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Monday, 26 July 2004


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Hi Mr. Atatah
My comment is surprisingly directed to you who interviewed the so called honorable Ayah. Mr. Atatah, I would like to believe that you are a gentlemen who like myself would have little sympathy for the childish stupidness and simplistic ignorance these CPDM parliamentariance demonstrate all the time in public. but unlike me you might not choose to be hard on these "belleticians" I have read many things you have written and I will like to commend you on many of them. But Mr. Atatah I don't find it pardonable when you let off these CPDM sycophants so easily. I am not a journalist but God knows that have the duty not only to tell the news but also to expose. When somebody like Ayah makes a statement that he thinks it makes sense for a government delegate to be choosen rather than elected for some silly reason that immigrants to an area could be outnumbered I almost fainted. I might not be a fan of the former President Ahidjo but Douala Urban Council was run for a long while by a Northerner. That was not by election though but why must it be an indigene to run the affairs of a particular council? So that should happen in all places where the immigrant population is more than that of the indigenes. Again he mentioned seccesion if too much autonomy is given to an area. How stupid can one get? What stops an area to secede now if they can or want to? What does being a unitary state have to do with council autonomy? If I were Mr Atatah I would make Hon Ayah understand democracy right there before any other question comes in. The US is called USA. Does that stop it from having a ferederated structure? What have names got to do with how the state functions? Does the name The Democratic Republic of Congo makes that country democratic? He must have apologised for such ignorance and I would have used every trick in the grammar book to make accept his ignorance. Please Mr. Atatah I am not asking you to be impolite to anybody but there are surely ways you can make these people think twice before making declarations in public. Again he is not even ashamed to recall a promise made by Biya 22 years ago about chasing documents in Yaounde. How old was he then - I mean Hon Ayah?
I have followed many interviews by Cameroonian journalists and I am always dismayed at the lack of knowledge in the subject matter they are handling. During the last 20th May march pass in Yaounde an English speaking journalist asked a high ranking English Speaking Gendarmerie officer how he rated the job performance of the gendarmerie. Although this officer did not use numbers he defintely rated them at above 90%. My God! All of us know what these guys do in Cameroon - from street bribery to human Rights abuse. This journalist just left the issue like that and went on to a completely different topic. If I did that interview I would have planned for it several days before hand and quoted from statistics to back my claim with. He would have obviosly challenged them but my message would go home all the same.
Mr Atatah, that is not journalism. Even if you could just present a superior position on the subject it would be better for your readership to know that you too are an informed newsman.

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