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Mr Nkemngu Martin, With all these potentials and ideas, what or who stops the government from moving forward in realising these lofty objectives? Is there a war raging on in the country that could be an obstacle to progress? Fon
Hi All, Not being very good in the Bible I can yet remember a situation where Jesus Christ lamented on the the issue of the little faith of some people. That is exactly what is happening here with most Cameroonians. Not only do they have little faith, in this case in the SDF, because most are now in an advanced stage of amnesia. With what resources they have they CANNOT, till the next century match the financial strength of the CPDM party to combat the rigging machinery set up. What else can the SDF do apart from trying to safeguard the constituencies within its immediate control and hoping the indigenes of other areas will just do same. When SDF supporters in the Northwest province stand against tear gas, bullets and intimidation from local CPDM barons just to safeguard their votes, all in an effort to make a political statement, how come the indigenes of other areas cannot do same? Mr John Fru Ndi personally went to hotly contested Santa and saw that the SDF won there rightfully. Did he have to be in Buea, Kumba, Yaounde, Bafoussam, Dschang, Nkongsamba etc at that same moment? Do I really have to ask these questions whose answers you already know? Was this question of boycotting parliament not initiated by the SDF since 1992 and they almost got crucified for it - accusing them of throwing away a golden opportunity? The same arguments the SDF put up for refusing to enter such a parliament are the same reasons all of you are bringing up now. Have you ever heard of HOBSON'S CHOICE? It is this "damned if you do, damned if you don't" This is exactly what the SDF is facing now. I think they are making the right choice because according to me, if I should be damned anyway for doing nothing I better do it and what the hell? I get damned all the same Fon Emmanuel
Hi Mr Fonkem, I have been reading almost every comment you made on this site for quite a while now and I think I will be belabouring the issue if I say I have loved every single thing you have written so far. Well, I just admire your grasp on issues and which you put down in a no nonsense fashion. Thanks a lot for all the hard work and courage so far. This last comment here has encouraged me to respond to you to make an unusual but subtle disagreement with you on the political atmoshphere in Cameroon. Like you, I have pondered over the issue in my mind, but unlike you I came to believe that the system as it is is not so bad after all. When the SDF was launched in 1990 many jobless people suddenly realised that it might not be so easy to unseat Paul Biya after all - or if not, parties could make them have some money too. . They just created political parties and some really had good following. The ignorance or fear that held them from creating these parties before the SDF made them do so is still in them. They have created parties but so far have never bothered to use them for power or to reap any significant political benefits. You might not believe it. The oppotunities are there as we write and it is just for them to grab it. The regime can do nothing about it. The current electoral laws, as horrible as they are, will still be ok to gain whatever they want to gain. In so doing the political atmosphere will change in Cameroon. What is happening today is that all the opposition parties are fighting the wrong battles. First "....has reinforced the widely held opinion that their continued participation in electoral exercises is motivated by personal pecuniary gains...." this opinion of yours can never be more accurate. But even opposition parties refuse to publicly accept this opinion, they privately acknowledge it behind closed doors. But if an opposistion party officially declares to boycott parliament as you suggests, what will stop these greedy elected individuals to go ahead and defy the party position? You should know that if a member of parliament does not sit in he does not get paid. How can they refuse to go to parliament? You have just acknowlwegded that it was out of greed that they decided to participate in these and other elections anyway. The CPDM government will just be happy to accept a break away faction of the SDF or any other party as that will obviously be the case. The SDF is aware of that possibility and the risk of accepting to go parliament is less than declaring a boycott. But I think there is hope. Five years is not an eternity. Just read the following piece. Excuse me for its length. It was not intended for this site but when you, a respected media guru mentioned something on the subject I thought I should weigh in a little. Fellow Cameroonians, An article in The Post Newspaper reports about three parties are uniting to secure SDF victory in a constituency in the Wouri division. They are doing it for selfish reasons but had they been this selfish ever since, CPDM would not be doing what it is doing now.. From what I read from the article read above I do not have any reason to blame the SDF for refusing to form coalition with the other parties All over the world it is common knowledge that parties do not have to surrender their independence to fight the dominant ruling party. In Africa in particular the natural ethnic setup makes it inevitable that opposition parties each have their strongholds. In very rare circumstances would a single party, opposition or ruling have a national appeal and thus national following. It is no different from Europe and Asia. In Israel for example though politicl parties might not have ethnic characterstics, they still have some attributes which are not very different from ethnicity. These parties do not neccessarily have to unite to campaign and win parliamentary seats. The simple tactic is that each tries to win a comfortable number of parliamentary seats and gets into parliament. While there that is when coalitions are formed to create blocks - the majority which then forms a government. In the case of Cameroon if UNDP,UPC,CDU,and all other parties just manage to fight to capture the seats in their various strong holds alone, forming a coalition than in parliament will easily turn the tide in Cameroon's democracy. How does the SDF manage to secure victory in its strong hold of the Northwest province? By fighting for it Our misdirected expectations compell parties to try to make significant inroads all over the national territory as proof a national appeal, and unfortunately these parties respond likewise thereby spreading their resources thin all over the country and thus rendering them ineffective. I have come to believe that the CPDM even with the use of military force cannot win in the Adamawa if the ANDP concentrates there for only one year. If the CPDM with its military might cannot subdue only one of ten provinces which does not even have the benefit of any substantial financial backing anyway you look at it, can it handle more than one at a time?. What stops Bouba Bello to concentrate in the Benoue region and win ten parliamentary seats there and never bother about Adamawa if for some reason that could prove exhausting? The SDF might be able to capture the Northwest, parts of the Litoral, much of the Western province and the and the Southwest but just making sure its stronghold is secure is good enough. That goes for any other party. The fun is, these parties will have nothing to fear from any other party because coalitions are based on the highest bidder in terms of what is has to offer. Will it matter which party offers the best option? Why are we blaming the CPDM for doing what we allow it to do? The SDF should not be blamed for anything either. The SDF has done everythng a political party can do to change the politics of a country. The SDF can never do it better even in the next century. Cameroonians should direct their frustrations on the other so called political parties and even try to lynch their leaders for betraying a national trust . There is no way that the CPDM could win up to fifty seats if the other parties simply target their own strongholds. Looking at it from every angle these parties will even have a stronger bargaining position if they just concentrate their energies in their strongholds. The CPDM has deviced a very effective propaganda that parties with regional appeal cannot be strong enough to run a government. There is no political party in any country in the world that has a totally national appeal - not even in the US. I think we simply have to re-educate politicians to reorient their campaign strategies. Besides I really feel they are more of opportunists than politicians and so any suggestion to better their chances to get a better portion of the political spoils in Cameroon will make them go for it. they need only someone to make them realise the great opportunities on their finger tips. In a situation like this they should never habour the fear that they might loose face with the all powerfull CPDM. Infact they will promise to ally with the CPDM even before elections and will do so only if no other party offers a better deal. If another party offers a better deal why should they be scared of failing to honour any prior arrangement with the CPDM These parties have everything to gain by refusing the CPDM to go unchallenged in their own regions. Having a national appeal can only be a bonus and not a neccesity. But it is baffling and mind boggling why they think otherwise. As an individual and as a party Bouba Bello and every other party leader for that matter, loose more when they refuse to put up a tough fight against the CPDM in Benoue and the other individual party strong holds all over the country.Fighting the CPDM would not mean refusing allying with it after the elections. The strategy will be simple. The party wins about all of the available seats in their various constituencies. When they get to parliament, their block observes which other party or parties make the best offer and then makes a choice. The way it is now, allowing the CPDM to take all and then stay to wait for offers without any bargaining power is counter productive even on a personal basis as a party leader. Is it so hard to see it this way?. Anyway five years is not an eternity and the groundwork can be started right away. If the SDF has to do one more favour to Cameroon it will be to launch a nationwide campaign to create a basis of awareness whereby local parties understand they should generate solid support from their own regions and only turn outward if they can afford it and because the law allows that. But gaining all or a majority from their stronghold will be their major objective. Indeed all I am saying here is that opposition politicians have all along been putting the cart before the horse. Alliances are made in parliament and not out of it. Fon Ngang
