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Y. Maurice Martin

Let the rulling CPDM party and all their gang understand that no one can never stop a Banana from riping, We can only delay it and not stop it. Let the Goodwill Cameronian political parties continue their crusade for peace, fair and transparent ellections in CAmeroon. To my best oppinion, election rigging is equal or even greater than ''Highway Rubery''.

Y. Maurice Martin
From Tiko

Shalom

"The release further calls on the armed forces that demonstrated political freedom in 1992 to do same this time..."

Empty noise!!! The same empty noise we hear every time there is election in Cameroon. Yes when these brave soldiers risked their jobs and even their lives in 1992 and voted for Fru Ndi, what did he do with it but go and hide in a hole in Bamenda and declare himself President, when these brave soldiers were waiting to defend him in Yaounde. In other countries, when candidates contest elections, they go to the capital, the center of power, and not to a regional capital.Inconsistency does not help us advance democracy. What happened to the "no ELECAM no elections"? Nobody forces you to make declarations. So you can limit yourself to declaring things that you can be sure to see through.That Inspires confidence in your followers.

"He calls on the other religious bodies to join in this national redemption endeavor"

Why should the religious bodies stop their evangelization campaigns to get involved in political campaigns? That smells the glaring failure of the political leadership to deliver. 1992 to 2007: 15 good years and Fru Ndi and the so called political class have not been able to salvage the country's image. Is it the religious bodies that will do that. If so then let the political parties phase out and give way to the churches to preach their pure and unadulterated messages and then we will measure the impact in the next 15 years

Bugiba

Shalom,

You sound like a mad dog. What do you think is the difference between your trend of reasoning and that of an illitrate in the village?
Sorry, you are a disgrace to your self.

Watesih

Where is this one from? How would you doubt that the religious bodies can salvage the situation,at the same time call on Political parties to give way for them to do so for the next 15 years? Religious bodies are responsible for the moral wellbeing of their flock.If this moral wellbeing is threatened in one way or the other,they speak out to put things right.They can also appeal to the leaders of the country,and enjoy some immunity.But when all facets of life are over politicised like we have in Cameroon,these religious authorities are not even listened to.But their duty is to speak out whether they are listened to or not.This is why they have been contributing to the debate about the electoral landscape of the country.
We have been brought up in an over centralised system,and we can see how this has taken the best out of us.People must go to Yaounde to chase files,and according to our man Shalom,political leaders must go to Yaounde in order to contest elections.But the irony is that when the Fru Ndi made an impact in 1992,he was not living in Yaounde.Cameroon nearly came crumbling after the stolen victory in 1992,and here is some one who said Fru Ndi went hiding in a hole in Bamenda.Why do you guys always take these fanciful names, and titles but always prove to be very hollow.Shalom means peace,and i hope you are out to preach peace.

Tombele

I am happy for the above responses to Shalom. Religious leaders have ascended to power. Jean Bertrand Aristide from Haiti is one from the same repressive 'frog regime". Have you heard of the "Moral Majority" in the US, a religious group that was instrumental in electing George Bush twice?? All groups in Cameroon have to come together to get rid of this regime, they have over stayed their mandate and produced nothing. We were robbed in 1992, let's learn our lesson and make sure it does not happen again. Shalom may be you should lead the way to Yaounde and we shall follow you.

Feli

"...Yes when these brave soldiers risked their jobs and even their lives in 1992 and voted for Fru Ndi, what did he do with it but go and hide in a hole in Bamenda and declare himself President, when these brave soldiers were waiting to defend him in Yaounde." This sounds as if someone is seriously mixing up the SDF story. We shall always serve you with the truth even if you opt to deny it.
In 1992, Fru Ndi's courage and steadfastness was confirmed again when the Union for Change used polling station results to declare their candidate victorious. The choice of Bamenda was simple. The safety and security was guaranteed by an extremely vigilant population. When they were doing that, other people who today still brandish as politicians ferried themselves and their families out of Cameroon, fearing the doom and abhorring Fru Ndi for inviting a civil strife. Fru Ndi stayed and the population backed him. General Pong was given instructions to lead a 12,000 mixed brigade to Bamenda to cart Fru Ndi into Kodengui or at least BMM; when he arrived Ntarinkon, he saw to his dismay that the place had been turned into a fortress by use of people power. During that period, Ni John Fru Ndi shared his house with 250 other persons: a multi-cultural and multilingual mix with one sole purpose : the advent of democracy to Cameroon.
So if someone, maybe because of naivity and youthful glee descibes this as "hiding in a hole", then we still have much to do to explain the turning points in Cameroon's political history.

knganjo

Shalom,
You are so misinformed.The duty of the church is to speak for the voiceless.Where there is no hope people turn to the church,reason why Cardinal Tumi has been critical of the criminal regime in Yaounde.Also, if you listen to the news you would have heard that the Bishop of Harare is on Mugabe's neck.Fru Ndi is not wrong but you are.Don't you think people who evangelise should have concern for the people's welfare? Look at the situation in Cameroon.Almost all Cameroonians have been reduced to beggers by these criminals.Are you or is any of your relations part of them?

simplice

Many thank's to Bugiba,Watiseh,Tombele,Feli, and Kuganjo for you have wisely told Shalom, you all disagree with his opinion of the political spectrum in the aftermath of the first multi-party elections in our beloved fatherland,and respect his right of saying it. This is what makes the forum interesting;facts and diplomacy.Continue in that spirit:tell your brother you love him but detaste his opinion.

mulum

WHEN IT COMES TO TALKING ABOUT THIS STUPID PARTY SDF THE CHINESE WATERHEAD watersih WILL SHOUT HIS USUALL LIES.WHAT YOUR GOD FATHER FRU NDI IS SAYING SHOWS THAT HE IS GRAETLY FRUSTRATED AND HAS VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO DO.YOU PEOPLE WILL KEEP ON CRYING OF THE DEAD OF THE PARTY WE FOUGHT FOR.REMEMBER THAT THE BLOOD OF OUR BROTHERS WILL NEVER GO WITHOUT THE PARTY.THEY WERE BRAVE MEN.THEY FOUNDED IT AND DIED FOR.BUT TODAY YOU THE TRAITORS ARE PAYING FOR.IT WILL CONTINUE LIKE THAT UNTILL YOU TRAITORS ALL DIE.

watersih go eat some shit traitor

Kukuru Nsoh

SIMPLICE.
Do u know u need some mental education, i can't believe what i get from u, rather than fight for freedom, u try to con-taract those who even put up a fight. Let me ask u, in your capacity what would u do if u were in the shoes of Fru Ndi, sometimes, we should let reason flow rather than emotions and feelings which are just our immaginations. The blood of our fellow brothers will never go as u think, they will be damn happy to see the flying colours of the party someday, but know it will only come after the death of Biya. Life is full of suprises, so why not cross your fingers and expect some rather than be child-like and sulk in mind. Calling others traitors is a great accussation, why not place yourself as one before u look at others??? Be fore-warned is to be fore-armed...
Terry-China

Paysan

Reading this press release today from Fru Ndi reminds me of a mail that circulated in many Forums last Feb. From one Mr. Acha. It was entitled "A letter to All Camerounians". I am still wondering why the Post never published a copy of that letter.

I am pasting the mail here for you to read it if you were never fortunate to recieve a copy of it. There was so much fire and facts in the mail worth circulating.

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If the message is truncated, open the atachment to read the complete text .

07-02-2007

Subject: AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CAMEROONIANS

Dear Cameroonians

There is so much talk and debate in Cameroon today on the need for a true Democracy, but the staggering reality is that, the nation seems not to be, in any form ready for that Democracy, even those who claim to be democrats.

May be there is an urgent need to redefine democracy in terms of a nation like Cameroon, since there's a total misconception of this word in our society. In a society where oligarchy and anarchy is the rule of the day, in which the government seems to be resting on the value of property, meaning the rich are powerful and the poor are deprived, democracy cannot be defined solely on the ability to proclaim a victor by assuming he/she has the majority of cards from a ballot box which is totally under his/her authority.

Democracy in such a nation will rather mean the ability, and preparedness of the deprived masses, assisted by some moderate rich and powerful to freely rebel (without violence) against the government, and be ready to resist its intimidation in all its forms. But painfully enough, Cameroon seems to be far away from this school of thought, not because the masses are not able, but because the so called leaders of the various political forces are short sighted and selfishly not organized.

When the government at the top of any nation fails the test of modern democracy, then democracy becomes filled with variety and strategic disorder, such as civil disobedience that will force the top to readjust or totally withdraw.

The gentle wind of revolution is blowing through the sub Sahara Africa. We should not let it pass us by, for we will be left behind and will never catch it again. I know many are disappointed with those we laid our trust in, to lead us through such moments. Many are now desperately obsessed with the thought that this can't happen in the absence of a platform such as a trusted political party. I understand your worries, but bear in mind that there are a lot of alternatives. If our political parties are failing us, we will create and use our UNIONS, (workers Unions, Business Unions, Farmers Unions, drivers Unions, Unemployment Unions, Truck pushers Unions, Teachers Unions, Student Unions, Mothers Unions etc) and other institutions such as religious institutions and NGOs as platforms to table our grievance. Use them as tools to cash checks from the national bank of our nation which we all are legally entitled to, but have been deprived and continue to be deprived by the "rich and powerful". But never the less, I will recommend we give our front line political parties another but last chance, and be determined to rise and defend our votes when the time comes. In the course of rising, we must remember to respect the value of the nation's infrastructure and do it without violence.

