“Government Decree Did Not Stop Case Proceedings Against Anglophone Church Leaders”- Lead Counsel Of Consortium of Parents, Barrister Julius Tabe
Barrister Julius Tabe Ngu, lead counsel of the Consortium of Parents prosecuting the church leaders has stated clearly that the case against the clergymen has nothing to do with the government and therefore the government of Cameroon has no power over the matter but the Consortium of parents who took the Clergy men to court- The Post Newspaper reports.
“The first reason why the church leaders were taken to court is because they refused to re-open their schools after the suspension of the teachers strike.
The church leaders a couple of weeks ago accepted to re-open their schools and announcements were made to that effect. That is good, but we are going to see whether the church leaders are going to match words with action”
He said this in Douala September 2, barely 48 hours after the Presidential decree to release some Anglophone activists on August 30.
Bar. Tabe Ngu refutes the accusation that the Consortium of Parents is believed by many to be a masquerade in the hands of some pro-government individuals.
“The government is not the complainant in the case against the church leaders. Our case is a private matter.It should be noted that the Bishops of the Catholic Church, the Executive President of the CBC and the Moderator of the PCC were all accused on seven counts by the Consortium of Parents for refusing to ask parents to send their children to school, refusing to pay teachers, refusing to teach students and spreading false information” Kinnakas Blog reports.
The accusations followed a February 9 communique in which the church leaders had jointly called on the government to pursue frank dialogue with the agitating Anglophone leaders and in which the churches had pointed out that the problem currently rocking the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon are as a result of an underlying and unsolved political problem.
The cases are expected simultaneously in all five courts on the 25th of September 2017.
Should the case prevail, the three mainline churches would be expected to pay the sum of FCFA 150 Billion to the “Consortium of Parents” for damages.
However, after 55 Anglophones were released, aspirations have been high to see the release of others in detention and case dropped against the clergy.
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