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Water for all - how helpful is our judicial system?
Public Policy Briefings
October 2008
Mbwoge Daniel Mbong and Pende Nelson Eddie
Research for Enterprise, Industries, Technology and Development


Abstract

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Constitution of Cameroon. The judicial system is part of the national strategy to supply every home with clean water. The system operates with courts, trained personnel and budgets all over the national territory. But, getting the expected responsiveness and accountability in the system remains difficult, if not impossible, due to inconsistencies, complacency and repugnant rules! In this policy briefing paper, we use our test case before the courts in Kumba, Cameroon, to:
  1. illustrate challenges in the judicial system;
  2. seek clarifications from authorities; and,
  3. generate debate on the role of the judiciary in efforts to get water and other vital utility services to everybody without delay.

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