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Thursday, 27 April 2006

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Nkosi Jacob

Ever since Hon Jua declared he was gunning for the position of Chair of the Social Democratic Front, I got excited at first that someone young, courageous and creative was going to challenge the incumbent. I got excited for the following reasons: that it would be a test of vibrance of democracy in the SDF, that it would be an indication that the youths were ready to assume leadership of this historic party. Yet a careful observation would have made Jua to know that it would be a very difficult, if not an impossible task to beat Fru Ndi. Does any one doubt it that by the nature of things nobody can beat Fru Ndi in the North West? It should be dawning on Jua now that viscious as politics is he will run to fail come April 29th in Njinikom. I still really donot know why he decided to run for Chair.

chant

I thought the people of Northwest are very united, what happend? They are on each other neck. This kind of behavior in good at all for Northwest. Someone should please tell all the Fons to came out and put a stop to this.

Klemenceau

Chant my brother the Fons are not better. Only God can intervene because have become more of politicians than rulers of the people. They care much about money than thier subjects and they will as they have been doing incite their subjects against each other for selfish reasons.
Jua should be allowed to stand for the primaries. The logic that he can corrupt the delgates doesn't go well with me because Cameroon being what it is, anybody can corrupt and be corrupted.
God help Cameroon as a whole.

vally

Jua,knowing fru ndi all this while should speak volumes to you.That Fru ndi does not seem to understand why after 16 years somebody else is needed is beyound comprehension.

Well be prepare for the worst for Fru ndi is doing all to stay beyound time.

Good luck Jua.
vally
England.

joki manga, munich-germany

I see know problem in jua challenging fru ndi,the post was not meant for fru ndi alone after 16 years at the helm of the sdf party there isn´t any great improvement instead you see in fighting withen the members of the sdf party for positions and to enreach themselves.please give a chance to the young generation to take the lead you people the old generation have fail us cameroonians,we need a change be you a francophone or anglophone.we need democracy and good governance even at the roots.

Klemenceau

Vally, the only English boy,

If you don't have anything to contribute here, you should better not write. You only wait until when Mukete has written something against Fru Ndi for you to confirm. I have not read anything constructive from you here apart from your confirmations on anything Mukete and co writes against Fru Ndi. Is it that you lack what to say or what? If you got nothing to say against Fru Ndi, other than your normal old stories, you can go back to all the fictions and lies your mentor have been writing against him(Fru Ndi), copy and paste as you people have always done.
Shalom
Klemenceau.

gerald

We are again hearing divergent views as to what the constitution says. I really think some aspects of the Constitution need to be looked into again. Members also need to read the constitution to be certain of their rights.

ngang

Njong has prepared the ground work for Fru Ndi to win .This is known to ever body.Njong has openly told people in njinikom that he cannot vote for Jua But if JUA wins he will be his chairman.

i THINK Fru Ndi is blind he should hand over the batten rather always saying that the public wants him.He should learn from The former student leader in cameroon ro Mandela,or Mbeki.This Pa is drunk with power through the influnce of Yoyo and Mbah Ndam.
They should remember that those who praise you today will be the same tomrrow to through stones at you

ngang

Njong has prepared the ground work for Fru Ndi to win .This is known to ever body.Njong has openly told people in njinikom that he cannot vote for Jua But if JUA wins he will be his chairman.

i THINK Fru Ndi is blind he should hand over the batten rather always saying that the public wants him.He should learn from The former student leader in buea or Mandela,or Mbeki.This Pa is drunk with power through the influnce of Yoyo and Mbah Ndam.
They should remember that those who praise you today will be the same tomrrow to through stones at you

Charles Forkwa

Politics must transend ethnicity for the common good.
As long as political alliances are percieved to be based on one's region of origin rather than a party agenda and philosophy, we will continue to see these sort of non-strategic maneovers. This is what killed Southern Cameroons and continues to stimid progress, create divisions and cause confusion.
It is time political parties sieze every opportunity to dispell this notion and encourage unity in the territory.
It is time to match words with action.

Boy

Hi Readers,
Why all the noise here that Fru Ndi should step down.Don't you guys know how leaders step down in a democracy?,It is through the ballot box.If you honestly think that Fru Ndi has become incompetent as a leader,then rally your forces and through him out through the ballot box;that chance is yours at the convention.Fru Ndi will not step down through intimidation,lies,blackmail,and framed up stories that you have opted for.

