On October 4 2000 the BLCC leadership met with the Prime Minister of Cameroon, the Honorable Peter Mafany Musonge, and some of his top aids, among them the Honorable Ephraim Inoni who would subsequently replace Musonge as Prime Minister.
Mafany Musonge & Ephraim Inoni (former & current Prime Ministers of Cameroon) were both present at the October 2000 meeting with BLCC leadership
During the meeting the PM conceded that the issues of ownership of the land and the payment of ground rents were legitimate demands but urged that these demands be pursued separately from that of privatization. The PM and his aides argued that that a hostile environment was being created by the BLCC protest campaign which was scaring away potential investors.
While the BLCC delegation agreed with the Prime Minister that privatization would be successful only in a peaceful atmosphere, it nonetheless unequivocally stated that: “To the extent that pleas and representations from the Bakweris are either ignored or treated with disdain to that extent will there be protest until justice, equity, and legitimate rights of the bakweri are met.” The Prime Minister then requested that the BLCC send him an Executive Summary of its position on privatization.
On October 30, 2000, the said document to the Prime Minister. In it, the BLCC reiterated the key demands made during the October meeting, restated the historical and legal foundations of Bakweri land claims, challenged any privatization carried out at the expense of the Bakweri, and concluded that:
”The Bakweri people have suffered in silence for long as a result of the large-scale alienation of their land which can only he compared to that in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. They have borne their hardship with fortitude and equanimity in the hope that one-day justice will prevail. We now look forward to the dispensation of that justice.”