The strike by Anglophone teachers and lawyers which has paralyzed education and court activities and other businesses in the entire English speaking regions of north west and south west regions is gradually given way to a peaceful and promising end as government has embark on a series of measures to solve the professional demands made by the striking lawyers and teachers who easily enjoyed the massive support of the population in those regions.
While the state remains committed in solving the problems rose by those concern and is bent on ensuring that life returns to normal amidst multiple challenges notwithstanding schools which are temporarily/ partially closed and weekly ghost towns. But as the fallout of the strike actions are still being evaluated in the country at large, it is the church which has come under fire and heavy media scrutiny as church leaders in this part of the country face mounting legal challenges from parents who demand compensation from the church for keeping their children out of school.
Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda and their subordinates have been battling different court cases in the nation’s capital and Buea, filed by parents who think the rights of their children have been violated. The moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon is also facing legal challenges for shutting down his schools, this is coming after the PC C had denied rumors that were swelling that their chief shepherd Rt Rev Fonki Samuel had declared a blank school year with the communication secretary on March 14th denying them as mere rumors and said the moderator had made no such declarations, according to a statement on their website. As attention gradually moves from the streets to courts, the stakes just get higher for the church.
Why the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bamenda had issued a 10 page memo on Dec 6th lecturing the government about the history of the country and calling on the powers that be to solve the ongoing problem, a move that was seen by many as the church blessings for the strike actions and a sharp reversal from their initial stance which they had called on peaceful dialogue and need for the children to be in school.
They later issued a circular in February where they declared their support for social justice as a church and informed the public that their doors are open for those who wish to return to school. But critics have blamed the church for what they term “hypocrisy” as they said the church have effectively closed their doors and yet declared in public that their doors remain open. As the public waits the hearings which have all be adjourned with that in Buea court of first instance scheduled for June 5th, the leaders of the church have found themselves in an uncomfortable position they certainly would not have wanted.