By Ernest Sumelong
The seeming dormancy of the SDF in Buea does not portend well for a party that is preparing for the Municipal and Parliamentary elections. Yet, the silence seems to talk of a magma boiling gradually to explode in 2007.
Against a backdrop of speculations and activities by "a supposed SDF leader," Ben Muna, the Buea SDF Electoral District Chairman, Barrister Eta Bessong Junior contends that they are still vibrant and will take over Buea in the upcoming elections in 2007.
The Buea-based fire-spitting lawyer was speaking only days to the Buea SDF District Conference to hold on Saturday, November 18.
According to him, the SDF has already taken over Buea and is sure to win the legislative elections. He claimed that there are some CPDM militants who are ready to vote for the SDF. Eta Bessong argues that the people of Buea have had to compare the council under the SDF and the CPDM.
As to why the silence all this while, he said they have been working at the grassroots since the power comes from there.
The Barrister maintained that the upcoming conference is important because; "We are going to give a good account to our militants and it would be an opportunity to arrive at concrete decisions on criteria for those to be on the list to be councillors, and then look at those who would want to vie for parliamentary positions."
Eta Bessong believes that politics is like warfare, so they have chosen not to be very vocal so as not to sell out their secrets.Concerning the ban on the SDF rally and NEC meeting in Limbe, he described the decision as sheepish and was made out of no legal basis.
According to him, the DO gave his blessings to the meeting but turned around and banned it on the excuse that there were divisions in the party. Eta Bessong believes there is no division within the party and argues that there is just one SDF led by Fru Ndi.
Ben Muna And The Diboule Case
Concerning the activities of Barrister Ben Muna, Eta Bessong said, "There are certain things which my learned colleague has not addressed properly and which I would like the public know.
Ben Muna has said he was dismissed and brought back to the party by NEC. He and his friend Hon. Ngwasiri said the NEC meetings were null and void. If he declares the meeting and the decisions taken there were null and void in a meeting that admitted him again into the party, then what is the legal position of Ben Muna in the SDF?"
He believes that being a legal mind, Muna needs to consider the folly of the argument he is putting. Eta Bessong also contends that Muna's activities have not affected the party in any way.
As regards the Diboule case, while regretting that it was unfortunate, he argues that the government has been playing hide and seek with legal principles. He questioned why those who sent people to the streets to demonstrate have not been arrested. He believes the government is chasing shadows.
Just One Political Party In Cameroon
The learned Barrister mentioned in connection with the upcoming elections that the SDF is the only political party in the country."Even the CPDM is not a political party," Eta Bessong said.
"There is no avenue in the CPDM for dialogue; there is no avenue where the majority opinion counts. In a political party, the majority opinion must prevail. In the SDF, the majority opinion prevails."