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SDF Protests Amendment Of Electoral Bill By Jeff Ngawe Yufenyu Social Democratic Front, SDF, militants in Bamenda, June 22 staged a protest march against the proposed amendments to the draft bill on the independent electoral body, laid in Parliament by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation. Led by SDF Northwest Provincial Chairman, Bernard Tabali, the protestors marched from City Chemist Roundabout to the Northwest Governor's office.Koumpa Issa received the protesters at the esplanade of his office, where Tabali handed him a memorandum captioned "Memorandum on the Attempt to Deprive Cameroonians of an Independent Electoral Commission,"addressed to President Paul Biya. The memo described the proposed amendments as "vexatious, outrageous, and incompatible."It said the amendments were aimed at frustrating the long awaited dream of an independent body to conduct elections in Cameroon. The memo stated that the amendments were not only inimical to the principles of democracy and good governance, but also bordered on bad faith and dishonesty on the part of the government. It called on President Biya to arrest the provocative situation before it goes out of hand. Addressing the protestors, Koumpa said the SDF was playing its role as an opposition party. "The opposition must oppose and you are doing just that, Koumpa said. "One day when you will come to power, we too will oppose," he said. Koumpa said achieving perfect democracy was a process and not a race as the SDF seems to be taking it. He said he was not mandated to say anything concerning the memorandum. The protesters carried placards with varied messages including "Our children have no future without free and fair election," "MINATD will do our elections no good", "No to DOs supervising elections in Cameroon", "Cameroon is not a CPDM property." June 26, 2006 at 03:03 PM in News | Permalink
Good message from the protestors. "MINATD will do our elections no good", "No to DOs supervising elections in Cameroon". Proof is that a governor (Koumpa Issa), whom the CPDM presents as neutral administrators NOT politicians, openly says "we (CPDM) too will oppose when the SDF gets to power." Can such a governor be neutral in elections? No! He must rig it for his party. The only problem with the protest is, it is nothing but lip service, another well rehearsed drama to keep the people punching the air "pawa to de pipo" while Mbah Ndam and Ni John are enjoying the comfort of their dealings with Biya. When the masses say "Who has de pawa? We have de pawa" Mbah Ndam just looks at Ni John and they both enjoy a good laugh and whisper in each other's ears "Biya has the power and we are sharing it with him in ways only we understand". Proof? After avoiding press interviews, the only place Ni John feels comfortable to address the issues rocking the SDF is... where of all? Biya's "Inside the Presidency"! Shame no go kill wona so? BenF Posted by: BenB | June 26, 2006 at 03:29 PM
Ni John Desperate, Begs for Reconciliation So who is desperate here? There was time for reconciliation, time when others laughed and sang songs of praise to almighty Ni John, while the mourner warned of doomsday. Now na who di go beg? Weti wona don see? If man want beg, make he beg openly. This matter is now an open public matter. This story, "Fon To Reconcile Fru Ndi And Ngwasiri" by Peterkins Manyong, even needs no comment. It says it all. Well, one more comment: They wanted Ngwasiri's fon to come to their convention to use it for propaganda headlines like, "Ngwasiri's fon distances from him, attends Fru Ndi's convention". Wona try next time. BenF
Fon To Reconcile Fru Ndi And Ngwasiri By Peterkins Manyong Fon Forngwa Forsuh 11, Fon of Mendankwe has promised to ensure that Fru Ndi and Professor Clement Ngwasiri, leaders of the two SDF factions, reconcile. The Fon made the promise when the SDF Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, visited him recently at his palace. Mendankwe is the village of origin of Hon. Clement Ngwasiri, who is at loggerheads with Fru Ndi. Briefing The Post, Martin Ngafor, Coordinator of SDF wards in Mendankwe, said the Chairman was well received by the Fon and his notables. When The Post met Fon Forngwa he confirmed what the SDF Coordinator for Mendankwe had said, adding that it was his wish to see the two SDF factions reconcile before the 2007 polls.Interestingly, the Fon saw nothing wrong in the fact that Fru Ndi, Ben Muna and Ngwasiri are in court. To him, the cases in court constitute a brilliant intellectual exercise as they provide the warring factions the unique opportunity to educate each other so that all of them could better understand the constitution of the party. The Fon said the SDF crisis was helping his "son" Ngwasiri to become a more mature and better politician. He said Fru Ndi was ready for reconciliation and he was sure Ngwasiri would not object to it. He promised to do everything in his power to ensure that the two factions are completely reconciled before the 2007 elections.During the discussion that followed, Fru Ndi said the purpose of his visit was to greet the Fon who had been ill for more than