Hi Mr Fonkem, I have been reading almost every comment you made on this site for quite a while now and I think I will be belabouring the issue if I say I have loved every single thing you have written so far. Well, I just admire your grasp on issues and which you put down in a no nonsense fashion. Thanks a lot for all the hard work and courage so far. This last comment here has encouraged me to respond to you to make an unusual but subtle disagreement with you on the political atmoshphere in Cameroon. Like you, I have pondered over the issue in my mind, but unlike you I came to believe that the system as it is is not so bad after all. When the SDF was launched in 1990 many jobless people suddenly realised that it might not be so easy to unseat Paul Biya after all - or if not, parties could make them have some money too. . They just created political parties and some really had good following. The ignorance or fear that held them from creating these parties before the SDF made them do so is still in them. They have created parties but so far have never bothered to use them for power or to reap any significant political benefits. You might not believe it. The oppotunities are there as we write and it is just for them to grab it. The regime can do nothing about it. The current electoral laws, as horrible as they are, will still be ok to gain whatever they want to gain. In so doing the political atmosphere will change in Cameroon. What is happening today is that all the opposition parties are fighting the wrong battles. First "....has reinforced the widely held opinion that their continued participation in electoral exercises is motivated by personal pecuniary gains...." this opinion of yours can never be more accurate. But even opposition parties refuse to publicly accept this opinion, they privately acknowledge it behind closed doors. But if an opposistion party officially declares to boycott parliament as you suggests, what will stop these greedy elected individuals to go ahead and defy the party position? You should know that if a member of parliament does not sit in he does not get paid. How can they refuse to go to parliament? You have just acknowlwegded that it was out of greed that they decided to participate in these and other elections anyway. The CPDM government will just be happy to accept a break away faction of the SDF or any other party as that will obviously be the case. The SDF is aware of that possibility and the risk of accepting to go parliament is less than declaring a boycott. But I think there is hope. Five years is not an eternity. Just read the following piece. Excuse me for its length. It was not intended for this site but when you, a respected media guru mentioned something on the subject I thought I should weigh in a little. Fellow Cameroonians, An article in The Post Newspaper reports about three parties are uniting to secure SDF victory in a constituency in the Wouri division. They are doing it for selfish reasons but had they been this selfish ever since, CPDM would not be doing what it is doing now.. From what I read from the article read above I do not have any reason to blame the SDF for refusing to form coalition with the other parties All over the world it is common knowledge that parties do not have to surrender their independence to fight the dominant ruling party. In Africa in particular the natural ethnic setup makes it inevitable that opposition parties each have their strongholds. In very rare circumstances would a single party, opposition or ruling have a national appeal and thus national following. It is no different from Europe and Asia. In Israel for example though politicl parties might not have ethnic characterstics, they still have some attributes which are not very different from ethnicity. These parties do not neccessarily have to unite to campaign and win parliamentary seats. The simple tactic is that each tries to win a comfortable number of parliamentary seats and gets into parliament. While there that is when coalitions are formed to create blocks - the majority which then forms a government. In the case of Cameroon if UNDP,UPC,CDU,and all other parties just manage to fight to capture the seats in their various strong holds alone, forming a coalition than in parliament will easily turn the tide in Cameroon's democracy. How does the SDF manage to secure victory in its strong hold of the Northwest province? By fighting for it Our misdirected expectations compell parties to try to make significant inroads all over the national territory as proof a national appeal, and unfortunately these parties respond likewise thereby spreading their resources thin all over the country and thus rendering them ineffective. I have come to believe that the CPDM even with the use of military force cannot win in the Adamawa if the ANDP concentrates there for only one year. If the CPDM with its military might cannot subdue only one of ten provinces which does not even have the benefit of any substantial financial backing anyway you look at it, can it handle more than one at a time?. What stops Bouba Bello to concentrate in the Benoue region and win ten parliamentary seats there and never bother about Adamawa if for some reason that could prove exhausting? The SDF might be able to capture the Northwest, parts of the Litoral, much of the Western province and the and the Southwest but just making sure its stronghold is secure is good enough. That goes for any other party. The fun is, these parties will have nothing to fear from any other party because coalitions are based on the highest bidder in terms of what is has to offer. Will it matter which party offers the best option? Why are we blaming the CPDM for doing what we allow it to do? The SDF should not be blamed for anything either. The SDF has done everythng a political party can do to change the politics of a country. The SDF can never do it better even in the next century. Cameroonians should direct their frustrations on the other so called political parties and even try to lynch their leaders for betraying a national trust . There is no way that the CPDM could win up to fifty seats if the other parties simply target their own strongholds. Looking at it from every angle these parties will even have a stronger bargaining position if they just concentrate their energies in their strongholds. The CPDM has deviced a very effective propaganda that parties with regional appeal cannot be strong enough to run a government. There is no political party in any country in the world that has a totally national appeal - not even in the US. I think we simply have to re-educate politicians to reorient their campaign strategies. Besides I really feel they are more of opportunists than politicians and so any suggestion to better their chances to get a better portion of the political spoils in Cameroon will make them go for it. they need only someone to make them realise the great opportunities on their finger tips. In a situation like this they should never habour the fear that they might loose face with the all powerfull CPDM. Infact they will promise to ally with the CPDM even before elections and will do so only if no other party offers a better deal. If another party offers a better deal why should they be scared of failing to honour any prior arrangement with the CPDM These parties have everything to gain by refusing the CPDM to go unchallenged in their own regions. Having a national appeal can only be a bonus and not a neccesity. But it is baffling and mind boggling why they think otherwise. As an individual and as a party Bouba Bello and every other party leader for that matter, loose more when they refuse to put up a tough fight against the CPDM in Benoue and the other individual party strong holds all over the country.Fighting the CPDM would not mean refusing allying with it after the elections. The strategy will be simple. The party wins about all of the available seats in their various constituencies. When they get to parliament, their block observes which other party or parties make the best offer and then makes a choice. The way it is now, allowing the CPDM to take all and then stay to wait for offers without any bargaining power is counter productive even on a personal basis as a party leader. Is it so hard to see it this way?. Anyway five years is not an eternity and the groundwork can be started right away. If the SDF has to do one more favour to Cameroon it will be to launch a nationwide campaign to create a basis of awareness whereby local parties understand they should generate solid support from their own regions and only turn outward if they can afford it and because the law allows that. But gaining all or a majority from their stronghold will be their major objective. Indeed all I am saying here is that opposition politicians have all along been putting the cart before the horse. Alliances are made in parliament and not out of it. Fon Ngang
Hi Mr Fonkem, I have been reading almost every comment you made on this site for quite a while now and I think I will be belabouring the issue if I say I have loved every single thing you have written so far. Well, I just admire your grasp on issues and which you put down in a no nonsense fashion. Thanks a lot for all the hard work and courage so far. This last comment here has encouraged me to respond to you to make an unususual but subtle disagreement with you on the political atmoshphere in Cameroon. Like you, I have pondered over the issue in my mind, but unlike you I came to believe that the system as it is is not so bad after all. When the SDF was launched in 1990 many jobless people suddenly realised that it might not be so easy to unseat Paul Biya after all - or if not, parties could make them have some money too. . They just created political parties and some really had good following. The ignorance or fear that held them from creating these parties before the SDF made them do so is still in them. They have created parties but so far have never bothered to use them for power or to reap any significant political benefits. You might not believe it. The oppotunities are there as we write and it is just for them to grab it. The regime can do nothing about it. The current electoral laws, as horrible as they are, will still be ok to gain whatever they want to gain. In so doing the political atmosphere will change in Cameroon. What is happening today is that all the opposition parties are fighting the wrong battles. First "....has reinforced the widely held opinion that their continued participation in electoral exercises is motivated by personal pecuniary gains...." this opinion of yours can never be more accurate. But even opposition parties refuse to publicly accept this opinion, they privately acknowledge it behind closed doors. But if an opposistion party officially declares to boycott parliament as you suggests, what will stop these greedy elected individuals to go ahead and defy the party position? You should know that if a member of parliament does not sit in he does not get paid. How can they refuse to go to parliament? You have just acknowlwegded that it was out of greed that they decided to participate in these and other elections anyway. The CPDM government will just be happy to accept a break away faction of the SDF or any other party as that will obviously be the case. The SDF is aware of that possibility and the risk of accepting to go parliament is less than declaring a boycott. But I think there is hope. Five years is not an eternity. Just read the following piece. Excuse me for its length. It was not intended for this site but when you, a respected media guru mentioned something on the subject I thought I should weigh in a little. Fellow Cameroonians, An article in The Post Newspaper reports about three parties are uniting to secure SDF victory in a constituency in the Wouri division. They are doing it for selfish reasons but had they been this selfish ever since, CPDM would not be doing what it is doing now.. From what I read from the article read above I do not have any reason to blame the SDF for refusing to form coalition with the other parties All over the world it is common knowledge that parties do not have to surrender their independence to fight the dominant ruling party. In Africa in particular the natural ethnic setup makes it inevitable that opposition parties each have their strongholds. In very rare circumstances would a single party, opposition or ruling have a national appeal and thus national following. It is no different from Europe and Asia. In Israel for example though politicl parties might not have ethnic characterstics, they still have some attributes which are not very different from ethnicity. These parties do not neccessarily have to unite to campaign and win parliamentary seats. The simple tactic is that each tries to win a comfortable number of parliamentary seats and gets into parliament. While there that is when coalitions are formed to create blocks - the majority which then forms a government. In the case of Cameroon if UNDP,UPC,CDU,and all other parties just manage to fight to capture the seats in their various strong holds alone, forming a coalition than in parliament will easily turn the tide in Cameroon's democracy. How does the