Why has the issue of SDF leader suddenly become a free for all fight?.Anybody just wakes from his bed one morning with no vision and ideology for the party and wants to be chairman,by resorting to meaningless criticisms just to settle personal scores or satisfy their selfish desires.Don't you know that leadership in all civilesd political organisation is groomed within the ranks of the party to take over?Look at the Republican and Democratic parties in America,anybody who becomes leader is well groomed within the ranks of the party inline with the party interest and ideology,not in our case where some inviduals take advantage of petty inhouse problems to tarnish the image of the party in public.Fru Ndi should step down,yes,but it must be through the ballot box,and he who takes over should be a person who has a greater vision than Fru Ndi,to take the party forward,not this band of adventurers who have proven to us by their activities,that they don't have the interest of the party and cameroon at heart,but their own interest.

rexon

Dear Fru Ndi, Ngwasiri, and SDF stewards,

progressive southern Cameroonians who have no fear like Rexon, Tayong, Massamoyo, Washow, etc. have asked and will keep asking again.

How will your party address the following issues and what plans do they have for the future;
1-Our fight for independence.
2-refund of Sonara's taxes that have been paid in douala before independence.
3-refund of delmonte taxes paid in douala.
4-refund of other illegal taxes paid in douala.
5-refund of embezzled funds and other funds that have been used to develop la republique du cameroun at the expense of the southern cameroons.
6-Compensation of several decades of forced labour and slavery by your colonial agents.
7-Compensation of further destructions like the destruction of our educational system.
8-refund of all unaccounted resources that have been stolen from the republic of southern cameroons by agents of la republique like several millions of accounted barrels of petrol, timber, petroleum and fisheries products, etc stolen from the south west and other parts of the southern cameroons.
9-Your neocolonisation of our educational system rendering our future generations hopeless, apart from a few that benefitted from your very corrupt actions through illegal scholarships.
10-The destructions of our roads and the effect that has on our economy.

Just today, i was speaking to some citizens of la republique du cameroun, why it is necessary for us to seperate. I gave them some of these points and they said they never knew sonara pays its taxes in douala. Fellow comrades, they are now begging and running all over to pretend to us that we are one. We should not give up to the colonialist. I had a tough meeting today and many colonial citizens of la republique du cameroun were shocked when i gave them facts about the conspiracy.

They said if it is true as my explanations says, then we have a reason to fight for our independence. So we should not give up. We must be independent and i will keep saying, if this colonial bandits do not want to go away peacefully, we shall handle them will all the weapons that be.

The SDF should know that they have a problem if they think that they are also interested in colonising the southern cameroons. We are not cameroonians but southern cameroonians and your party should know that.

You should carry all your luggage out of bamenda and go to yaounde as Fru Ndi have started. We dont want any SDF offices in the southern cameroons. We dont want anything SDF in the southern cameroons. We dont need any Ni john Fru Ndi in the southern Cameroons. Please, leave our land in peace.

rexon

Dear Fru Ndi, Ngwasiri, and SDF stewards,

progressive southern Cameroonians who have no fear like Rexon, Tayong, Massamoyo, Washow, etc. have asked and will keep asking again.

How will your party address the following issues and what plans do they have for the future;
1-Our fight for independence.
2-refund of Sonara's taxes that have been paid in douala before independence.
3-refund of delmonte taxes paid in douala.
4-refund of other illegal taxes paid in douala.
5-refund of embezzled funds and other funds that have been used to develop la republique du cameroun at the expense of the southern cameroons.
6-Compensation of several decades of forced labour and slavery by your colonial agents.
7-Compensation of further destructions like the destruction of our educational system.
8-refund of all unaccounted resources that have been stolen from the republic of southern cameroons by agents of la republique like several millions of accounted barrels of petrol, timber, petroleum and fisheries products, etc stolen from the south west and other parts of the southern cameroons.
9-Your neocolonisation of our educational system rendering our future generations hopeless, apart from a few that benefitted from your very corrupt actions through illegal scholarships.
10-The destructions of our roads and the effect that has on our economy.

Just today, i was speaking to some citizens of la republique du cameroun, why it is necessary for us to seperate. I gave them some of these points and they said they never knew sonara pays its taxes in douala. Fellow comrades, they are now begging and running all over to pretend to us that we are one. We should not give up to the colonialist. I had a tough meeting today and many colonial citizens of la republique du cameroun were shocked when i gave them facts about the conspiracy.

They said if it is true as my explanations says, then we have a reason to fight for our independence. So we should not give up. We must be independent and i will keep saying, if this colonial bandits do not want to go away peacefully, we shall handle them will all the weapons that be.

The SDF should know that they have a problem if they think that they are also interested in colonising the southern cameroons. We are not cameroonians but southern cameroonians and your party should know that.