We should act within our UNIONS as though we were protecting our individual interest and showing our discontent of the country's social system which we are hire to, but has been taken hostage by the so called Powerful. Our individual determination to act will collectively send a clear message to the rich and Powerful that we now mean business and there's no turning back until our check has been paid. The wealth and prosperity of our nation depends on our individual efforts. Let us all act individually as though to maximize our material economic gains. Just like the Economist Adam smith said, our individual desires would collectively maximize the collective good, and overcome the obstacles in our human society. It is our moral obligation to do so. Those nursing the pessimistic views would say we is so divided into ethnic groups so much that we cannot act collectively. This is a wrong notion! If we were that negatively divided as they claim, then we would have long been fighting each other in a bloody civil war. But that is not the case, and is never going to be the case. We are divided so much that we are so united to be fighting each other.

The Cameroonian community is oriented to some good, and we have moderate elite and powerful people within the communities that will only empathize with us after scaling our degree of determination. Let us go out in numbers and ask for accountability. Ask those managing the resources of our rich nation for transparent checks and balances. Tell them we are not going home until those account books are made public, and the architects of graft and corruption are brought before the public and punished accordingly.

History has proven that Cameroonians are loyal, but do not let this be regarded as a weakness. Let the Nation know that it can only hence forth continue to enjoy this undisputed loyalty of its citizen if and only if there is a well organized government structure, which respects the value of both the rich and the poor and practices good governance in all its forms.

We as humble Cameroonians have every single reason to stand up and say enough is enough, just like many other nations have done, and have today, joined the rest of the world both in economic and social development.

For example, The Rose Revolution – a popular protest over a rigged parliamentary election that cascaded into a political uprising -- forced former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze to resign on November 23, 2003, after his 11 years in power, during which the country was transformed from one of the richest Soviet republics into one of the most corrupt and impoverished nations in the region.

Painfully, the immediate reasons behind this uprising are rather our day to day life here in Cameroon. I will be listing below the causes of the Rose revolution and correlating them with our home situation, then living you with the option to judge both circumstances.

Unpunished corruption at the highest levels such as:

1- Members of Shevardnadze's family and inner circle enriched themselves through rigged privatization deals and misappropriated funds. We are living this nightmare day in day out in Cameroon with billions of FCFA being swindled into private accounts by government officials. The FIECOM saga is just one of many we are not aware of. Hundreds of ghost contracts are being awarded on regular basis to members of that inner circle in Cameroon. Our State co operations are privatized to enrich a few individuals. A good example is the Tea Estate privatization scamp which was undervalued and sold to a clique of individuals. The PALM OL and you name the rest.

2- Positions in the Georgian Customs Department could be bought for $100,000. In Cameroon those with the money can buy positions into top government offices, such as Governors, SDO, DOs, Government Delegates etc. Meritocracy has no place in our communities. This is a fact we all know, but yet it means nothing to us.

3- Widespread corruption in the energy sector led to frequent power outages that severely disrupted efforts by demoralized Georgian citizens to have a normal life and make their economy function. We are all living witnesses to the menaces of our home AESONEL, and the discomfort of its rampant black outs. A situation that does not only disrupt our businesses an activities, but scaring potential foreign investors away and dampening our Economy.

4- In Georgia Entrepreneurs had to pay bribes to register new small businesses. A factor which is like part of our existence here in Cameroon was an unacceptable issue in Georgia. They had to do something to bring this to an end.

5- Some parents, short on cash, had to sell the family car and land to raise the bribe money required for students seeking to enrol in Georgia's once-prestigious institutions of higher education. This is a perfect reflection on the circumstances surrounding an entrance into our ENAM, CUSS, IRIC, ENS and you name the rest. Can an average Cameroonian with the knowledge get access to these institutions without a bulk of monies changing hands for private pockets?

6- The 2003 results from the Transparency international that ranged the Country as the 4th most corrupt country in the world, with a score of just 1.8 points. Coincidentally, Cameroon was ranged at the same position with Georgia that same year with a score of 1.8 as well. Remember we topped the list of the most corrupt nation in the world for two consecutive time i.e. 1998 and 1999.

But yet it meant nothing to us.

7- Multiple and rampant check points for motorists travelling from the capital of Tbilisi to one of Georgia's regional cities. It was common to be stopped five or more times on the three-hour journey by traffic police seeking bribes to make their own ends meet. How many similarly traffic police, Gendarmes and even some times military check points do we come across as we travel around Cameroon? All trying to extort unwarranted money from us!

8- The major catalyst to the Rose Revolution (also known as the Corruption revolution) came when Georgian officials who had completely lost their legitimacy in the eyes of the majority of Georgians attempted to rig the parliamentary elections of that same year 2003. How many times have elections both Parliamentary and presidential been rigged in Cameroon? How many times have we as a population been humiliated? Aren't we tired and impoverished by this government? Since when did they lose their legitimacy in our eyes? We have heard promises for decades, ranging from New Deals to Great Ambitions, but yet what we see are our cities decaying with abandoned infrastructures deteriorating. Our Economy is moving backward whiles the rest of the world is moving forward.

What else do we need to legitimize our argument and quench our thirst for a change? We have to rise when it is time to.

In the course of this uprising, we should be aware of infiltrators and opportunist who may want to derail us with nationalistic ideological concepts and other unframed political agendas to spawn a civil war or sectarian movements. That could jeopardize our course. The uprising should be based on a modern federal democracy, and democracy in my context will mean equality, transparency and accountability without ethnic discrimination or tribalism.

Be aware of those who will want to loot and destroy public infrastructures under our umbrella. Form vigilance committees within our Unions to maintain our course while bringing everything else to a standstill. Let the whole nation descend to the capital and quarantine all activities and allow the heat to radiate. Let us prepare our bags for both raining and sunny days. Put in the maximum efforts to educate and sensitize both the trunk and the roots on the need to rise and sleep in the open. Peacefully remind the military of their responsibility which is to protect us. Spend time and resources to educate them that, we are neither rivals nor enemies. Let them understand our grievances und convince them to share our grieves, by staying neutral during this period. This is a factor that should not be ignored. We will Use the recent colour revolutions in the Eastern European countries as Models.

Those who cannot descend down to the capital should move out to their local cities and make the Governor and DO offices their new homes.

Let the loyal citizens of the Far north, North, Adamawa, Akwaya and eastern provinces match out in their numbers and tell their local administrators that enough is enough. Make the Garoua city hall and streets your new Homes. I know the Heat could be unbearable in the Douala port city, but join in with liberation hymns and Quarantine the Administrative Headquarters in Bonajor, and spread out to the city Hall in Akwa (sale de fate) and its surroundings. Let the city come to a standstill, allowing only the in and out of vehicles carrying food and nothing else. Let all of Kribi move down to the capital.

This should be the same with the southwest, west and the Northwest provinces. In the Southwest, those who cannot move to the capital should assemble at the Malingo Junction and the Governor's office. In the Northwest, climbing the Station Hill could be a task and an obstacle, so carry your sleeping beds to the Liberty square and sing the songs of liberty.

If all of these is done in a synchronized manner, then be rest assured that the steam running out will be able to force the defunct and rusted turbines at the Etoudi Dam to turn, and we shall all sing the song "Free, Free, Free at last"

The elite Philosopher Hegel in his book "Philosophy of Right and law" makes it clear that in every modern democratic society, the courts, the police, and administrative departments are all organs of the civil society as of the state. They pertain to civil society where their function is to promote personal or private interest, and to the state where their function is to coalesce a community. But in Cameroon where these institutions are completely under the authority of the State (commonly called the executive) wherein one can no longer differentiate between the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary as stipulated in our constitution, the only way to overcome such a hegemony is through a revolution.

It is sad when a State acts as a force above the society rather than to mitigate in class conflict. Lenin in his book "State and Revolution (1932, 8 )" argues that, the only way to overcome such a debacle is through a revolution and the destruction of the state apparatuses created by the ruling class.

About the newly created ELECAM, it is disgusting to see fellow Cameroonians being pulled into another booty trap disguised under the name of a transparent Election commission. Learned Intellectuals of our communities and the international arena have looked deep into this so called ELECAM and come to a conclusion that it's just another MINATD/NEO turned inside out to fool Cameroonians, and trick the political forces that so dearly put their trust in it. I will advice you find some time and educate yourself with the recently published 42 pages report on Cameroon, by the Office of Public Management, a British consultancy based in London. You would understand the state of affairs and any elections under this regime, be it with or without ELECAM.

The report puts it clear that there can never be any free and fair Elections in Cameroon under the current apparatus.

It is rumored around that some political parties are contemplating to boycott the forth coming Elections if an Independent ELECAM does not go functional before that period. Cameroonians, this will be another fatal error if we do not go in for these elections. Let us go out in our numbers and register and vote when the time comes, with or without ELECAM. Just as we go out to register and vote, we should be determined to collectively defend our individual votes when the time comes. If we do not vote, then we will have NO excuse to rise. We should not wait for a door to door call of action to rise and defend our votes. All we need to do is to rise and join in when the Alarm rings.

