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Monday, 28 March 2005

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janvier Tchouteu

The majority of SDF supporters and militants in the 1990s were union nationalists filled with the revolutionary enthusiasm. They did not care about the ethnic group, first language or religious affiliation of SDF leaders or other Kamerunians in so far as they were dedicated to change. But is that not how the SDF leadership thought, especially the founding fathers who were almost entirely from the Northwest province. The truth is that like Bello Bouba, Ndam Njoya and other fake opposition leaders, Fru Ndi and most of the founding fathers never grasped or embraced the broad vision for change that the majority of Kamerunians and union nationalists were looking up to. That broad vision is a hard, demanding and merciless task to change the anachronistic French-imposed system. But when union nationalists and the majority of the struggling masses joined the SDF, the old leadership embraced the rhetoric of far-reaching change without embracing the ideals. That is why when the struggle entered its difficult stage, the Fru-Ndi led clique resorted to their original intention not of changing the system but of making a voice and getting a share of the "national cake". In so doing, they abandoned even any pretense of Kamerunian union nationalism and its goal of totally and completely changing the system.

Should anyone be surprised by the squabbling above? The answer is no. I will take you on a brief and selective ride going back in time. The interest of the struggle is to be guarded.

In Nfor Nfor's commission to Limbe and the South West in 1994 he supported the Ndoki Mukete led Southwest branch of the Muna-Asanga-Kamdoum clique that advocated joining a union government in subtle opposition to the broad-based objectives of the struggle. In the reorganization-provincial elections in December 1994 in Kumba that saw the Ndoki Mukete and his group losing their provincial positions, the Bamilekes were accused of plotting to take over the party by this group of union government enthusiasts.

In the 1999 convention elections in Yaoundé, the Fru-Ndi clique played the ethnic card, even within the Northwest province.

In December 2000 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, SDF's Professor NKWI was trying to convince Dutch Professor Piet Konings that it was good for the SDF to join a union government, just like that of Chirac and Jospin in France, even when it was made known to professor Nkwi that in France, it was possible because they had a developed and functioning democratic system with checks and balances, something Kamerun lacked.

In Fru Ndi's London visit in 2001, Ngwa Sirri in a conspiratorial manner told an SDF supporter from his home village that the party was doing fine, excerpt for the Bamilekes who wanted take over the party. The party militant who is a union nationalist was disappointed with him because he knew that those SDF figures he was talking about were the party incorruptible who were decrying the derailment of the party by the Fru Ndi clique. That party militant advised me to forget about the SDF.

In July 2002, just days before the NEC meeting to decide whether or not to go to parliament and accept the council seats, in a chanced encounter with the YCPDM president of the UK, the above party militant and I learnt that Fru Ndi had given his blessings to a deal worked out between Ngwa Sirri and co of the SDF and the CPDM that would see the SDF in parliament and taking the council seats that the CPDM had allowed the SDF to win. Preposterous, I had raged, almost losing my temper in disbelief. Three days after, there was the NEC meeting with a majority vote against accepting the CPDM’s handout. Fru Ndi overturned the decision by NEC, confirming the UK CPDM president’s words. In an interview a few days after Fru Ndi’s Stalin era dictatorial decision, Ngwa Sirri said that Fru Ndi was above the NEC and that the money from SDF parliamentarians and councilors was needed to run the party, as if from 1996-2002 contributions they made was to the party’s treasury. The fact is that it went to the SDF chairman.

Many union nationalists and revolutionaries in the SDF, the incorruptible and those committed to a total, complete and unwavering change of the system became disillusioned and quit the party after having warned that by accepting the seats for benefits that is hardly a decimal of what the SDF deserves, the party would be surrendering to Biya’s plans to portray it as a regional party. In presidential elections two years after, Fru Ndi was portrayed to have won only in those areas the CPDM had not stolen from the SDF in 2002.

