Saturday, August 25, 2018

Advocacy: Me Janvier Ngalle Mbock, Cameroon's first blind lawyer, writes open letter to Paul Biya


Me Alfred Janvier Ngalle Mbock calls Paul Biya for help. This blind lawyer since the age of 3 and who was sworn in on July 4, 2018 sent on July 21, 2018 an "open letter" to the President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya. "The purpose of this open letter is to express to you, publicly, all my bitterness and my distress because of a system that revolts me and gives me the feeling that, because of my disability, I am not a citizen apart whole, enjoying the same rights and the same duties as my compatriots, "writes the 36-year-old lawyer.

In his correspondence, Me Ngalle Mbock relates his difficult journey littered with difficult events. Trials that he was able to overcome without a fight by force of determination. Still, his situation is not about to improve. For even though he has become a full lawyer, he encounters enormous difficulties in the exercise of his profession. "(...) Only since the publication of the results of the end of the legal internship on April 02, 2018, I very quickly realized that I am not yet at the end of my troubles, despite my efforts to keep my blood. cold. Whatever the degree of my courage and my will, the handicapped person that I am can not consider to make a career in the lawyer without any support of the State, unless he resigns himself to exercise the profession in inhuman conditions, "laments the lawyer.

Ngalle Mbock wants Paul Biya to intervene on his behalf so that he can "get the much-desired interview with the competent authorities to find durable solutions". He suggested to the President of the Republic, in the name of the majority of other "voiceless disabled citizens," the creation of a Ministry specialized in the identification of the problems of disabled people and the search for their solutions.


Below is the entirety of the letter that Alfred Janvier Ngalle Mbock sent to Paul Biya



OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON



Douala, August 21, 2018



Excellency the President of the Republic

of Cameroon, Head of State



SUBJECT  : THE EXPRESSION OF MY CRI OF DISTRESS



Excellency the President of the Republic,

I am a young Cameroonian, one of the few who have completely turned their backs on easy living and who emphasize work and merit to occupy a place in this world. Although I am disabled, I often used violence to assume the qualities compatible with my state of mind.

My name is NGALLE MBOCK Janvier Alfred, thirty-six years old and totally blind since the age of three. Holder of a Master's degree in private law after four years of graduate studies that I made at the University of Douala from 2003 to 2007, I am a lawyer at the Cameroon Bar since July 4, 2018, date of my performance of oath before the Court of Appeal of the Littoral.

As a sibling of six children from very needy parents, I have constantly struggled to be in the top ranks at school. I was constantly taking up the challenge by overcoming the difficulties that have plagued me since my early childhood and which were due to the poverty of my parents. By my courage and determination, I was able to rally to my cause the sensitive people who supported me from near and far, like my uncle who paid for my studies and never missed to give me hope.


Excellency the President of the Republic

The purpose of this open letter is to express to you, publicly, all my bitterness and my distress because of a system that revolts me and gives me the feeling that, because of my disability, I am not a full citizen enjoying the same rights and the same duties as my compatriots.

My school and professional career were peppered with many pitfalls that I would not have overcome without my obstinacy dictated by my constant concern to find a place in society despite all the hostilities.

Going to school without any money or textbook in Braille on the curriculum and without the right teaching materials was a lot of the difficulties I had to deal with on a daily basis. In addition, I had to accommodate myself as much as possible to the teaching methods of teachers who had no experience in training and mentoring the disabled and some of whom did not even care at all about my presence in the classroom.

On these main tests that had to be overcome in order to give me every chance to move on to the next class, was added the disbelief masking a certain discrimination of school leaders because of my disability. Faced with these adversities, I held good by keeping a fixed spirit towards a possible radiant social position so much dreamed.

At the end of my university studies, I decided to pursue a career in law in 2014, hence my success in the examination of admission to an internship in the same year. Only this new stage was another real obstacle course. I am suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of revolt when I realize that a few days before the start of the written tests, no exceptional provision is made for potential blind and visually impaired candidates for this examination. As a result, my presence at the University of Yaoundé 1 on Saturday, February 22, 2014 was both a surprise and a burden for the examiners, especially the members of the Bar Association whose hesitations and worries about me made me sadder. It took my usual tenacity to have a special device set up in my favor in one of the examination rooms to allow me to take part in the tests.

Following the written and oral tests of the aforementioned exam in which I participated successfully, I started my internship in the law firm BILLIGHA located in Douala-Akwa without any special arrangements. Out of respect for my godfather who did the best he could to frame me, I prefer to refrain from all the woes wiped out during my internship. One thing is certain, however, that apart from the difficulties peculiar to my situation, I have suffered four times the same problems as those of other confreres of the same class because of the lack of adequate means and infrastructures. to my training.


Excellency the President of the Republic,

Notwithstanding all the pitfalls that have obscured all of my career, I knew heroism, convinced that the most important for me was to first obtain diplomas, a title or a professional qualification.

However, since the publication of the results of the end of training of the lawyer April 02, 2018, I very quickly realized that I am not yet at the end of my troubles , despite my efforts to keep my cool. Whatever the degree of my courage and my will, the handicapped person that I am can not consider to make a career in the lawyer without any support of the State, unless he resigns himself to exercise the profession in inhumane conditions.

If I have decided to write you this open letter, Excellency, it is because all the Authorities whom I wanted to meet to express my concerns in private did not deign to receive me. Several times, I have exhausted my small savings by moving me in Douala for Yaoundé hopelessly hoping to get away with a tantalizing interview with a State Authority. We are always happy to get rid of me very quickly by having me fill the hearing and promising me that the Authority in question will call me, a promise that is later revealed as bluffing because the famous phone call never arrives.

Excellency the President of the Republic,

Despite my aversion to publicly exposing my private life or brandishing my disability to claim any right or benefit, I had no choice but to address this open letter, which is the expression of my love. -the bowl.

I have no doubt that neither you nor anyone else can deny me my status as a fully-fledged Cameroonian citizen who enjoys all the rights and freedoms contained in the Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Treaties duly ratified.

Moreover, it follows from Article 11 (1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that: "The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to a standard of living adequate for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and shelter, as well as a steady improvement in his living conditions. States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure the realization of this right and, to this end, recognize the essential importance of international co-operation freely agreed upon ".

The essence of my claims is about a decent standard of living, which goes through acceptable working conditions . I hope, through this channel and through your possible intervention, to obtain the much desired interview with the competent Authorities for the search of durable solutions.

Recognizing that most of the problems presented are part of the suffering of the majority of my fellow citizens with disabilities who are speechless, I now express my ardent wish for the creation of a Ministry specializing in the identification of the problems of persons with disabilities and the search for their solutions.

Meanwhile, I take this opportunity to welcome the adoption this year of the texts for the protection of the disabled in particular of ecret No. 2018/6233 / PM of 26 July 2018 laying down the procedures for implementing the law n ° 2010 / 002 of 13 April 2010 on the protection and promotion of persons with disabilities.

Please accept, Excellency the President of the Republic, Head of State, the assurance of my perfect consideration and listen to my cry of distress freely expressed through this harmless letter.


Master NGALLE MBOCK January Alfred

Lawyer at the Cameroon Bar

Tel: 695 67 91 93/674 67 34 57

E-mail: njanvieralfred@gmail.com