And to the political leaders, let me remind you now to spend just as much time and resources to educate the masses on how to defend their votes when the time comes. Change your old fashioned political tactics, which so far have been based on educating and sensitizing the masses on the need to register, vote and defend the vote. Standing on platforms and telling them to defend their votes when it is time, without educating them on how to defend the votes brings nothing. Organize public workshops and seminars and educate the masses on how to go about it. The strategies to apply may not be worth discussing in this letter, but I will not hesitate educating you (the leaders) if need be.

The man at the Helm of the government has solidified the walls of his monarchy so hard that, even the few progressive voices within his circle are powerless and voiceless. His ability of accumulating all the power that be, and delegating or better say dishing out pockets of this power to those loyal to him, makes him feel like a supper immortal being. This is because those with patches of his power are frightened and scared of speaking out or acting rightly amid fears of losing these fringes of power.

On corruption, my humble Cameroonians do not be fooled. There is no way on earth that Cameroon will, to an extent be corruption free as long as this government continues to be in power. Most corrupt culprits have tentacles stretched deep into the Leadership. Meaning the noise on fighting corruption will continue to be an Opera in which only the greedy goats will fall into the net. It is a scamp to lure the international community, and pretend as though things are getting better. The mainstream corrupt apparatus will continue operating with absolute impunity. If you have been following up the current FIECOM saga and listening to the wordings of Ondo Ndong (the former director General of FIECOM) and his accomplices, then you will have an idea on the complexity of the corrupt apparatus in this nation. It needs only a total sweep of the House. There are hundreds of such FIECOM cases, and will continue to operate as long as the apparatus is still standing.

They can only be brought for questioning when we must have sang the song "Free Free, Free at last".

There shall be no hiding place when the concrete wall shielding them is pushed down the alee by the steam of our Freedom songs.

Do a favour for the nation by forwarding this letter to all Cameroonians you know, both home and abroad. Let the Press Media Publish it in all Languages. Forward it to your news groups and associations. Forward it into your online forums, print and distribute it within your local meeting Houses. Let the political parties distribute it to their militants. Private TV station should broadcast it. It is a wakening call to all Cameroonians. We do not have to wait for 2011, for it will come and go by just like any other.

If you are a true Cameroonian and you read this letter and ignore it, without forwarding to others, nothing will happen. But then do not complain of the troubles of our nation. Keep in mind that Generations to come will continue to live under this Monarch if you do not act now.

Eric M. Acha


Yaoundé, Cameroon Feb. 07.2007

Ebonylad

This can be right because they rob the highway to Democracy and end of poverty.
We are still pondering from this end, on a strategy of action against election riggers yet without bloody violence.
DOs,SDOs,Mayors,Chiefs,Fons,Ruling elites,Governors are the usual election rigging actors in Cameroon.
The law shall rule if not today,one day.
Ebonylad.

Fritzane Kiki HK

If this testimony was done in 2004 why did it take 3 years to get to the public? This explains a lot of why polls and election did not match.

It doesn’t surprise me that Biya and his band of corrupters are always behind it, and most likely if you look closer you would probably find lil bro Bi Biya in there with his old rhetorics of 'Renouveau Nationale et reconciliation pour les elections 2007' too. Being in Yaounde in 2004, we watched in horror the fiasco over the rigging in Yaounde Melen, during the last elections(the ballot boxes were seized by CPDM insurgents in broad day light and ballot papers were filled in it).

Knowing they couldn’t do that again they resorted to the ELECAM fraud this time.
At this point it should be an impeachment of the entire CPDM Party (except Ephraim,Peter,John,Djibril,Francoise and Paul)
Opposition Voters beware, if there is no paper trail, your votes will disappear!! Just goes to show you how low the CPDMs go and how corrupt they are.

First the opposition parties haven't proven anything, except that some remedies could be done. That's a given, of course it COULD be done but not now. Second they allow computer programmers of Pro-Biya instead of experts on statistics about voting poll anomalies. Third apparently Opposition supporters are so stupid, they can't put a stick in a hole to vote so they had to make it simpler which makes this possible. You do realize that they'll still be "disenfranchised" if they can't read a paper ballot or make an X......

I think we have to take the discrepancies in the voter turnout as an indicator that this election's flaws should be taken far more seriously.If ruling party keeps fighting against a free snd fair elections, they're fighting against democracy. The Founding Fathers would be ashamed.Where is the Democracy rooted in the true sense of Democracy?

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

DR TAN

THE EXTEND TO WHICH MR FRU NDI,S COMMENTS RIASE REACTIONS , FROM THYE DIASPORA MAY BE A POINTER OF HIS PLACE IN CAMEROON POLITICS. POSTERITY WILL ALWAYS JUDGE POLITICIANS.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IS AN ISSUE.
THE MODERATOR OF THE P.C.C IN AN EARLIAR POST PUBLICATION SAID THE POLITICAL PARTIES IN CAMEROON HAVE CREATED CONFUSION IN THE MINDS OF CAMEROONIANS.
THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY OF CARDINAL TUMI SEAM TO BE COMING TO AND END, WITH THE PUBLISHING OF A GREAT MANS MEMOIR S, ANALYST BEGIN TO CONCLUDE.
IT,S IT NOT TO ENGLISH CAMEROON CREDIT THAT MR NEE JOHN IS AN ANGLOPHONE, RHT REV DR NYAMSAKO , PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN PROTESTANT CHURCH IS AN ANGLOPHONE, CARDINAL TUMI IS AN ANGLOPHONE. THESE ARE ALL COURAGEOUS MEN.
INSTEAD OF PERSONALISING DISCUSSIONS, I WILL PREFARE DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES RAISED, ELECTION RIGGING.

casara

The FRESH FOCUS in the Struggle of the Peoples of the
Southern Cameroons for their Inherent and Inalienable
Right of Self-Determination and Independence.

(Culled from SCARM’s Address to the Dallas Conference)

1. A Wrong Perspective for the Struggle:
1.1 Today, CAM / SCARM, in her watchdog role to keep
the struggle on course, continues in her sacred
mission to inform and educate our long suffering
peoples about the complexities of their true status
and their rights as a people under the protection of
the Charter of the United Nations Organisation and
international law. Facts coming to light in the past
four years reveal that ALL Southern Cameroons
Liberation Movements, without exception, but with good
intentions, have over the years proven to be “totally
inexperienced and naïve and incapable of grappling
with the tremendous problems which face our peoples
and our Territory”. In other words, leadership in the
Southern Cameroons, with its complexities, and its
vulnerability, is still inexperienced, untrained and
naïve 48 years later and at the dawn of the third
millennium. It is indeed very unfortunate, and a
matter for deep regret, that in our eagerness to
liberate the peoples of the Southern Cameroons from
annexation, oppression and bondage by successive evil
regimes of la Republique du Cameroun and France, we
all overlooked the fact that the Southern Cameroons is
but a minority territory of the United Nations Trust
Territory of the Cameroons formerly under United
Kingdom Administration. We had been induced into that
blunder by the fact that the Southern Cameroons, after
separation from the Federation of Nigeria, had been an
autonomous full self-governing region with a Southern
Cameroons Constitution- Order-In- Council, a House of
Assembly and a House of Chiefs.

1.2 We also failed to grasp the implications of the
failure to implement UNO General Assembly Resolution
1608 (XV) of 21 April 1961on the Future of the
Territory in accordance with the principles and
purposes of the Charter of the United Nations
Organisation. That failure to implement that
Resolution meant that the Trust Territory of the
Cameroons formerly under United Kingdom
Administration, became a UNO Territory with effect
from 6 June 1961 (in the case of the Northern
Cameroons), and with effect from 1 October 1961 (in
the case of the Southern Cameroons). We all engaged
the struggle by a demand for a return to the
Con-federation our people had voted for in the
February 1961 plebiscite - a federation that never was
in international law. This colossal blunder might have
been excusable in 1959, given the calibre of leaders
we had at the time and who were regarded as being
“made up of almost totally inexperienced and naive
ex-primary school teachers with good intentions”
according to Mr. John K. Emmerson, American
Consul-General in Lagos in 1959. It is totally
unacceptable and inexcusable, indeed indefensible, in
the 1985s – 2003s with all the manpower resources and
expertise Southern Cameroons boasts of, that none of
our experts paid any attention to Article 102 of the
Charter of the United Nations Organisation. If we had
even looked at Article 102 of the Charter of the UN we
could not have engaged the struggle for the
restoration of our statehood from the false premise
that there had been a legal federation between the
Southern Cameroons and la Republigue du Cameroun in
international law in the first place. Just one look at
the Article and the message hits you right in the face
like a technical knockout blow. Yes, we indeed read
the United Nations Charter with eyes that could not
see and with minds that did not comprehend.

1.3 His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland signed but ONE
Trusteeship Agreement with the United Nations
Organisation on 14 December 1946 to administer her
part of German Kamerun in trust for the United
Nations. Consequently, the independence of the United
Nations Territory of the Southern Cameroons cannot be
separate from the independence of the United Nations
Territory of the Northern Cameroons. This is in
accordance with United Nations Resolution 224 (III) of
18 November 1948 on the Administrative Unions
Affecting Trust Territories and international law. The
conspiracy of the cold war allies to set aside this
Resolution and the Charter of the United Nations and
to annex the British Cameroons respectively to Nigeria
and to la Republique du Cameroun was specifically to
prevent this Territory, with its great potentialities,
its complexities and vulnerability, from falling into
the hands of Communist-inspired influences that could
become a danger of serious magnitude to the allies”.
See dispatch from Mr. John K. Emmerson, American
Consul-General, Lagos, Nigeria, dated 11 May, 1959, to
the US State Department.