And today, the squabble above involves those whose actions in the SDF never served the interest of the struggle, and not surprising, those in the Fru-Ndi clique and the founding fathers happen to come from one region, giving the Biya regime more ammunition to sell their claim to the world that the SDF is a regional party, an image union nationalists leaders in the SDF had fought hard to kill, but who when finally betrayed in 2002 quit the party, even though they decided not to reveal the horrors of the mafia in the inner-circle, for fear that the revelation would be against the interest of the struggle.

emmanuel

The SDF has wasted all these years for nothing.There is no way they can change this country, because the Biya regime is bend in dying in power.

frank

Southern Cameroonians, don't waste your time with this rubbish.

Adolf

Good morning or day Mr Tchouteu, I am happy to read your note above. However I wish to express my humble opinion, I believe you are a freedom fighter as I do and believe in democracy as a springboard for a solid country.

I wish to point out here that there is no human in the universe who is perfect; everyone is liable to mistakes so do Fru Ndi. The way you portray the chairman is like he is the worse man on earth. I have always taken interest in all your writings because I find in you the spirit of a true freedom fighter but I have clearly remarked something in your write-ups. There always talk negatively of the chairman. Again I want to point out that no human is perfect so do Fru Ndi. The chairman and his clique as you say may be bad but who is more better than he is; he has never stolen any victory but rather; he has always had the support of the people. So what do we do?

When you also talk of all the founding fathers of the SDF all coming from the North West province, was it by design or chance, nature made it so. North Westerners have the tradition and courage to challenge the statu-quo so it happened that way; that is why we are the most victimized by the ill pro French regime in Yaounde even by our own brothers.

Anyway we have suffered so great, we have endured all sorts of torments, insults and all what not the only way forward for us is a total liberation of our mother land the Southern Cameroons. How would you explain this; my colleagues here in Douala; when I try to point out to them the realities of what Anglophones are facing in this useless country all they tell me is I do not even have the right to talk because Foncha and the Munas sold our country so we have no country. That I should never dream that an Anglophone will one day rule Cameroon, or us separating. These are my own brothers of the west (Bamilekes). When I chatted with another colleague this one a Beti he clearly told me Biya was a bad man, that they themselves do not want him but that an Anglophone will never rule especially Fru Ndi. Why?. When I ask him why he simply said Anglophones have no place in Cameroon. What will you think of this right in the assembly and Anglophone deputy was called a Biafrian in his own country? Perhaps one may tell me there are simple jokes. Jokes!!! But so dear indeed. Certain individuals especially Bamilekes took the courage to challenge the chairman but none of them were up to the task in-fact he has always crushed his opponent on a 90 percent score above (the will of the masses). This fact too has contributed to our brothers crying foul that they are being marginalized within the SDF. Is that true? I believe in the ballot box. Any body who wants to cry foul should challenge Fru Ndi on the ballot Box; let the voice of the people speak. All the same, I dream forward to live in this land I would like to baptise as the land of freedom fighters where everybody shall live in equality. Let Fru Ndi fight on in his own way and the union nationalists fight on in their own way; we wish them all good luck. The underlying truth is the freedom of all southern Cameroonians is at hand and no one can ever stop it for our Divine Father is with us. Forward ever backward never the struggle is our life. We will live to see the dawn of this un-forgetful day.

To conclude sir, I understand your worries, our worries but if I were to ask you a question what do you really think of the Southern Cameroon struggle? Can support them in their plight to go their own way since they have been refused the national cake in all spheres of national life. You best know very well that we have use all resources at our disposal to amicably resolve the problem and form a solid Cameroon to no avail; the Bamilekes are suffering but Southern Cameroonians are suffering ten times more. So...

May God bless all freedom fighters
May God bless all Southern Cameroonians and lead us to our mother-land (The Land of Freedom Fighters)

Love live the Southern Cameroons

Adolf

Good morning or day Mr Tchouteu, I am happy to read your note above. However I wish to express my humble opinion, I believe you are a freedom fighter as I do and believe in democracy as a springboard for a solid country.

I wish to point out here that there is no human in the universe who is perfect; everyone is liable to mistakes so do Fru Ndi. The way you portray the chairman is like he is the worse man on earth. I have always taken interest in all your writings because I find in you the spirit of a true freedom fighter but I have clearly remarked something in your write-ups. There always talk negatively of the chairman. Again I want to point out that no human is perfect so do Fru Ndi. The chairman and his clique as you say may be bad but who is more better than he is; he has never stolen any victory but rather; he has always had the support of the people. So what do we do?

