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Tuesday, 22 May 2007

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Ma Mary

La Republique keeps showing its true face to the world.

Ma Mary

Whatever happened to Professor Agbormbai?

mk the southerner

Paul as you and your says you are not your brothers keeper. Just note one day it will turn around.


A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package
What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray.

Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital , and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main
Ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember -- when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

REMEMBER,,,,
EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON'S TAPESTRY;
OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a Friend.

Mr Biya take note.
Mk the southerner

Kumbaboy

FAULT #1: When this South African plane entered Cameroon's air space, the authorities knew nothing about it. It could have been dropping arms or contraband or worse espionage.

FAULT #2: When Kenya Airways crashed, the authorities pinned more hope on foreign data than in their ability to have tracked the flight and all flights.

This is the trait of domestic incompetence.

Ted

These foreign aviation companies should shoulder a large part of the blame because they knew and ignored the fact that Cameroon's aviation industry and airport facilities are not up to standard yet they went on doing business there at the risk of innocent passengers. By refusing to do business under risky conditions would have forced the Cameroon government to upgrade their airport facilities.

Ma Mary

No Ted, this thieving occupation government does not give a rat's tail about anything except about what to steal next. They are absent. They do not care.

Akoson

Ma Mary and the rest,

This is no news! This neglect and nonchalance of them is akin to saying 'Hi' to a pal everytime when you meet them. It is a daily routine in La Republique...they don't care! That's their country.

eyallow

MK,

Thanks for a great story! It made my day. I have miss this sort of typical african folklores.

Whose fault was it that the plane went down? They Cameroonian government did not crash this plane.

I get increasing worried as everything on this forum tends to be indiscriminatedly politicized and attributed to a malfunctioning government in Cameroon.

The article does not tell us which control tower lost contact with the said aircraft.

If it was Douala then, they are to be blamed for never taking any steps into tracing the whereabouts of the plane.

If it was Togo, then we are still inundated in the same problem where the Togolese civil aviation authority showed their own great share of negligence.

Even the South African company to which the flight beyonded seemed to have rushed under cover without uttering any prominent strategies taken to uncover the whereabout of the plane.


Whatever the case, this shows the deplorable state of air traffic safety in Africa as a whole.


Its sorrowful but we should show objectivity in dishing out critism. I am not a pro-paul biya nor do i bother about politics in Cameroon, I am just expressing a neutral opinion!

Neba Funiba

Ma Mary, good question about Professor-Dr.-King-superior analytical skills-Mr. apply gas physics in social phenomena, Agbormbai. He promissed us that within two years that he started commenting on this web, his "works" will help not only Cameroon solve its problems but Africa at large. But then even within his specialty--gas physics--he seemed to have failed as planes are now crashing in his own backyard (Cameroon) one too many times and the chaos in Darfur and elsewhere in Africa continues unabated. Dr. we need you; hurry up because two years have since elapsed and we are still waiting for the fruits of your labor to ameliorate the sociopolitical and economic malaise that is wreaking havoc in Africa. If you are still in heaven come down to earth because it is here that the problems are. Ma Mary, thanks for your reminder.

Spako

Ma Mary,

It takes enormous courage to engage in Cameroon Politics. And this is not one of the things our learned Dr is used to doing.
He still remains though one of the best brains that has come out of the sordid place called Cameroon.
There are many who are ready to offer free expertize and technology to our Country, but shoddy politics and France has always been an obstacle. What could the Dr do to a crashed aeroplane?
I hope you can find solutions of some of the many problems plaguing Cameroon from his website without meeting him in person.
The knowledge is there. Use it!!!!!

Dr Adolf A Agbormbai
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Ma Mary

It appears as if as of now, Spako, the problem-solving website is down. Maybe the Professor did not pay his hosting fees. That can happen easily I assure you. Since I posed that question, a good source has has informed me that the Southern Cameroonian, Dr Agbormbai was most recently seen in the Greater Washington DC region of the United States of America. I invite him to contribute his brains to the Southern Cameroons liberation movement and not to waste his time with thoughts about saving la Republique from itself.

Akoson

Ma Mary I think the site is ok. It's not down. Try it again or check your connection. Dr. is a great asset but wouldn't be properly used by La Republique...he can get examples from the cries of Prof Anoma Ngu.

Manga

Cameroonian daily newspapers have more detailed reports on this crash. The Douala tower did in fact receive the distress call and did have an idea on where the plane might have gone down. However, Cameroonian aviation authorities did not have the equipment to do the search, so they simply washed off their hands.

Even with the discovery of the wreckage, the site has still not been accessed and the bodies removed because of the lack of appropriate equipement. The available one-engine helicopter could not make it up the mountain...