1.4 The allies violated the Charter of the United
Nations and the Resolutions of the United Nations
General Assembly (UNGA) and their decision was illegal
then, and remains illegal today. Note should also be
taken of the fact that at the time of the so-called
re-unification, la Republique du Cameroun was engulfed
in a communist-backed insurrection by Union des
Populations du Cameroun (UPC) and One Kamerun (OK),
its ally, in the Southern Cameroons. The fear of
Communism was at the root of these violations and
manipulations.

2. SCARM accpets its fair share of this blunder which
effectively derailed our struggle for independence
because we engaged our struggle from the wrong
perspective. A wrong diagnosis of a disease
unevitadably results in the wrong prescription and of
course the wrong treatment and its attendant
consequencies to the patient. The same is true of any
problem: the wrong diagnosis of the cause of a problem
and we end up with the wrong solution to the problem
48 years down the road, and we still have not arrived
because we led our people down the wrong path. SCARM
offers it unreserved apologies to our grassroots for
this phenomenal blunder which was committed in good
faith and with good intentions; we were indeed blinded
by the fact of Southern Cameroons statehood. We did
indeed swallow the bait Britain and France had
meticulously prepared for us to mislead us into
believing that the Southern Cameroons could be
independent. They were quite certain that we would
never unravel the truth about the overall independence
of the Cameroons formerly under United Kingdom
Administration in the next one hundred years. They
were wrong.

3. THE FRESH FOCUS

3.1 During the Minnesota Conference of 26-28 September
2003, SCARM proposed a “FRESH THRUST” in the struggle
for the independence of the Southern Cameroons. SCARM
was guided in that proposal by new light that had just
then been revealed about certain assumptions, indeed
misconceptions, we had about the struggle for the past
24 years. All our liberation movements without
exception, beginning with the Ambazonia Movement of
Fon Gorji Dinka, through CAM/SCARM to the SCNC, SCYL
and now runner-up SCAPO, misconstrued the implications
of the non-implementation of Article 76.b. of the
United Nations Charter and of UN Resolution 1608 (XV)
of 21 April 1961 of the 994th Plenary Session of the
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Future
of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Cameroons
Under United Kingdom Administration in international
law. We have indeed been talking the language of
Britain and its cold war allies instead of the
language of the United Nations and international law.

3.2 On 21 March 2003, in a letter (updated in October
2004) to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Organisation, and supported by UNESCO, Professor
Martin CHIA ATEH, the Scientific Ambassador to Germany
and Africa in 1987, of the International Institute of
Philosophy (IIP), a scholar with an inside knowledge
of the workings of the United Nations system, in his
capacity as a concerned citizen and elite of the
Southern Cameroons, and prompted by the misleading
judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
of 10 October 2002 over the Southern Cameroons
Territory of the Bakassi Peninsula, revisited the
Southern Cameroons dossier and brought into very sharp
focus, for the very first time, the glaring fact that
the Non-Execution of UNO Resolution 1608 (XV) of 21
April 1961 on the Future of the Cameroons Under United
Kingdom Administration violated the purposes and
principles of the Charter of the United Nations
Organisation.

3.2.1 It violated specifically:
- Article 73: Declaration regarding
Non-Self-Governing Territories;
- Article 76.b on the basic objectives of the
Trusteeship System;
- Article 102 (1 & 2) in that No Treaty of the Union
between the then Government of the Southern Cameroons
and la Republique du Cameroun on the one hand, and
between the Northern Cameroons and the Federation of
Nigeria on the other, was ever worked out;
- UNGA Resolution 224 (III) of 18 November 1948 on the
Administrative Unions Affecting Trust Territories;
- UNGA Resolution 226 (III) of 18 November 1948 on
the Progressive Development of Trust Territories;
- UNGA Resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples; and
- UNGA Resolution 1803 (XVII), 17 U.N. GAOR Supp.
(No.17) at 15, UN. Doc. A/5217 (1962) on Permanent
Sovereignty over Natural Resources.

3.2.2 UN Resolution 1608 (XV) of 21 April 1961
required that a “TREATY of UNION” between the
Governments of the Federation of Nigeria and of the
Northern Cameroons with the United Kingdom as
Administering Authority of the Northern Cameroons
Trust Territory be worked out before 6 June 1961; and
between the Governments of la Republique du Cameroun
and of the Southern Cameroons with the United Kingdom
as Administering Authority of the Southern Cameroons
Trust Territory before 1st October 1961. The TREATIES
were to protect the interests of both the Northern
Cameroons and the Federation of Nigeria on the one
hand, and the Southern Cameroons and la Republique du
Cameroun on the other.

3.2.3 The worked out TREATY would have been ratified
by the Northern Cameroons Territorial Assembly and the
Parliament of the Federation of Nigeria on the one
hand, and by the Southern Cameroons House of Assembly
and of Chiefs and the Parliament of la Republique du
Cameroun on the other.

3.2.4 The TREATIES should have been registered and
copies deposited at the Secretariat of the
Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation
in application of Article 102 (1) of the Charter of
the United Nations.

3.2.4.1 Article 102 (1) reads:
.“Every Treaty and every international agreement
entered into by any member of the United Nations after
the present Charter comes into force shall as soon as
possible be registered with the Secretariat and
published by it”.

3.2.4.2 Article 102 (2) reads:
“No party to any such Treaty or International
Agreement which has not been registered in accordance
with the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article may
invoke that treaty or agreement before any organ of
the United Nations”.

In light of this, and in the absence of a Treaty of
Union between the Southern Cameroons and la Republique
du Cameroun, la Republique du Cameroun had no locus
standi in taking the Federation of Nigeria to the
International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Southern
Cameroons Territory of the Bakassi Peninsula.
Consequently, the ruling of the ICJ over the Bakassi
Conflict on 10 October 2002 was misleading and null
and void ab initio in international law.

4. The UNO Territory:
4.1 The Non-Execution of UN Resolution 1608 (XV)
paragraphs 4.a. and 5 of 21 April 1961, on the Future
of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Cameroons
under United Kingdom Administration – for a “Treaty of
Union” to be worked out between the Governments of the
Northern Cameroons and the Federation of Nigeria on
the one hand, and the Governments of the Southern
Cameroons and la Republique du Cameroun on the other,
in the presence of the then Administering Authority of
the Trust Territory, the United Kingdom - meant
strictly speaking in International Law, that the
United Nations Trust Territory of the Cameroons
formerly under United Kingdom Administration became
and remains a United Nations Territory from 6 June
1961 (in the case of the Northern Cameroons), and from
1 October 1961 (in the case of the Southern
Cameroons). Consequently, the United Nations
Organisation should have been, indeed should be,
administering the Territory.

5. The Way Forward:
5.1 In light of these incontrovertible revelations by
Professor Martin CHIA ATEH, SCARM, the watchdog of the
struggle, takes its responsibilities squarely into its
hands and:
- Calls on the SCARM collective at home and in
diaspora to broaden their outreach
and work for the total independence of the UN
Territory of the Cameroons formerly
under United Kingdom Administration;
- Calls on the SCARM collective at home and in
diaspora to support Professor Martin
CHIA ATEH in this fresh focus in the struggle
for the independence of the
Cameroon Territory of the UN in accordance
with the purposes and principles of the
Charter of the United Nations.
- Encourages SCARM activists at home to participate in
the regular Workshops on
the principles and purposes of the Charter of
the UN organised by Professor Martin
CHIA ATEH with delegations from the Northern
Cameroons UN Territory aimed at
informing and educating the grassroots on the UN
system and the purposes and
principles of the Charter of the United Nations
Organisation.
- Calls on the Coalition of Liberation Movements
of the Southern Cameroons to
accept the shameful fact that for the past 25
years we misled and misinformed the
grassroots, “with good intentions”, about the
real focus of the struggle because we
failed to study the UN Charter as we should
have: we read the UN Charter with eyes
that could not see, and with minds that did
not comprehend; as a result we have
been chasing the wrong shadow in our
liberation struggle;
- Calls on the Coalition of Liberation Movements
of the Southern Cameroons to
embrace, encourage and support the “Fresh
Thrust” of Professor Martin CHIA
ATEH by participating in the regular Workshops
organised by him with delegations
from the UN Northern Cameroons Territory with
the knowledge of the Secretary-
General of the United Nations Organisation, and
so learn about the workings of the
UN system, the purposes and principles of the
UN Charter including Human Rights,
Good Governance, and World Peace.
- Calls on the Dallas Conference to adopt this fresh
focus and re-direct our liberation efforts and
strategies towards the total independence of the UNO
Territory of the Cameroons formerly under United
Kingdom Administration (86,214 sq. km).
- Draws the attention of Southern Cameroons
Liberation Movements to the following dispatch from
Mr. John K. Emmerson, American Consul-General, Lagos,
dated 11 May, 1959, to the US State Department which
reads:

“The Southern Cameroons is a frontier, exposed ... to
communist-inspired influences, which can become a
danger of serious magnitude. This reason, not to speak
of its great potentialities, makes the Southern
Cameroons an area of serious concern to the United
States. ... The present government in the Southern
Cameroons, made up of almost totally inexperienced and
naive ex-primary school teachers with good intentions,
is incapable of grappling with the tremendous problems
which face it. ... Leadership in the Southern
Cameroons is inexperienced, untrained and naive. ...
The logical conclusion would seem to be that the
Southern Cameroons, with its remoteness from Lagos,
its complexities, and its vulnerability, deserves
increased attention on the part of the United States”;
and so
- Challenges the present purported leadership of the
Southern Cameroons to show proof that they are
not inexperienced, untrained and naïve like their
peers of 1959; that they are indeed capable of
grappling with the tremendous problems which the
Territory faces.

