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CALLING CAMEROON SINCE JUNE FIRST! The issue about Cameroon the phone line has nothing to do with the what ever card or region you are call. Since June first, the mobile phone network has moved to a more digitilized 9-digits number, depending on the line you are calling. I faced a similar situation, but if you should listen carefully to the operator talking, she wouuld tell you what to do. e.g. I was told to add 7 to the 8-digit MTM number I was trying to dial. Mean the cameroon (237)+ 7 then the mtm number (237)7 --------. Calling orange, you need to add 9 i.e (237)9-------- etc. Hope this helps. Cheers
Reading this press release today from Fru Ndi reminds me of a mail that circulated in many Forums last Feb. From one Mr. Acha. It was entitled "A letter to All Camerounians". I am still wondering why the Post never published a copy of that letter. I am pasting the mail here for you to read it if you were never fortunate to recieve a copy of it. There was so much fire and facts in the mail worth circulating. ************************************************** If the message is truncated, open the atachment to read the complete text . 07-02-2007 Subject: AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CAMEROONIANS Dear Cameroonians There is so much talk and debate in Cameroon today on the need for a true Democracy, but the staggering reality is that, the nation seems not to be, in any form ready for that Democracy, even those who claim to be democrats. May be there is an urgent need to redefine democracy in terms of a nation like Cameroon, since there's a total misconception of this word in our society. In a society where oligarchy and anarchy is the rule of the day, in which the government seems to be resting on the value of property, meaning the rich are powerful and the poor are deprived, democracy cannot be defined solely on the ability to proclaim a victor by assuming he/she has the majority of cards from a ballot box which is totally under his/her authority. Democracy in such a nation will rather mean the ability, and preparedness of the deprived masses, assisted by some moderate rich and powerful to freely rebel (without violence) against the government, and be ready to resist its intimidation in all its forms. But painfully enough, Cameroon seems to be far away from this school of thought, not because the masses are not able, but because the so called leaders of the various political forces are short sighted and selfishly not organized. When the government at the top of any nation fails the test of modern democracy, then democracy becomes filled with variety and strategic disorder, such as civil disobedience that will force the top to readjust or totally withdraw. The gentle wind of revolution is blowing through the sub Sahara Africa. We should not let it pass us by, for we will be left behind and will never catch it again. I know many are disappointed with those we laid our trust in, to lead us through such moments. Many are now desperately obsessed with the thought that this can't happen in the absence of a platform such as a trusted political party. I understand your worries, but bear in mind that there are a lot of alternatives. If our political parties are failing us, we will create and use our UNIONS, (workers Unions, Business Unions, Farmers Unions, drivers Unions, Unemployment Unions, Truck pushers Unions, Teachers Unions, Student Unions, Mothers Unions etc) and other institutions such as religious institutions and NGOs as platforms to table our grievance. Use them as tools to cash checks from the national bank of our nation which we all are legally entitled to, but have been deprived and continue to be deprived by the "rich and powerful". But never the less, I will recommend we give our front line political parties another but last chance, and be determined to rise and defend our votes when the time comes. In the course of rising, we must remember to respect the value of the nation's infrastructure and do it without violence. We should act within our UNIONS as though we were protecting our individual interest and showing our discontent of the country's social system which we are hire to, but has been taken hostage by the so called Powerful. Our individual determination to act will collectively send a clear message to the rich and Powerful that we now mean business and there's no turning back until our check has been paid. The wealth and prosperity of our nation depends on our individual efforts. Let us all act individually as though to maximize our material economic gains. Just like the Economist Adam smith said, our individual desires would collectively maximize the collective good, and overcome the obstacles in our human society. It is our moral obligation to do so. Those nursing the pessimistic views would say we is so divided into ethnic groups so much that we cannot act collectively. This is a wrong notion! If we were that negatively divided as they claim, then we would have long been fighting each other in a bloody civil war. But that is not the case, and is never going to be the case. We are divided so much that we are so united to be fighting each other. The Cameroonian community is oriented to some good, and we have moderate elite and powerful people within the communities that will only empathize with us after scaling our degree of determination. Let us go out in numbers and ask for accountability. Ask those managing the resources of our rich nation for transparent checks and balances. Tell them we are not going home until those account books are made public, and the architects of graft and corruption are brought before the public and punished accordingly. History has proven that Cameroonians are loyal, but do not let this be regarded as a weakness. Let the Nation know that it can only hence forth continue to enjoy this undisputed loyalty of its citizen if and only if there is a well organized government structure, which respects the value of both the rich and the poor and practices good governance in all its forms. We as humble Cameroonians have every single reason to stand up and say enough is enough, just like many other nations have done, and have today, joined the rest of the world both in economic and social development. For example, The Rose Revolution – a popular protest over a rigged parliamentary election that cascaded into a political uprising -- forced former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze to resign on November 23, 2003, after his 11 years in power, during which the country was transformed from one of the richest Soviet republics into one of the most corrupt and impoverished nations in the region. Painfully, the immediate reasons behind this uprising are rather our day to day life here in Cameroon. I will be listing below the causes of the Rose revolution and correlating them with our home situation, then living you with the option to judge both circumstances. Unpunished corruption at the highest levels such as: 1- Members of Shevardnadze's family and inner circle enriched themselves