SDF manage to secure victory in its strong hold of the Northwest province? By fighting for it Our misdirected expectations compell parties to try to make significant inroads all over the national territory as proof a national appeal, and unfortunately these parties respond likewise thereby spreading their resources thin all over the country and thus rendering them ineffective. I have come to believe that the CPDM even with the use of military force cannot win in the Adamawa if the ANDP concentrates there for only one year. If the CPDM with its military might cannot subdue only one of ten provinces which does not even have the benefit of any substantial financial backing anyway you look at it, can it handle more than one at a time?. What stops Bouba Bello to concentrate in the Benoue region and win ten parliamentary seats there and never bother about Adamawa if for some reason that could prove exhausting? The SDF might be able to capture the Northwest, parts of the Litoral, much of the Western province and the and the Southwest but just making sure its stronghold is secure is good enough. That goes for any other party. The fun is, these parties will have nothing to fear from any other party because coalitions are based on the highest bidder in terms of what is has to offer. Will it matter which party offers the best option? Why are we blaming the CPDM for doing what we allow it to do? The SDF should not be blamed for anything either. The SDF has done everythng a political party can do to change the politics of a country. The SDF can never do it better even in the next century. Cameroonians should direct their frustrations on the other so called political parties and even try to lynch their leaders for betraying a national trust . There is no way that the CPDM could win up to fifty seats if the other parties simply target their own strongholds. Looking at it from every angle these parties will even have a stronger bargaining position if they just concentrate their energies in their strongholds. The CPDM has deviced a very effective propaganda that parties with regional appeal cannot be strong enough to run a government. There is no political party in any country in the world that has a totally national appeal - not even in the US. I think we simply have to re-educate politicians to reorient their campaign strategies. Besides I really feel they are more of opportunists than politicians and so any suggestion to better their chances to get a better portion of the political spoils in Cameroon will make them go for it. they need only someone to make them realise the great opportunities on their finger tips. In a situation like this they should never habour the fear that they might loose face with the all powerfull CPDM. Infact they will promise to ally with the CPDM even before elections and will do so only if no other party offers a better deal. If another party offers a better deal why should they be scared of failing to honour any prior arrangement with the CPDM These parties have everything to gain by refusing the CPDM to go unchallenged in their own regions. Having a national appeal can only be a bonus and not a neccesity. But it is baffling and mind boggling why they think otherwise. As an individual and as a party Bouba Bello and every other party leader for that matter, loose more when they refuse to put up a tough fight against the CPDM in Benoue and the other individual party strong holds all over the country.Fighting the CPDM would not mean refusing allying with it after the elections. The strategy will be simple. The party wins about all of the available seats in their various constituencies. When they get to parliament, their block observes which other party or parties make the best offer and then makes a choice. The way it is now, allowing the CPDM to take all and then stay to wait for offers without any bargaining power is counter productive even on a personal basis as a party leader. Is it so hard to see it this way?. Anyway five years is not an eternity and the groundwork can be started right away. If the SDF has to do one more favour to Cameroon it will be to launch a nationwide campaign to create a basis of awareness whereby local parties understand they should generate solid support from their own regions and only turn outward if they can afford it and because the law allows that. But gaining all or a majority from their stronghold will be their major objective. Indeed all I am saying here is that opposition politicians have all along been putting the cart before the horse. Alliances are made in parliament and not out of it. Fon Ngang
Rexon, I agree that the SDF candidate is not at liberty to say anything he wants and get away with it. Is a debate made up only of things people say and cannot get away with them? There are so many ways to say things that have implicit truths in them without actually accusing anybody. If he does not know how to word his propaganda he should not even be a candidate. Why should any candidate focus on castigating anyone to make a point? The incompetence of the regime has supplied more than sufficient material for use as ammunition against it and there is no need for any aspiring politician to point a finger at any one CPDM official. Take for example law and order and banditry in Buea for a start. Is the situation the way it is because one mayor D.O. or governor failed to do his job? This excuse tells us the type of mayor or whatever he is going to be. He seems not to quite understand the source of Cameroons problem and thinks pointing fingers at CPDM politicians is the way to identify the problem. Unfortunately it seems SDF campaign message has drifted from its radical origins. It is a pity that the the SDF party has legitimized the Cameron meaning of radicalism which has violence in its connotations. A radical approach to anything simply means approaching the issue from its sources or origins. That is how the SDF started off. There was no question of blaming a DO or governor or government delegate. The SDF tactfully focused their attention to the top of the CPDM junta. This approach without actually under-estimating the amount of damage these junior officials can inflict tactfully minimized these CPDM lieutenants. It put them in their place and the population treated them as such. In those days the D.O, Mayor or Governor had a hard time executing his orders because his powers had been watered down by the opposition. Today instead of focusing at the source of the problem they are attacking mayors, D.O.s etc as if these people have a say in whatever they do. If the opposition does not recognize that these people are there just for the money, and instead start debating with them on policy issues then they don't understand Cameroon politics. Cameroon government and the CPDM operate like an animal with with super survival instincts. They use these sharp instincts just to do enough to stay alive i.e. in power. They decree that schools should be established here or there, just to indicate their presence there. A lone sycophant in that area is then used to drum up such support as if the school is the saviour that just came again. When we focus now on that lone sycophant it lends him such credibility, and publicity he just so badly needs. In the days when SDF was fighting Biya and not mayors or government delegates or council chairman, we knew only of two elephants in Cameroon John Fru Ndi and Paul Biya. Paul Biya was always on the defensive because the SDF did not relent on attacks. Today they even have more evidence and reason for more attacks. The state of the roads have gone worse, crime rate has even tripled, corruption is even worse despite the so called anti corruption commisions formed. Why do we even think about mayors? I know the SDF policy change to accept to participate in elections is one tactic to keep the party together. It is easy to understand though difficult to accept. If the hierarchy stubbornly refuses to participate in elections there is going to be a faction within that will decide to participate regardless. The simple reason is money. There are very few people in Cameroon who know they can win whichever elections it is in their constituency and yet refuse to do so when the financial rewards are so tempting. "Why" a selfish me would ask myself "would I not participate to be a an MP and be earning millions every year for five years at least and with no accountability for extra yearly millions called micro credit grants" With such selfish people like myself within the ranks of the SDF, the party reasoned well to accept to participate in all these stupid elections. The reasons is simple to understand. If they refused a splinter group would have emmerged and the CPDM government would have been the first to welcome it as the genuine SDF thereby burying the SDF just like the UPC, and UNDP. So participating in elections does not even mean the party has endorsed the CPDM party government administrative mechanism. It is just a way of saving the party. And therefore I think that no importance should be given to these fake positions of mayors D.Os, Governors etc who are not representative of the people. If someone happens to occupy such positions and decides to use whatever powers he has to do justice to Cameroonian citizens within his jurisdiction we all know that it is not CPDM government policy to do so. Why then do we waste time and energy arrogating respect and honour to people who do not even deserve or care about it? When the fight was directed at Etoudi full time,there was so much to talk about that Mr Biya had to hire somebody to talk for him, KOUNTCHOU. In those tough days when John Fru Ndi talked Biya's mouth on Kountchou responded and Cameroon trembled but there were still D.Os,Mayors and government delegates etc all over the place. The SDF can still gather the abundant ammunition found everywhere to redirect their salvos back at Etoudi Fon E.
Please Ndiks Let's not get carried away. It is lawlessness that brings about corruption and all other crimes. If the state does not become a state of law, corruption can never be controlled. This method not a fight against corruption. It is a rage against some unfortunate people who happen to be corrupt or criminals. Except a portion of the story is missing this is chaos in the making and things can only get worse. When the system decides to fight against corruption, suspects should be accused charged and tried in a court of law. If found guilty they are sentenced according to the law equally. If what you just reported about these individuals is accurate, is mere dismisal from their jobs enough? How many people must have lost their lives through their criminal behaviour? What section of the penal code justifies a mere dismisal from a job of a person who was involved directly or indirectly in the numerous violent crimes they have committed? Is borrowing out government issued weapons to whoever not a crime in itself? Is abuse of public confidence by habouring and protecting dangerous criminals not a serious crime itself? If we go into the court system these guys will each have dozens of separate charges against that a mere dismissal from their positions is just a mockery of the so called fight against corruption. The crime these guys committed according to your story is many times worse than that of the former General manager of FEICOM. The amount of money does not matter because no amount can replace a human life and only a court of law is competent to decide in the interest of the public what sort of punishment can fit this horrible criminal act. The head of the Gendarmerie in Cameroon should have had nothing to do with their punishment. Only the courts should do that. He did not have to dismiss them without due process. If this Gendarme boss was in the deal too does it mean they would have gone free? So what becomes of another crime in which he is involved? Or you think being a boss means he cannot get involved? We cannot fight one illegality with another. I repeat what I stated above that only a state of law can control corruption. Anything out of that order is child's play Fon E.
