Below is a list of frequently asked questions. We will continue to update the list based on the questions we receive.
- Is the Consortium limited to organizations only? -The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium is not limited to organizations and trade union bodies. Going by every definition, it is open to individual citizens who share a common goal and willing to pool their resources together to reach their goal. Though the Common law lawyers, and then the teachers and other trade unions initiated this movement, the movement had since morphed beyond them. The consortium was born out of a realization that beyond the education problem, championed by teachers - though teachers are just one set of stakeholders in education; and the constitutional issues raised by lawyers; there was a wider Anglophones problem. Hence, the
- Is the Consortium a legal structure? - Yes. Consortium is legally incorporated in the United States of America.
- Do the interim leaders of the Consortium communicate with other members of the body? - We always had been in touch frequently until the recent hiccups. However, lately, we have been in touch with a reconciliation and dialogue group. The recent release the interim leaders had published on their Facebook pages on 25 February 2017 came from Mr. Tassang Wilfred himself through their joint WhatsApp group.
- Is the Consortium a political organization? - No. The Consortium has no regime-change-seeking agenda. The Consortium is non-partisan although we clearly articulate political objectives for all citizen's political rights and civil liberties. The Consortium leaders have no political ambition or personality ambition in this struggle.
- What more can we know about the Consortium? -A dedicated team of strategists that have and continue to be instrumental to its success has supported the Consortium.
Most of the team members chose to provide their expertise in the background and out of an abundance of belief in the struggle -- seeking no public recognition. The Consortium had a mobile office in Cameroon. The struggle had always been funded out of pocket by all its leaders at home and abroad. In times of difficulty, friends, family and the public have chipped in to help fund specific activities. A detailed breakdown of these would be provided, though, this would not include large personal funds of its leaders and associate members. According to Dr. Balla, they had a draft constitution that they were planning to table prior to their arrest.
- Why do the interim Consortium leaders not respond to my messages and calls? -In a struggle that involves more than 8 million citizens spread across geographical regions, it is impossible to pick up every call and read every message. Everyone is a leader in the struggle. Every fighter has an equal voice. We do our best to push the limit. We have no assistance to read and respond. Nevertheless, with general or frequently asked questions, we are able to cripple many doubts before they hatch into widespread rumors. One of the interim leaders Tapang Ivo has repeatedly said that his lines are very much open for calls. Calls are easy to navigate than reading several messages. We are doing just our best to be in contact, especially as humans who are liable to make mistakes too.
- Does the Consortium open up to other pressure groups? -Certainly, we do. The Consortium has been meeting with every single leader of pressure groups that have been working for decades to achieve freedom. We have been holding secret and public meetings. We are certain that you have been following up on our meetings in Europe and North America. Several other meetings shall take place in March. Every single leader would confirm that we are in working terms. We are very open to individuals too. We acknowledge the different approaches of every group or individual. However, there is a common stance.
- How does the Consortium fund its peaceful and non-violent activities? - Since 18 January 2017 to today, the Consortium has publicly raised only $8,000 USD (about FCFA 6 million) to fund its activities. That means prior to the arrest of its leaders, NO public fund was raised. The Consortium has successfully recorded more than 18 diplomatic actions and crippled the education sector in Southern Cameroons. Our ghost towns, boycotts, and civil disobedience are very effective and sweeping.
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