6. An Appeal to the other Liberation Movements:
6.1 We cannot allow ourselves to be consumed by our
petty differences any more. We must be united in our
common effort and our common interests. We have to
fight for our freedom, not only from tyranny,
oppression, persecution and exploitation but from
annihilation by la Republique du Cameroun and France.
We are fighting for our right to live, to survive, to
exist. And even though threatened by state terrorism,
we are “taking the risk of freedom, asking to be given
a place in the social, political and economic life of
our country that is commensurate with our dignity as
free human beings. In so doing we must learn not to be
afraid, we must rediscover a spirit of hope and a
spirit of trust which are the premise of responsible
activity and are nurtured in that inner sanctuary of
conscience when man is alone with God and thus
perceives that he is not alone amidst the trials and
tribulations of our time, for he is surrounded by the
love of the Creator” (Pope John Paul II). We have to
declare in one voice that we will not go quietly away
into the night; we will not vanish without a fight. We
are going to live on; we are going to survive. The
Cameroon Territory shall be born again! And it shall
exist!

6.2 Professor Martin CHIA ATEH has introduced the
debate on the plight of our peoples of the UN
Territory of the Cameroons formerly under United
Kingdom Administration into the United Nations system
and the United Nations Organisation is making the
necessary adjustments to accommodate our demands.
These adjustments will take time; they cannot be
rushed or hurried; they are also irreversible. What is
required of us is a proper understanding of the UN
system, of how to run a state, patience, and a sense
of working together for a common purpose. Talking at
cross purposes, the way the liberation movements are
doing now, only dissipates both are energies and
scarce resources, and ridicules us in the eyes of the
international community who see us as a bunch of
inexperienced, untrained, naïve and bungling leaders
who do not even know their country let alone what they
really want for their people.

This is where the REPUBLIC OF AMBAZONIA of Fon Gorji
Dinka, the FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE SOUTHERN
CAMEROONS of Chief Justice Frederick Alobwede Ebong
and the other Southern Cameroons National Council
(SCNC) factions, the BRISCAM PROVISIONAL
ADMINISTRATION of SCNC-NA, the INTERIM GOVERNMENT of
the SOUTHERN CAMEROONS YOUTH LEAGUE (SCYL), and the
Southern Cameroons People’s Organisation ( SCAPO’s)
REPUBLIC OF AMBAZANIA of Dr. Kevin Ngwang Gumne all
find themselves. We have all along been talking the
language of the cold war allies and the colonisers,
and not the language of the United Nations and
international law.

6.3 SCARM did, in October 2003, try to build a
Coalition of our Liberation Movements around this
‘fresh thrust’ in the struggle by initiating a coming
together of representatives of our various liberation
movements and their factions co-ordinated by Professor
Martin CHIA ATEH at the first workshop in Pa Luma’s
Residence in Tiko. All the liberation movements and
their factions answered present for the first two
workshops. It was on the basis of this coalition that
the delegation to the Unrepresented Nations and
Peoples Organisation (UNPO) Steering Committee Meeting
at The Hague was planned in December 2004 until the
Ayamba/Nfor Ngala Nfor SCNC faction hijacked it in
characteristic style. They refused to participate in
further workshops accusing Professor CHIA ATEH of
trying to hijack the SCNC. Professor CHIA ATEH then
turned to NGO’s and continued and expanded the
workshops to include our compatriots from the Northern
Cameroons whose dynamism has made a difference
literally bulldozing their way from the Northern
Cameroons, informing and educating both Nigerian and
la Republique du Cameroun security and administrative
officials, as they regularly make their way to the
seven workshops they have so far attended in Bamenda.

6.4 At one of the Workshops at the Presbyterian Youth
Center in Bamenda on Tuesday, 24 October 2006, which
was UNITED NATIONS DAY, the birthday of the United
Nations dedicated to Peace and Security, the 29
persons strong Northern Cameroons delegation (mostly
peasant farmers), including four women, was detained
by the gendarmes in Kumbo as they drove down through
Ngembu with valid immigration and customs documents.
The delegation had refused to offer any bribes and so
they were detained. Professor Martin CHIA ATEH
immediately informed the UN who intervened and they
were released; but not before they had taught the
gendarmes, the SDO, the Governor, the Legion Commander
and the Procureur de la Republique some hard lessons
about UNO General Assembly Resolution 1608 (XV) of 21
April 1961.

6.5 What this means is that this largely peasant
delegation from the Northern Cameroons UNO Territory
has been educating both Nigerian and la Republique du
Cameroun authorities about UNO Resolution 1608 (XV) of
21 April 1961, the significance of its non-execution,
and their rights under the Charter of the UNO and in
international law. These officials learned about
Resolution 1608 (XV) for the first time, and were
dump-founded; and that from farmers who have
effectively also launched the debate in both Nigeria
and la Republique du Cameroun.

7. On Saturday, 10 February 2007, on the eve of
another workshop billed for Sunday,
11 February 2007, another delegation from the Northern
Cameroons en route to the workshop in Bamenda were
again stopped in Kumbo. Professor Martin CHIA ATEH was
invited by the Legion Commander in Bamenda supposedly
to discuss the detention, and was himself detained on
curious charges of ‘false propaganda’ and ‘being an
SCNC suspect’ – charges which the illegal
administration have not been able to substantiate in
their own court. The Northern Cameroons delegation was
released after 15 days and taken by the gendarmes to
the border with the Northern Cameroons. Professor
Martin CHIA ATEH was expected to be released on bail
but he is still languishing in the Bamenda prisons
awaiting trial. Reports about the illegal detentions
have been filed with the UN Secretary-General in New
York, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal
Court (ICC) and the President of the International
Court of Justice (ICJ) both at The Hague, and the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in
Geneva.

8. On the subject of Southern Cameroons Sovereignty,
the UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, on 12
February 2007, had this to say in reply to Ambassador
Fossung’s correspondence:

“I write to acknowledge your previous correspondence
on the above subject and to inform you that, as you
rightly know, the issues they raised are sensitive and
they require a great deal of careful, full and fair
evaluation and consideration. Please be assured that
this is being done at the moment…. I will encourage
you to continue to use your good offices as Chairman
of the SCNC to continue to pursue the dialogue and
non-violent approach to addressing all outstanding
issues. We all engage in the search for a peaceful and
just resolution of this important matter”

DR. Arnold Boh YONGBANG, FWACS, FRCOG,
Emmanuel VISHA FAI
SCARM Acting Chair and
SCARM Secretary-General

REFERENCES:

A. Article 73: Declaration Regarding
Non-Self-Governing Territories:
“Members of the United Nations which have or assume
responsibilities for the administration of territories
whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of
self-government recognize the principle that the
interests of the inhabitants of these territories are
paramount, and accept as a sacred trust the obligation
to promote to the utmost, within the system of
international peace and security established by the
present Charter, the well-being of the inhabitants of
these territories, and, to this end:

a) to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the
peoples concerned, their political, economic, social,
and educational advancement, their just treatment, and
their protection against abuses;

b) to develop self-government, to take due account of
the political aspirations of the peoples, and to
assist them in the progressive development of their
free political institutions, according to the
particular circumstances of each territory and its
peoples and their varying stages of advancement”.

B. Article 76.b. of the Charter of the UN:

“The basic objectives of the trusteeship system, in
accordance with the purposes of the United Nations
laid down in Article 1 of the present Charter, shall
be: to promote the political, economic, social, and
educational advancement of the inhabitants of the
trust territories, and their progressive development
towards self-government or independence as may be
appropriate to the particular circumstances of each
territory and its peoples and the freely expressed
wishes of the peoples concerned, and as may be
provided by the terms of each trusteeship agreement”.