When you also talk of all the founding fathers of the SDF all coming from the North West province, was it by design or chance, nature made it so. North Westerners have the tradition and courage to challenge the statu-quo so it happened that way; that is why we are the most victimized by the ill pro French regime in Yaounde even by our own brothers.

Anyway we have suffered so great, we have endured all sorts of torments, insults and all what not the only way forward for us is a total liberation of our mother land the Southern Cameroons. How would you explain this; my colleagues here in Douala; when I try to point out to them the realities of what Anglophones are facing in this useless country all they tell me is I do not even have the right to talk because Foncha and the Munas sold our country so we have no country. That I should never dream that an Anglophone will one day rule Cameroon, or us separating. These are my own brothers of the west (Bamilekes). When I chatted with another colleague this one a Beti he clearly told me Biya was a bad man, that they themselves do not want him but that an Anglophone will never rule especially Fru Ndi. Why?. When I ask him why he simply said Anglophones have no place in Cameroon. What will you think of this right in the assembly and Anglophone deputy was called a Biafrian in his own country? Perhaps one may tell me there are simple jokes. Jokes!!! But so dear indeed. Certain individuals especially Bamilekes took the courage to challenge the chairman but none of them were up to the task in-fact he has always crushed his opponent on a 90 percent score above (the will of the masses). This fact too has contributed to our brothers crying foul that they are being marginalized within the SDF. Is that true? I believe in the ballot box. Any body who wants to cry foul should challenge Fru Ndi on the ballot Box; let the voice of the people speak. All the same, I dream forward to live in this land I would like to baptise as the land of freedom fighters where everybody shall live in equality. Let Fru Ndi fight on in his own way and the union nationalists fight on in their own way; we wish them all good luck. The underlying truth is the freedom of all southern Cameroonians is at hand and no one can ever stop it for our Divine Father is with us. Forward ever backward never the struggle is our life. We will live to see the dawn of this un-forgetful day.

To conclude sir, I understand your worries, our worries but if I were to ask you a question what do you really think of the Southern Cameroon struggle? Can support them in their plight to go their own way since they have been refused the national cake in all spheres of national life. You best know very well that we have use all resources at our disposal to amicably resolve the problem and form a solid Cameroon to no avail; the Bamilekes are suffering but Southern Cameroonians are suffering ten times more. So...

May God bless all freedom fighters
May God bless all Southern Cameroonians and lead us to our mother-land (The Land of Freedom Fighters)

Love live the Southern Cameroons

Janvier Tchouteu

I will never condemn anybody for failing, but rather, I will condemn a person for failing to try and rise above his failures. I judge a man’s intentions more than his actions. Now, do you think I nurture feelings of religious, linguistic ethnic or regional divisions?

I have been writing, opposing and resisting the system and the Biya regime for more than half of my life and for twelve years I did so under the banner of the SDF, as a union nationalist. Consciously or unconsciously, the majority of Kamerunians whether Anglo or Franco, were in the ranks of union nationalists, and SDF had some 70% of the national support. They believed in the kamerunian dream.

In all my writings against Biya, his regime and the buffoonery of Bello Bouba, Ndam Njoya etc (more than 90%), I have never hesitated to condemn or criticize their policies. I won’t even criticize or condemn the actions of my father if they were wrong. So, why shouldn’t I criticize Fru Ndi whose leadership I supported for twelve years and paid a high price for it, when he betrayed the ideals of the struggle. I got involved in the struggle for the ideals and not for individuals. Kamerun is supreme and we are all temporary instruments in its destiny.

Something else to learn. Most exponents of change, especially the union nationalists were craving for change even before 1990 and moved to the SDF because they believed or were made to believe that SDF was the best tool to realize the kamerunian dream. That dream included a solution to our plights even as Anglophones, Bamilekes, Bassa, Kirdis, and Muslims etc.