through rigged privatization deals and misappropriated funds. We are living this nightmare day in day out in Cameroon with billions of FCFA being swindled into private accounts by government officials. The FIECOM saga is just one of many we are not aware of. Hundreds of ghost contracts are being awarded on regular basis to members of that inner circle in Cameroon. Our State co operations are privatized to enrich a few individuals. A good example is the Tea Estate privatization scamp which was undervalued and sold to a clique of individuals. The PALM OL and you name the rest. 2- Positions in the Georgian Customs Department could be bought for $100,000. In Cameroon those with the money can buy positions into top government offices, such as Governors, SDO, DOs, Government Delegates etc. Meritocracy has no place in our communities. This is a fact we all know, but yet it means nothing to us. 3- Widespread corruption in the energy sector led to frequent power outages that severely disrupted efforts by demoralized Georgian citizens to have a normal life and make their economy function. We are all living witnesses to the menaces of our home AESONEL, and the discomfort of its rampant black outs. A situation that does not only disrupt our businesses an activities, but scaring potential foreign investors away and dampening our Economy. 4- In Georgia Entrepreneurs had to pay bribes to register new small businesses. A factor which is like part of our existence here in Cameroon was an unacceptable issue in Georgia. They had to do something to bring this to an end. 5- Some parents, short on cash, had to sell the family car and land to raise the bribe money required for students seeking to enrol in Georgia's once-prestigious institutions of higher education. This is a perfect reflection on the circumstances surrounding an entrance into our ENAM, CUSS, IRIC, ENS and you name the rest. Can an average Cameroonian with the knowledge get access to these institutions without a bulk of monies changing hands for private pockets? 6- The 2003 results from the Transparency international that ranged the Country as the 4th most corrupt country in the world, with a score of just 1.8 points. Coincidentally, Cameroon was ranged at the same position with Georgia that same year with a score of 1.8 as well. Remember we topped the list of the most corrupt nation in the world for two consecutive time i.e. 1998 and 1999. But yet it meant nothing to us. 7- Multiple and rampant check points for motorists travelling from the capital of Tbilisi to one of Georgia's regional cities. It was common to be stopped five or more times on the three-hour journey by traffic police seeking bribes to make their own ends meet. How many similarly traffic police, Gendarmes and even some times military check points do we come across as we travel around Cameroon? All trying to extort unwarranted money from us! 8- The major catalyst to the Rose Revolution (also known as the Corruption revolution) came when Georgian officials who had completely lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of Georgians attempted to rig the parliamentary elections of that same year 2003. How many times have elections both Parliamentary and presidential been rigged in Cameroon? How many times have we as a population been humiliated? Aren't we tired and impoverished by this government? Since when did they lose their legitimacy in our eyes? We have heard promises for decades, ranging from New Deals to Great Ambitions, but yet what we see are our cities decaying with abandoned infrastructures deteriorating. Our Economy is moving backward whiles the rest of the world is moving forward. What else do we need to legitimize our argument and quench our thirst for a change? We have to rise when it is time to. In the course of this uprising, we should be aware of infiltrators and opportunist who may want to derail us with nationalistic ideological concepts and other unframed political agendas to spawn a civil war or sectarian movements. That could jeopardize our course. The uprising should be based on a modern federal democracy, and democracy in my context will mean equality, transparency and accountability without ethnic discrimination or tribalism. Be aware of those who will want to loot and destroy public infrastructures under our umbrella. Form vigilance committees within our Unions to maintain our course while bringing everything else to a standstill. Let the whole nation descend to the capital and quarantine all activities and allow the heat to radiate. Let us prepare our bags for both raining and sunny days. Put in the maximum efforts to educate and sensitize both the trunk and the roots on the need to rise and sleep in the open. Peacefully remind the military of their responsibility which is to protect us. Spend time and resources to educate them that, we are neither rivals nor enemies. Let them understand our grievances und convince them to share our grieves, by staying neutral during this period. This is a factor that should not be ignored. We will Use the recent colour revolutions in the Eastern European countries as Models. Those who cannot descend down to the capital should move out to their local cities and make the Governor and DO offices their new homes. Let the loyal citizens of the Far north, North, Adamawa, Akwaya and eastern provinces match out in their numbers and tell their local administrators that enough is enough. Make the Garoua city hall and streets your new Homes. I know the Heat could be unbearable in the Douala port city, but join in with liberation hymns and Quarantine the Administrative Headquarters in Bonajor, and spread out to the city Hall in Akwa (sale de fate) and its surroundings. Let the city come to a standstill, allowing only the in and out of vehicles carrying food and nothing else. Let all of Kribi move down to the capital. This should be the same with the southwest, west and the Northwest provinces. In the Southwest, those who cannot move to the capital should assemble at the Malingo Junction and the Governor's office. In the Northwest, climbing the Station Hill could be a task and an obstacle, so carry your sleeping beds to the Liberty square and sing the songs of liberty. If all of these is done in a synchronized manner, then be rest assured that the steam running out will be able to force the defunct and rusted turbines at the Etoudi Dam to turn, and we shall all sing the song "Free, Free, Free at last" The elite Philosopher Hegel in his book "Philosophy of Right and law" makes it clear that in every modern democratic society, the courts, the police, and administrative departments are all organs of the civil society as of the state. They pertain to civil society where their function is to promote personal or private interest, and to the state where their function is to coalesce a community. But in Cameroon where these institutions are completely under the authority of the State (commonly called the executive) wherein one can no longer differentiate between the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary as stipulated in