By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Cameroon has suspended one of its lecturers at the University of Buea, its lone Anglo-Saxon University headquartered in Buea, capital of the country’s restive South West Region, National Telegraph can confirm.
Agbor Nkongho Balla, Cameroonian Human Rights Lawyer, and Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws and Political Science in the Department of English Law is suspended, a release from the country’s Minister of Higher Education has confirmed.
On March 13, 2020, Nkongho set examination questions for a 6-credit course – Law 243, Political and Constitutional History of Cameroon written at the campus’ Amphi 600.
The 3-question exam paper had a compulsory question in its question one for 40 marks. “The Anglophone Crisis since 2016 was caused by the lawyers’ and teachers’ strike.” Assess the validity of this statement, Nkongho quizzed.
The country’s Higher Education Minister, Jacques Fame Ndongo on April 20, 2020, sent a telegram to the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ngomo Horace Manga, ordering the suspension of Nkongho, owing to the fact that such a question was out of place.
Apart from Political and Constitutional History of Cameroon, Nkongho also teaches Legal Research and Methodology, Human Rights, Justice, and Its Institution, Public International Law, and International Criminal Cooperation.
The legal luminary confirmed to National Telegraph, early Thursday, April 30, 2020, that he actually set the question. He also said he hasn’t been served any letter of suspension, adding that the Minister’s decision was only sent to him by a contact.
The Minister’s action will not only cause a huge vacuum in the University with the absence of such a fine lecturer but, pundits say will also auction the already cracked system to more criticisms.
Cameroon’s still embattled by an armed conflict in its two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West South where rebels are fighting to restore the statehood of Southern Cameroons Ambazonia.
This Lecturer is among the thousands who went to prison because of the crisis. It all started from such high-handedness caused by the same marginalization of citizens of these two regions to the now full-scale war that has completely destabilized the Central African country, causing its already struggling economy to further deplete.