Dr. Peter Vakunta’s Translation from French (cf. http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20111007-presidentielle-cameroun-le-chanteur-lapiro-mbanga-appelle-vote-blanc)
Cameroonians head to the polls on October 9th, 2011 to elect a new
president. Electoral campaigns will come to an end this Saturday at
midnight. While the twenty-three presidential candidates are traveling the length and breadth of the national territory canvassing for the votes of Cameroonians, Lapiro de Mbanga, on his part, is calling on all Cameroonians to cast blank votes on October 9th. This committed singer admired by his compatriots has just finished serving a three-year prison term after having been charged with instigating riots in 2008.
Lapiro has been savoring his new found freedom since April. His voice carries weight in Cameroon. He has paid dearly for having composed a resistance song titled “Constitution constipée [constipated Constitution] in which he lambasted the Head of State for attempting to amend the constitution to obliterate presidential term limits. The powers-that-be arrested him under the pretext that he instigated the 2008 uprising.
For Lapiro de Mbanga, this election is nothing but a distasteful comedy. He calls upon all Cameroonians to cast blank votes, maintaining that the poll has already been rigged beforehand.“Mr. Paul is disqualified from standing as candidate. To do so, he had to amend the Cameroonian Constitution. He has not accomplished a thing in 30years! As for opposition candidates, these are starving, self-seeking individuals who do not have the wellbeing of the Cameroonian people at heart.They have not been able to accomplish anything during the two preceding presidential elections. I am asking Cameroonians to cast a blank vote on October 9th as a punitive measure for both Mr. Biya and leaders of the
Lapiro de Mbanga is not sure whether or not Cameroonians will heed his call but he is certain that there will be blank votes in the ballot boxes on Sunday. That will be the voice of the Cameroonian people that have spoken.