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Tuesday, 27 March 2007


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Dear Magistrate Ngute,
I am always confused when intellectuals in Cameroon go public and make statements that are half baked mockingly false. In your mind sir, did you ever think the new penal procedure could work in Cameroon? Cameroon is not a democracy. It does not have democratic institutions. The government does not enforce law and order except when there is something those in power will directly benefit from. A police force cannot be controled from Yaounde and effectively enforce law and order in Kumba or Bamenda or Maroua etc. It does not matter how good the penal code is on paper, so long as it is not given the chance to operate in a an environment where law and order can be imposed, that criminal code is worth the paper it is written on. Even in Nigeria where the devolution of power goes down to the level where govenors and local council representatives are sometimes fairly voted into office law and order is still a far fetched dream because there is something seriously lacking in the Nigerian setup. Law and order all around the country is based in Abuja. Believe me or not, this is the absolute truth and I did not invent it.
For a society to be democratic and law abiding there must be an effective law enforcement agency i.e. the police.The police is the most powerful force in the country. When it fails the country fails. For a police force to be effective it must be under a direct an effective supervisory authority that controls every minute action the police undertakes. They must be able to immediately answer for the violation of smallest individual civil right. Controlling the police from long distance can never guarantee that. In such a case one seemingly small violation by police left unchecked calls for, another and another and another and as it piles up so too does the magnitude of violation. Science and history has shown that when the people have this control entrusted to them they do a superb job. It can be entrusted to them by letting them vote a local administrator in this case a Mayor who has direct control over the local police force. Do I need to remind you that if the police does a poor job the mayor is held responsible and is punished by the people through the ballot box? This might sound far fetched in the Cameroon context. Yes, the Cameroonian authorities might think there is another way to circumvent this democratic principle which ensures a workable and harmonoius society. There is no other way. You can panel beat the most advanced criminal code in the world has ever known. So long as it fails to operate in a democratic environment it cannot work.
You emphasized on the people to have faith in the legal system. No one in his right mind should have faith in Cameroon's legal system. If anybody happens to get a fair deal there it could be a matter of mere luck. The people know that and so appealing to a people's emotions like that is just short of insulting them. The truth is we the Cameroonian people are condemned to live with such a system. But I think highly educated people should have the decency to tell the truth to the people even if this person does not have the power to change it. Telling the truth does not mean biting the finger that feeds you. Even before this new contraption called a criminal code was signed into law, if the Cameroon authorities could have been trying to muster the courage of imposing law and order in the country the panel beating of a criminal code would have been the least of people's worries. In apartheid South Africa, as horrible as the laws were the authorities imposed the laws accordingly. If a black man was found where he was not supposed to be according to the law, he was arrested, charged, and tried in a real court by a real magistrate. Punishment too was given just as the law demanded. I am not supporting apartheid but I am commenting about respecting laws. Before the introduction of this new criminal code in Cameroon, the laws were not that horrible. Even though it did not guarantee fairness it was nothing like the apartheid laws in South Africa, but its inapplication made our situation even worse. How can you explain the fact that anybody could be locked up indefinitely in Cameroon for just any sort of brush with the law or depending on who takes them to the authorities? People would be reluctant to break the law if they know they will be punished for it. People will trust the judicial system if they know it will render a measure of fairness in judgement. People will trust the first line of justice - the police if they can count on it. To be honest, with the level of bribery and corruption in Cameroon, lack of accountability to the people by these forces of law and order, can any sane Cameroonian put any trust on these institutions? What do you expect them to do in time of need and self protection?
Thank you. F.E


Building a law abiding society begins with getting the most meritorious people to man the judiciary arm of government. We all know that is not the case in Cameroon where people are picked for such positions not based on their moral and intellectual fibre but on their family connections. I am sure Mr Ngute can attest to that. Does the name Ngute ring a bell? I rest my case.

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