our constitution, the only way to overcome such a hegemony is through a revolution. It is sad when a State acts as a force above the society rather than to mitigate in class conflict. Lenin in his book "State and Revolution (1932, 8 )" argues that, the only way to overcome such a debacle is through a revolution and the destruction of the state apparatuses created by the ruling class. About the newly created ELECAM, it is disgusting to see fellow Cameroonians being pulled into another booty trap disguised under the name of a transparent Election commission. Learned Intellectuals of our communities and the international arena have looked deep into this so called ELECAM and come to a conclusion that it's just another MINATD/NEO turned inside out to fool Cameroonians, and trick the political forces that so dearly put their trust in it. I will advice you find some time and educate yourself with the recently published 42 pages report on Cameroon, by the Office of Public Management, a British consultancy based in London. You would understand the state of affairs and any elections under this regime, be it with or without ELECAM. The report puts it clear that there can never be any free and fair Elections in Cameroon under the current apparatus. It is rumored around that some political parties are contemplating to boycott the forth coming Elections if an Independent ELECAM does not go functional before that period. Cameroonians, this will be another fatal error if we do not go in for these elections. Let us go out in our numbers and register and vote when the time comes, with or without ELECAM. Just as we go out to register and vote, we should be determined to collectively defend our individual votes when the time comes. If we do not vote, then we will have NO excuse to rise. We should not wait for a door to door call of action to rise and defend our votes. All we need to do is to rise and join in when the Alarm rings. And to the political leaders, let me remind you now to spend just as much time and resources to educate the masses on how to defend their votes when the time comes. Change your old fashioned political tactics, which so far have been based on educating and sensitizing the masses on the need to register, vote and defend the vote. Standing on platforms and telling them to defend their votes when it is time, without educating them on how to defend the votes brings nothing. Organize public workshops and seminars and educate the masses on how to go about it. The strategies to apply may not be worth discussing in this letter, but I will not hesitate educating you (the leaders) if need be. The man at the Helm of the government has solidified the walls of his monarchy so hard that, even the few progressive voices within his circle are powerless and voiceless. His ability of accumulating all the power that be, and delegating or better say dishing out pockets of this power to those loyal to him, makes him feel like a supper immortal being. This is because those with patches of his power are frightened and scared of speaking out or acting rightly amid fears of losing these fringes of power. On corruption, my humble Cameroonians do not be fooled. There is no way on earth that Cameroon will, to an extent be corruption free as long as this government continues to be in power. Most corrupt culprits have tentacles stretched deep into the Leadership. Meaning the noise on fighting corruption will continue to be an Opera in which only the greedy goats will fall into the net. It is a scamp to lure the international community, and pretend as though things are getting better. The mainstream corrupt apparatus will continue operating with absolute impunity. If you have been following up the current FIECOM saga and listening to the wordings of Ondo Ndong (the former director General of FIECOM) and his accomplices, then you will have an idea on the complexity of the corrupt apparatus in this nation. It needs only a total sweep of the House. There are hundreds of such FIECOM cases, and will continue to operate as long as the apparatus is still standing. They can only be brought for questioning when we must have sang the song "Free Free, Free at last". There shall be no hiding place when the concrete wall shielding them is pushed down the alee by the steam of our Freedom songs. Do a favour for the nation by forwarding this letter to all Cameroonians you know, both home and abroad. Let the Press Media Publish it in all Languages. Forward it to your news groups and associations. Forward it into your online forums, print and distribute it within your local meeting Houses. Let the political parties distribute it to their militants. Private TV station should broadcast it. It is a wakening call to all Cameroonians. We do not have to wait for 2011, for it will come and go by just like any other. If you are a true Cameroonian and you read this letter and ignore it, without forwarding to others, nothing will happen. But then do not complain of the troubles of our nation. Keep in mind that Generations to come will continue to live under this Monarch if you do not act now. Eric M. Acha Yaoundé, Cameroon Feb. 07.2007
Reading this press release today from Fru Ndi reminds me of a mail that circulated in many Forums last Feb. From one Mr. Acha. It was entitled "A letter to All Camerounians". I am still wondering why the Post never published a copy of that letter. I am pasting the mail here for you to read it if you were never fortunate to recieve a copy of it. There was so much fire and facts in the mail worth circulating. ************************************************** If the message is truncated, open the atachment to read the complete text . 07-02-2007 Subject: AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CAMEROONIANS Dear Cameroonians There is so much talk and debate in Cameroon today on the need for a true Democracy, but the staggering reality is that, the nation seems not to be, in any form ready for that Democracy, even those who claim to be democrats. May be there is an urgent need to redefine democracy in terms of a nation like Cameroon, since there's a total misconception of this word in our society. In a society where oligarchy and anarchy is the rule of the day, in which the government seems to be resting on the value of property, meaning the rich are powerful and the poor are deprived, democracy cannot be defined solely on the ability to proclaim a victor by assuming he/she has the majority of cards from a ballot box which is totally under his/her authority. Democracy in such a nation will rather mean the ability, and preparedness of the deprived masses, assisted by some moderate rich and powerful to freely rebel (without violence) against the government, and be ready to resist its intimidation in all its forms. But painfully enough, Cameroon seems to be far away from this school of thought, not because the masses are not able, but because the so called leaders of the various political forces are short sighted and selfishly not organized. When the government at the top of any nation fails the test of modern