Members of the Southern Cameroons Consortium of Teachers, Lawyers and Parents meeting yesterday with the gov’t arranged adhoc committee to find solutions to ongoing strike action by Teachers and Lawyers rose from the meeting with rather more punitive measures against the Cameroon regime, daring it to summon an immediate referendum that return country to the status prior to 1961.
“The government should organize a referendum without further delay so that West Cameroonians can effectively return to the two State Federation.”
They made the demand in a hastily drafted press released sent out early this morning, Cameroon time. In the release, the leaders said they are calling off a scheduled press conference they had planned for 11:00am Cameroon time, justifying it on increased insecurity in the city.
They also disclosed in the press statement that just after the talks ended late last night, some four Southern Cameroonians were fatally shot by trigger ready military officers deployed into Bamenda, wondering why gov’t should be talking dialogue and at the same time militarizing and brutalizing citizens.
“Our people,” they said, “are ready to peacefully resist the sadistic military occupation which have continued unabated for half a century.”
Due to general insecurity in town, the press conference scheduled for the 14th January 2017 at 11:00AM at the Presbyterian Church Centre has been cancelled ,” the press statement read.
The statement, signed by Barrister Nkongho Felix, Dr. Fontem Neba and Tassang Wilfred, begins with a chronicle of how proceedings at the committee started.