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Inasmuch as I laud “The Post” for the unremitting drive to bringing news to our doorsteps, I’m sometimes bewildered by some of the images they flaunt on here. I find it obscene and totally unacceptable for a supposedly renowned media to ramp such appalling images down our throats. I doubt if the publisher bothered to consider the emotional distress such a publication would cause to some members of the public and the bereaved family. Whatever way you choose to look at…it fits perfectly into the category branded “irresponsible journalism”.
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Rexon, Watesih and other forum members, I salute you all. I’ve been a keen fan of the forum and I’m often thrilled by some of the write-ups and the intriguing dialogue transpiring on here. Across the board, we have identified the plague of corruption and bad governance in Cameroon and you would probably agree with me that the best way to deal with this problem is to tackle it from the root cause. However, most of us possibly hold different opinions as to the root cause of the problem. We tend to limit our vision within the confine of CPDM, SCNC and SDF, but I reckon we’ve got an even bigger fight on our hands. In my opinion, the appalling state of affairs in Cameroon, like is the case in most African countries, is a consequence of Western neo-colonialism and outright exploitation. The West has established powerful institutions like the IMF and World Bank to protect its economic interests by hook or by crock. They’ve forced us to discard of our legacies like, PAMOL, SONEL, CDC etc, for peanuts in the name of privatization. Yes, they claim privatization would inevitably lead to more efficient allocation of resources… but then, how much of the profit generated from privatization actually trickles downs to the indigenous population? Sons and daughters of Cameroon are often compelled to toil for ridiculously low wages meanwhile the fruits of their labour simply repatriated to fuel the growth of Western economies. In fact, each time I try to fathom the misery countries like France have caused us, my stomach churns in disgust. Its time we pull the scale off our eyes and put a stop to this madness. The West has introduced the notion of globalization; persuading poor countries to open up, and just like a flock of sheep being led to the slaughter house, we obey at our peril. In my opinion, globalization is a vehicle carefully designed for the effective transfer of wealth from poorer countries to the super rich countries. All too often, we blame Biya for our predicaments…but guess what; if Biya fails to protect Western interests, they will simply strive to get someone else on the throne who will. I am by no means attempting to condone with Biya’s tendency to put his greedy personal interest before that of the people of Cameroon. When it became imminent that Fru Ndi will win the 1992 presidential election, didn’t the USA quickly invite him over and lavished him with gifts of honey and frankincense? Was that gesture down to benevolence? CERTAINLY NOT. That was a well calculated maneuver to taint his vision and to secure their future interest in case he takes to office. Consider the ongoing conflicts around Africa. We tend to blame it solely on Africans, but wasn’t Sir Mark Thatcher (a night to the British Throne and son of former British Prime Minister – Margaret Thatcher) recently exposed as the brain behind an arms deal which would have easily led to a bloodbath in Equatorial Guinea? The West has impoverished Africans to the extent where we are willing to slay one another for a loaf of bread. Here is another example to highlights the sly nature of the white mind. When it became unacceptable for the West to continue binding Africans with shackles and shipping them to plantations in the New World, they ingeniously devised a new idea…“make the condition in their country unbearable and they will come rushing to do the same slave labour their ancestors had been subjected to”. I am talking about the same perpetrators of slave trade; wolves, now clothed in sheepskin, and at present exhibiting a despicable drama of pretence. They’ve succeeded in giving slavery a moral face!!! My prediction is, if western exploitation carries on unchecked, the economic worth of Africa will be completely wiped out in the next century or so. I share Hugo Chaves’ (Venezuelan president) vision of re-nationalization of previously held state enterprise. If state institutions in developing countries must be privatized, perhaps, they should be allotted into shares and traded exclusively to nationals. Perhaps, the ideal leader for any developing country has got to be a nationalist who’ve got the best interest of his people at heart. Only such a leader would truly lift us out of poverty, although his/her well-intended actions would probably constitute the white man’s nightmare.
I personally hold tremendous respect for both Ni John Fru Ndi and Chief Ayamba for their relentless efforts in the struggle for a better “Cameroon”. However, I believe Fru Ndi’s remarks as to “Government being very tolerant to the SCNC to the detriment of the SDF party” was not necessary. Don’t the saying goes that “the best way to destroy your enemies is to turn them against each other”?...By throwing political punches at each other, our leaders would only catalyze our demise…and guess who would be the ultimate winner? – BIYA. The sensible approach would be for SCNC and SDF leaders to take positive steps towards uniting on a common platform. Before our very eyes, the SDF secured a formidable victory at the 1992 presidential election but the books were ingeniously cooked in broad daylight. Besides, there is no guarantee that future elections will not suffer similar irregularities. Therefore, in my opinion, Ni Fru Ndi should do the honourable thing by rallying all SDF supporters behind SCNC, and together, we shall fight for our freedom. Jerome Lawen Tangunyi
Muki StoneHall, I totally agree with you on the point that we either “FIGHT OR SLEEP”. La Republique has gone to extraordinary lengths in its crusade to assassinate the political identity of Southern Cameroons. We all want change but we seem not to be willing to pay the concurrent price….Life doesn’t work that way!! In my opinion, since “the lion man” has polished his election rigging skills to perfection, the SCNC is the way forward. However, to my greatest dismay, the SCNC has adopted a rather too soft approach. Lets consider the analogy of the 1789 French Revolution, which underpins the very civil liberty enjoyed in France today. Its slogan was “liberty, equality, fraternity OR DEATH”. Nonetheless, the SCNC subscribes solely for “the force of argument and NOT the argument of force”. Thats not good enough. The SCNC cause presents an even more enormous challenge because some buffoons are easily bought over to dine and wine with “the lion man” while our people perish. Until we are willing to place the national interest of Southern Cameroons before personal gratifications; Until fraternity takes precedence over “politics of the stomach”; Until we are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the interest of our land; We shall continue to shed crocodile tears while bandits of La republique gloat over their loot. Tangunyi Jerome
I have been following up the recent scandal at the University of Buea with keen interest and I must admit that the whole episode is one hell of a mess. In fact, I’m finding it exceedingly difficult to come to terms with the fact that acts of nepotism and corruption in Cameroon has become a publicly displayed ritual. It is unacceptable for a member of government to impose a list of candidates for places that are designed to be filled by way of a competitive examination. For the interest of good governance we must maintain our resolve to stamp out such practices. I salute the effort of the UB students who vigorously exercised their right to publicly denounce such a corrupt agenda…and for those students who got killed in the process…“you are our heroes and may you find lasting peace at the other side!!” The prominent Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said; “ All violence is evil. But a time might come when you have to decide between two evils; oppression or a violent overthrow of an oppressive regime. When the honour of God is at stake, we shall disobey iniquitous and unjust laws” Tangunyi Jerome Lawen LONDON