Let me add this on the issue of homosexuality. They always talk their rights of freedoms of choice being violated. All normal parents wish to see their off springs grow, live a good life and have a good family. These parents have a right to this, but these wayward individuals disregard their parents rights and wishes in preference to their selfish desires. Due to their self centered natures they see only their rights being violated and even those of the parents who spent sleepless nights bringing them up are not even considered. What they think about is their individual right to carnal pleasures. What level of greed is that? FON E
Dear All (ANYTIME WE ACCEPT A HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE WE ARE ASSISTING IN ELIMINATING AT LEAST ONE HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH) There is no question that homosexuality is immoral. It does not matter what justifications people try to make. It is no use trying to ridicule somebody about living with the times. Murder, theft and other forms of criminal acts don't get justified because of time. Whether some proponents of homosexuality believe in God or not we all know that God sent us all to this world to go and multiply. If some people because of disease or just plain natural conditions cannot procreate that is another matter. but if for some reason some choose not tO procreate yet would try to benefit from the sweat of others, in the long run where will they get partners if everybody becomes homosexual? It is not easy to conceive and raise a healthy child to maturity. people shy away from responsibilities and yet will not hesitate to use somebody else's fruits of the labour. But apart from this argument homosexuality is wrong also because as humans who are higher forms in the animal kingdom we are supposed to know what is wrong and what is right. We should know that things don't become right because we are capable of doing them. Just because one might have some thrills with another of same sex does not make it right. Stealing,and murder have been branded as crimes by the human society because we are humans and have determined that such activities are wrong. We could as well just consider it correct human behaviour but being human we know what makes it wrong. Homosexuality is the evil in human form designed by the devil to hasten the end of the world. There s nothing good about homosexuality. Heterosexual intercourse can at times accidentally bring forth a baby which the human society always welcomes with open arms. God made sex to be pleasurable because if it wasn't the trouble that always comes with parenting would have been reason enough for nobody to bother about having babies. We use sex for pleasure just because we have understood how to avoid having babies whenever we engage in it. That is why lower animals have sex only when babies can come out of it. Man with higher intelligence has convinced himself that sex can be for fun, but having it with same sex partner is not only inappropriate but outright genocidal because encouraging such tendencies is equal to eliminating the human specie. Anytime we accept a homosexual couple we are sanctioning the elimination of not less than one life on earth. FON E.
The Post Newspaper Fellow Cameroonians, It seems I am crying alone in the desert about something I thought is so simple to understand. I am sure I am right because I did not invent it. I am simply drawing examples from other progressive nations. It simply concerns this issue of fighting corruption. I have written many articles in this and other forums questioning the method applied by the Cameroon government to battle corruption hoping that somebody will support me to highlight the issue. I have not been fortunate enough to read from anybody with my line of thinking. I find it unbelievable that this paper too has remained mute in relation to this government joke called WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION. I am happy the above article about the corrupt commissioner has been written to vindicate my position. All along my concern was about the method the government applies to combat corruption. I have been wondering all along why the forces of law and order are not the ones to organize and wage this war. Why should the government waste time and money to form ineffective commissions to fight corruption at the same time spending huge sums of money to pay the police who are supposed to fight crime? Is corruption not a crime like any other? It seems the government has succeeded to make most Cameroonians believe that the police cannot fight corruption. Is this because they feel the police too is corrupt? What makes them think the commissions too are not made up of corrupt persons? Just imagine what the victim in this article had to do to expose the corrupt police boss. He had to consult a Human rights Lawyer. But Corruption is just another crime in the society. In a very strange way the government has succeeded in influencing public perception of the crime as an extraordinary activity with human rights connections. That is why this victim thought it appropriate to consult a Human Rights Lawyer. It is absolutely wrong because if we perceive it that way all other crimes would also qualify as human rights violations. There is no crime on earth that cannot be twisted to make a connection with the violation of human rights. The Cameroon government in an attempt to misdirect public focus from who the real criminals are and also to avoid a direct and real investigation by the trained and competent authority into corruption have succeeded to cunningly remove the police from the picture. Yet they still make Cameroonians believe the police are doing the job because when these ineffective commissions decide to get a scapegoat they simply invite the police to arrest that person. That way we believe it is the police doing the job. They have succeeded to make the war on corruption so complicated that to accuse any official of corruption by any common citizen is next to impossibility. Imagine what this victim had to go through only to end up consulting the wrong lawyer. What is so wrong for the head of any ministry to set aside a few millions as rewards to any police unit that successfully arrests prosecutes and and earn the conviction of a suspect? Let the minister of Higher education set aside ten million frs cfa to any commissioner whose unit successfully arrests a director of an institution who receives bribes to admit students into that institution. Such things are done in confidence and only the Minister and the police might even be in the know. The police are supposed to have been trained to organize investigative tactics which will lead to gathering irrefutable evidence, sometimes even caught live in camera. If such stings are organized it does not need up to three publicized successes to bring down corruption to manageable levels in Cameroon. The government too by tactfully circumventing the police in this fight has succeeded in making the public believe that the police themselves being truly corrupt cannot be trusted. But the police themselves can be investigated by their own. It simply needs planning. The police is just like any organ of the executive branch of government and should be monitored too. The possibility and willingness to investigate the police too is the only reason why they can successfully launch a war against corruption.The fight against corruption is supposed to be just like any other government activity. It is not supposed to have a beginning or an end. It is just one of the activities of government. It does not need a special approach. Everybody can become corrupt depending on the level of temptation or preasure. To avoid this a permanent instrument should be in place in the bureaucratic chain to control this crime. Now that these commissions have been formed, will they be permanent? If the corruption level drops will they be disbanded? At what point in time is it neccessary to launch a war against corruption for commissions to be created? Any act of corruption in the society is one too many and must be dealt with immediately. It does not need a commission to do that. It is the duty of law enforcement to fight crime 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. Corruption is just another crime and should be dealt with as such. Making it assume a different dimension, exaggerating its contributing factor among other criminal activities and thereby giving special treatment to it creates the possibility of selecting the battles in the war. FON E
The Post Newspaper Fellow Cameroonians, It seems I am crying alone in the desert about something I thought is so simple to understand. I am sure I am right because I did not invent it. I am simply drawing examples from other progressive nations. It simply concerns this issue of fighting corruption. I have written many articles in this and other forums questioning the method applied by the Cameroon government to battle corruption hoping that somebody will support me to highlight the issue. I have not been fortunate enough to read from anybody with my line of thinking. I find it unbelievable that this paper too has remained mute in relation to this government joke called WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION. I am happy the above article about the corrupt commissioner has been written to vindicate my position. All along my concern was about the method the government applies to combat corruption. I have been wondering all along why the forces of law and order are not the ones to organize and wage this war. Why should the government waste time and money to form ineffective commissions to fight corruption at the same time spending huge sums of money to pay the police who are supposed to fight crime? Is corruption not a crime like any other? It seems the government has succeeded to make most Cameroonians believe that the police cannot fight corruption. Is this because they feel the police too is corrupt? What makes them think the commissions too are not made up of corrupt persons? Just imagine what the victim in this article had to do to expose the corrupt police boss. He had to consult a Human rights Lawyer. But Corruption is just another crime in the society. In a very strange way the government has succeeded in influencing public perception of the crime as an extraordinary activity with human rights connections. That is why this victim thought it appropriate to consult a Human Rights Lawyer. It is absolutely wrong because if we perceive it that way all other crimes would also qualify as human rights violations. There is no crime on earth that cannot be twisted to make a connection with the violation of human rights. The Cameroon government in an attempt to misdirect public focus from who the real criminals are and also to avoid a direct and real investigation by the trained and competent authority into corruption have succeeded to cunningly remove the police from the picture. Yet they still make Cameroonians believe the police are doing the job because when these ineffective commissions decide to get a scapegoat they simply invite the police to arrest that person. That way we believe it is the police doing the job. They have succeeded to make the war on corruption so complicated that to accuse any official of corruption by any common citizen is next to impossibility. Imagine what this victim had to go through only to end up consulting the wrong lawyer. What is so wrong for the head of any ministry to set aside a few millions as rewards to any police unit that successfully arrests prosecutes and and earn the conviction of a suspect? Let the minister of Higher education set aside ten million frs cfa to any commissioner whose unit successfully arrests a director of an institution who receives bribes to admit students into that institution. Such things are done in confidence and only the Minister and the police might even be in the know. The police are supposed to have been trained to organize investigative tactics which will lead to gathering irrefutable evidence, sometimes even caught live in camera. If such stings are organized it does not need up to three publicized successes to bring down corruption to manageable levels in Cameroon. The government too by tactfully circumventing the police in this fight has succeeded in making the public believe that the police themselves being truly corrupt cannot be trusted. But the police themselves can be investigated by their own. It simply needs planning. The police is just like any organ of the executive branch of government and should be monitored too. The possibility and willingness to investigate the police too is the only reason why they can successfully launch a war against corruption.The fight against corruption is supposed to be just like any other government activity. It is not supposed to have a beginning or an end. It is just one of the activities of government. It does not need a special approach. Everybody can become corrupt depending on the level of temptation or preasure. To avoid this a permanent instrument should be in place in the bureaucratic chain to control this crime. Now that these commissions have been formed, will they be permanent? If the corruption level drops will they be disbanded? At what point in time is it neccessary to launch a war against corruption for commissions to be created? Any act of corruption in the society is one too many and must be dealt with immediately. It does not need a commission to do that. It is the duty of law enforcement to fight crime 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. Corruption is just another crime and should be dealt with as such. Making it assume a different dimension, exaggerating its contributing factor among other criminal activities and thereby giving special treatment to it creates the possibility of selecting the battles in the war. FON E
