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MillasGod, you do not need to denigrate my opinion in order to make yours as, if your opinion is the only one that counts. If you do not agree, say so without being nasty. I have lived in the US for more than 30yrs. – enough said. What Cameroon needs is enough pressure, both economic and political, from within and without – from people like you in order to effect meaningful change. These will not come from electing an African American president; symbolism not withstanding. As I can recall non of the leaders in the League of Nations had African ties for Cameroon to be granted independence. Our predecessors screwed up big time and we are paying for it. All the emotions in the world will not make a difference without action. I am sure you will continue to be part of this forum in the foreseeable future and I will be first to tell you I was wrong if you turn out to be right. --CF
Barack Obama, if elected US President, will protect America's interests not Africa's, which are very oposing indeed. The only thing Barack and Africa have in common is that he is 50% Kenyan, genetically - that's it folks! On everything else he is American. It is wishful tinking that he will take on every African cause and as we can see many are capitalising on this premise. We will be waiting on the veranda until the huricane latern burns out. --CF
Well written commentary. The only problem is that only those who are not in goverment can appreciate your piece, beacuse those in power leave in isolation and the closest they come to filth, so they think, is a the view through thier Pajero window as they shuttle from one "clean" place to another. They do not go to the local markets or walk the streets as their "domestiques". Unfortunately for them filth does get to them in the form of disease either airborne or through the food chain. They never put two plus two together and end up being evacuated to Europe and wonder how they got this strange illness - cancer, lukemia etc. That is how ignorant they are. Hopefully some may chance on your article and it may wake them up. But knowing most of them, they only read articles on "how to hang on to power!" --CF
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2008 on National Filth! at Up Station Mountain Club
The problem of "West Cameroon" , "Southern Cameroons" or what name you give it is the distrust between the North West and South West indegenes stemming from pre and post unification. This division is evident both in Cameroon and abroad and it is often dismissed as nonexistent or minor, but it is there. Until it is addressed, we will be TALKING with little progress ten , twenty years hence. Common interest has to supercede individual beef and historical mishaps for a new era to emerge. I hope we all take every small step to work together. --CF
Are Bakassi and Akwaya the only underdeveloped areas the CHIEFS know of? Were the CHIEFS silent all this while because they are satified with present development? There must be a unified voice to demand development for all areas. I do not think Buea is in any better shape than Akwaya. Modern infracture of roads, utility etc are needed to promote trade and industry.
Government operatives are begining to see bogeymen at every corner. It is like the person who has committed atrocities most of his life becomes afraid even of his own shadow. The end eventually arrives oftentimes unpleasantly. --CF
The problem of "Southern Cameroons" will not be resolved unless all "Southern Cameroonians" commit to the same "cause", whatever that "cause" is. The citizens of this territory keep sticking their head in the sand, are in denial that ever since the plebiscite of Feb 11, 1961 there has been a rift between the north and south which has never been addressed openly and honestly albeit settled. This has lead to the various players in the saga of the "maginalisation of Southern Cameroons" having their own agenda and sabotaging pacts. They will align with "LRC" just to stick it to the other guy to the detriment of thier kin. This division is the one thing keeping any "movement" from presenting a common front that can extract their due from the current arrangement of today's "Cameroon". Until all factions aggree and commit to a defined goal, the divide and conquer programme of the current goverment will continue to be effective and all this talk of "Southern Cameroons" self determinination will be just that "talk!". In fact, dispite the screw up of past "SC"/"WC" politicians in dealing with Ahidjo, the situation could have been reversed if the players are not always selfish. Only a handfull of these politicians, now or or in the past, have fought for "SC" in the halls of Etourdi. And because they did not have any support, were quickly cast aside. The goverment in Yaounde knows all too well that in "SC" it is every man/woman for him/her self, therfore are not concerned with any consequences. Until the person from "South West" trully believes that their destiny is intertwined with that of the "North West" and vise versa, this region will continue to be marginalized, with dilapidated roads, unreliable power and water supply, high unemploment, weakening education programmes and inadequate healthcare, just to name a few. So far, the architects of "SC" self determination have not figured out the right mix of strategy to acheive thier "goal", until then it willbe business as usual. --CF
Well, looks like Mr. Muna took my advice in past postings regarding his feuding with the SDF. My advice then was to go form a party if he felt he had a following. I guess he does think he has that following but wasted so much time bickering with the SDF leadership. Anyhow, let's see how the APF fares in the next few years. Will it present Cameroonians with more of the same? Only time will tell. --Charles Forkwa
I think she believes what she was told by her husband. I do not believe she knew much about how Cameroon was run nor could she influence the course of events. She is a pawn in the anahilation of Anglophone Cameroon and nothing she is saying is new or matters. This was her opportunity to chastise this rogue regime, not for their bad behaviour but for how they treated her husband. He would have done the same. --charles forkwa
I said it before and will say it again. The only way forward will not be by "speaches and majority vote" but by "blood and iron". All those peace advocates out there must eat their words, because this administration is neither going to change nor heed any warnings. No amount of pressure will suffice to contain this pot when it finally boils over. Be warned! It is no longer a matter of if but when.