C. UN Resolution 224 (III) of 18 November 1948 on the
Administrative Unions Affecting Trust Territories;

The General Assembly,

Mindful that one of the basic objectives of the
Trusteeship System is to promote the political,
economic, social and educational advancement of the
Trust Territories, and their progressive development
towards self-government or independence,

Noting that the Trusteeship Agreements for some of
these Territories authorize the Administering
Authority concerned to constitute the Territory into a
customs, fiscal or administrative union or federation
with adjacent territories under its sovereignty or
control and to establish common services between the
Trust Territory and such adjacent territories, where
such measures are not inconsistent with the basic
objectives of the Trusteeship System and with the
terms of the Trusteeship Agreement,

Recognizing that, in certain circumstances, such
unions may be in the interests of the inhabitants of
the Territory concerned,

Recalling that the General Assembly approved these
Agreements upon the assurance of the Administering
Powers that they do not consider the terms of the
relevant articles in the Trusteeship Agreements as
giving powers to the Administering Authority to
establish any form of political association between
the Trust Territories respectively administered by
them and adjacent territories which would involve
annexation of the Trust Territories in any sense or
would have the effect of extinguishing their status as
Trust Territories,

Having considered the observations of the
Trusteeship Council, contained in the report covering
its second and third sessions (A/603), on the existing
or proposed administrative unions between certain
Trust Territories and the adjacent territories under
the sovereignty or control of the Administering
Authority,

Notes the observations of the Trusteeship Council
on such administrative unions; and in particular;

Endorses the observation of the Trusteeship Council
that an administrative union “must remain strictly
administrative in its nature and its scope, and that
its operation must not have the effect of creating any
conditions which will obstruct the separate
development of the Trust Territory, in the fields of
political, economic, social and educational
advancement, as a distinct entity”;

Recommends accordingly that the Trusteeship Council
should:

(a) Investigate these questions in all their aspects
with special reference to such unions already
constituted or proposed and in the light of the terms
of the Trusteeship Agreements and the assurances given
by the Administrative Authorities in this connexion;

(b) In the light of this investigation, recommend such
safeguards as the Council may deem necessary to
preserve the distinct political status of the Trust
Territories and to enable the Council effectively to
exercise supervisory functions over such Territories;

(c) Request, whenever appropriate, an advisory opinion
of the International Court of Justice as to whether
such unions are within the scope of and compatible
with, the stipulations of the Charter and the terms of
the Trusteeship Agreements as approved by the General
Assembly;

(d) Invite the Administering Authorities to make
available to the Council such information relating to
administrative unions as will facilitate the
investigation by the Council referred to above;

(e) Report specifically to the next regular session of
the General Assembly on the results of the Council’s
investigations and the action taken by it.

Hundred and sixtieth plenary meeting,
18 November 1948.

D. UN Resolution 226 (III) of 18 November 1948 on the
Progressive Development of Trust Territories;

The General Assembly,

Recalling that the Trusteeship System is aimed at
the progressive development of Trust Territories
toward self-government or independence,

Considering that this development should be
achieved at the earliest possible date and that the
Trust Territories should attain self-government or
independence as soon as possible,
Noting the efforts of the Administering Authority
already made in this direction,

Recalling that Article 77 of the Charter
contemplates the application of the Trusteeship
System, in accordance with the terms of that Article,
to the three types of territories enumerated therein,

Reaffirms that the supervisory authority over Trust
Territories rests with the United Nations;

Recommends that the Administering Authority:

(a) Take all measures to improve and promote the
political, economic, social and educational
advancement of the inhabitants of Trust Territories;

(b) Take all possible steps to accelerate the
progressive development towards self-government or
independence of the Trust Territories they administer.

Hundred and sixtieth plenary meeting,
18 November 1948.

E. UN Resolution 1514 (XV) of14 December 1960 on the
Declaration on the Granting of Independence to
Colonial Countries and Peoples.

The General Assembly,

Mindful of the determination proclaimed by the
people of the world in the Charter of the United
Nations to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,
in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the
equal rights of men and women and of nations large and
small and to promote social progress and better
standards of life in larger freedom,

Conscious of the need for the creation of
conditions of stability and well-being
and peaceful and friendly relations based on the
principles of equal rights and self-determination of
all peoples, and of universal respect for, and
observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms
for all without distinction as to race, sex, language
or religion,

Recognising the passionate yearning for freedom in
all dependent peoples and the decisive role of such
peoples in the attainment of their independence,

Aware of the increasing conflicts resulting from
the denial of or impediments in the way of the freedom
of such peoples, which constitute a serious threat to
world peace,
Considering the important role of the United
Nations in assisting the movement for independence in
Trust and Non-Self-governing Territories,
Recognising that the peoples of the world ardently
desire the end of colonialism in all its
manifestations,

Convinced that the continued existence of
colonialism prevents the development of international
economic co-operation, impedes the social, cultural
and economic development of dependent peoples and
militates against the United Nations ideal of
universal peace,

Affirming that peoples may, for their own ends,
freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources
without prejudice to any obligations arising out of
international economic co-operation, based upon the
principle of mutual benefit, and international law,

Believing that the process of liberation is
irresistible and irreversible and that, in order to
avoid serious crises, an end must be put to
colonialism and all practices of segregation and
discrimination associated therewith,

Welcoming the emergence in recent years of a large
number of dependent territories into freedom and
independence, and recognizing the increasingly
powerful trends towards freedom in such territories
which have not yet attained independence,

Convinced that all peoples have an inalienable
right to complete freedom, the exercise of their
sovereignty and the integrity of their national
territory,

Solemnly proclaims the necessity of bringing to a
speedy and unconditional end colonialism in all its
forms and manifestations;

And to this end

Declares that:

1. The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation,
domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of
fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter
of the United Nations and is an impediment to the
promotion of world Peace and co-operation.

2. All peoples have the right to self-determination;
by virtue of that rightthey freely determine their
political status and freely pursue their
economic,social and cultural development .

3. Inadequacy of political, economic, social or
educational preparedness should never serve as a
pretext for delaying independence.

4. All armed action or repressive measures of all
kinds directed against dependent peoples shall cease
in order to enable them to exercise peacefully
and freely their right to complete independence, and
the integrity of their national territory shall be
respected.

5. Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust
and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other
territories which have not yet attained independence,
to transfer all powers to the peoples of those
territories, without any conditions or reservations,
in accordance with their freely expressed will and
desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or
colour, in order to enable them to enjoy
complete independence and freedom.

6. Any attempt aimed at the partial or total
disruption of the national unity and the territorial
integrity of a country is incompatible with the
purposes and principles of the Charter of the United
nations.

7. All States shall observe faithfully and
strictly the provisions of the Charter of the United
Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
the present Declaration on the basis of equality,
non-interference in the internal affairs of all
States, and respect fore the sovereign rights of all
peoples and their territorial integrity.
947th plenary meeting,
14 December 1960.

F. Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources, G.A.
res. 1803 (XVII), 17 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No.17) at 15,
U.N. Doc. A/5217 (1962).

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolutions 523 (VI) of 12 January 1952
and 626 (VII) of 21 December 1952,

Bearing in mind its resolution 1314(XIII) of 12
December 1958, by which it established the Commission
on Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources and
instructed it to conduct a full survey of the status
of permanent sovereignty over natural wealth and
resources as a basic constituent of the right to
self-determination, with recommendations, where
necessary, for its strengthening, and decided further
that, in the conduct of the full survey of the status
of the permanent sovereignty of peoples and nations
over their natural wealth and resources, due regard
should be paid to the rights and duties of States
under international law and to the importance of
encouraging international co-operation in the economic
development of developing countries,
Bearing in mind its resolution I S I 5 (XV) of 15
December 1960, in which it recommended that the
sovereign right of every State to dispose of its
wealth and its natural resources should be respected,

Considering that any measure in this respect must be
based on the recognition of the inalienable right of
all States freely to dispose of their natural wealth
and resources in accordance with their national
interests, and on respect for the economic
independence of States,

Considering that nothing in paragraph 4 below in any
way prejudices the position of any Member State on any
aspect of the question of the rights and
obligations of successor States and Governments in
respect of property acquired before the accession to
complete sovereignty of countries formerly under
colonial rule,

Noting that the subject of succession of States and
Governments is being examined as a matter of priority
by the International Law Commission,

Considering that it is desirable to promote
international co-operation for the economic
development of developing countries, and that economic
and financial agreements between the developed and the
developing countries must be based on the principles
of equality and of the right of peoples and nations to
self-determination,

Considering that the provision of economic and
technical assistance, loans and increased foreign
investment must not be subject to conditions which
conflict with the interests of the recipient State,

Considering the benefits to be derived from exchanges
of technical and scientific information likely to
promote the development and use of such resources and
wealth, and the important part which the United
Nations and other international organizations are
called upon to play in that connection,

Attaching particular importance to the question of
promoting the economic development of developing
countries and securing their economic independence,

Noting that the creation and strengthening of the
inalienable sovereignty of States over their natural
wealth and resources reinforces their economic
independence,

Desiring that there should be further consideration by
the United Nations of the subject of permanent
sovereignty over natural resources in the spirit of
international co-operation in the field of economic
development, particularly that of the developing
countries,

Declares that:

i. The right of peoples and nations to permanent
sovereignty over their natural wealth and resources
must be exercised in the interest of their national
development and of the well-being of the people of the
State concerned.

ii. The exploration, development and disposition of
such resources, as well as the import of the foreign
capital required for these purposes, should be
in conformity with the rules and conditions which the
peoples and nations freely consider to be necessary or
desirable with regard to the authorization,
restriction or prohibition of such activities.

iii. In cases where authorization is granted, the
capital imported and the earnings on that capital
shall be governed by the terms thereof, by the
national legislation in force, and by international
law. The profits derived must be shared in the
proportions freely agreed upon, in each case, between
the investors and the recipient State, due care being
taken to ensure that there is no impairment, for any
reason, of that State's sovereignty over its natural
wealth and resources.

iv. Nationalization, expropriation or requisitioning
shall be based on grounds or reasons of public
utility, security or the national interest which are
recognized as overriding purely individual or private
interests, both domestic and foreign. In such cases
the owner shall be paid appropriate compensation, in
accordance with the rules in force in the State taking
such measures in the exercise of its sovereignty and
in accordance with international law. In any case
where the question of compensation gives rise to a
controversy, the national jurisdiction of the State
taking such measures shall be exhausted. However, upon
agreement by sovereign States and other parties
concerned, settlement of the dispute should be made
through arbitration or international adjudication.

v. The free and beneficial exercise of the sovereignty
of peoples and nations over their natural resources
must be furthered by the mutual respect of States
based on their sovereign equality.

vi. International co-operation for the economic
development of developing countries, whether in the
form of public or private capital investments,
exchange of goods and services, technical assistance,
or exchange of scientific information, shall be such
as to further their independent national development
and shall be based upon respect for their sovereignty
over their natural wealth and resources.

vii. Violation of the rights of peoples and nations to
sovereignty over their natural wealth and resources is
contrary to the spirit and principles of the Charter
of the United Nations and hinders the development of
international co-operation and the maintenance of
peace.

viii. Foreign investment agreements freely entered
into by or between sovereign States shall be observed
in good faith; States and international organizations
shall strictly and conscientiously respect the
sovereignty of peoples and nations over their natural
wealth and resources in accordance with the Charter
and the principles set forth in the present
resolution.