democracy, then democracy becomes filled with variety and strategic disorder, such as civil disobedience that will force the top to readjust or totally withdraw. The gentle wind of revolution is blowing through the sub Sahara Africa. We should not let it pass us by, for we will be left behind and will never catch it again. I know many are disappointed with those we laid our trust in, to lead us through such moments. Many are now desperately obsessed with the thought that this can't happen in the absence of a platform such as a trusted political party. I understand your worries, but bear in mind that there are a lot of alternatives. If our political parties are failing us, we will create and use our UNIONS, (workers Unions, Business Unions, Farmers Unions, drivers Unions, Unemployment Unions, Truck pushers Unions, Teachers Unions, Student Unions, Mothers Unions etc) and other institutions such as religious institutions and NGOs as platforms to table our grievance. Use them as tools to cash checks from the national bank of our nation which we all are legally entitled to, but have been deprived and continue to be deprived by the "rich and powerful". But never the less, I will recommend we give our front line political parties another but last chance, and be determined to rise and defend our votes when the time comes. In the course of rising, we must remember to respect the value of the nation's infrastructure and do it without violence. We should act within our UNIONS as though we were protecting our individual interest and showing our discontent of the country's social system which we are hire to, but has been taken hostage by the so called Powerful. Our individual determination to act will collectively send a clear message to the rich and Powerful that we now mean business and there's no turning back until our check has been paid. The wealth and prosperity of our nation depends on our individual efforts. Let us all act individually as though to maximize our material economic gains. Just like the Economist Adam smith said, our individual desires would collectively maximize the collective good, and overcome the obstacles in our human society. It is our moral obligation to do so. Those nursing the pessimistic views would say we is so divided into ethnic groups so much that we cannot act collectively. This is a wrong notion! If we were that negatively divided as they claim, then we would have long been fighting each other in a bloody civil war. But that is not the case, and is never going to be the case. We are divided so much that we are so united to be fighting each other. The Cameroonian community is oriented to some good, and we have moderate elite and powerful people within the communities that will only empathize with us after scaling our degree of determination. Let us go out in numbers and ask for accountability. Ask those managing the resources of our rich nation for transparent checks and balances. Tell them we are not going home until those account books are made public, and the architects of graft and corruption are brought before the public and punished accordingly. History has proven that Cameroonians are loyal, but do not let this be regarded as a weakness. Let the Nation know that it can only hence forth continue to enjoy this undisputed loyalty of its citizen if and only if there is a well organized government structure, which respects the value of both the rich and the poor and practices good governance in all its forms. We as humble Cameroonians have every single reason to stand up and say enough is enough, just like many other nations have done, and have today, joined the rest of the world both in economic and social development. For example, The Rose Revolution – a popular protest over a rigged parliamentary election that cascaded into a political uprising -- forced former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze to resign on November 23, 2003, after his 11 years in power, during which the country was transformed from one of the richest Soviet republics into one of the most corrupt and impoverished nations in the region. Painfully, the immediate reasons behind this uprising are rather our day to day life here in Cameroon. I will be listing below the causes of the Rose revolution and correlating them with our home situation, then living you with the option to judge both circumstances. Unpunished corruption at the highest levels such as: 1- Members of Shevardnadze's family and inner circle enriched themselves through rigged privatization deals and misappropriated funds. We are living this nightmare day in day out in Cameroon with billions of FCFA being swindled into private accounts by government officials. The FIECOM saga is just one of many we are not aware of. Hundreds of ghost contracts are being awarded on regular basis to members of that inner circle in Cameroon. Our State co operations are privatized to enrich a few individuals. A good example is the Tea Estate privatization scamp which was undervalued and sold to a clique of individuals. The PALM OL and you name the rest. 2- Positions in the Georgian Customs Department could be bought for $100,000. In Cameroon those with the money can buy positions into top government offices, such as Governors, SDO, DOs, Government Delegates etc. Meritocracy has no place in our communities. This is a fact we all know, but yet it means nothing to us. 3- Widespread corruption in the energy sector led to frequent power outages that severely disrupted efforts by demoralized Georgian citizens to have a normal life and make their economy function. We are all living witnesses to the menaces of our home AESONEL, and the discomfort of its rampant black outs. A situation that does not only disrupt our businesses an activities, but scaring potential foreign investors away and dampening our Economy. 4- In Georgia Entrepreneurs had to pay bribes to register new small businesses. A factor which is like part of our existence here in Cameroon was an unacceptable issue in Georgia. They had to do something to bring this to an end. 5- Some parents, short on cash, had to sell the family car and land to raise the bribe money required for students seeking to enrol in Georgia's once-prestigious institutions of higher education. This is a perfect reflection on the circumstances surrounding an entrance into our ENAM, CUSS, IRIC, ENS and you name the rest. Can an average Cameroonian with the knowledge get access to these institutions without a bulk of monies changing hands for private pockets? 