Life is full of compromises, the difference is the degree, and the opportunity cost. To be successful in Cameroon you have to have somewhere along your career have compromised your integrity and to some extent sold your soul. It is unavoidable. So do you want to be a slave in a climate that challenges your morality on a daily bases, inhibits your progress with bad policies, dismisses constructive criticisms, and with an administration that ignores its own mandate or be a slave in a society where you do not need to give bribe, where you can earn an honest living as a security guard – even though you have a masters degree, or a cab driver – with a PHD, or a nursing aid with a BS? You have made your choice and I have made mine. You must therefore not criticize me because you have no right to choose for me, unless you are “big brother”. If I were responsible for influencing others lives, as a head of state of a nation or the leader of a political party or in a position of public trust, then you have every right. Mediocrity should be discouraged by all means but like Dirty Harry said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” The world is full of limitations and, but for the privileged, the majority of people strive to break barriers every day. It may be easier to swallow ones pride and accept forced limitations in a foreign land than tolerate it in the land of their birth. Yes there are people with mortgages but the other side of the coin is that owning real estate is a means to create wealth through tax deductions and appreciation, a fact conveniently ignored. If buying or renting a nice car makes someone feel good, fine with me as long as they used legitimate means to obtain their thrill. It is always informative and astute to address the pros and cons of any subject matter. Until you have walked in someone else’s shoes you cannot understand their reason. Those who have connections and have benefited from the system are quick to criticize others motives for leaving Cameroon or their motherland. Sure, opportunities have come the way of some and they have blown it, but that is the exception and maybe becoming a cab driver is a remedy. When someone is willing to leave behind all that he has worked for and known all his life, for the benefit of an uncertain future albeit for “menial jobs” then I think that person has given his decision serious thought and a reasonable person will be hard pressed to question his motives even if you disagree. We should seek to mitigate the reasons for these flights rather than chastise those who have chosen that path. Blame the victim! There are as many reasons for migrating as there are immigrants. If you are prosperous and comfortable in Cameroon: good for you. Like many others I have met, I would like to return to Cameroon and live. I do not want the government to give me a job or do me any favours. What I would like to see is a favourable climate that allows for fair competition, policies that promote development and growth. I do not see this happening any time soon. If anyone insists that conducive conditions exist in Cameroon then they are either being disingenuous, unwilling to face the truth, agents of disinformation or those benefiting from the system who will do all they can to maintain the status quo. Does languishing in a system of oppression beat cleaning floors in a system where you are compensated by the shine of your floors? You be the judge!
Rumors, innuendo, internal squabbling and personal attacks in the SDF belong to tabloid journalism. It may be damaging to the candidates but has not place in serious press. Interviews should be reserved for addressing party policy issues and agenda. Emotion does not belong in politics; it portrays weakness and sends the wrong message to the constituency as to the demeanor of the leadership. I think The Post is doing its readers a disservice to focus on these internal problems. If internal party problems cause the party to be ineffective then the publics’ role is to question their ineffectiveness and not delve into personal matters the outcome of which is a “he said she said” with no apparent conclusion. Personal misadventures, no matter the impact on political careers, only make for juicy stories. There also seem to be conflicting statements made by the leadership as to their understanding of party rules and regulations. For instance, when does the NEC decide matters? When is an issue brought before the constitutional assembly? As someone has pointed out, I have not seen any democratic country where members of the opposition are paid stipends. They all have jobs or other sources of income. Accepting money from the party in power, no matter the reason, has the semblance of collusion – remember that perception is reality. If Mr. Biya was so sympathetic, he would have donated out of “his own pocket” and even that would be suspect. The Chairman should have stuck with addressing the political accomplishments or the lack of including the agenda of his party. Some will quarrel with the criticism directed towards SDF leadership. First, they have opened themselves to examination by making public such matters. Second in a “democracy” you hold the feet of those who choose to lead to the fire and yes one may pick what to question because it is a diverse constituency. Third, transparency is the goal of every society that strives to be free and it is expected of all who seek to lead. Is Cameroon better off today with the “multi-party” arrangement? If “better off” is judged by the aspect that people can now say what they want without fear of reprisal, which I doubt, or by the opposition having a token representation in government then maybe. But this new deal has become a new nightmare which has not translated into good roads or the sustenance of existing ones, the