Adolf, I will not dwell on the exchanges you had with the Beti and Bamileke guys because those were individual exchanges. One can cite countless individual exchanges for or against what you have just said. But don’t you think the Beti guy took one advanced step by acknowledging the fact that Biya is a scoundrel when you can’t bring yourself up to criticize Fru Ndi’s wrongs and hold him accountable for it? I don’t know the political affiliations of those you mentioned, but couldn’t it be possible that they too became disappointed with what the SDF leadership turned out to be or the way some of our Anglophone leaders sold out in realizing the hopes and aspirations of the people, just like the majority of Francophone political leaders did? Perhaps you antagonized them with Francophobic statements or Anglophile utterances which put them on the defensive with Anglophobic utterances of their own.

Biya’s rule is a minority rule, but he has effectively stayed in power through deception, fraud etc. So too, the majority of Kamerunians are for total ,complete and universal change with instincts as union nationalists but they supported parties whose leaders lacked that revolutionary vision and unifying conviction. So who is the victim of the mess that kamerun is? The vast majority of Kamerunians (>98%). Who are the beneficiaries? The answer is the oligarchic Beti-dominated Biya regime that involves collaborators from all the regions, ethnic groups and linguistic entities in kamerun.

Read carefully my usage of founding fathers. Have you thought of how Francophones who supported the SDF felt when founding fathers and other Anglophones in NEC became vocal with overtones of Southern Cameroon or Anglophone secession? What is my view on the Southern Cameroon issue? Read my articles “KAMERUN”S UNITY ….
http://www.postnewsline.com/2004/11/strongscyl_invi.html

Janvier Tchouteu

I will never condemn anybody for failing, but rather, I will condemn a person for failing to try and rise above his failures. I judge a man’s intentions more than his actions. Now, do you think I nurture feelings of religious, linguistic ethnic or regional divisions?

I have been writing, opposing and resisting the system and the Biya regime for more than half of my life and for twelve years I did so under the banner of the SDF, as a union nationalist. Consciously or unconsciously, the majority of Kamerunians whether Anglo or Franco, were in the ranks of union nationalists, and SDF had some 70% of the national support. They believed in the kamerunian dream.

In all my writings against Biya, his regime and the buffoonery of Bello Bouba, Ndam Njoya etc (more than 90%), I have never hesitated to condemn or criticize their policies. I won’t even hesitate to criticize or condemn the actions of my father if they were wrong. So, why shouldn’t I criticize Fru Ndi whose leadership I supported for twelve years and paid a high price for it, when he betrayed the ideals of the struggle. I got involved in the struggle for the ideals and not for individuals. Kamerun is supreme and we are all temporary instruments in its destiny.

Something else to learn. Most exponents of change, especially the union nationalists were craving for change even before 1990 and moved to the SDF because they believed or were made to believe that SDF was the best tool to realize the kamerunian dream. That dream included a solution to our plights even as Anglophones, Bamilekes, Bassa, Kirdis, and Muslims etc.

Adolf, I will not dwell on the exchanges you had with the Beti and Bamileke guys because those were individual exchanges. One can cite countless individual exchanges for or against what you have just said. But don’t you think the Beti guy took one advanced step by acknowledging the fact that Biya is a scoundrel when you can’t bring yourself up to criticize Fru Ndi’s wrongs and hold him accountable for it? I don’t know the political affiliations of those you mentioned, but couldn’t it be possible that they too became disappointed with what the SDF leadership turned out to be or the way some of our Anglophone leaders sold out in realizing the hopes and aspirations of the people, just like the majority of Francophone political leaders did? Perhaps you antagonized them with Francophobic statements or Anglophile utterances which put them on the defensive with Anglophobic utterances of their own.

Biya’s rule is a minority rule, but he has effectively stayed in power through deception, fraud etc. So too, the majority of Kamerunians are for total ,complete and universal change with instincts as union nationalists but they supported parties whose leaders lacked that revolutionary vision and unifying conviction. So who is the victim of the mess that kamerun is? The vast majority of Kamerunians (>98%). Who are the beneficiaries? The answer is the oligarchic Beti-dominated Biya regime that involves collaborators from all the regions, ethnic groups and linguistic entities in kamerun.

