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Jobless bailiffs to Biya: we are languishing in misery; appoint us

The bailiffs awaiting appointment have drafted a memorandum to draw the attention of the Head of State to their plight The…

The bailiffs awaiting appointment have drafted a memorandum to draw the attention of the Head of State to their plight

The bailiffs who, for several years, have been awaiting appointment, held a meeting on March 26 to examine their grievances to be addressed to President Paul Biya, head of the judiciary.

At the end of the meeting, held under the banner of their union known as “collectif des huissiers de justice en attente de charges (HUJADEC). They drafted a memorandum in which they requested the Head of State to appoint them into some courts of appeal of the country.

Among the members of this union, there are trained bailiffs who have been awaiting the decree of the president for more than 20 years. Some of them, we gathered, have died in the wait while others have lost their tittles and as such have trouble practicing their profession.

“Today we have 190 bailiffs who have been awaiting appointment for 23 years, those who have been waiting for 21 and others who have been practically jobless for 17 years.” they said in the memo.

“We are still waiting to be appointed; we are languishing in misery with our families. Our situation is deplorable. During this long wait, more than sixty pupil bailiffs and bailiffs awaiting appointment have died because of lack of financial means to get adequate healthcare” the memo reads in part.

These bailiffs can only legally practice their profession after appointment through a presidential decree. In cases where the president is yet to appoint them, they can only work under the cover of an appointed bailiff. They also can not open cabinets. They are equally forbidden to open consultancy firms when they have not been appointed.

The last Presidential decree appointing 127 bailiffs dates as far back as 2014.  The decree was signed after many complaints and street protests.

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