four years. The Fon, however, took exception to the fact that the Chairman had not come to see him since he (the Fon) returned from the US where he was evacuated when he was critically ill. Fon Forngwa was, nonetheless, grateful that Fru Ndi visited him soon after he had a stroke and was admitted at Adeso Clinic Up Station, Bamenda.The Fon is said to have equally complained that the SDF invited him to cut the party anniversary cake on May 26, 2006, knowing that he was a patient. To the Fon, that was an insult because the party and its hierarchy knew that because of his illness, he had exhausted the money he had on medication.The focus of the discussion, the SDF coordinator said, was however, the SDF crisis.Fru Ndi, who briefed the Fon on it, traced his relationship with Ngwasiri from its fountainhead. The SDF Chairman said he first met Ngwasiri during a visit to London sometime in the late 80s, but without knowing that he hailed from Mendankwe. Later when he became President of PWD Bamenda, Fru Ndi said he met Ngwasiri in Yaounde. They became friends and Ngwasiri sometimes assisted him to transport PWD players in his car. Later when the idea of forming a political party was hatched, he saw in Ngwasiri a useful ally.The Chairman said he even wanted Ngwasiri to head the party, but like all the other Founding Fathers, except Siga Asanga, Ngwasiri shied away when asked to sign the final document to be deposited with the administration. Fru Ndi said it was thanks to him that Ngwasiri entered parliament. Even before then he had been living with him in his Ntarinkon residence. But today, he lamented, Ngwasiri, in alliance with Ben Muna, has become the greatest source of headache to him, Fru Ndi and the SDF. Not only have the duo allied to destroy the SDF through lawsuits, but even organised a convention in Yaounde to divide the party.Quizzed by the Fon on the allegations of an assassination attempt on Ngwasiri by SDF vanguards, Fru Ndi said the incident took place while he was out of the country. He assured the Fon and the Mendankwe people that his conflict with Ngwasiri had no negative effect on his relationship with them. June 26, 2006 at 02:50 PM in News | Permalink
correction: "songs of praise", not "songs of parise"
Ni John Desperate, Begs for Reconciliation So who is desperate here? There was time for reconciliation, time when others laughed and sang songs of parise to almighty Ni John, while the mourner warned of doomsday. Now na who di go beg? Weti wona don see? If man want beg, make he beg openly. This matter is now an open public matter. This story even needs no comment. It says it all. Well, one more comment: They wanted Ngwasiri's fon to come to their convention to use it for propaganda headlines like "Ngwasiri's fon distances from him, attends Fru Ndi's convention". Wona try next time. BenF
Good message from the protestors. "MINATD will do our elections no good", "No to DOs supervising elections in Cameroon". Proof is that a governor (Koumpa Issa), whom the CPDM presents as neutral administrators NOT politicians, openly says "we (CPDM) too will oppose when the SDF gets to power." Can such a governor be neutral in elections? No! He must rig it for his party. The only problem with the protest is, it is nothing but lip service, another well rehearsed drama to keep the people punching the air "pawa to de pipo" while Mbah Ndam and Ni John are enjoying the comfort of their dealings with Biya. When the masses say "Who has de pawa? We have de pawa" Mbah Ndam just looks at Ni John and they both enjoy a good laugh and whisper in each other's ears "Biya has the power and we are sharing it with him in ways only we understand". Proof? After avoiding press interviews, the only place Ni John feels comfortable to address the issues rocking the SDF is... where of all? Biya's "Inside the Presidency"! Shame no go kill wona so? BenF
Why I Mourn for this Forum (II) Poor fellows of The Post/Postnewsline. It’s like a golden ring they’ve put on the nose of a pig. What do the so-called young intellectuals here use it for? See what forums like this elsewhere are used for. The best ideas are floated there. The most critical, non-complacent young men use it to make their voices heard. They are the intellectuals: they are the ones warming up to take over the relay baton. They ask the hard questions. They put their leaders on the hot seat over issues touching on their destiny. But not on this forum; not where those supposed to be firebrands are nothing but numbskulls. They’re all tongue-tight, these future leaders we are grooming on this forum. I mourn for this forum because you only hear people sing loudest during songs of praise for their idols or when insulting the person they hate seeing in their dreams. Look at this story on the CPDM-dominated parliament dodging debate over independent electoral commission. Did any of the loudmouths on this forum say a word? You know why? At least two reasons: 1.) They know Mbah Ndam has no moral authority to question Biya’s foot-dragging over independent electoral commission. You must come with clean hands if you seek equity. My friends here know that Mbah Ndam’s hands are soiled not only with dirt but also with blood, as his calculated resistance to Asonganyi’s good intentions to put together an independent electoral commission within the SDF spiraled to his Diboule bloodbath. If the SDF had its independent electoral commission, it would have had moral grounds to speak to Biya’s face. But Mbah Ndam would rather have people killed than have free and fair elections in the convention. On what grounds could he challenge Biya’s foot-dragging? My young friends here see that but remain tongue tight because any word they could utter on the subject would shame their idols. 