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Dipoko is once again up to his usual tactics of distraction. He blatantly states untruths, so that while you are disproving them, you are distracted from real issues. The so-called list of those who brought Cameroon Bank to ruin is proof of that. Look at the list carefully; it contains the names of people who were still in form two secondary school when Cameroon Bank went under. Dipoko will have a hard time convincing anybody that huge loans were given to twelve-year-olds. What is he out to prove? That Cameroon Bank, the Produce Marketing Board, Power Cam, the Limbe Deep Sea Port, the Tiko Airport, and many other facilities that were the envy of the world because of the proper management were suddenly ruined by the Anglophones themselves, that is, by the very people who had run them so well prior to the arrival of the marauding Francophones? Try another story. By over-playing your hand you have destroyed your case: primary and secondary school children ruining a bank! And curiously or, should I say cleverly, enough, the list features no Francophone! You need to return to the drawing board and concoct a more credible story. Tell the world how many Anglophones had loans with Credit Agricole, SCB, BICIC, etc. Tell us how many of these banks were managed by Anglophones. If theft is not primarily of Francophone origin, tell us how many Anglos are among those jailed in Kondengui for stealing billions from the State at a time when it is considered a heavily indebted poor country.
Bottom line Mr. Egbe Mbua has written a beautiful article which captures a climate we are all familiar with. How come Dr Dipoko rants and raves, gesticulates and throws punches left and right over the issue of the cleanliness of Francophone cities as opposed to the "dirtiness" of Anglophone towns. The bottom line of our brother's article is this: “Even if the Re-unification was a good idea, they failed to institute social justice in the entire territory as the Egyptians did. As a result, we have a breakdown of morality; and the marginalisation of Anglophones, who form part of the two lands, in a clearly illegal act which must be redressed before we may compare and contrast with the ancients. What we have, therefore, is Cameroon O’ Bosso na Mbussa*; and not actually Cameroun O’Bosso.” I can't believe that Dr Dipoko's write-up is based on this very article, for he misses the point by a country mile, hurling insults at bloggers for no obvious reason. If the absence of hygiene among your in-laws is something you feel so strongly about, why not treat us fellow bloggers to a write-up on the issue rather seek to muddle up the crucial points raised by Mr. Egbe Mbua. If in your heart of hearts you believe that social justice, morality and equality do prevail in Cameroon and that Mr. Egbe Mbua is off the mark, that is your alienable right. Remember, however, that we’ll have to bequeath this land to our children and they will hold us accountable for not speaking out against the cankerworm that is eating into the very fabric of our society. The problem cannot be resolved simply by hushing down the likes of Egbe Mbua. Let the praise-singers continue to say that all is well in the best of all possible worlds. Only time will tell.
This is a pathetic portrait of a once buoyant city. The life has been sapped out and Bamenda in its present state is a mere shadow of the Abakawa we used to know. Let us hope that articles such as this one will spur the powers that be to act. In the meantime, the people of Abakwa, known for their resilience and self-reliant development activities, should not relent in their effort to make the city "a place to be", especially by supporting and taking part in the weekly clean-up.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on I weep for Bamenda at Up Station Mountain Club
I told you guys that to me Alain seems to helping the Anglo cause. Hardly did I know that he has indeed been defending the cause behind closed doors. If there is any action, it should better happen soon, if not it may be too little too late. What Alain could also propose to his "masters upstairs" is the holding of a forum where the grievances of Southern Cameroonians would be heard and addressed. A compromise reached at such a forum would be far better than any measure taken untilaterally on their behalf. I believe dialogue is the only way of showing good faith.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2009 on Photo: Douala Street at Up Station Mountain Club