6- The 2003 results from the Transparency international that ranged the Country as the 4th most corrupt country in the world, with a score of just 1.8 points. Coincidentally, Cameroon was ranged at the same position with Georgia that same year with a score of 1.8 as well. Remember we topped the list of the most corrupt nation in the world for two consecutive time i.e. 1998 and 1999. But yet it meant nothing to us. 7- Multiple and rampant check points for motorists travelling from the capital of Tbilisi to one of Georgia's regional cities. It was common to be stopped five or more times on the three-hour journey by traffic police seeking bribes to make their own ends meet. How many similarly traffic police, Gendarmes and even some times military check points do we come across as we travel around Cameroon? All trying to extort unwarranted money from us! 8- The major catalyst to the Rose Revolution (also known as the Corruption revolution) came when Georgian officials who had completely lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of Georgians attempted to rig the parliamentary elections of that same year 2003. How many times have elections both Parliamentary and presidential been rigged in Cameroon? How many times have we as a population been humiliated? Aren't we tired and impoverished by this government? Since when did they lose their legitimacy in our eyes? We have heard promises for decades, ranging from New Deals to Great Ambitions, but yet what we see are our cities decaying with abandoned infrastructures deteriorating. Our Economy is moving backward whiles the rest of the world is moving forward. What else do we need to legitimize our argument and quench our thirst for a change? We have to rise when it is time to. In the course of this uprising, we should be aware of infiltrators and opportunist who may want to derail us with nationalistic ideological concepts and other unframed political agendas to spawn a civil war or sectarian movements. That could jeopardize our course. The uprising should be based on a modern federal democracy, and democracy in my context will mean equality, transparency and accountability without ethnic discrimination or tribalism. Be aware of those who will want to loot and destroy public infrastructures under our umbrella. Form vigilance committees within our Unions to maintain our course while bringing everything else to a standstill. Let the whole nation descend to the capital and quarantine all activities and allow the heat to radiate. Let us prepare our bags for both raining and sunny days. Put in the maximum efforts to educate and sensitize both the trunk and the roots on the need to rise and sleep in the open. Peacefully remind the military of their responsibility which is to protect us. Spend time and resources to educate them that, we are neither rivals nor enemies. Let them understand our grievances und convince them to share our grieves, by staying neutral during this period. This is a factor that should not be ignored. We will Use the recent colour revolutions in the Eastern European countries as Models. Those who cannot descend down to the capital should move out to their local cities and make the Governor and DO offices their new homes. Let the loyal citizens of the Far north, North, Adamawa, Akwaya and eastern provinces match out in their numbers and tell their local administrators that enough is enough. Make the Garoua city hall and streets your new Homes. I know the Heat could be unbearable in the Douala port city, but join in with liberation hymns and Quarantine the Administrative Headquarters in Bonajor, and spread out to the city Hall in Akwa (sale de fate) and its surroundings. Let the city come to a standstill, allowing only the in and out of vehicles carrying food and nothing else. Let all of Kribi move down to the capital. This should be the same with the southwest, west and the Northwest provinces. In the Southwest, those who cannot move to the capital should assemble at the Malingo Junction and the Governor's office. In the Northwest, climbing the Station Hill could be a task and an obstacle, so carry your sleeping beds to the Liberty square and sing the songs of liberty. If all of these is done in a synchronized manner, then be rest assured that the steam running out will be able to force the defunct and rusted turbines at the Etoudi Dam to turn, and we shall all sing the song "Free, Free, Free at last" The elite Philosopher Hegel in his book "Philosophy of Right and law" makes it clear that in every modern democratic society, the courts, the police, and administrative departments are all organs of the civil society as of the state. They pertain to civil society where their function is to promote personal or private interest, and to the state where their function is to coalesce a community. But in Cameroon where these institutions are completely under the authority of the State (commonly called the executive) wherein one can no longer differentiate between the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary as stipulated in our constitution, the only way to overcome such a hegemony is through a revolution. It is sad when a State acts as a force above the society rather than to mitigate in class conflict. Lenin in his book "State and Revolution (1932, 8 )" argues that, the only way to overcome such a debacle is through a revolution and the destruction of the state apparatuses created by the ruling class. About the newly created ELECAM, it is disgusting to see fellow Cameroonians being pulled into another booty trap disguised under the name of a transparent Election commission. Learned Intellectuals of our communities and the international arena have looked deep into this so called ELECAM and come to a conclusion that it's just another MINATD/NEO turned inside out to fool Cameroonians, and trick the political forces that so dearly put their trust in it. I will advice you find some time and educate yourself with the recently published 42 pages report on Cameroon, by the Office of Public Management, a British consultancy based in London. You would understand the state of affairs and any elections under this regime, be it with or without ELECAM. The report puts it clear that there can never be any free and fair Elections in Cameroon under the current apparatus. It is rumored around that some political parties are contemplating to boycott the forth coming Elections if an Independent ELECAM does not go functional before that period. Cameroonians, this will be another fatal error if we do not go in for these elections. Let us go out in our numbers and register and vote when the time comes, with or without ELECAM. Just as we go out to register and vote, we should be determined to collectively defend our individual votes when the time comes. If we do not vote, then we will have NO excuse to rise. We should not wait for a door to door call of action to rise and defend our votes. All we need to do is to rise and join in when the Alarm rings. And to the political leaders, let me remind you now to spend just as much time and resources to educate the masses on how to defend their votes when the time comes. Change your old fashioned political tactics, which so far have been based on educating and sensitizing the masses on the need to register, vote and defend the vote. Standing on platforms and telling them to defend their votes when it is time, without educating them on how to defend the votes brings nothing. Organize public workshops and seminars and educate the masses on how to go about it. The strategies to apply may not be worth discussing in this letter, but I will not hesitate educating you (the