G. TRUSTEESHIP AGREEMENT FOR THE TERRITORY OF THE
CAMEROONS UNDER BRITISH ADMINISTRATION
13 December 1946
(Culled from the Yearbook of the United Nations, p.
190 – 193 )

WHEREAS the territory known as the Cameroons
under British Mandate and hereinafter referred to as
the Territory has been administered in accordance with
Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations
under a Mandate conferred on His Britannic Majesty;
and
WHEREAS Article 75 of the United Nations Charter,
signed at San Francisco on 26 June 1945, provides for
the establishment of an international trusteeship
system for the administration and supervision of such
territories as may be placed thereunder by subsequent
individual agreements; and
WHEREAS under Article 77 of the said Charter the
international trusteeship system may be applied to
territories now held under Mandate; and
WHEREAS His Majesty has indicated his desire to
place the Territory under the said international
trusteeship system; and
WHEREAS in accordance with Article 75 and 77 of
the said Charter, the placing of a territory under the
international trusteeship system is to be effected by
means of a Trusteeship Agreement;
Now THEREFORE, the General Assembly of the United
Nations hereby resolves to approve the following terms
of trusteeship for the Territory.

Article 1
The Territory to which this Agreement applies
comprises that part of the Cameroons lying to the west
of the boundary defined by the Franco-British
Declaration of 10 July 1919, and more exactly defined
in the Declaration made by the Governor of the Colony
and Protectorate of Nigeria and the Governor of the
Cameroons under French Mandate which was confirmed by
the exchange of Notes between His Majesty’s Government
in the United Kingdom and the French Government of 9
January 1931. This line may, however, be slightly
modified by mutual agreement between His Majesty’s
Government in the United Kingdom and the Government of
the French Republic where an examination of the
localities shows that it is desirable in the interests
of the inhabitants.

Article 2
His Majesty is hereby designated as Administering
Authority for the Territory, the responsibility for
the administration of which will be undertaken by His
Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland.

Article 3
The Administering Authority undertakes to
administer the Territory in such a manner as to
achieve the basic objectives of the international
trusteeship system laid down in Article 76 of the
United Nations Charter. The Administering Authority
further undertakes to collaborate fully with the
General Assembly of the United Nations and the
Trusteeship Council in the discharge of all their
functions as defined in Article 87 of the United
Nations Charter, and to facilitate any periodic visits
to the territory which they may deem necessary, at
times to be agreed upon with the Administering
Authority.

Article 4
The Administering Authority shall be responsible
(a) for the peace, order, good government and defence
of the Territory and (b) for ensuring that it shall
play its part in the maintenance of international
peace and security.

Article 5
For the above-mentioned purposes and for all
purposes of this Agreement, as may be necessary, the
Administering Authority:
(a) shall have full powers of legislation,
administration and jurisdiction in the Territory and
shall administer it in accordance with its own laws as
an integral part of his territory with such
modification as may be required by local conditions
and subject to the provisions of the United Nations
Charter and this Agreement;
(b) shall be entitled to constitute the Territory into
a customs, fiscal or administrative union or
federation with adjacent territories under his
sovereignty or control, and to establish common
services between such territories and the Territory
where such measures are not inconsistent with the
basic objectives of the international trusteeship
system and with the terms of this Agreement;
(c) and shall be entitled to establish naval, military
and air bases, to erect fortifications, to station and
employ his own forces in the Territory and to take all
such other measures as are in his opinion necessary
for the defence of the Territory and for ensuring that
it plays its part in the maintenance of international
peace and security. To this end the Administering
Authority may make use of volunteer forces, facilities
and assistance from the Territory in carrying out the
obligations towards the Security Council undertaken in
this regard by the Administering Authority, as well as
for local defence and the maintenance of law and order
within the Territory.

Article 6
The Administering Authority shall promote the
development of free political institutions suited to
the Territory. To this end the Administering Authority
shall assure to the inhabitants of the Territory a
progressively increasing share in the administrative
and other services of the Territory; shall develop the
participation of the inhabitants of the Territory in
advisory and legislative bodies and in the government
of the Territory, both central and local, as may be
appropriate to the particular circumstances of the
Territory and its peoples; and shall take all other
appropriate measures with a view to the political
advancement of the inhabitants of the Territory in
accordance with Article 76 (b) of the United Nations
Charter. In considering the measures to be taken under
this Article the Administering Authority shall, in the
interest of the inhabitants, have special regard to
the provisions Article 5 (a) of this Agreement.

Article 7
The Administering Authority undertakes to apply
in the Territory the provisions of any international
conventions and recommendations already existing or
hereafter drawn up by the United Nations or by the
specialized agencies referred to in Article 57 of the
Charter, which may be appropriate to the particular
circumstances of the Territory and which would conduce
to the achievement of the basic objectives of the
international trusteeship system.

Article 8
In framing laws relating to the holding or
transfer of land and natural resources, the
Administering Authority shall take into consideration
native laws and customs, and shall respect the rights
and safeguard the interests, both present and future,
of the native population. No native land or natural
resources may be transferred except between natives,
save with the previous consent of the competent
public authority. No real rights over native land or
natural resources in favour of non-natives, may be
created except with the same consent.

Article 9
Subject to the provisions of Article 10 of this
Agreement, the Administering Authority shall take all
necessary steps to ensure equal treatment in social,
economic, industrial and commercial matters for all
Members of the United Nations and their nationals and
to this end:
(a) shall ensure the same rights to all nationals of
Members of the United Nations as to his own nationals
in respect of entry into and residence in the
Territory, freedom of transit and navigation,
including freedom of transit and navigation by air,
acquisition of property both movable and immovable,
the protection of persons and property, and the
exercise of professions and trade;
(b) shall not discriminate on grounds of nationality
against nationals of any Member of the United Nations
in matters relating to the grant of concessions having
the character of a general monopoly;
(c) shall ensure equal treatment in the administration
of justice to the nationals of all Members of the
United Nations.

The rights conferred in this Article on nationals of
Members of the United Nations apply equally to
companies and associations controlled by such
nationals and organized in accordance with the law of
any Member of the United Nations.

Article 10
Measures taken to give effect to Article 9 of
this Agreement shall be subject always to the
overriding duty of the Administering Authority in
accordance with Article 76 of the United Nations
Charter to promote the political, economic, social and
educational advancement of the inhabitants of the
Territory, to carry out the other basic objectives of
the international trusteeship system, and the
maintenance of peace, order and good government. The
Administrative Authority shall in particular be free:
(a) to organize essential public services and works on
such terms and conditions as he thinks just;
(b) to create monopolies of a purely fiscal character
in order to provide the territory with the fiscal
resources which seem best suited to the local
requirements, or otherwise to serve the interests of
the inhabitants of the Territory;
(c) where the interests of the economic advancement
of the inhabitants of the Territory may require it,
to establish or permit to be established, for specific
purposes, other monopolies or undertakings having in
them an element of monopoly, under conditions of
proper public control; provided that, in he selection
of agencies to carry out the purposes of this
paragraph, other than agencies controlled by the
Government or those in which the Government
participates, the Administering Authority shall not
discriminate on grounds of nationality against Members
of the United Nations or their nationals.

Article 11
Nothing in this Agreement shall entitle any
Member of the United Nations to claim for itself or
for its nationals, companies and associations, the
benefits of Article 9 of this Agreement in any
respect in which it does not give to the inhabitants,
companies and associations of the Territory equality
of treatment with the nationals, companies and
associations of the State which it treats most
favourably.

Article 12
The Administering Authority shall, as may be
appropriate to the circumstances of the Territory
continue and extend a general system of elementary
education designed to abolish illiteracy and
facilitate the vocational and cultural advancement of
the population, child and adult, and shall similarly
provide such facilities as may prove desirable and
practicable in the interests of the inhabitants for
qualified students to receive secondary and higher
education, including professional training.

