The Presidential Elections in Cameroon have come and gone. Eden newspaper caught up with the civil society actor, writer and PanAfricanist, Mwalimu George Ngwane, for his views on the just ended elections and the way forward as well as some topical burning issues of the moment. He was interviewed in Buea by Eden’s Macdonald Ayang Okung (Published in Eden, Monday, October 31, 2011).
Eden: How do you assess the Presidential elections that have just ended?
Ngwane: They brought a lot of lessons in terms of ideological focus as presented by the Presidential candidates during their campaigns. While some of the campaigns were party-based and others were candidate-based, we must not fail to recognize that there was some improvement in the drive to sell ideas and issues through manifestoes to the electorate.
Eden: What were some of these ideas?
Ngwane: Thank you, one can analyse them on the political, social, economic and foreign domains. On the political front, most of the candidates advocated a constitutional review through a National consultation, a Truth and Reconciliation Committee, a Sovereign National Conference or simply a National Dialogue. Ideas on the form of state from 4, 10,11 and 26 state Federalism to a Unitary decentralized state were formulated; proposals for the separation of powers among the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary were highlighted; there were calls for a limit to the Presidential mandate, Regional Governors to be elected, bilingual policy to be reviewed and new institutions like the Senate and Constitutional Council enshrined in the 1996 constitution to be implemented [...]