rebuilding of the Mungo bridge, sufficient electric and water supply, garbage collection in towns, an equitable tax structure or a reduction in corruption, just to name a few. These are the basic drivers of a fledging economy. If all that has been accomplished from all the adversity that accompanied the establishment of multiparty politics is a lot of lip service with no quantifiable change then 15 years later the experiment has failed miserably. I can hear it now. Hey wise guy, if you know so much, why don’t you return to Cameroon and make a difference? Simply stated the deck is stacked - both from within and without - against anyone who would like to “make a difference” in the conventional sense. Whomever’s interest could be threatened by a positive change in Cameroon will fight to stop it. Positive change is a change that empowers people and gives them a voice in shaping their future. This means less for the pilferers of the coffers. As long as Cameroon is “stable” and “contained” they will apply every ruse in the book to stay in control and employ accomplices to convince the world that the country is at peace and prospering, whereas the system is plagued with an incurable cancer. My hope is that the opposition snaps out of their daydreaming and switch tactics. Stop giving false hope. To paraphrase Otto von Bismarck – “German unity was not achieved by speeches and majority vote”. Speeches and majority vote did not work in South Africa, in fact the majority did not even have a vote. It is time the opposition learns this lesson or stop complaining when things don’t work the way it thinks they should. As they say, history is the best teacher.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2005 on Fru Ndi Speaks Out On... at Up Station Mountain Club
To every one associated with making The PostNewsLine happen: You have provided an efficient forum for me to express my views and reach the world without fear of censorship. I discovered this site by chance and I am glad I did. So far, I have found it informative, reliable and current. This means a lot to those of us far away from our country of birth and hungry for steady news. Please keep up the good work and I hope I am able to support you in the near future. Sincerely, Charles Forkwa
I am shocked to read the comments of the SDF Chairman on the 23 years of Biya's rule. First he says people were happy in Ahidjo's days because salaries were paid. Yes salaries were paid but were people happy ? I don't think so! What is happiness? Being ruled by a tyrant even when salaries are paid does not make the population happy. Second, he says that there is a free press and that is attributed to Mr. Biya. If people can write what they want, which I doubt is completely true because most of those who write the most damaging pieces are beyond the reach of the government, it is the result of external pressure not the benevolence of the Biya regime. How do I know this? Because the so called "free press" has not changed Mr. Biya's agenda, one bit.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2005 on People Speak ! at Up Station Mountain Club
As far back as 1992, I group I belonged to, offered to host the SDF chairperson or his representative for the purpose of explaining their position to Cameroonians, why he wanted to be president of Cameroon. It was about election time and the dignitaries were to visit the USA. The letter of invitation was faxed to the SDF office in Bamenda. The invitation was never acknowledged. The Chairman came and went and we never heard from the party. When I mentioned this to some people I was told that maybe they never got the fax, or the chairman never saw the invitation - excuses. I mention this incident because it is a pattern with the leadership of Cameroonian politics today, not just the SDF. They do not feel they have to answer to anyone. I realize that the Chairman of the SDF receives many invitations and needs to decide which to honour. But it is the obligation of a party to acknowledge a correspondence even with regret. We took the time to offer to put him up and arrange a forum whereby he could meet Cameroonians and address their concerns. Since then I never took SDF seriously and 13 years later all we keep hearing is quarrelling and power struggle. Either the Chairman is incompetent or he has bad advisers.
Any person or persons that were under the illusion that multiparty politics was to be tolerated, indeed sustained, in Cameroon should have consulted with me. That should have saved them the lots of grief and it would have cost them nothing not a single franc CFA! I am preaching to the choir when I point out the fact that there are so many forces - mostly the western countries that benefit from the status quo - that will seek to derail plurality. As long as their interest is not severely threatened they see no reason to relinquish the hold, the conniving, the trickery and all sorts of maneuvers they use to keep the spoils pouring in from these former colonies. Of course, these forces find in the current leadership a willing participant in the game of "suck them dry". Their assets are protected overseas and they use their country of birth as some staging ground for the main event of pilfering the nation. It is a marriage of convenience with the citizens being the pawn. Evidence has shown that the political parties that want to play by the rules are not going to win for two reasons: One – the “FORCES” are against them and have more resources than they and more importantly know that their dirty tricks (suppression, atrocities) will not be matched or Two – The parties get sucked into the system, cloned, and start to behave like the party in power, losses credibility and becomes irrelevant. Then it is back to square one. Another 23 years and we will be having this same discussion.