Read carefully my usage of founding fathers. Have you thought of how Francophones who supported the SDF felt when founding fathers and other Anglophones in NEC became vocal with overtones of Southern Cameroon or Anglophone secession? What is my view on the Southern Cameroon issue? Read my articles “KAMERUN”S UNITY ….
http://www.postnewsline.com/2004/11/strongscyl_invi.html

Gerald

Dear Mr. Tchouteu,
I will be delighted if you can inform cameroonians using this forum what those 'disenchanted' union nationalists have been doing after leaving the SDF to institute the so much craved change in Cameroon. I think you will concur with me that most of the so called Union nationalists are presently hobnobbing with Biya and his acolytes in Yaounde while some like you are busy berating the systems through writeups and empty talk which we all know the oligarchs in Yaounde are already immuned to. You have a right to your opinion about Fru Ndi and the way the SDF is managed but i beleive Fru Ndi is still there because the people still have confidence in him than the so called union nationalists would could not stand the test of time. Whenever the people see someone who they beleive can steer the ship better than Fru Ndi, then i beleive they will show him the door and so far nobody has proved to be a better captain. The SDF like many other strong politcal institution has its ups and downs and they differ with others in the way they brave the storm. The fact that somebody from within is outrightly comdeming the manner in which bureau members are selected and that the party is taking his criticisms seriously is commendable. This is something you will never find in the CPDM and its satelite parties like the UNDP. Look at the ANC and what it has archieved in Neigbouring South Africa despite been betrayed by some of its members and even founding fathers along the way. Cameroonians need tenacious and courageous people who can maintain the struggle despite the odds and not people who will cross camps because their ulterior motives were not quickly realised. The fact that most of the founding fathers of the SDF hail from the NW does not in anyway suggest that they intended to exclude others from the beginning as you are insinuating. It is not the fault of the NW nor the SDF that the majority of those who had the grit and courage to defy Biya and his troops and initiate this struggle came from the northwest.

Janvier Tchouteu


Well, Gerard and co,
When I criticize, I criticize wrong actions that came about from a twisted intention. It was okay for me to confront and criticize the Ahidjo-Biya regimes and the French-imposed system for negating the kamerunian dream and the fake opposition leaders like Koddock, Ndam Njoya, Bello Bouba etc for dividing the ranks of the exponents of change, but it is not okay for me to criticize Fru Ndi for betraying the ideals of the struggle and the hopes of the people when they looked up to him as a genuine leader for change.

We have a tendency in kamerun to compare flawed characters only with those who are worst off than them. That is why we compare ourselves with countries like Central African Republic, Chad etc who are worst off instead of progressive countries who even have less potential than us. That is why we are sliding backward everyday and would be exporting labor to surrounding African states within a decade.

To be a union nationalist, you have to quality. It is a psychosocial advanced state for an exponent of change. If you had an open mind you would have taken time to read my 1994 article “Kamerun’s unity…….” Here is an excerpt:

• The union nationalists of Kamerun are pragmatic revolutionists, progressive reformers or radical evolutionists. These are men and women who grew up being what they are more as a confection of circumstance than of what was bestowed upon them by birth that gave them a social identity. These people greatly developed or did not suppress their human touch. Unlike most, they do not find it easy to live without the slightest spasm over the pains and suffering of their fellow compatriots. Unlike most, they have put their purposes far above personal considerations and even above their personal interest, an uncommon quality. By dwelling on their humanism, they consider the alleviation of the pains, turmoil and nightmares of their compatriots over the alleviation of their personal well-being. It is because of their all-embracing humanism and deep awareness of the Kamerunian reality that enables them to know that the demanding task of alleviation cannot be based on individuals who are so many and complex as separate entities. Kamerun’s union nationalists are acutely aware of the fact that the task of alleviation should be for the entire Kamerunian people. They know that Kamerunians have been dishonored, oppressed and traumatized en-masses and not separately.