leaders) if need be. The man at the Helm of the government has solidified the walls of his monarchy so hard that, even the few progressive voices within his circle are powerless and voiceless. His ability of accumulating all the power that be, and delegating or better say dishing out pockets of this power to those loyal to him, makes him feel like a supper immortal being. This is because those with patches of his power are frightened and scared of speaking out or acting rightly amid fears of losing these fringes of power. On corruption, my humble Cameroonians do not be fooled. There is no way on earth that Cameroon will, to an extent be corruption free as long as this government continues to be in power. Most corrupt culprits have tentacles stretched deep into the Leadership. Meaning the noise on fighting corruption will continue to be an Opera in which only the greedy goats will fall into the net. It is a scamp to lure the international community, and pretend as though things are getting better. The mainstream corrupt apparatus will continue operating with absolute impunity. If you have been following up the current FIECOM saga and listening to the wordings of Ondo Ndong (the former director General of FIECOM) and his accomplices, then you will have an idea on the complexity of the corrupt apparatus in this nation. It needs only a total sweep of the House. There are hundreds of such FIECOM cases, and will continue to operate as long as the apparatus is still standing. They can only be brought for questioning when we must have sang the song "Free Free, Free at last". There shall be no hiding place when the concrete wall shielding them is pushed down the alee by the steam of our Freedom songs. Do a favour for the nation by forwarding this letter to all Cameroonians you know, both home and abroad. Let the Press Media Publish it in all Languages. Forward it to your news groups and associations. Forward it into your online forums, print and distribute it within your local meeting Houses. Let the political parties distribute it to their militants. Private TV station should broadcast it. It is a wakening call to all Cameroonians. We do not have to wait for 2011, for it will come and go by just like any other. If you are a true Cameroonian and you read this letter and ignore it, without forwarding to others, nothing will happen. But then do not complain of the troubles of our nation. Keep in mind that Generations to come will continue to live under this Monarch if you do not act now. Eric M. Acha E-Mail: acha.eric@gmail.com Yaoundé, Cameroon Feb. 07.2007
Reading this press release today from Fru Ndi reminds me of a mail that circulated in many Forums last Feb. From one Mr. Acha. It was entitled "A letter to All Camerounians". I am still wondering why the Post never published a copy of that letter. I am pasting the mail here for you to read it if you were never fortunate to recieve a copy of it. There was so much fire and facts in the mail worth circulating. ************************************************** If the message is truncated, open the atachment to read the complete text . 07-02-2007 Subject: AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CAMEROONIANS Dear Cameroonians There is so much talk and debate in Cameroon today on the need for a true Democracy, but the staggering reality is that, the nation seems not to be, in any form ready for that Democracy, even those who claim to be democrats. May be there is an urgent need to redefine democracy in terms of a nation like Cameroon, since there's a total misconception of this word in our society. In a society where oligarchy and anarchy is the rule of the day, in which the government seems to be resting on the value of property, meaning the rich are powerful and the poor are deprived, democracy cannot be defined solely on the ability to proclaim a victor by assuming he/she has the majority of cards from a ballot box which is totally under his/her authority. Democracy in such a nation will rather mean the ability, and preparedness of the deprived masses, assisted by some moderate rich and powerful to freely rebel (without violence) against the government, and be ready to resist its intimidation in all its forms. But painfully enough, Cameroon seems to be far away from this school of thought, not because the masses are not able, but because the so called leaders of the various political forces are short sighted and selfishly not organized. When the government at the top of any nation fails the test of modern democracy, then democracy becomes filled with variety and strategic disorder, such as civil disobedience that will force the top to readjust or totally withdraw. The gentle wind of revolution is blowing through the sub Sahara Africa. We should not let it pass us by, for we will be left behind and will never catch it again. I know many are disappointed with those we laid our trust in, to lead us through such moments. Many are now desperately obsessed with the thought that this can't happen in the absence of a platform such as a trusted political party. I understand your worries, but bear in mind that there are a lot of alternatives. If our political parties are failing us, we will create and use our UNIONS, (workers Unions, Business Unions, Farmers Unions, drivers Unions, Unemployment Unions, Truck pushers Unions, Teachers Unions, Student Unions, Mothers Unions etc) and other institutions such as religious institutions and NGOs as platforms to table our grievance. Use them as tools to cash checks from the national bank of our nation which we all are legally entitled to, but have been deprived and continue to be deprived by the "rich and powerful". But never the less, I will recommend we give our front line political parties another but last chance, and be determined to rise and defend our votes when the time comes. In the course of rising, we must remember to respect the value of the nation's infrastructure and do it without violence. We should act within our UNIONS as though we were protecting our individual interest and showing our discontent of the country's social system which we are hire to, but has been taken hostage by the so called Powerful. Our individual determination to act will collectively send a clear message to the rich and Powerful that we now mean business and there's no turning back until our check has been paid. The wealth and prosperity of our nation depends on our individual efforts. Let us all act individually as though to maximize our material economic gains. Just like the Economist Adam smith said, our individual desires would collectively maximize the collective good, and overcome the obstacles in our human society. It is our moral obligation to do so. Those nursing the pessimistic views would say we is so divided into ethnic groups so much that we cannot act collectively. This is a wrong notion! If we were that negatively divided as they claim, then we would have long been fighting each other in a bloody civil war. But that is not the case, and is never going to be the case. We are divided so much that we are so united to