2.) My young friends here know that the Mbah Ndam-Yoyo walkout over the independent electoral commission was just drama to fool our poor people. They know that Mbah Ndam and Yoyo are Epeses – they’ve already sold the match. Every ball they kick is just an indirect pass to set up Biya to score, though they pretend to take sliding tackles. My young friends know that these COMMERCIAL ACTIVISTS, reinforced by Kwemo and Awudu Mbaya have since sealed their deal with Biya through Gregoire Owona and just have to continue acting drama to fool the people that they are fighting. This band of COMMERCIAL ACTIVISTS know that if they make any genuine noise Mbah Ndam’s FEICOM file would be brought out (remember his motion of support to Biya after Ondo Ndong’s arrest?). An Epese won't continue being parliamentary group leader when this silly legal battle is laid to rest...soon. George (Atanga) no cry! As for Yoyo, only a small state auditor fresh from ENAM would be sent to check his books as Questor (one of the financial controllers so to say) at the National Assembly. Let’s leave Kwemo’s case for now. I mourn for this forum because of the calibre of people, so-called social democrats whom so-called young intellectuals on this forum condone. Those are the people they expect to bring change to Cameroon; the people they expect to speak to Biya’s face and wrestle with him for the independent electoral commission. I mourn. BenF (Has anyone found an appropriate title for me?)
Why I Mourn for this Forum (I) Well, we all thank The Post newspaper for creating Postnewsline and making it interactive so that WE THE PEOPLE can have a voice, even those of us who have nothing to say; even those of us who just want to see our names on the forum; even those of us who want to “win” online while those with better ideas are winning control on the ground and rescuing our great party from the pangs of COMMERCIAL ACTIVISTS who had traded it to the devil for 20 pieces of silver; even those of us who “like BenF/B keep contradicting themselves on this forum”. We thank The Post for giving a voice to people who had been denied a voice in a party for which they lost limb, life, family and career; those who had given all for the party but were pushed out by latter day freedom fighters who fooled Ni John – the people’s leader in the days of yore – into dining with Biya, causing Ni John to lose his voice in the process at the expense of the cause for the suffering masses. We thank The Post because it won’t edit the stuff we post here; it lets our stuff go verbatim as we write it so we can see the junk some of us – professed journalists and journalism consultants – were writing when we were supposed to be journalists; when we laid all the blame for our failure in journalism on the shoulders of our “malicious” editors. We thank The Post because our sloppy use of English and poor analysis on this forum now exposes us as some of the dullest journalists, political scientists, lawyers, jurists and social scientists that ever existed in Cameroon. Some of us weep for our parents who sent some of us abroad because all we show on this forum is total failure in our careers: be it teaching in the east and feigning we are in prestigious institutions in the west or dropping out of school because we wanted to play life and looking for ways to blame Pa Muna or his sons for our failures. Some of us think everyone has forgotten that we used to be propaganda stooges (hit men) and errand boys for Albert Dzongang – Ni JOHN’s bitter opponent. We wish everyone had forgotten that we were sanctioned by our so-called malicious editors because they wanted professional stuff not propaganda that we presented as news. Today, like typically frustrated hit men, we have found “last fight” in Ni John’s suicide mission. We thank The Post because we know what to expect from such gutter journalists who are planning to bounce back in Mbah Ndam’s The Heron to teach Ben Muna the lesson of his life. We thank The Post because they have opened the way for some like BenF/B to have a job as Muna’s online propaganda officer for good pay, since Ni John’s njohs and Mbah Ndam’s bats speak out of conviction and only Muna’s mourners must be doing so for money. Short sense pipo! We Muna supporters thank The Post because di money di sweet tam no dey. Man wey e vex make he cam chop he own too. Yes we thank The Post for all this, the same reason why we MOURN for this forum. BenF (In search of appropriate title: Chief Mourner or Professional Mourner? Whoever wins the contract to find me an appropriate title will get good pay. I’m earning a lot from Muna for my propaganda work, you know.)