Please Mr Mayong, Let me add a voice to Mr Sam Nuvalla Fonkem when he last wrote an article here complaining of standards in the media. He actually criticized the CRTV Radio early morning show called Morning Safari. He mentioned something about RP. I agree with him totally. In the case of the present article Mr Mayong, I personally don't see what the news is here. If there is, I don't see how such a manner of delivering the story made it newsworthy. Secondly though not really being a fashion expert myself I still have some misgivings with the name of the type of attire the victim of the attack was wearing. What is a day dress? Does it look like a skirt, trousers, wrap-around, kaba-ngondo etc or what? My interest to read the story was because I thought I would get a description of this "strange" outfit which I thought might have spooked the dog somehow. I was just left blank and confused why the mention of a strange attire and a K-nine attack. Fon
Mr Delegate, I might hate your office because of it not being electable but I praise you personally for daring to dream. If national leaders could even dream just a bit of that Cameroon would have been years ahead. I don't know how often you have flown over Europe in the day and glance out of the aircraft's window and take just a peak of the beauty below.I am a frequent flyer and do that all the time but always end up broken hearted because I just wonder what is going on in the minds of our leaders who criss cross Europe every time. Flying over continental Europe to the Mediterranean you see an example of visionary development, order and magnificence. But living in Europe itself is more intriguing. You see how in their major cities streets are constructed and maintained on a daily basis. The curious thing here is that much of the work is done by hand and slowly too. It might take more than a month to do up to a kilometer of tarring in the city but they keep on doing it in an orderly manner allowing traffic to flow albeit slowly side by side with the work. No street is left to decay to impassable levels before repair work is started. But when your plane crosses the Med. sea into continental African, apart from the natural hostile sahara desert that you see below, th degradation of human habitation meets the eye immediately. The situation worsens as you descend further into equatorial Africa where apart from utter chaos in city dwellings the filth that accompanies it is beyond belief. Delegate, sir, what I cannot understand is the willingness to apply even few existing laws in the cities and country at large concerning planning and general order. Why should any official bother if any citizen gets angry when he/she is cited of violating city planning law? Why should his or her anger be of concern to anybody? The answer is simple. This citizen obviously sees himself or herself as a victim of a double standard application of the law. And that is why since officials refuse to respect our own laws,or apply the laws objectively across the board citizens have the reasons to complain as victims of laws they might even be conscious they have violated. That is why an official feels guilty or uneasy about citizens' reaction about any laws. But Mr Delegate, sir, accept my congratulations for even daring to dream about a place which is above everything else your own home. If many like you can even go that far then there is hope. But what we see is what looks like a brain dead government on self imposed life support which carries a nuclear bomb detonator on the machine which will go off if the machine is turned off. So we are at the mercy of a vegetable on life support. Once again congratulations to the GD of Victoria Urban Council daring to dream. Fon E.
Mbella, you are raising an issue which is just as confusing as it is unbelievable. I at times wonder what benefits the powers that be to condone anything like that. I even find it hard to frame a question relating to such insanity. What is the rationale to continue keeping this guy who is such an embarrassment to the government? Maybe only a certain group of people like me or you see it that way? Is there actually something I am missing? I remember in Secondary school one of my teachers, Johnny McViban used to tell us that he was in the process of writing a book called The Reversed Society. He said it was about an imginary society where mentally ill persons are instead kept in prison while thieves and murderers are in the hospital. I don;t think the book ever made the printing press but that was quite some time years back and in retrospect now I believe Mr Mcviban was clairvoyant on this matter. Cameroon is the only country on earth where we understand that to defeat its political opponents the government punishes them for voting against it. Instead of trying to prove the opposition wrong they do the reverse, proving it right. The fun here is that most Cameroonians think that is how politics is all about. But the irony here is that whenever you manage to try to logically reason reason it out step by step with the ordinary Cameroonian he discovers how stupid and bizzare such a political philosophy is. So it seems that the average Cameroonian has a reversed mindset - a situation the government encourages and exploits to the fullest. If not so how can the government propagandists without mincing words explain to the very people who are demanding decentralisation that the creation of new administrative units is an effort to bring administration to the people and to enable them have a direct participation in running their affairs - and these very Cameroonians celebrate? What can a DO be doing behind my house if not trying to see what I am up to? How does that make me master of my own destiny? What has happened to allowing us vote for a DO ourselves or to put it better our own mayor who can be answerable to us directly? This system of creating administrative units has been in place since independence. For some reasons it is usually timed for maximum impact depending on government's immediate objectives. The next thing you see is Cultural and Development Associations start lobbying for who houses the D.O. These are the very people who want a mayor chosen by themselves but are the first to clap when a DO who makes the mayor all but irrelevant is imposed on them. I can't understand. What is so wrong and difficult to publicly repudiate wrong and make an example of it by replacing such a questionable character like this BAD CHIEF with someone with better public appeal? To qualify as a CPDM baron must you be Lucifer's lieutenant and show it publicly? Cameroon is indeed a Reversed Society. Fon
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Eyallow ETHICS, Plus IGNORANCE,brings out a repugnantjounalistic mixture. The post has to upgrade to the increasing awareness level of its readership. Fon
Dear All I think most of us are seeing Africa the way some blind men saw the elephant. Remember one approached the side of the elephant and said he thinks the elephant is like a wall. The other felt the leg and said it was a like a tree and so on. When we talk of a European Union I hope we remember that every member of this union has its souvereign home government, and sticks to its cultural heritage. What makes it a Union is the simple fact that the for a state to be accepted as a member of this union and have the economic and social benefits that come from it, this would be member must among other generally agreed principles of the union member states accept to apply fully within its borders all universally declared rights of man. I am sure all of us know what these are. Applying these obviously mean mean the country is democratic. But the EU is not a country. I don't see it being a country in the next century. It is easier said than done. But the issue here is must Africa assume US type Union to be better off? I don't think so. I know the word unity in Africa is an intoxicant. Politicians use this word when they want to make propaganda about its benefits. Unity must not be geographical. In fact in Cameroon if those in power had encouraged our bi-culturalism, Cameroon would have been a jewel in Africa. Honestly speaking, I feel Cameroon can do well as a single country - that is the way it is now. It could have done better as a bi-cultural entity also. unfortunately our leaders think trying to obliterate history and yet not even trying to respect its own laws thus allowing the majority to dominate the minority it has created more dessidents and advocates of division. African unity must never be like Cameroon unity. African unity can only work if the different member states maintain their souvereignties yet compelled by something to respect the union rules and regulations. European Union member states are compelled to respect these rules and regulations governing the union because there are economic benefits, economic and social they would otherwise loose if they violate. What will compel African states to respect the rules of the game? In every country citizens respect laws because of the punishments that await defaulters. In Cameroon in particular laws are not respected and people with resources can get away with anything. How will any union function when countries cannot even apply laws within its own national borders? In the European Union travel within the union by citizens of member states is smooth and free of harassment of any sort. In Cameroon citizens of Cameroon cannot do 20 km without crossing multiple police and gendarme checkpoints legal and illegal working side by side asking for one single document - money. In Cameroon if you are identified as a foreigner at any of these check points you will learn the hard way what it means visiting Cameroon. With such a weak and chaotic legal environment, if for some reason an official orders these checkpoints stopped they simply re-emerge after that official gets tired of trying to put things right. The idea of th African Union is great but I think the American model is not to be an example. I don't think it would be a good idea to get up one morning and see one million Nigerians in my backyard looking for work in Cameroon babbling in either ibo or yoruba as loud as they just feel like. There must be some controls somewhere. Fon