Ma Mary

Manga, no equipment my leg. Other aircraft crashes have happened on that mountain historically, and local hunter-mountaineers were engaged to pinpoint the sites successfully and on occasion brought down the remains. We are talking here of the 1950s up to the 70s. Never forget that this is the same shameless cabal that expropriated aid meant for the victims of Lake Nyos. If emergencies cannot be taken seriously, if precautions cannot be taken, they should just close down their pretend airports to international traffic.

Fon

eyallow,
"I am not a pro-paul biya nor do i bother about politics in Cameroon,"
What do you mean by: I do not bother about politics in Cameroon? Even if you are not a Cameroonian,their suffering in the hands of a dictator should mean something to you if you are normal human being.

Fritzane Kiki HK


You know Cameroon is going crazy,when the best rapper is a Paul, the best golfer is one Ephraim, the tallest guy in the GA is one Gibril, France is accusing them of negligence and arrogance,and that they need to improve their aviation systems, to reach international standards.While the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon',the three most powerful men in Cameroon are 'Paul','Tom'and 'Andrew'.They only aquire wealth and power but forget to deal with a very important issue like Air Traffic Control and the deplorable Radar Systems.If nothing is done,there will be a fullscope of dangerous aviation threats in the near future.They should hurry to correct the wrongs of this alarming crashes in Cameroon.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

Emmanuel

"I get increasing worried as everything on this forum tends to be indescriminatedly politicized and attributed to a malfunctioning government in Cameroon."Eyallow

Please if you can't be more rational kindly reserve your ignorance to yourself. When you open your mouth, to say something or pick up your pen to write anything kindly ask and try to answer some very simple questions. For example kindly answer this question- In which country, in which part of the world is there anything that is not controlled by politics? Whoever is in charge of the airport,or whatever ministry or part of government, was he not appointed by a politician and does the politician not make appointments based on what ever plans his political philosophy hold for that country? If you become president today your vision for the country involves everything about that country - education, transportation, health, agriculture, security etc. Any choice of technician or expert you make will be someone whom you think will move the country towards that direction you want. You cannot do otherwise. The CPDM used this childish argument to discourage politics in school campuses but they themselves were the first to violate the rule by carrying ballot boxes to schools and claiming 100% votes from there. From today stop dreaming that you can separate your ordinary efforts of making a living from politics. You don't have a choice. It does not matter how you think or claim you can separate it from politics. The politician controls your life. Whether you like it or not he does. Part of his mission is to make you think he does not and with you in particular he is succeeding. You are the easy going, simple minded prey in society the politicians like. When anything goes wrong in the society who do you turn to? You turn to the appropriate authority. Who designates that appropriate authority? The politician. There has not been any new and sensible argument advanced since the invention of administration or government in the human civilization that can separate politics from any citizens ordinary efforts to make a living or just survive. When you want to drink water, the government gives you SNEC, You want light they give you SONEL. You want to travel to Mbengwi from Bamenda they tell you what to pay to Mr. X. Tell me what politicians do not decide for you all over the world? But again let me repeat myself- their greatest task is to make you think that is not what is happening. Just like they are actually urinating on your head and keep on telling you it is rain. Be serious my young man.
So when anything wrong happens in the society do not hesitate to blame the politician. His job is to see that nothing goes wrong. If there is an accident on Douala Yaounde Road before you blame a driver, first ask the politician if that road was well constructed or if at its present state such accidents could be avoided. One of the politician's greatest fear is that you can hold him accountable. But you should. That is his only reason of being there at the top - to take care of every single business of running the country. Paul Biya is my road engineer, my doctor, my teacher, my lawyer, my policeman, my soldier,and my AIRPORT CONTROLLER. I pay him to perform all these duties. If he cannot do it he appoints someone that can do it for him. If that appointee fails to perform, I hold Paul Biya responsible. I cannot hold the appointee directly. I did not appoint him and I cannot fire him. But I appointed Paul Biya through my vote and he is the one I know. All I can do to help Mr Biya is to tell him his appointee is not working. If he Mr. Biya fails to act I fire him i.e. Mr. Biya.
This is a small lesson in what a democracy should look like. It seemed you needed it because of your apparent immature assertion that not everything should be politicized. Indeed everything is political. You might fail to see its political connections but that is what makes you to be considered immature and naive. Politicians like such people. Indeed if you can succeed to relate everything to politics then our politicians will do a better job. Their greatest fear is to be held accountable by us and they use all sorts of propaganda to avoid that..
Fon