You should carry all your luggage out of bamenda and go to yaounde as Fru Ndi have started. We dont want any SDF offices in the southern cameroons. We dont want anything SDF in the southern cameroons. We dont need any Ni john Fru Ndi in the southern Cameroons. Please, leave our land in peace.

Charles Forkwa

Can some please explain to me why the Chairperson or a party in "Cameroon" must be the presidental candidate? It may well be that this could the case in a party's infancy when there are few seasoned members. But nothing in conventional wisdom establishes the party chair as the omni potent candidate to be fielded for a presidential election.

It is time to match words with action!

Ace

BREAKING NEWS!!
Referendum? Incumbent Chairman John Fru Ndi wins unprecedented landslide in Party Primaries
In an unprecedented internal election of the SDF, erstwhile Party Chair John Fru Ndi beat his rival Hon. Paulinus Jua by the widest margin ever witnessed in the Party in 15 years. Mr Fru Ndi gained 462 votes out of 470, in a secret ballot, Saturday April, 28, 2006, in the Boyo Divisional capital of Fundong. Mr Jua obtained seven votes in total. Mr Fru Ndi will be the North-West Provincial candidate for Party Chairmanship in the May Convention. Each Province is expected to hold primaries for its candidates.

Hon. Jua, son of late former Premier Ngom Jua and Member of Parliament for Boyo failed to get a single vote among delegates from his Boyo constituency. Out of 55 voting delegates from his Division of origin, Mr Jua obtained zero votes. He also failed to get a single vote in four of the seven Divisions. Mr Jua got one vote each from Ngoketunia and Momo Divisions. Voting delegates are chosen by each District Conference. Provincial and National Executive Members and Members of Parliament have automatic voting rights. In press interviews last week Mr. Jua said he had campaigned across the Province and was sure of a victory. Negative newspaper articles on Mr Fru Ndi’s leadership may have led Mr Jua to hope for a win, but there is a huge gap between elitist press politics and grassroots views. Most newspapers and media do not reach the grassroots and only face-to-face politics works. Mr Fru Ndi is renowned for grassroots campaigning. An eye witness of the conference vote said: "I have never seen such unanimity in the SDF since I joined in 1990; I tell you what, the Boyo verdict is so emphatic that anyone inside and outside SDF should get the message and accept that like the launching of the SDF in 1990, many high-impact decisions are made here in the North-West [Province]!"

Mr Fru Ndi got 100% votes from Provincial and National Executive Committee members as well 100% votes from Members of Parliament. "This is amazing coming at the time of huge challenges" said, an academic and a delegate.

This vote comes at a time when the Party is undergoing internal squabbles caused by high egoes of the candidates vying for Mr Fru Ndi’s post. No other candidate has gone through in properly organised primaries to oppose Mr Fru Ndi. One Celestin Djamen with doubtful membership credentials declared his intention to run, but has not been endorsed by the Provincial Conference in France. SDF-France Representative Jean-Paul Tchakote has characterised this candidature as ‘virtual’ alluding to the fact that it does not conform to Party Rules of coming from the grassroots structures. Another candidate former Bar Council President Bernard Muna announced himself candidate following contested District and Provincial Conferences in the Centre Province.

Saturday’s election is a referendum on the popularity of Mr Fru Ndi and will leave his detractors very worried indeed. Mr Fru Ndi has been criticised by his opponents of staying long at the helm of the Party, however, Mr Fru Ndi’s supporters point to lack of a trusted replacement and the fact that none of the Party leaders in Cameroon’s opposition have relinquished their posts. They see a plot to replace Mr Fru Ndi with someone who can play elitist power games and allow for the cooptation of the movement into the ruling government. Majority of the grassroots members are opposed to cooptation. The SDF with over 600,000 members has very strong grassroots structures with an estimated 80,000 volunteers ranging from Party vangurdas to Exco members accross the country. It will be very difficult to dismantle or manipulate this incredible machinery built over one and half decade.

Charles Forkwa

Ace said "but there is a huge gap between elitist press politics and grassroots views"
Good observation.

Tip O'Neil, the famous late sanator from Massachusetts once said: "All politics are local". In the case of "Cameroon" I would venture that "All politics are EMOTIONAL".
Mr. Fru Ndi will be hard to beat. Probabbly not because he expounds the best policies but because I do not believe that the electorate believes Mr. Jua or any other candidate has the same "STANDING". Notice I use the word STANDING, which can be interpreted as being in the same league etc.

This premise i.e. "STANDING" can be vague to define and quantify. But that is a major standard by which candidates will be judged by the "GRASS ROOTS"

--It is time to match words with action --

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