Dear all, I will agree with all the contributors above that this is not what we mean by fighting corruption. Before we fight corruption we must try to uphold the law so that peoples' rights are not violated. Why should somebody be punished without an opportunity in duly constituted court of law to defend him/herself. This is a joke and unfortunately Cameroonians whose mentality has been hammered back into about 50 years of ignorance and its physical and material development exploited into the stone age by the regime would see this as the fight against corruption. I would have expected this reporter of The Post himself to question why these workers were not taken to court. By being accused of wrong doing in the company haven't they also broken some laws of the country? Or are they afraid of something? We all want to fight corruption but only the courts are competent enough to determine once and for all that someone is guilty or not. It does not matter how overwhelming anybody thinks the other is guilty. In an open court the accused will be defended and in the course of that more will be revealed. For example in cross examination a lawyer might make a defendant declare that she decided that bill inflation should be done because it had been a normal practice and that is why she did not think it was a cause for concern. On promise of a lesser sentence she will accept to disclose anything she knows about other similar or related criminal activities in that company. Now that the system has accepted that firing an accused is the right thing to do we can see that this hasty firing is more a cover up that a fight against corruption. If our politicians were genuine too they would have taken up such issues, educate the public on such matters, get a defence lawyer for these accused persons - not to exonerate them but to use their inside knowledge and get other culprits. That is crime fighting. These people are just scape goats with the real and more dangerous criminals still at large enjoying the protection of the system. Fon
Dear all, I will agree with all the contributors above that this is not what we mean by fighting corruption. Before we fight corruption we must try to uphold the law so that peoples' rights are not violated. Why should somebody be punished without an opportunity in duly constituted court of law to defend him/herself. This is a joke and unfortunately Cameroonians whose mentality has been hammered back into about 50 years of ignorance and its physical and material development exploited into the stone age by the regime would see this as the fight against corruption. I would have expected this reporter of The Post himself to question why these workers were not taken to court. By being accused of wrong doing in the company haven't they also broken some laws of the country? Or are they afraid of something? We all want to fight corruption but only the courts are competent enough to determine once and for all that someone is guilty or not. It does not matter how overwhelming anybody thinks the other is guilty. In an open court the accused will be defended and in the course of that more will be revealed. For example in cross examination a lawyer might make a defendant declare that she decided that bill inflation should be done because it had been a normal practice and that is why she did not think it was a cause for concern. On promise of a lesser sentence she will accept to disclose anything she knows about other similar or related criminal activities in that company. Now that the system has accepted that firing an accused is the right thing to do we can see that this hasty firing is more a cover up that a fight against corruption. If our politicians were genuine too they would have taken up such issues, educate the public on such matters, get a defence lawyer for these accused persons - not to exonerate them but to use their inside knowledge and get other culprits. That is crime fighting. These people are just scape goats with the real and more dangerous criminals still at large enjoying the protection of the system. Fon
EYALLOW I appreciate your gentle response and kindly accept my apologies for the outburst. You would notice that I did not even bother to discuss the issue raised about who was supposed to do what. I centered only on what politics so far as we are all concerned. I am not as involved as you might think. I do not however shy away from discussing issues and as you might rightly guess I don't see any demarcation line between my daily efforts to make a living in or out of Cameroon and the the national politics. I think you will agree with me that even these politicians themselves are always the first to claim politics is something else and my existence in the nation is another. To me that is diversionary tactic because it works in the way Ngugu Wa Thiongo of Kenya wrote when he said that the white came and taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we finished praying and opened our eyes, we realised that our goats, cows, forests, women and even land were all gone. So kindly accept my apologies. I am happy to respond immediately because you did not attempt to follow my angry outburst and better still you did not be-labour the issue. Lastly do not bother yourself thinking any political party is going to change the situation in Cameroon. If I should be of any help it is sometimes therapeutic discussing politics because simply gives you a sense of belonging to Cameroon. You do not really have to get involved. You see, I have concluded that for us to expect any change to occur in any African country the organisation or political party or what that is fighting for this change must change from our traditional methods of regime change i.e. They should redirect their focus on educating the citizens on the power they have over every regime - tyrannical or not. Since political parties have always focused on regime change the current regimes, with power of the military, and finance in their control and the risk of retribution from a new leader if so much crime has been committed against the people like the Cameroon government has done, they won't give up without a fight. But if political parties were genuine enough to devote more energy to educating the people, organizing self help projects etc., political power would be gained easily without any loss of life and with greater mass support. Let me ask you to take some time and analyse this small aspect of self help in any society which does not threaten any power base but does not support it either.Check out this scenario; It is a fact that the security situation is dismal in most of Cameroonian urban areas and even villages. I am sure you know that the for some reason most of us cannot understand the government is reluctant to enforce law and order despite the fact that we see a lot of policemen all over the place and are paid unusually with equal regularity. Regardless of the gravity of any situation they will never respond to assist any citizen and thegovernment does nothing about it. I think you will agree with me that even though the security situation is really bad, it is not yet uncontrollable but is rapidly descending to that level. If for example a political party takes up the challenge and decides to reverse this decline by asking the people to take charge of affairs into their own hands, they will not only gain irreversible support but will improve the lives of Cameroonians ten fold. How can this be achieved? Simple. Starting from an area where community spirit and action is a cultural pattern like in Bamenda for example an NGO draw up an elaborate and detailed program to raise funds from the population to assist the police in law enforcement. Police all over the civilised world are given incentives on top of their regular pay to work better. It can be easily done because even today the government has accepted to do it but only with financial institutions- mostly banks. These banks pay some money for the extra protection the police give their businesses. If they can do it for the banks they can do it for the general public too. The police will support it 100% because unlike the arrangement with the banks every officer will be sure to earn extra income for some work done as would be described in the elaborate programe drawn. The most important thing here will be that no laws will be broken, and civilians will never interfere as they should not, in police work. The government will have no fear to loose control of the police because nothing will change from daily police routine and who calls the shots. The only thing new will be that police will have more crime fighting equipment, and a civilian commission to see about its judicious use. This is summary of the whole setup but in a more detailed explanation, the police will be too eager to participate because of the extra income earned.. The interest of the government will ironically be protected even if they did not initiate the setup.Let me conclude by summarizing the outcome Firstly imagine that before the security situation deteriorated to this level, citizens use to hang out at night enjoying themselves after work without fear of armed attack from gangsters. It meant that the nightlife industry was very much alive. How many people do you think enjoyed full employment every night all over Cameroon from night activities? Bamenda alone had about 15 night spots packed full almost everyday of the week. Taxis ran up and down. Provision stores stayed open. Women roasted fish, cocoyams corn to feed the hungry night revelers, prostitutes plied their trade. Directly and indirectly thousands of people made a lot of money from the nightlife industry. More corn was harvested from the farms to be roasted during the day and at night. This is just a rough analysis of a an economic boom that will be absorbing thousands in the job market that can spring overnight without the government spending an extra franc in planning anything. The only thing they have to do is to let us pay the police to do what they are even supposed to do in the first place. But just like in any civilised country, police work needs extra incentives. What is so hard to figure out something like this? This not any day dreaming of any sort. Before the present insecurity country was like this and thousands had jobs. Jobs do not only mean government jobs. Jobs simply mean legitimate means of earning a living.To realis a situation as I have describede nobody will be creating anything new to introduce to the government. I assure you if you ask any citizen in Bamenda how he would feel to contribute 3000frs a year to enjoy security even right at home they will say they can even pay more. Calculate this - if the Commission For Public Safety collects 750.000.000 frs from 250.000 citizens this amount will give about 25,000 frs a month to 600 police officers as incentives, much more to senior officers and more than enough to buy and run equipment like locally adapted 4x4 for police use in Cameroon; introduce and pay for basic computer technology to fight crime and with a lot of change remaining because with a transparent commission overseeing the judicious use of equipment there will be accountability. It can be done easily. Just imagine what this will do to unemployment in the country In the civilised world police officers work not because they are better trained than ours but also because they have incentives in different forms - promotions, financial reward etc. First an NGO draws up this elaborate setup and when well studied to be executable they present it to the law enforcement people. No commissioner of police in Cameroon will refuse to support a financial plan that can make him earn some considerable millions in a single year only for asking his junior officers to do what they are supposed to do. This commissioner won't be breaking any law or disobeying his superiors. Let me end here for you to feel in the gaps. I have just decided to introduce this to you to explain that you must not involve yourself in politics to discuss anything which even involves political decisions. I am not a politician and I do not militate in any party. Even as an Anglophone when people ask me what I think about the Southern Cameroons thing for example I realise I don't have much to think about it. The truth is I just need a good and safe environment for all of us and I don't yet know if Southern Cameroons is the answer. Maybe it is I don't know Thanks for your time