I can recall back in 1978, when Ahidjo was still in power, I asked the question, "If Ahidjo steps down today, who can take over?". I remember a heated argument followed and I was told by several people that there were many capable persons who could rule Cameroon. Almost thirty years later I have been proven right. The problem is not that Cameroon lacks competent or capable leaders, Cameroon lacks leaders with the "WILL" and "SELFLESSNESS" to govern. Another problem I see with the political groups that have emerged over the years is the quest to make peace, to dialogue, to reason with the other side. Ladies and gentlemen history has shown that such people are not "REASONABLE" peolple. They do not subscribe to conventional wisdom. The fear of "God" is a foreign concept, although they quote him all the time and expect you and I to live a moral life. The Ndongmo affair proved that. Just look around the world for evedence of tyrannical rulers actions. So we continue the peaceful route while the infratructure deteriorates back to the stone age, school children are shot at while conducting peaceful demonstrations, people are arrested and jailed without due process. Thirty years hence we will be having this same discussion, as if time stood still.
One would hope that this forum is used for its intended purpose and less for personal attacks, which is a waste of time and effort. I am hoping that these postings shed more light to the subject matters and generate meaningful discussions. I always learn something from another person’s perspective. Messengers of disinformation and confusion will be apparent and their comments will be ignored. That said, there are always those who are going to take advantage of any situation for their own benefit. The difference between good governance and corrupt governance is that whereas a corrupt body seeks, and indeed encourages, dishonesty in its ranks, an entity with integrity on the other hand will want to address and correct nefarious acts as they occur. That is the difference. Any organization that dismisses allegations without addressing them, deflects criticisms with weak arguments loses credibility. Whatever happened to “We will look in to these matters and if wrong doing is determined, we will correct it.” – and actually make the effort to follow through? Why would anyone expend the energy to fight for a cause just to let it be hijacked by detractors? Every organization faces critics and misinformants, that is why there is a communications department. The job of this department is to forcefully disseminate the message of the body and address, ASAP, any issues that seek to derail its agenda. In most cases a simple official statement deploring an alleged act shows that the party does not subscribe to such motives, be it real or imagined. Transparency is the key to acceptance and accomplishment. This is the motto that is alien to all political parties in Cameroon. We must continue to hold their feet to the fire and hope that they change, if they truly want to work in the interest of the country.
The only thing that transcends a corporation, political party, a country or any organized entity for that matter, is its constitution or charter by which it must abide. Any diversion must be by way of amendment as stated in the founding document. The problem with most entities is that the leaders choose to undermine this principle either because they forget their humble beginnings and mission or due to the fact that they begin to feel they have some God given right to rule. Any one who believes that their idea is the only good one and that their way is the only best way will not make a successful leader. When leadership lacks accountability and credibility, is dogged by rumour it is not willing to address, views legitimate questions as minor irritations, and most importantly, feels it does not have to answer to any one, even those it serves, it begins to lose effectiveness. Constructive criticism and disagreement do belong in the party and are usually hashed out within the frame work of the party’s constitution. Egos, no matter how big and bullying, no matter the consequences, do not belong in a democracy and only serve to alienate. History is littered with despots who did not know when to quit. They were either brought down by the people they purported to rule, ran out of town or worse, subjected to public hanging. I think most of them, in their perverted minds, do believe that “God” made them leaders. Why else they and not someone else? What we see over and over are selfish people with small minds. Worthless human beings clinging on to power afraid to step down either because of the enemies they have cultivated or due to their inability to contribute to society in any other capacity. So they overstay their welcome and continue to delude themselves of their indispensability. Humility is not weakness because it conveys respect for another, not fear. Inclusiveness guarantees success because each has a vested interest. Alienation evokes resentment and sparks rumours because imagination replaces fact. Only accountability and openness keeps enemies at bay and rally the troops to the cause. That means no hidden agendas, no nepotism, no favouritism, no cronyism and yes, no cooking the books.
I would like to hear the argument that the government will put forth to justify the blatant neglet and subsequent deterioration of the infrastructure in West Cameroon. I would really like to hear it! From the time of Ahidjo until now all we hear is dialogue and apeacement. The dialogue seem to be onesided. The people pleading for scraps of resources that is rightfully theirs and the government giving a deaf ear to their plea. Patience has run out.
Unfortunately human beings are always very short sighted and quick to blame others for their short comings. That the "grafi" was willing to migrate to the south and work in plantations and sustain the West Cameroon economy should be applauded. Mankind is a habitual migrant as evident in history. The people of Ekona and elsewhere in Cameroon should appreciate the contribution by others. I do not believe that Ekona or most towns for that matter would have been as vibrant were it not for hard working migrants of all elk.
I am always saddened by pictures like this. That the roads are in disrepair is no surprise. Until corrupt officials change thier hearts and start working for the benefit of their country - which I doubt will ever happen without devine intervention - Cameroon will continue down this road to where the people will return to commuting by foot. In a way I am glad that pictures like this are on the internet and viewed by the world because a picture is worth a thousand words.