• Permit me to call Kamerun’s union nationalists, the advance Kamerunians. These exceptional groups of patriots, who have been shaped by circumstance and have a clear sense of the meaning of life, have never been allowed to the helm of power in the country’s political life. With legendary origins and a gruesome past, they are the best reflection of Kamerun itself. Kamerun’s union nationalists are aware of tribal, ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic sentiments, but they have not allowed these to blind and overwhelm their reasoning for a progressive Kamerun. They are aware of the fact that Kamerun’s chronic malady lies in its anachronistic institutions, complete dominance by France and a detached oligarchic leadership. It is the different sentiments and workings of the French-imposed system that has shaped individual Kamerunians to varying degrees and constrains them in their drive towards authentic change and progress. However, Kamerun’s union nationalists in their advance ideals are those exceptional compatriots who have detached themselves from the shortcomings of the system and the blinding sentiments of tribal, ethnic, religious, cultural, linguistic and social ties. They stand as the epitome of the renewed Kamerunian.


In “The Cause we have chosen” written in 1995, a union nationalist is further depicted as someone who “can not afford to live without thinking, scheming and working to rid kamerun of its lethal malady and who is prepared to pay any price for the alleviation of the pains and miseries of the entire kamerunian people.”

Now Gerard, can you rise up to that challenge. When I criticize my former leaders in the SDF, I criticize them for failing to live up to those standards while having made the people with the genuine kamerunian soul to believe that they were up to it. If you were old enough or had a good memory, you would have been able to distinguish two categories of those who had a fall out with the SDF leadership of Fru Ndi. You had those who like pimps wanted to sell the SDF into arms of the Biya regime especially in the mid-1990s when we all thought the SDF could wrestle power from the hands of the CPDM in elections-the Muna, Asanga-kamdoum-Souleymane etc clique. They were not union nationalists. Then you had those who quit the SDF after failing to stop the Fru-Ndi clique for selling the SDF cheap after he realized he could never wrestle power peacefully from the Biya regime and went for conciliation. These were mostly the advanced representatives of union nationalists, the revolutionaries. Are they begging for handouts? Not any I know of. Some are dead, others are just lying low in kamerun, most are away-on exile, etc.
Why on self-exile, you may ask?
Most revolutions have been nurtured from exile. Besides, we are entering a new phase of the struggle that would require a new organization led by those who are vested with idealism , tested by the struggle and who never compromised the noble ideals of the struggle.

You compare the SDF with the ANC. The ANC head was never rotten and they had an ideal that embraced all and placed the party on a higher moral position. The SDF lost its soul in 2002. What is the SDF ideal after 15 years of existence?

So Gerard, either you lack a clear essence of the struggle, knowledge of affairs in the SDF or you have that common place mind frame which surrenders to mediocrity based on the concept that “Even though one is bad, one is not as bad as the others; so all is fine.” That is a state of mental slavery.

Read my comment on the founding fathers again. I have no ill feelings about the origins or position of a person or people. But do you? My problem with some of them is that they used their positions to stab the far-reaching aspects of the struggle on the back. And in their blindness, they made many to believe the Biya regime’s claim that the SDF is a regional party.

It is a virtue for someone with honest intentions and a sense of direction to change his mind. When the SDF had some 70% of national support in the 1990s, most of its supporters were Francophones with a history of backing the historic UPC of 1946-1970 whose heads were sent to their graves without betraying the ideals of the kamerunian dream. When that historic party was hijacked by renegades who sold it to the Ahidjo-Biya regimes and the French-imposed system, the overwhelming majority of their supporters moved to the SDF after having been convinced by the advanced union nationalists that the SDF was now the upholder of the flame of that kamerunian dream. I identify with that nobleness of the historic UPC and the legendary leaderships of Um Nyobe, Felix Moumie, Ernest Ouangie, Nde Ntumazah, Albert Mukong etc who never sold out. I identify with the late Dr Samuel Tchwenko and co, figures who schemed the expansion of the SDF, gave everything they had, never complained about their losses, refused attempts at corruption and also wept for the betrayal of the struggle by the clique in the SDF, yet had the honor to quit.

