Kah walla, political activist and president of the Cameroon’s People Party,CPP, has condemn the court proceedings of what she calls a highly sensitive case of leaders of the ongoing protests in English-speaking Cameroon against the government of Cameroon.
Walla, who was at the military tribunal court on March 23, to witness the hearing of Barrister Felix Agbor ‘Balla’ Kongho, Dr. Fontem Neba of the Consortium, and Mancho Bibixy noted with dismay the slow and haphazard nature in which dealings went on. She said despite being deprived of their freedom for 65 days, and March 23 being their third court appearance, the military court took delight in wasting time on things which could have been done before the case hearing date.
The political activist said the court spent time verifying names and identifying 27 young men who were arrested after the incidents of December 8. She equally wondered why the judges and state counsels handling the case are not bilingual. “Surely there is a bilingual judge somewhere in the Cameroonian court system who could hear a case in English and a state counsel that could argue it without needing translation? Is this not precisely what got us here in the first place?” she probed.
Walla also pointed out the absence of microphones in the court room. “We strain in the court room to hear the judge, the lawyers and the defendants. In this country where we spend billions to throw a state party, no one thought we might need microphones in court?”
On the court’s size, Walla questioned the use of a small court room which could not afford seats to half of the people who wish to attend. “The court room is too small to contain all the defendants, the benches are too few to contain all the lawyers, even the defendants are squeezed tight on the benches they occupy. Why does this system insist on showing its lack of planning and organization to the entire world” she asked.
In the end, the CPP boss opined that all these flaws are pointer to government’s delay strategic technique to wear down the Anglophone crisis through violence, fear, and time. She urged Cameroonians not to get tired in fighting for justice and the type of Cameroon they wish to pass on to their children. The trial of Agbor ‘Balla’ Kongho, Dr. Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy, has been adjourned to April 27.