be fighting each other. The Cameroonian community is oriented to some good, and we have moderate elite and powerful people within the communities that will only empathize with us after scaling our degree of determination. Let us go out in numbers and ask for accountability. Ask those managing the resources of our rich nation for transparent checks and balances. Tell them we are not going home until those account books are made public, and the architects of graft and corruption are brought before the public and punished accordingly. History has proven that Cameroonians are loyal, but do not let this be regarded as a weakness. Let the Nation know that it can only hence forth continue to enjoy this undisputed loyalty of its citizen if and only if there is a well organized government structure, which respects the value of both the rich and the poor and practices good governance in all its forms. We as humble Cameroonians have every single reason to stand up and say enough is enough, just like many other nations have done, and have today, joined the rest of the world both in economic and social development. For example, The Rose Revolution – a popular protest over a rigged parliamentary election that cascaded into a political uprising -- forced former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze to resign on November 23, 2003, after his 11 years in power, during which the country was transformed from one of the richest Soviet republics into one of the most corrupt and impoverished nations in the region. Painfully, the immediate reasons behind this uprising are rather our day to day life here in Cameroon. I will be listing below the causes of the Rose revolution and correlating them with our home situation, then living you with the option to judge both circumstances. Unpunished corruption at the highest levels such as: 1- Members of Shevardnadze's family and inner circle enriched themselves through rigged privatization deals and misappropriated funds. We are living this nightmare day in day out in Cameroon with billions of FCFA being swindled into private accounts by government officials. The FIECOM saga is just one of many we are not aware of. Hundreds of ghost contracts are being awarded on regular basis to members of that inner circle in Cameroon. Our State co operations are privatized to enrich a few individuals. A good example is the Tea Estate privatization scamp which was undervalued and sold to a clique of individuals. The PALM OL and you name the rest. 2- Positions in the Georgian Customs Department could be bought for $100,000. In Cameroon those with the money can buy positions into top government offices, such as Governors, SDO, DOs, Government Delegates etc. Meritocracy has no place in our communities. This is a fact we all know, but yet it means nothing to us. 3- Widespread corruption in the energy sector led to frequent power outages that severely disrupted efforts by demoralized Georgian citizens to have a normal life and make their economy function. We are all living witnesses to the menaces of our home AESONEL, and the discomfort of its rampant black outs. A situation that does not only disrupt our businesses an activities, but scaring potential foreign investors away and dampening our Economy. 4- In Georgia Entrepreneurs had to pay bribes to register new small businesses. A factor which is like part of our existence here in Cameroon was an unacceptable issue in Georgia. They had to do something to bring this to an end. 5- Some parents, short on cash, had to sell the family car and land to raise the bribe money required for students seeking to enrol in Georgia's once-prestigious institutions of higher education. This is a perfect reflection on the circumstances surrounding an entrance into our ENAM, CUSS, IRIC, ENS and you name the rest. Can an average Cameroonian with the knowledge get access to these institutions without a bulk of monies changing hands for private pockets? 6- The 2003 results from the Transparency international that ranged the Country as the 4th most corrupt country in the world, with a score of just 1.8 points. Coincidentally, Cameroon was ranged at the same position with Georgia that same year with a score of 1.8 as well. Remember we topped the list of the most corrupt nation in the world for two consecutive time i.e. 1998 and 1999. But yet it meant nothing to us. 7- Multiple and rampant check points for motorists travelling from the capital of Tbilisi to one of Georgia's regional cities. It was common to be stopped five or more times on the three-hour journey by traffic police seeking bribes to make their own ends meet. How many similarly traffic police, Gendarmes and even some times military check points do we come across as we travel around Cameroon? All trying to extort unwarranted money from us! 8- The major catalyst to the Rose Revolution (also known as the Corruption revolution) came when Georgian officials who had completely lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of Georgians attempted to rig the parliamentary elections of that same year 2003. How many times have elections both Parliamentary and presidential been rigged in Cameroon? How many times have we as a population been humiliated? Aren't we tired and impoverished by this government? Since when did they lose their legitimacy in our eyes? We have heard promises for decades, ranging from New Deals to Great Ambitions, but yet what we see are our cities decaying with abandoned infrastructures deteriorating. Our Economy is moving backward whiles the rest of the world is moving forward. What else do we need to legitimize our argument and quench our thirst for a change? We have to rise when it is time to. In the course of this uprising, we should be aware of infiltrators and opportunist who may want to derail us with nationalistic ideological concepts and other unframed political agendas to spawn a civil war or sectarian movements. That could jeopardize our course. The uprising should be based on a modern federal democracy, and democracy in my context will mean equality, transparency and accountability without ethnic discrimination or tribalism. Be aware of those who will want to loot and destroy public infrastructures under our umbrella. Form vigilance committees within our Unions to maintain our course while bringing everything else to a standstill. Let the whole nation descend to the capital and quarantine all activities and allow the heat to radiate. Let us prepare our bags for both raining and sunny days. Put in the maximum efforts to educate and sensitize both the trunk and the roots on the need to rise and sleep in the open. Peacefully remind the military of their responsibility which is to protect us. Spend time and resources to educate them that, we are neither rivals nor enemies. Let them understand our grievances und convince them to share our grieves, by staying neutral during this period. This is a factor that should not be ignored. We will Use the recent colour revolutions in the Eastern European countries as Models. Those who cannot descend down to the capital should move