The recent controversial bill on the promotion of bilingualism in Cameroon has attracted a lot of criticisms from political party leaders, civil society activists and lawyers.

The controversial bill on the promotion of bilingualism in Cameroon submitted to parliament by government has continued to attract criticisms from the public with Barrister Akere Muna voiocing out his own opinion recently.

To the lawyers and civil society activists, enacting this bill by parliament is just an attempt to further fuel the crisis that has been going on in the North West and South West region of Cameroon for the past three years.

On his tweeter page, Akere Muna wrote: “I cannot understand how any peace loving citizen given the present context can propose a bill that makes bilingualism an option, in blatant violation of the constitution! Talk about fueling the fire! So, here we go again. Lawyers protest in Bamenda… .”

Some few days back, anglophone lawyers took to the street and halting of legal activities in a way to show how disgruntled they are about the bill. To them the bill if enacted will suppress the English language in the English speaking regions and courts in English Cameroon.

As the pressure continued, the bill was withdrawn from parliament, but it still remains unclear if the bill will have to be readjusted before taken back to parliament or it will not appear again before parliament..

Anglophone Lawyers reactions towards the bilingualism bill

Lawyers in the North West Region are on strike as court activities are paralyzed in the region with the lawyers protesting against a bill tabled in parliament on the use of the English and French languages in court rooms across the regions.

They used this strike action to send their disapproval on the draft bill on languages which they say section 26 states that judgement can be delivered in a Cameroonian court in any of the 2 languages which will mean that in the common-law jurisdiction judgments can be delivered in French and in the civil law jurisdiction it can be delivered in English which they say brings back memories of 2016 when they took to the streets to clean the common law system of the French language and officials.

The say they are disappointed by this draft bill owing to the fact that they were expecting something more given the fact that the 2 English speaking regions are expected to have a special statue in place as one of the fallouts of the just ended major national dialogue. Adding that they can’t standby without denouncing such an injustice.

They said they have it from some sources that the draft bill has been suspended at the level of the parliament but they say they will be vigilant.
Anglophone Lawyers in Cameroon in 2016 took to the streets of some major capitals of The North West and South West Regions protesting that the OHADA Text be translated to English and all non-English speaking magistrates in common-law courts be transferred to civil law court given the language barrier which makes court proceedings difficult. A move which was joined by the teachers sparking the start of the anglophone crisis.