering the fact that certain paragraphs in the above mentioned press release question and criticize Batonnier Jackson Francis Kamga Ngnié’s communiqué of the 9th of April 2017 informing the public that the conclave of North-West and South-West lawyers had called for the resumption of work of the lawyers in these two Regions of the country, on the 2nd of May 2017.


Any activity of the Bâtonnier and/or the Bar Council is and should be aimed at protecting the interests of the Bar Association, as well as defending the rights of any Lawyer who might be in difficulty.

The appearance of the Bar President to defend and protect the interests of his colleagues in the Yaoundé military tribunal should not be mixed up with the strategy which a team of defence lawyers have put in place in favor of people who are not members of the Cameroon Bar association, to wit; Mr. Mancho Bibixy, Dr. Fontem Neba, and other detainees.

The President of the Cameroon Bar Association who is also the head of the Cameroon Bar Council is the embodiment of this Institution. His activities and those of the Bar Council are well cataloged in the organic laws and the internal rules and regulations of the Bar. He has the mandate to run the Bar. He holds the baton of command!

Barristers Felix Agbor Nkongho and Abadem Walters are both advocates of the Cameroon Bar Association, currently standing trial in the Yaoundé military tribunal. It is the prerogative of the Batonnier to defend these colleagues, members of the Cameroon Bar, in and out of court. He is the lead counsel by right in the defence of these colleagues, and this legal prerogatives had been reminded by Batonnier emeritus Bernard Muna himself, at the Yaoundé military tribunal.

The leadership of the incumbent Batonnier in the criminal defence of his colleagues, apart from being by right, has always been the custom of the Cameroon Bar Association, as was in the case of the State against Bâtonnier Emeritus Black Yondo with Bâtonnier emeritus Bernard Muna as lead counsel, or even during the trial of Barristers Luke Sendze and Francis Sama (both Batonniers emeritus) and others where the lead counsel was Batonnier Patrice Monthé.

During the meetings between the Bar Council and lawyers of the both Anglophone Regions, the Batonnier clearly defined and explained the steps taken in view of rapidly securing the release of his two arrested colleagues.

Their release is far from being incompatible with the awareness of the desire and clamor of the majority of more than eight hundred lawyers practicing in the South West and North West Regions to resume work in order to give a chance to the Government to implement its announced measures.

In creating a conclave of 20 lawyers from the South West and North West regions by Decision N° 038/BOABC/ADM/03/2017 of the 30 March 2017, the Batonnier had as priority, the interests of his two arrested colleagues.

Nobody can contest the legitimate and discretionary powers that the Batonnier is conferred with to create such a conclave and invest it with a consultative or decision making character.

From the foregoing, any press release that comes from any quarters in a bid to disregard and undermine the powers of the Bar Council and the Bar Président runs counter to the organic laws and the internal rules and regulations of the Cameroon Bar Association, and should be treated as a non-event.

The Bar Secretary, on behalf of the Bar President, seizes this opportunity to reassure his colleagues of the Batonnier’s indefatigable commitment towards the normalization of the activities of the colleagues in the South West and North West Regions as well as the release of his two arrested colleagues by all means within the framework of the law.

In view of examining the present situation, the Bar President has summoned an extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Committee of Senior Advocates at the Bar created by his Decision N° 020/BOA/04/15 of 27th April 2015, for Friday the 21st of April 2017

Done in Yaoundé this 19th of April 2017

The Bar Secretary

Philippe Memong, Esq.

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