Thursday, April 27, 2017

Why Buea Catholic University Institute pulls out of University games in Bamenda

The Buea Catholic University Institute has pulled out of the All University Games in protest for the Anglophone Struggle. The landmark decision follows what the institution calls athletes’ boycott of the games.

The athletes are pledging allegiance to the Anglophone struggle. They say it is unacceptable for them to play when their brothers and sisters have been molested, tortured, arrested and detained… The message is contained in a letter submitted to competent authorities on Thursday 18, 2017. It is the first institution to withdraw from the games that started this morning in Bamenda, chief town of the North West Region of Cameroon.

The All University Games brings together all the institutions of higher learning in Cameroon. They are organized annually. The Buea Catholic University Institute was expected to play a match today against the University of Buea. The fixtures will now be modified The sports show is in its 20th edition. The 19th edition was hosted by the University of Yaounde II. The leading winner has remained the National Institute of Youth and Sport in Yaoundé.

The current unrest in the Anglophone regions has been going on since November 2016 when Common Law lawyers took to the street to demand a better and original treatment of their legal system by Francophones. This struggle has become what is today referred as the Anglophone Problem, with several other appellations. The games in Bamenda end next weekend. Over two thousand athletes are participating.

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