"I get increasing worried as everything on this forum tends to be indiscriminatedly politicized and attributed to a malfunctioning government in Cameroon."Eyallow Please if you can't be more rational kindly reserve your ignorance to yourself. When you open your mouth, to say something or pick up your pen to write anything kindly ask and try to answer some very simple questions. For example kindly answer this question- In which country, in which part of the world is there anything that is not controlled by politics? Whoever is in charge of the airport,or whatever ministry or part of government, was he not appointed by a politician and does the politician not make appointments based on what ever plans his political philosophy hold for that country? If you become president today your vision for the country involves everything about that country - education, transportation, health, agriculture, security etc. Any choice of technician or expert you make will be someone whom you think will move the country towards that direction you want. You cannot do otherwise. The CPDM used this childish argument to discourage politics in school campuses but they themselves were the first to violate the rule by carrying ballot boxes to schools and claiming 100% votes from there. From today stop dreaming that you can separate your ordinary efforts of making a living from politics. You don't have a choice. It does not matter how you think or claim you can separate it from politics. The politician controls your life. Whether you like it or not he does. Part of his mission is to make you think he does not and with you in particular he is succeeding. You are the easy going, simple minded prey in society the politicians like. When anything goes wrong in the society who do you turn to? You turn to the appropriate authority. Who designates that appropriate authority? The politician. There has not been any new and sensible argument advanced since the invention of administration or government in the human civilization that can separate politics from any citizens ordinary efforts to make a living or just survive. When you want to drink water, the government gives you SNEC, You want light they give you SONEL. You want to travel to Mbengwi from Bamenda they tell you what to pay to Mr. X. Tell me what politicians do not decide for you all over the world? But again let me repeat myself- their greatest task is to make you think that is not what is happening. Just like they are actually urinating on your head and keep on telling you it is rain. Be serious my young man. So when anything wrong happens in the society do not hesitate to blame the politician. His job is to see that nothing goes wrong. If there is an accident on Douala Yaounde Road before you blame a driver, first ask the politician if that road was well constructed or if at its present state such accidents could be avoided. One of the politician's greatest fear is that you can hold him accountable. But you should. That is his only reason of being there at the top - to take care of every single business of running the country. Paul Biya is my road engineer, my doctor, my teacher, my lawyer, my policeman, my soldier,and my AIRPORT CONTROLLER. I pay him to perform all these duties. If he cannot do it he appoints someone that can do it for him. If that appointee fails to perform, I hold Paul Biya responsible. I cannot hold the appointee directly. I did not appoint him and I cannot fire him. But I appointed Paul Biya through my vote and he is the one I know. All I can do to help Mr Biya is to tell him his appointee is not working. If he Mr. Biya fails to act I fire him i.e. Mr. Biya. This is a small lesson in what a democracy should look like. It seemed you needed it because of your apparent immature assertion that not everything should be politicized. Indeed everything is political. You might fail to see its political connections but that is what makes you to be considered immature and naive. Politicians like such people. Indeed if you can succeed to relate everything to politics then our politicians will do a better job. Their greatest fear is to be held accountable by us and they use all sorts of propaganda to avoid that.. Fon
"I get increasing worried as everything on this forum tends to be indescriminatedly politicized and attributed to a malfunctioning government in Cameroon."Eyallow Please if you can't be more rational kindly reserve your ignorance to yourself. When you open your mouth, to say something or pick up your pen to write anything kindly ask and try to answer some very simple questions. For example kindly answer this question- In which country, in which part of the world is there anything that is not controlled by politics? Whoever is in charge of the airport,or whatever ministry or part of government, was he not appointed by a politician and does the politician not make appointments based on what ever plans his political philosophy hold for that country? If you become president today your vision for the country involves everything about that country - education, transportation, health, agriculture, security etc. Any choice of technician or expert you make will be someone whom you think will move the country towards that direction you want. You cannot do otherwise. The CPDM used this childish argument to discourage politics in school campuses but they themselves were the first to violate the rule by carrying ballot boxes to schools and claiming 100% votes from there. From today stop dreaming that you can separate your ordinary efforts of making a living from politics. You don't have a choice. It does not matter how you think or claim you can separate it from politics. The politician controls your life. Whether you like it or not he does. Part of his mission is to make you think he does not and with you in particular he is succeeding. You are the easy going, simple minded prey in society the politicians like. When anything goes wrong in the society who do you turn to? You turn to the appropriate authority. Who designates that appropriate authority? The politician. There has not been any new and sensible argument advanced since the invention of administration or government in the human civilization that can separate politics from any citizens ordinary efforts to make a living or just survive. When you want to drink water, the government gives you SNEC, You want light they give you SONEL. You want to travel to Mbengwi from Bamenda they tell you what to pay to Mr. X. Tell me what politicians do not decide for you all over the world? But again let me repeat myself- their greatest task is to make you think that is not what is happening. Just like they are actually urinating on your head and keep on telling you it is rain. Be serious my young man. So when anything wrong happens in the society do not hesitate to blame the politician. His job is to see that nothing goes wrong. If there is an accident on Douala Yaounde Road before you blame a driver, first ask the politician if that road was well constructed or if at its present state such accidents could be avoided. One of the politician's greatest fear is that you can hold him accountable. But you should. That is his only reason of being there at the top - to take care of every single business of running the country. Paul Biya is my road engineer, my doctor, my teacher, my lawyer, my policeman, my soldier,and my AIRPORT CONTROLLER. I pay him to perform all these duties. If he cannot do it he appoints someone that can do it for him. If that appointee fails to perform, I hold Paul Biya responsible. I cannot hold the appointee directly. I did not appoint him and I cannot fire him. But I appointed Paul Biya through my vote and he is the one I know. All I can do to help Mr Biya is to tell him his appointee is not working. If he Mr. Biya fails to act I fire him i.e. Mr. Biya. This is a small lesson in what a democracy should look like. It seemed you needed it because of your apparent immature assertion that not everything should be politicized. Indeed everything is political. You might fail to see its political connections but that is what makes you to be considered immature and naive. Politicians like such people. Indeed if you can succeed to relate everything to politics then our politicians will do a better job. Their greatest fear is to be held accountable by us and they use all sorts of propaganda to avoid that.. Fon
Mr Ricardo, Having a succesful business in Cameroon is not a yard stick to measure a nations success. Note that First Trust is not even the only success story in Cameroon. Do you know of any money transfer service in Cameroon called Express Union? They are quite successful too I seem to see. There are also hundreds of busineses in Cameroon that are seemingly doing well. It seems you and some others I know fail to grasp the enormity of the problem in Cameroon. We complain of armed robbery in Cameroon - does it mean everybody is robbed everyday in Cameroon? When we talk of how the Douala Yaounde road is dangerous, does it mean every user gets an accident everyday? When you put an argument about the situation in Cameroon, backing it up by calling some people tribalists and bigots and insinuating that they are unpatriotic, you seem therefore to be disclosing that you don't quite understand what is going on in Cameroon. Do you think banks and other type of businesses for that matter don't operate and make profits in Iraq, Palestine, and other political hotbeds around the world? Secondly you must be somewhat senile to think that a real critic of the Cameroon government does not know that there are many successful businessmen in the country do not neccessarily belong or have a connection to the ruling party. Having said all I am sure from your approach you will find it hard to imagine that the Cameroon government as it is today can cause the collapse of this success story by one silly action and succeed to get away with it. I know from your point of view you will cite some stupid line in our constitution that is supposed to stop the government from doing anything like that. But that is the fundamental problem with the politics of the country. The legal system is not strong enough to withstand some selfish designs from some powerful members of the regime. I am afraid from your naivety you would claim it can never happen, but ask yourself that if there is a clause in a nations constitution that says that the president of that country can never be held responsible for any wrong doing during his time in office, which are the safeguards that exists to protect even success stories like First Trust? You might not hesitate to say I should quote such a precedence. Well even if it has never happened it does not a guarantee that it can never happen And such uncertainty is the basis of all our problems in the country. With all the loop holes in the weak legal system more businesses can be more vulnerable than others. We want a system that guarantees assurance and predictability. We want a system where even if an employee gets fired he/she can take his employer to court and settle the matter there legally without the possibility that the employer could influence the justice system. First Trust success is not a reflection of the general trend in Cameroon. Do you know how many failures have occurred for one success in Cameroon? There are thousands of businesses in Cameroon. First Trust is just one of them. Please do not link the success of one business to the general problems in Cameroon. In another point of view don't be surprised that owners of First Trust might not even be so sure they have succeeded as much as they would have done if things were different. You would not expect them to tell you that, would you? Have a nice day Fon