out to their local cities and make the Governor and DO offices their new homes. Let the loyal citizens of the Far north, North, Adamawa, Akwaya and eastern provinces match out in their numbers and tell their local administrators that enough is enough. Make the Garoua city hall and streets your new Homes. I know the Heat could be unbearable in the Douala port city, but join in with liberation hymns and Quarantine the Administrative Headquarters in Bonajor, and spread out to the city Hall in Akwa (sale de fate) and its surroundings. Let the city come to a standstill, allowing only the in and out of vehicles carrying food and nothing else. Let all of Kribi move down to the capital. This should be the same with the southwest, west and the Northwest provinces. In the Southwest, those who cannot move to the capital should assemble at the Malingo Junction and the Governor's office. In the Northwest, climbing the Station Hill could be a task and an obstacle, so carry your sleeping beds to the Liberty square and sing the songs of liberty. If all of these is done in a synchronized manner, then be rest assured that the steam running out will be able to force the defunct and rusted turbines at the Etoudi Dam to turn, and we shall all sing the song "Free, Free, Free at last" The elite Philosopher Hegel in his book "Philosophy of Right and law" makes it clear that in every modern democratic society, the courts, the police, and administrative departments are all organs of the civil society as of the state. They pertain to civil society where their function is to promote personal or private interest, and to the state where their function is to coalesce a community. But in Cameroon where these institutions are completely under the authority of the State (commonly called the executive) wherein one can no longer differentiate between the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary as stipulated in our constitution, the only way to overcome such a hegemony is through a revolution. It is sad when a State acts as a force above the society rather than to mitigate in class conflict. Lenin in his book "State and Revolution (1932, 8 )" argues that, the only way to overcome such a debacle is through a revolution and the destruction of the state apparatuses created by the ruling class. About the newly created ELECAM, it is disgusting to see fellow Cameroonians being pulled into another booty trap disguised under the name of a transparent Election commission. Learned Intellectuals of our communities and the international arena have looked deep into this so called ELECAM and come to a conclusion that it's just another MINATD/NEO turned inside out to fool Cameroonians, and trick the political forces that so dearly put their trust in it. I will advice you find some time and educate yourself with the recently published 42 pages report on Cameroon, by the Office of Public Management, a British consultancy based in London. You would understand the state of affairs and any elections under this regime, be it with or without ELECAM. The report puts it clear that there can never be any free and fair Elections in Cameroon under the current apparatus. It is rumored around that some political parties are contemplating to boycott the forth coming Elections if an Independent ELECAM does not go functional before that period. Cameroonians, this will be another fatal error if we do not go in for these elections. Let us go out in our numbers and register and vote when the time comes, with or without ELECAM. Just as we go out to register and vote, we should be determined to collectively defend our individual votes when the time comes. If we do not vote, then we will have NO excuse to rise. We should not wait for a door to door call of action to rise and defend our votes. All we need to do is to rise and join in when the Alarm rings. And to the political leaders, let me remind you now to spend just as much time and resources to educate the masses on how to defend their votes when the time comes. Change your old fashioned political tactics, which so far have been based on educating and sensitizing the masses on the need to register, vote and defend the vote. Standing on platforms and telling them to defend their votes when it is time, without educating them on how to defend the votes brings nothing. Organize public workshops and seminars and educate the masses on how to go about it. The strategies to apply may not be worth discussing in this letter, but I will not hesitate educating you (the leaders) if need be. The man at the Helm of the government has solidified the walls of his monarchy so hard that, even the few progressive voices within his circle are powerless and voiceless. His ability of accumulating all the power that be, and delegating or better say dishing out pockets of this power to those loyal to him, makes him feel like a supper immortal being. This is because those with patches of his power are frightened and scared of speaking out or acting rightly amid fears of losing these fringes of power. On corruption, my humble Cameroonians do not be fooled. There is no way on earth that Cameroon will, to an extent be corruption free as long as this government continues to be in power. Most corrupt culprits have tentacles stretched deep into the Leadership. Meaning the noise on fighting corruption will continue to be an Opera in which only the greedy goats will fall into the net. It is a scamp to lure the international community, and pretend as though things are getting better. The mainstream corrupt apparatus will continue operating with absolute impunity. If you have been following up the current FIECOM saga and listening to the wordings of Ondo Ndong (the former director General of FIECOM) and his accomplices, then you will have an idea on the complexity of the corrupt apparatus in this nation. It needs only a total sweep of the House. There are hundreds of such FIECOM cases, and will continue to operate as long as the apparatus is still standing. They can only be brought for questioning when we must have sang the song "Free Free, Free at last". There shall be no hiding place when the concrete wall shielding them is pushed down the alee by the steam of our Freedom songs. Do a favour for the nation by forwarding this letter to all Cameroonians you know, both home and abroad. Let the Press Media Publish it in all Languages. Forward it to your news groups and associations. Forward it into your online forums, print and distribute it within your local meeting Houses. Let the political parties distribute it to their militants. Private TV station should broadcast it. It is a wakening call to all Cameroonians. We do not have to wait for 2011, for it will come and go by just like any other. If you are a true Cameroonian and you read this letter and ignore it, without forwarding to others, nothing will happen. But then do not complain of the troubles of our nation. Keep in mind that Generations to come will continue to live under this Monarch if you do not act now. Eric M. Acha E-Mail: acha.eric@gmail.com Yaoundé, Cameroon Feb. 07.2007