DIPOKO’S PROVOCATIVE POSTINGS I have read with keen interest most of the write-ups posted on this forum by Dr Alain Dipoko who claims to be a member of the ruling CPDM party and an official of the Government. However, if you have been reading his postings carefully, you must have noticed they are not in the best interest of the Government he claims to be serving. He has consistently gone out of his way to provoke and challenge Southern Cameroonians and Anglophones as a whole making declarations that are incendiary, to say the least: (1) Anglophones are second class citizens in the present dispensation. Dipoko, an ordinary francophone of the Beti tribe, asserts that he would easily secure a bank loan while a loan request from Philemon Yang, the Anglophone P.M., would be turned down because he is Anglo and the high office he holds is just an empty shell; (2) Anglophones cannot be entrusted with key ministries, but would either be secretaries of state or ministers without portfolio (Ministres chargés de Mission) – another sign that they cannot be trusted with a delicate position; (3) In case the Presidency becomes suddenly vacant, an Anglophone cannot become interim President pending the election of the new one because Anglophones are so power-hungry that they cannot be trusted to relinquish power if allowed to taste it even for a day; (4) La Republique did not know corruption before the arrival of the Anglos – the massive corruption for which the country has gained international disrepute is of Anglophone origin; (5) Bloggers in the diaspora expressing “subversive” ideas on this forum will be arrested if they set foot in Cameroon. In fact, efforts would be made to have them arrested wherever they are and handed over to the Government of La Republique; (6) Secession is doomed to failure because “Taking away Ndian Division from Cameroon is like having an old man let go of his only kidney.” (7) “Southern Cameroons is endowed with stretches of fertile land that has withstood the test of time for commercial farming….It would therefore by an extremely unwise decision to let go such a valuable source of materials.” These are just a few of the outrageous statements Dr. Dipoko has made on this forum and you would expect an agent of the government holding a high position of responsibility to subtle. The Government has been spending huge amounts of money for image-cleansing and struggling to pose as a model of democracy in the sub-region, with a record number of private newspapers and TV stations. The same government cannot allow its representative or anyone speaking on its behalf to openly declare on a forum like this that someone would be arrested for expressing an opinion or that some citizens are discriminated against for whatever reason. Bloggers have tended to swallow hook, line and stinker the baits hurled at them by Dipoko. Dr Dipoko is well aware that an angry person is more likely to lose his head and say or do irrational things. He knows that if Anglos are provoked well enough, they will spend time pouring insults on him and lose sight of the battle ahead. He cannot succeed and he is to blame for his own failure. His failure stems from the ambivalent nature of his approach. He strives to distract Southern Cameroonians from the burning issue of self-determination and have them chase shadows rather than discuss policies and strategies. Ironically, he says blatant untruths and makes statements that fly in the face of the evidence, and by so doing provokes and instigates Southern Cameroonians to dig in their heels and redouble their efforts in the fight. For example, even though the Yaoundé Central prison, Kondegui, is full Dipoko’s cousins and brothers, recently caught in the dragnet of Opération Epervier for embezzling hundreds of millions, he claims that Anglos are responsible for corruption in Cameroon. I strongly believe that his statements, some of which may be true, are intended to make Southern Cameroonians yearn for a free and independent country, where nobody would be a priori excluded from certain positions and where all citizens would have the possibility of rising to the highest office of the land on grounds of merit, regardless of their tribe. So, if Dr. Dipoko is actually a Government official or agent, then he has failed in his mission on two counts: (a) he has instigated rather pacified or won over Southern Cameroonians; (b) he is more likely to enrage rather than endear himself to his “masters upstairs” for lacking tact and diplomacy in expressing his views, and, above all, for disclosing the masters’ hidden agenda, thereby jeopardizing the chances of success. In short, it must be admitted, that intentionally or unwittingly, Dr Dipoko is contributing substantially to what may be referred to as “Southern Cameroonian Awareness” by consistently going out of his way to bait Southern Cameroonians. A government agent does not bait this openly; he tries to coax, to flatter, to pacify. Indeed, unlike the poker player who keeps his cards close to chest, and does not bring out his joker until it’s time to move in for the kill, our dear Alain brings out the joker at the beginning of the game, flashing it in the full view of all around the table. That is why he may be seen by many as a double agent. Remember that Southern Cameroonians are allegedly his in-laws, so he may be an SCNC supporter at heart, indirectly fighting for a place for himself or his children in the independent Southern Cameroons, especially as his “masters upstairs” should by now be quite aware of his ineptitude and may sooner or later be gunning for his head for failing to deliver. When that time comes, I don’t think Southern Cameroonians would be so heartless as to throw out their “moyo”. Chances are, he would be granted asylum, if only for the sake of his children, who are, after all, Southern Cameroonians.