Hello All Cameroon trubune reports that heay sums of HIPC money has been earmarked for road construction and reconstruction in almost every corner of the Northwest province. The project is too ambitious to be true. I know and I think most Cameroonians understand that even such programs are not beyond the means of the Cameroon government, but how would the level of corruption in Cameroon's government which the whole world had never seen before permit them to execute even one tenth of such a project? The way they operate even if they attempt anything will the public expect any work o quality from the contractors? I hope Northwesterners do not rush to express gratitude or even build up hope to encourage optimism and great expectations in things like these during impending elections. I wish it is true but Cameroon government has a track record of deceit and false promises. Why only the Northwest Province at this time? Maybe they are trying to throw off balance the solid support the SDF has in the province as a whole. But the issue here does not limit itself to road construction or rehabilitation. Bamenda has seen its share of that over the years. The real problem with the Biya government is corruption and accountability. It does not matter how much is awarded to whatever project but what is done with it and who takes responsibilty for what. Within the last two years alone how much repair work has been undertaken on the notorious areas in Bamenda town - Ngen Junction and Mobil Nkwen? More than once each, and within one week of each repairs the road went back to its original situation and nobody is held accountable. They are yet to announce for tenders. We all know how "fast" government machinery turns in Cameroon. Also consider this classic CPDM propaganda opening phrase "IN THE DAYS AHEAD........., the Provincial Delegate will be out on the field to commission the new Divisional Delegates and explain government's policy on Urban Development and Housing in an attempt to ensure that president Biya's greater ambitions policy is executed for the benefit of the grassroots" Does it mean that these divisional delegates do not understand Biya's greater ambitions? Or the lower the rank in government the lower the comprehension quotient. Do government officers not have job descriptions? Why should policies be explained? Policies are meant to be implemented and not explained. Can anyone here think of an open ended statement of commitment? Don't bother your brains - just repeat the phrase - IN THE DAYS AHEAD - These CPDM people alternate between IN THE COMING DAYS and IN THE DAYS AHEAD. They even have enough decency to think about monotony in diction. I thought the Northwest was left out of Ministerial appointments because they have consistently voted against the CPDM. Are they trying to make up for that neglect which everybody I know - and there are lots of them - do not even bother about? We have always heard that if people vote for the ruling party they benefit from the government's largesse. the South West has been doing that and look at their road network. Why this contradiction? Acording to CPDM party policy the Northwest does not qualify for any government favours. Now before they would even announce the winning bidders, elections must have come and gone and if the votes were cast based on these expected projects, given their track record of deceit, fraud and intransigence, who would be held accountable for these unfulfilled promises? FEN
Hi All, This is ridiculous. I am aware of the monotony the good life can bring. That is since birth a typical American knows what good health care is all about. With just a little effort he\she can achieve whatever they can in life. An American can dial 911 and be rescued from the jaws of death without even describing his home or location. When he is so low the government gives him food stamps and even lodging. Even though some are left out of the system, a good majority knows how good America is to its citizens. So good that to some it becomes boring again. That is why some even leave and decide to settle in places like Cameroon and even Bangladesh and make a home there. I think the good life becomes boring sometimes in life. Otherwise someone must have a very twisted mindset to leave all these good things and settle in a country like Cameroon where any little disease can be fatal because of the dismal health care system. A country where a policeman extorts money from you and challenges you to take the matter even up to the president. How low can a country sink again? The truth here is that as terrible as the situation is in Cameroon a good majority of the international community still holds Cameroon in high esteem because they view this country only through the prism of football. Given the fact that the government does all it can to keep away from international scrutiny, this however has become somewhat beneficial to its citizens abroad. But I equally know that some Cameroonians abroad in their efforts to make ends meet do so on the fast lane. Cameroonians are not saints. But now what is so good in Cameroon that Nigerians want its nationality? This question is not begging for answers because the answer is already there. They have messed up their reputations so badly internationally that they can even seek nationality from hell. You see, if there is anything good the Cameroon government has done it has succeeded in keeping Nigerians in check within the Cameroon National borders. Cameroon is that one country where a Nigerian understands he is a foreigner and as crude as it sounds foreigners don't have it easy.The last thing a Nigerian would want from any Cameroonian in Cameroon is to be dragged to the Gendarmerie. Deep down in my heart I feel terrible admiring how bad theses guys could be handled by the Gendarmes or East Cameroon police. But the truth is that if you give a Nigerian an inch they will not only take a yard - they will take a mile or two. Someone wrote favouring the recent request of many Nigerians born and bred in Cameroon to be automatically given Cameroonian nationality. He said that he studied in Nigeria and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. In Nigeria he said no police ever stopped him any one time and demanded residence or identification papers from him. Yes that could be true, but how could they even know one person from another when they don't even have a national identification system? I might admitt that treatment of Nigerians in Cameroon by the authorities is not very cordial but I think that has actually kept them to toe the line. Does anyone here remember when West Cameroon was administered from Nigeria and therefore there were many of them all over West Cameroon? They dominated the economy, school systems etc. Ask any West Cameroonian forty and above today what he remembers how these Nigerians treated Cameroonians in Cameroon! Enter the market and make a mistake to touch any thing and try to price it. If you choose not to buy it you will live to regret having passed around that market stall. But all that is gone now. Now they want Cameroon citizenship. They argue that when they return to Nigeria they are regarded as foreigners yet in Cameroon they are not accepted as Cameroonians. That is a blatant lie. You can take a Nigerian out of Nigeria but never Nigeria out of him. The Nigerians making that argument, which indigenous Cameroonian language do they know? These people are so tribalistic that even if they are born in space they will always know they are Nigerians. The Nigerian nationality and passport is unfortunately a liability to them now and they want a way out. They messed up their country themselves. I might not like the way the Cameroon government handles its business but I am 100% with them so far as Nigerians are concerned. Just imagine how bad the situation is in Cameroon. Nigeria could even be better off because of its enormous natural and human resources. Why would they want to be Cameroonians instead if not for ulterior motives? Up to this moment it is not so bad to be identified abroad as Cameroonian. I don't want Nigerians to accelerate our decline into notoreity. Lastly they also mentioned the huge amount paid for residence permit in Cameroon and mentioned something like 120000 frs cfa. That is chicken feed. I even want it to be increased. To be fair with everybody their foreign ministry should tax Cameroonians living in Nigeria and this amount should be a proportion of the entire population of the country. That would be fair That is the amount should be calculated per head of the home population. Nigerians a special group of citizens must be given special considerations when considering giving them Cameroon citizenship. But they should also individually and collectively work hard to clean up their image internationally. Nationals in hosted in different countries try to maintain low profiles creating an inconspicuous presence. This inconspicuous presence by Cameroonians wherever they are should not be translated into timidity. It just helps to deflect any possible racism or bigotry exercised by nationals of most host nations. I know it is not a national policy for Nigerians to be the way they are. I don’t know how it came about that they are just different and not in very positive ways. It hurts other immigrants very badly. Again to be honest I can live with the fact that Cameroonian drug pusher has been beheaded in Saoudi Arabia or incarcerated for life in Thailand. But if this same person was someone from Nigeria carrying a Cameroonian passport I will not like it. . When people complain about how Nigerians behave they Nigerians proudly defend it by saying the rest of Africa is jealous. What can be so good in being a Nigerian? and Who would wants to be a Nigerian? Not me. Fon
It is an absolute disgrace to even read that government cannot control simple road users. This is total failure. If government cannot device means to make motor cycle riders even respect traffic lights what else can they do? Is Cameroon the first country on earth where there are many motorcycle riders? They cannot impose taxes on the guys, they cannot make them obey traffic regulations like normal road users and they did not even suggest the wearing of helmets. There are many conclusions to draw from things like these: First there is no insurance policy in the country else the authorities would have imposed wearing helmets as a safety measure. A rider can justifiably claim compensation from his insurers if he complied with safe riding requirements, most important of which is wearing a crash helmet Second, If motorcycle riders who just happen to be ordinary citizens too, don't require insurance why should the rest of the citizens require it for whatever purpose and in particular motor vehicle owners a group of citizens the police and the gendarmes are so concerned with? Third if motor cycle riders don't purchase insurance who pays for compensation when they injure an innocent road user on foot? Lastly, Why should they wonder why they find it difficult to enforce any traffic law when issues regarding implementing these laws conflict with one another from the word go. Take this for example - the streets of our cities and highways are not even demarcated. especially in the cities there is hardly any demarcation all over. On what point on the street is any user on wheels compelled to wait on red light? There is no line to indicate how far any user cn get into the intersection waiting for the light to turn green. So drivers and riders depending on the sizes of their vehicles always have the tendency to move up as furthest as possible into the intersection and if it happens that there is no taffic from the side on green, and since no one is there to check, the rider or driver simply violates depending on how easy his vehicle is easy to manoever. Any reason to wonder why violating traffic is become habitual and even seems "logical"? Therefore why would anybody wonder why government finds it so hard to sensibly tackle any aspect of law enforcement and general governance across the board? The leadership in Cameroon has just got it wrong from every angle and they are now in a complete jam. From every angle they have failed and they know it. Our problem is what psychologists describe a denial. If a patient is at that denial situation treatment is difficult to achieve.