sango

Dear Mr. Tchouteu,
I agree with you that our leaders should be criticized and I'm sure if they are open minded they'll probably gain from the criticisms. However, Gerald asked one question, what have u done and the "union nationalists" done? Is it writing several pages of eloquent English that will probably be seen by 20 people or what. Does qutting do the trick? I'm sure Gerald wants to see something better than writings, something physical a meeting here or there is a start. Talk is cheap and I think u're taking cheap shots right now. I agree with you on a lot of stuff u say but all I'm saying is talking does not do it in Cameroon, maybe in the US or Europe but not in pays. Theres always a starting point but from what I gather u've been talking for the past 10 or so years since qutting the party without doing anything else or do u have something to show? I don't have anything on my part and all I've done and I'm doing right now is talking. I believe I'm not yet ready to take actions right now but I will be soon enough. Do you have any plan of action u think will work to make Cameroon better? Do you have any course of action(s) you think u can pursue to make this plan work? If you're a political writer not an activist, then I understand were u're coming from.
sango

Janvier Tchouteu

Thanks Sango,
I guess I won't be making replies to comments like these in the future. They are a source of distraction. If you are really curious, you would have made a research about me or found out from our history who (union) nationalists are and what they have done. I don't have any false sense of achievement because the objectives of the struggle have not been realized. So we failed. So that past of our history saddens me instead. But we need the lessons from that past. What is important now is the future. I quit the SDF in July 2002.

Writing on the online magazines is the least cherishable part of my writings, consisting of opinions that unfortunately involves individuals and as such causes controversy. Not many of our compatriots are prepared to be honest even to themselves and accept shortcomings when pointed out. However, most of my political writings are based on ideas. You can't write on ideas except you have lived or felt situations that warrant the ideas. And every few or only a decimal of those who have lived or felt those situations can formulate thoughts into ideas or ideals that are capable of advancing humanity. The writings are further made reachable in historical fictions. If I write well in English, it is not my fault. Not much to say to you since you are just a talker, except that change would be realized within a decade. Rise to the challenge of becoming a reliable exponent of change.

nkellefac

Dear Mr. Tchouteu,
I'm very much afraid you've not attempted to address the questions Sango brought up, however, you not under any obligations to. I decided not to write back further sometime ago when you commented on my contribution, eventhough I had much to ask you. I recall asking you what you've done for Cameroon, and you mentioned something that sounded as if you're using a different identity on this forum. Its ok to, but in my view, if you cannot use your identity on a forum like this, then I don't find any reason why you should be so astute in criticizing a man considered by many to have done much for pays.
I'd personally appreciate it very much if your subsequent contributions come with propisitions.
May you have a wonderful day.

Hope

As a matter of fact the problems we are facing today in cameroon may go on for so long a time. The way to freedom is hard and long. The french have hijacked the Biya regime from onset akin too to others most Francophones countries. Despite the good fight cameroonians of good will have put up to effect a change spearheaded by Anglophones they have always met with great resistances.

Till now they are still slaves of the third century in their own very country. From every indication of what is presently happening in Cameroon, the Biya regime is doing all to hand back power to their northern compariots. Anglophones whose resources account for more that 70% of the country's wealth will for ever remain slaves.

So brothers why clamour and debates for something that doesn't concern us. Let the union nationalist start thinking of ways of liberating their country from these french tyrants as for we the time as come the die is cast and we have come of age enough of the torchures. The only and best way out is the total restoration of the statehood of southern cameroons. Preach it wherever you are for they are still some of us ignorant about it. God is on our side and without doubt He will grant our prayers and lead us to our motherland.

Didi

It is very important to address the issue at stake-the newspaper article. Ngwasiri, the eminent scholar talks of competence in the SDF Parliamentary Group as being important than geo-political origin of SDF Parliamentarians. Its so nice and well crafted the word competence. But the Prof. failed to define to us his, if not, SDF's concept of competence. By competence does Ngwasiri imply academic, professional etc competence? Holding a position in a Parliamentary Group is highly political. Positions are given to those who I think are capable of implementing the Party's strategy and program at the level of the legislative branch of government. May be being a professor and founding father gives him the leverage to become a Parliamentary Group Leader. Mr. Professor except for your exceptional legal mind, you have not politically proven your worth to be entrusted with a delicate and sensitive party position as PG Leader. Testimony is your political gaffe after the last Parliamentary elections in Bamenda. Stay quiet and learn from Mbah Ndam. His previuos mandate was excellent. There is time for everything. I will be happy to learn you have been re-elected to the National Assembly after the present mandate; to prove your worth as a grassroot politician.