Emmanuel

"I get increasing worried as everything on this forum tends to be indiscriminatedly politicized and attributed to a malfunctioning government in Cameroon."Eyallow

Please if you can't be more rational kindly reserve your ignorance to yourself. When you open your mouth, to say something or pick up your pen to write anything kindly ask and try to answer some very simple questions. For example kindly answer this question- In which country, in which part of the world is there anything that is not controlled by politics? Whoever is in charge of the airport,or whatever ministry or part of government, was he not appointed by a politician and does the politician not make appointments based on what ever plans his political philosophy hold for that country? If you become president today your vision for the country involves everything about that country - education, transportation, health, agriculture, security etc. Any choice of technician or expert you make will be someone whom you think will move the country towards that direction you want. You cannot do otherwise. The CPDM used this childish argument to discourage politics in school campuses but they themselves were the first to violate the rule by carrying ballot boxes to schools and claiming 100% votes from there. From today stop dreaming that you can separate your ordinary efforts of making a living from politics. You don't have a choice. It does not matter how you think or claim you can separate it from politics. The politician controls your life. Whether you like it or not he does. Part of his mission is to make you think he does not and with you in particular he is succeeding. You are the easy going, simple minded prey in society the politicians like. When anything goes wrong in the society who do you turn to? You turn to the appropriate authority. Who designates that appropriate authority? The politician. There has not been any new and sensible argument advanced since the invention of administration or government in the human civilization that can separate politics from any citizens ordinary efforts to make a living or just survive. When you want to drink water, the government gives you SNEC, You want light they give you SONEL. You want to travel to Mbengwi from Bamenda they tell you what to pay to Mr. X. Tell me what politicians do not decide for you all over the world? But again let me repeat myself- their greatest task is to make you think that is not what is happening. Just like they are actually urinating on your head and keep on telling you it is rain. Be serious my young man.
So when anything wrong happens in the society do not hesitate to blame the politician. His job is to see that nothing goes wrong. If there is an accident on Douala Yaounde Road before you blame a driver, first ask the politician if that road was well constructed or if at its present state such accidents could be avoided. One of the politician's greatest fear is that you can hold him accountable. But you should. That is his only reason of being there at the top - to take care of every single business of running the country. Paul Biya is my road engineer, my doctor, my teacher, my lawyer, my policeman, my soldier,and my AIRPORT CONTROLLER. I pay him to perform all these duties. If he cannot do it he appoints someone that can do it for him. If that appointee fails to perform, I hold Paul Biya responsible. I cannot hold the appointee directly. I did not appoint him and I cannot fire him. But I appointed Paul Biya through my vote and he is the one I know. All I can do to help Mr Biya is to tell him his appointee is not working. If he Mr. Biya fails to act I fire him i.e. Mr. Biya.
This is a small lesson in what a democracy should look like. It seemed you needed it because of your apparent immature assertion that not everything should be politicized. Indeed everything is political. You might fail to see its political connections but that is what makes you to be considered immature and naive. Politicians like such people. Indeed if you can succeed to relate everything to politics then our politicians will do a better job. Their greatest fear is to be held accountable by us and they use all sorts of propaganda to avoid that..
Fon

eyallow

Emmanuel wrote "Please if you can't be more rational kindly reserve your ignorance to yourself"

Well, seems like a pretty statement at first sight but the underpinnings are apparently to declare war between Emmanuel and eyallow.

Please gentleman learn to state your facts without belittling your opponent. Your approach of argumentation is typically what makes our societies so chaotic. Based on a few words i posted, you summarily termed me ignorant! Think about that!

Anyway back to the question you raised. I simply pointed out that the article did not vividly describe whether the plane lost control with the tower in douala or in Lome, thus i found it irrelevant to jump to start blaming the Cameroonian authorities my friend.

You dont need to preach to me about how politicians control my life. That whole stretch of writing and quoting examples i just did not bother to read! Rhetorical!

Fon
I worry about political issues in Cameroon of course. The way things progress in that country affect my own very family that is back there. However, the politics is
so dirt dirty that I dear not bother to rub shoulders with those that are political actors in Cameroon. I will never give myself
into corruption, nepotism, tribalism and all the ills that plague cameroon.

I do not even see an opposition party that can break these barriers.