I say eh, dis cry-die nova stop? Or are you waiting to see the grave decorated? Keep lying to yourselves and believing your own lies. Truth is elsewhere. And you all know it. That's why you are crying. Cry louder!!! There's more crying ahead. Very soon. Bet. BenF Posted by: BenB | June 23, 2006 at 06:39 PM
Why I Mourn for this Forum (II) Poor fellows of The Post/Postnewsline. It’s like a golden ring they’ve put on the nose of a pig. What do the so-called young intellectuals here use it for? See what forums like this elsewhere are used for. The best ideas are floated there. The most critical, non-complacent young men use it to make their voices heard. They are the intellectuals: they are the ones warming up to take over the relay baton. They ask the hard questions. They put their leaders on the hot seat over issues touching on their destiny. But not on this forum; not where those supposed to be firebrands are nothing but numbskulls. They’re all tongue-tight, these future leaders we are grooming on this forum. I mourn for this forum because you only hear people sing loudest during songs of praise for their idols or when insulting the person they hate seeing in their dreams. Look at this story on the CPDM dominated-parliament dodging debate over independent electoral commission. Did any of the loudmouths on this forum say a word? You know why? At least two reasons: 1.) They know Mbah Ndam has no moral authority to question Biya’s foot-dragging over independent electoral commission. You must come with clean hands if you seek equity. My friends here know that Mbah Ndam’s hands are soiled not only with dirt but also with blood, as his calculated resistance to Asonganyi’s good intentions to put together an independent electoral commission within the SDF spiraled to the Diboule bloodbath. If the SDF had its independent electoral commission, it would have had moral grounds to speak to Biya’s face. But Mbah Ndam would rather have people be killed than have free and fair elections in the convention. On what grounds could he challenge Biya’s foot dragging? My young friends here see that but remain tongue tight because any word they could utter on the subject would shame their idols. 2.) My young friends here know that the Mbah Ndam-Yoyo walkout over the independent electoral commission was just drama to fool our poor people. They know that Mbah Ndam and Yoyo are Epeses – they’ve already sold the match. Every ball they kick is just an indirect pass to set up Biya to score, though they pretend to take sliding tackles. My young friends know that these COMMERCIAL ACTIVISTS, reinforced by Kwemo and Awudu Mbaya have since sealed their deal with Biya through Gregoire Owona and just have to continue acting drama to fool the people that they are fighting. This band of COMMERCIAL ACTIVISTS know that if they make any genuine noise Mbah Ndam’s FEICOM file would be brought out (remember his motion of support to Biya after Ondo Ndong’s arrest?). As for Yoyo, only a small state auditor fresh from ENAM would be sent to check his books as Questor (one of the financial controllers so to say) at the National Assembly. Let’s leave Kwemo’s case for now. I mourn for this forum because of the calibre of people, so-called social democrats whom so-called young intellectuals on this forum condone; those are the people they expect to bring change to Cameroon; the people they expect to speak to Biya’s face and wrestle with him for the independent electoral commission. I mourn. BenF (Has anyone found an appropriate title for me?)