Gerald

Dear Mr Tchouteu,
I think you will realise that i was not in any way suggesting that political leaders should not be criticised nor that Fru Ndi and the SDF are beyond reproach. I have been reading some of the interesting comments you have been making on this forum but you will concur with me again that empty criticisms do not in anyway help the struggle in cameroon. I was expecting you to enlist some of the concrete actions (post SDF) that you and the so called 'union nationalists' have actually taken towards instituting change in Cameroon but was treated with another exquisite piece of literature replete with history and pointless accusations. You were quick to mention the likes of Muna, Asanga and Souleymane as those who wanted to 'sell the SDF into arms of the Biya regime' but failed to mention what those whom you claim left because they could not stop the 'Fru Ndi clique from selling the SDF to the Biya regime' have actually been doing to keep the struggle alive. Fru Ndi and the SDF have the endorsement of the people because unlike you and your so called union nationalists, they were willing and determined to face the storm when Biya and his acolytes wanted to frustrate the struggle by dividing and portraying the SDF(which was and is still the leading light) as a regional party.Are you expecting Cameroonians to place their trust in people whom you claim are either death or are comfortably ensconce in the west as exiles while Cameroonians continue to suffer under Biya and his oligarchic regime. Mr. Tchouteu, if you and your union nationalists have a better option of extricating cameroonians from this bondage, step forward and propose it to cameroonians rather than criticising those who so far have proven to face the lion. Until this happens, we will continue to rely on the devil we know than the angel we don't know. I would advice you to rise to the challenge.

Ace

It is fantastic that in the sdf, people can have differences with the chairman. What a great party. Power To The People.
In my opinion about Hon. Clement Ngwasiri, the man wants to practice what is in the books. Good but sorry sir, be patient and learn from your group leader Hon Joseph Mbah Ndam. He might not be as qualified as you, but he has done a great job.
I have closely followed Hon. Clement Ngwasiri arguments. They are very interesting. He should not put his ego ahead of him. Criticize the chairman, which is accepted in this great party. Challenge his leadership as others have done. Please, do not criticize because you want to be a parliamentary group leader. That is wrong and unacceptable. You will be recognized for your wonderful job and be awarded. Next parliamentary elections will be in 2007. If you are elected by the people, which will be competitive then, the founding fathers of the party which includes the chairman will endorse you as parliamentary group leader. Sir, welcome to politics of reality and I admire you and all those in the sdf who have brought freedom to this country and I can learn from you all.
Ni John Fru Ndi, you are doing a great job. Keep up. We the people haven’t seen anyone in the party that has a strong conviction as you do to the struggle. You have my support. I admire the way you deal with situations as a leader. Truly, you are a born leader. God will lead you and show you the way to fight the lion man and the regime.

stanley

Countrymen,

We are all borned with various endowed gifts. One of those gift is that of leadership. Leadership in what ever spheres of life.

Leadership as the say can also be learnt, as the case with Monarchies in various parts of the world.

One other strong factor for leadership is that it is affeted by aging process and with it comes 'Routine'and inefficiency, just like many other events in life. What this translates into is that, new leadership is expected to replace old leadership, whether born or made.

Africa and indeed Cameroon suffers from this symdrome, nobody wants to quite once on the throne.

I want to ask a question, who replaces Fru Ndi in case he is called to the beyong? Is he Making some one in his likes?. You will agree with me that his continued clinging to Power is synonimous to what Biya is doing, so many of us wonder, what the meaning of change is all about.

I wouldn't react to the numerous points made about the North Westerners been the fighters the liberators, the path finders and how they are victimised EVEN BY THEIR OWN BROTHERS, guess this is not the forum for that yet, but I guess this believe has a root course in the anglophone fight, take it or not.

I am ready to learn if I am taught and enlightened

Long Live Cameroon.

Stanley

suh

Mr Tchouteu i am waiting to read your posting on the actions you and your fellow unionist have been carrying out. I asked you this same question sometime ago and you kept quiet. If your actions have been limited to eloquent criticisms since you left the SDF, then i will prefer to continue supporting the chairman. You must have also read that some of those who left are coming back, maybe you should reconsider your stands. I believe with your ideas, the party will benefit.

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