Emmanuel

EYALLOW
I appreciate your gentle response and kindly accept my apologies for the outburst. You would notice that I did not even bother to discuss the issue raised about who was supposed to do what. I centered only on what politics so far as we are all concerned. I am not as involved as you might think. I do not however shy away from discussing issues and as you might rightly guess I don't see any demarcation line between my daily efforts to make a living in or out of Cameroon and the the national politics. I think you will agree with me that even these politicians themselves are always the first to claim politics is something else and my existence in the nation is another. To me that is diversionary tactic because it works in the way Ngugu Wa Thiongo of Kenya wrote when he said that the white came and taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we finished praying and opened our eyes, we realised that our goats, cows, forests, women and even land were all gone. So kindly accept my apologies. I am happy to respond immediately because you did not attempt to follow my angry outburst and better still you did not be-labour the issue.
Lastly do not bother yourself thinking any political party is going to change the situation in Cameroon. If I should be of any help it is sometimes therapeutic discussing politics because simply gives you a sense of belonging to Cameroon. You do not really have to get involved. You see, I have concluded that for us to expect any change to occur in any African country the organisation or political party or what that is fighting for this change must change from our traditional methods of regime change i.e. They should redirect their focus on educating the citizens on the power they have over every regime - tyrannical or not. Since political parties have always focused on regime change the current regimes, with power of the military, and finance in their control and the risk of retribution from a new leader if so much crime has been committed against the people like the Cameroon government has done, they won't give up without a fight. But if political parties were genuine enough to devote more energy to educating the people, organizing self help projects etc., political power would be gained easily without any loss of life and with greater mass support. Let me ask you to take some time and analyse this small aspect of self help in any society which does not threaten any power base but does not support it either.Check out this scenario;
It is a fact that the security situation is dismal in most of Cameroonian urban areas and even villages. I am sure you know that the for some reason most of us cannot understand the government is reluctant to enforce law and order despite the fact that we see a lot of policemen all over the place and are paid unusually with equal regularity. Regardless of the gravity of any situation they will never respond to assist any citizen and thegovernment does nothing about it. I think you will agree with me that even though the security situation is really bad, it is not yet uncontrollable but is rapidly descending to that level. If for example a political party takes up the challenge and decides to reverse this decline by asking the people to take charge of affairs into their own hands, they will not only gain irreversible support but will improve the lives of Cameroonians ten fold. How can this be achieved? Simple. Starting from an area where community spirit and action is a cultural pattern like in Bamenda for example an NGO draw up an elaborate and detailed program to raise funds from the population to assist the police in law enforcement. Police all over the civilised world are given incentives on top of their regular pay to work better. It can be easily done because even today the government has accepted to do it but only with financial institutions- mostly banks. These banks pay some money for the extra protection the police give their businesses. If they can do it for the banks they can do it for the general public too. The police will support it 100% because unlike the arrangement with the banks every officer will be sure to earn extra income for some work done as would be described in the elaborate programe drawn. The most important thing here will be that no laws will be broken, and civilians will never interfere as they should not, in police work. The government will have no fear to loose control of the police because nothing will change from daily police routine and who calls the shots. The only thing new will be that police will have more crime fighting equipment, and a civilian commission to see about its judicious use. This is summary of the whole setup but in a more detailed explanation, the police will be too eager to participate because of the extra income earned.. The interest of the government will ironically be protected even if they did not initiate the setup.Let me conclude by summarizing the outcome
Firstly imagine that before the security situation deteriorated to this level, citizens use to hang out at night enjoying themselves after work without fear of armed attack from gangsters. It meant that the nightlife industry was very much alive. How many people do you think enjoyed full employment every night all over Cameroon from night activities? Bamenda alone had about 15 night spots packed full almost everyday of the week. Taxis ran up and down. Provision stores stayed open. Women roasted fish, cocoyams corn to feed the hungry night revelers, prostitutes plied their trade. Directly and indirectly thousands of people made a lot of money from the nightlife industry. More corn was harvested from the farms to be roasted during the day and at night. This is just a rough analysis of a an economic boom that will be absorbing thousands in the job market that can spring overnight without the government spending an extra franc in planning anything. The only thing they have to do is to let us pay the police to do what they are even supposed to do in the first place. But just like in any civilised country, police work needs extra incentives. What is so hard to figure out something like this? This not any day dreaming of any sort. Before the present insecurity country was like this and thousands had jobs. Jobs do not only mean government jobs. Jobs simply mean legitimate means of earning a living.To realis a situation as I have describede nobody will be creating anything new to introduce to the government. I assure you if you ask any citizen in Bamenda how he would feel to contribute 3000frs a year to enjoy security even right at home they will say they can even pay more. Calculate this - if the Commission For Public Safety collects 750.000.000 frs from 250.000 citizens this amount will give about 25,000 frs a month to 600 police officers as incentives, much more to senior officers and more than enough to buy and run equipment like locally adapted 4x4 for police use in Cameroon; introduce and pay for basic computer technology to fight crime and with a lot of change remaining because with a transparent commission overseeing the judicious use of equipment there will be accountability. It can be done easily. Just imagine what this will do to unemployment in the country In the civilised world police officers work not because they are better trained than ours but also because they have incentives in different forms - promotions, financial reward etc.
First an NGO draws up this elaborate setup and when well studied to be executable they present it to the law enforcement people. No commissioner of police in Cameroon will refuse to support a financial plan that can make him earn some considerable millions in a single year only for asking his junior officers to do what they are supposed to do. This commissioner won't be breaking any law or disobeying his superiors. Let me end here for you to feel in the gaps. I have just decided to introduce this to you to explain that you must not involve yourself in politics to discuss anything which even involves political decisions. I am not a politician and I do not militate in any party. Even as an Anglophone when people ask me what I think about the Southern Cameroons thing for example I realise I don't have much to think about it. The truth is I just need a good and safe environment for all of us and I don't yet know if Southern Cameroons is the answer. Maybe it is I don't know
Thanks for your time

