Douala (National Times)-Cameroon’s revered cardinal , Christian Tumi, initiator of the belated Anglophone General Conference (AGC) has written a letter to the Divisional Officer (D O) of Bamenda II Sub Division, North West region declaring the conference will hold in the city from July 11 to 12, 2019.
This development is the content of a letter bearing the names and seal of the cleric though without any date addressed to the local administrative authority.
According to the letter which The National Times stumbled on tilted ‘A Declaration for Public Manifestation”. The Conference will hold in the Cathedral Hall of Mankon.
Tumi writes that, delegates to the conference will come from the 13th Divisions of the North West and South West Regions that make up English-Speaking Cameroon.
He asserts in the letter that, “ in accordance with law no: 90/55 of 19th December 1990 that lays down regulations governing public meetings and processions, we will ensure its strict application in carrying out this activity of ours. While we count on your acknowledgement of this declaration, and support for the holding of the conference in your municipality, May God continue to grant you wisdom and guidance throughout this trial time”. The former Arch Bishop of Douala wrote.
Presentations, group discussions and proposals will be arrived at during the meeting for onward transmission to president Biya on finding a way out of the crisis.
This development comes after repeated postponements of the conference owing to administrative and political confusion across the country. It is still uncertain if the state will give its go ahead for the meeting.
In the last quarter of 2018, the conference could not take place in Buea as planned. Then the mayor of Buea Patrick Ekema Esunge made utterances urging the organisers to take the conference to Bamenda or their villages and leave Buea in peace. The change of venue is seen as meant to avoid such rhetoric against the meeting.
Besides Tumi other religious leaders fronting for the conference include, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) Reverend Samuel Fonki Forba, the President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Professor Tih Pius and the Imams of the Buea and Bamenda Central Mosques.