eyallow

Emmanuel you show salient attributes of a gentleman by redirecting your discussion towards an angle that i found quite appealing to appreciate.

You raise some petinent issues here and above all propounded some sound suggestion.

A couple of years ago, i got hit by barrels of attacks on this forum when I good naturedly intimidated that Cameroonians sit on thier laurels and cease every single opportunity to pour blame on their leaders without trying to change the situation themselves.

I pointed to the fact that a positive correctional change can ensue in Cameroon through concerted mass action by the populace. I equally ardued that people on the forum spent time castigating the Cameroonian leadership without suggesting measures to curb the pervasive ills in that society.

Cameroonians accept their fate and refuse to take vital actions to abate the sufferings they wallow in.

For example i sighted the case of the common taxi driver consistently dishing out brides to Policemen when they have the power to reverse the situation. My argument was that if a the drivers Union in Cameroon went on a well determined strike, the Cameroonian government will be paralyzed and they are bound to react.

I do not know of any instance where stringently and judiciously applied mass action failed. From apatheid regime of SA to the civil rights movement in the US to the Fench revolution, These are glaring examples.

You have again brought this up. The question is, who in Cameroon has the will and power to institute such change with a strong sense of national commitment. Everything is chaotic. Everyone has an eye on the national till and thievingly conniving to loot when the occasion presents.

In your opinion these beautiful ideas you have presented how can yiu actively play a role in implementing them?. It must start from US. We are the controllers of our fate! Will you create an NGO like the one you have described above? Will you risk your neck in Cameroon to fight the pervasive government of impunity that reigns? Someone has to but SCNC is not the key to me nor is SDF. These people sound like war mongers to me!

eyallow

Emmanuel you show salient attributes of a gentleman by redirecting your discussion towards an angle that i found quite appealing to appreciate. Thanks!

You raise some petinent issues here and above all propounded some sound and relevant suggestions with explicit examples.

A couple of years ago, i got hit by barrels of attacks on this forum when I good naturedly intimidated that Cameroonians sit on thier laurels and cease every single opportunity to pour blame on their leaders instead of trying to change the situation themselves.

I pointed to the fact that a positive correctional change can ensue in Cameroon through concerted mass action by the populace. I equally arhued that people on the forum spent time castigating the Cameroonian leadership without suggesting measures to curb the pervasive ills in that society.

Cameroonians seem to have sorrowfully accepted their fate without putting up a good fight. Verbal action alone will not salvage the situation in Cameroon nor do I advocate arms struggle as the consequences outweigh anything esle. Rather mass action in a well calculated way is the key. Do we lack such tacticians? That could be one problem!.

For example i cited the case of the common taxi driver consistently dishing out brides to Policemen when they have the power to reverse the situation. My argument was that if a the drivers Union in Cameroon went on a well structured and planned strike, the Cameroonian government will be paralyzed and they are bound to react. I dont think the taxi drivers and intercity transporter understand the big role they player in smooth running of the economy.

I do not know of any instance where stringently and judiciously applied mass action failed. From apatheid regime of SA to the civil rights movement in the US to the Fench revolution, These are glaring examples.

You have again brought this up. The question is, who in Cameroon has the will and power to institute such change with a strong sense of national commitment. Everything is chaotic. Everyone has an eye on the national till and thievingly conniving to loot when the occasion presents.

In your opinion these beautiful ideas you have presented how can u actively play a role in implementing them?. It must start from US. We are the controllers of our fate! Will you create an NGO like the one you have described above? Will you risk your neck in Cameroon to fight the pervasive government of impunity that reigns? Someone has to but SCNC is not the key to me nor is SDF. These people sound like war mongers to me!

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