Article 13
The Administering Authority shall ensure in the
Territory complete freedom of conscience and, so far
as is consistent with the requirements of public order
and morality, freedom of religious teaching and the
free exercise of all forms of worship. Subject to the
provisions of Article 8 of this Agreement and the
local law, Missionaries who are nationals of Members
of the United Nations shall be free to enter the
Territory and to travel and reside therein, to acquire
and possess property, to erect religious buildings and
to open schools and hospitals in the Territory. The
provisions of this Article shall not, however, affect
the right and duty of the Administering Authority to
exercise such control as he may consider necessary
for the maintenance of peace, order and good
government and for the educational advancement of the
inhabitants of the Territory, and to take all
measures required for such control.

Article 14
Subject only to the requirements of public order,
the Administering Authority shall guarantee to the
inhabitants of the Territory freedom of speech, of
the press, of assembly, and of petition.

Article 15
The Administering Authority may arrange for the
co-operation of the Territory in any regional advisory
commission, regional technical organization, or other
voluntary association of states, any specialized
international bodies, public or private, or other
forms of international activity not inconsistent with
the United Nations Charter.

Article 16
The Administering Authority shall make to the
General Assembly of the United Nations an annual
report, on the basis of a questionnaire drawn up by
the Trusteeship Council in accordance with Article 88
of the United Nations Charter. Such reports shall
include information concerning the measures taken to
give effect to suggestions and recommendations of the
General Assembly and the Trusteeship Council. The
Administering Authority shall designate an accredited
representative to be present at the sessions of the
Trusteeship Council at which the reports of the
Administering Authority with regard to the Territory
are considered.

Article 17
Nothing in this Agreement shall affect the right
of the Administering Authority to propose, at any
future date, the amendment of this Agreement for the
purpose of designating the whole or part of the
Territory as a strategic area or for any other purpose
not inconsistent with the basic objectives of the
international trusteeship system.

Article 18
The terms of this Agreement shall not be altered
or amended except as provided in Article 79 and
Article 83 or 85, as the case may be, of the United
Nations Charter.

Article 19
If any dispute whatever should arise between the
Administering Authority and another Member of the
United Nations relating to the interpretation or
application of the provisions of this Agreement, such
dispute, if it cannot be settled by negotiation or
other means, shall be submitted to the International
Court of Justice provided for in Chapter XIV of the
United Nations Charter.

Article 4.b. of the Constitutive Act of the African
Union on “the respect of borders existing on
achievement of independence” .

La Republique du Cameroun achieved independence on 1
January 1960 (without the British Southern Cameroons);
Nigeria achieved independence on 1 October 1960
(without the British Northern Cameroons).

Ndi O

Can someone help me out?
I have been trying to reach home by phone ever since the introduction of 8 digits to no avail. I keep getting strange voices each time i attempt to phone. I need a help pls. Sorry for going off the lane.

Fon

Ndi O,
I experienced a similar situation with a certain call card. If you are trying with a particular call card, change it or try from a call shop. There is no problem with the eight digits.

Ndi O

Fon,
Thanks a bunch. You are perfectly right. I wish you well.

Paysan

CALLING CAMEROON SINCE JUNE FIRST!

The issue about Cameroon the phone line has nothing to do with the what ever card or region you are call. Since June first, the mobile phone network has moved to a more digitilized 9-digits number, depending on the line you are calling.

I faced a similar situation, but if you should listen carefully to the operator talking, she wouuld tell you what to do. e.g. I was told to add 7 to the 8-digit MTM number I was trying to dial.
Mean the cameroon (237)+ 7 then the mtm number (237)7 --------.
Calling orange, you need to add 9 i.e (237)9--------
etc.
Hope this helps.
Cheers

Fritzane Kiki HK

Paysan,
You know MTN and Orange also have other numbers too not only 7 and 9 respectively.I finally got out of this intense jam when I got the real numbers to add from some sources back home.And I guess it worked out well.All MTN numbers (begginning with 7, 5, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49) should be preceeded by 7 all Orange numbers (beginning 9, 6, 40, 41, 42, 43, and 44) should be preceeded by 9; Camtel numbers beginning with 2 should be preceeded by 2 , and those beginning with 3 should be preceeded by 3. For example, a current phone number 9493441, will become 99493441.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

Shalom

Hey Friends,
Personal insults and partisan sentiments aside, let us face issues. Why is it that this noise about religious leaders only made during election period. How often does our dear Chairman and his parliamentarian go to these religious leaders when they have a bill in the house or an important decision to make. In other skies, peoples representatives have direct communication lines with their constituencies and are permanently in consultation. In our country, politicians only come to the constituents during elections. I am not against SDF as many of you (probably members) seem to believe. I stand against the fact that Cameroonians should be used as ladders for a few privileged people to climb to power and stay for 5 years and then come back for renewal. How many of these parties have stood by and backed the civil society in their requests and strike? I still believe the church should be allowed to frame its positions about major issues independently and not because a certain political party has asked her to do it. The power of the church , we must remember is intrinsic and not extrinsic. This page is getting too long. I can continue next time.

JB Samba

Shalom,
I have always had it in mind that you are one of the reasonable guys we have on this forum. But your latest contribution to this press release by NJFN has left me pondering if you are really one.

Tell me, conscious of the notion of party discipline in CPDM and other ills what effective role can the clergy play when the parliamentarians have a bill tabled in the house. Storm the glass house and fight? I am convinced if you go back and read the release again, you will realize that you have misunderstood the entire release. The role the clergymen like Cardinal Tumi and other Catholic Bishops of the Episcopal council have been playing in a bid to change the political landscape in LRC cannot be underestimated. If NJFN decides to commend the good works of these people and the forces, is that not the right thing to do for a political who has and wants to keep public support.

Talking about the role the forces played in 1992. Was it just that of voting? I guess not. They knew NJFN was the winner of the elections and so when the country went into turmoil the wer not as barbaric towards armless citizens as they would be now relatively. Do you know why? After the 1992 Presidential, the CPDM gov't of Massa Biya realized it didn't have the support of the forces (Law and order and the military alike) and in order to win (buy) back the support they decided not to include this group of idiots in the 1993 salary cuts. Being they idiots they are this corruption by the CPDM government bought them over and LRC is in the mess in which it finds herself today.

I think you should try to look at the current issues from a different perspective

Akoson

JB Samba,

I don't think they were not included in salary cuts. My dad used to work in La Republique's military and did get a slash in salary like other government workers. I think we should research what tactic Biya used to seal the lips of the military. We should be thinking about the generals he makes everyday and what benefits he gives influencial generals and colonels.

The son

Feli

Shalom,
When we disagree with people who write ill about the SDF, it is not because they belong to this or that group, or have this or that ideology.
Your contribution shows that you still do not understand how the SDF functions and you are grossly misinformed about the relation SDF and its MPs have with their constituency.
Do not be fooled.The SDF, its Chairman and MPs have a very, very cordial relationship with the clergy. The fact that this relationship is not drummed to the press should not in any way be attributed to negligence. On the other hand, the public has been witness to this strong cooperation when Cardinal Tumi for example said service for the Chairman's late wife or for Hon. Paulinus Jua's mother. The PCC has on several ocassions publicly acknowledged philantropic gestures of the SDF's national executive and of recent, Prof Nti, the CBC Secretary outlined again the personal contributions of Ni John Fru Ndi to the Baptist Health services all over anglophone Cameroon. Again, many of us do not know that the Muslims in Bamenda normally feast their end of Ramadan in Ni John Fru Ndi's Ntarinkon residence. During this Barika d`salla, more than 2000 people led by their Imam flock into Ni John Fru Ndi's compound, slaughter their ram, roast it and feast with him, although he (NJFN) is not a moslem. This has been going on for more than a decade now.
Again of recent, when Ni John Fru Ndi expressed his wish to organise a eucumenical service in his compound in memory of the Kenyan airway crash victims, one could still see the solid relationship between the clergy and the party. The PCC had more than 10 pastors represented,the Roman Catholic church 3, the CBC 3.So the statement "In our country, politicians only come to the constituents during elections." clearly does not hold here.
It should be mentioned that in dealing with religion, SDF recognises the fact that the Church is everyone's house and that they have the right to their opinion at all times. That is why the SDF's message to the clergy is limited to congratulations and recommendation. So no impression should be given that any one of these individuals is riding on another to gain political fame at elections.

Watesih

The Son,
When JB talks of slashing the salaries of the military personnel,he is talking in comparative terms.You know as i do that the salaries of civil servants were cut three times,and those of the military a single time.People who used to earn 200 thousand francs found themselves with 75 thousand, while the men in uniform lost between 5,and 10 thousand.This is what JB means by not cutting their salaries,given the fact that they also have many advantages.Arm carrying fee,shoe polish fee,
and those of the Presidential Guard who were my neigbours at Obili are given everything from innerwears to sportwears.During the Presidential elections in 1992, i was one of those who collected data at the Quartier General ,and Biya came away with only 1000 votes.This was a serious blow.Akame Mfoumou the then Minister of Armed Forces stormed the Army Headquarters ,only to discover that it was true that the military had vomited his master.This year was the turning point.
Biya reshuffled the military,and gave them over stretching powers.He decided to increase the number of Generals to accommodate those of his friends who stood for him during the April sixth Military coup.He strengthened those of the Beti ethnic group appointing them to strategic positions,and kept at arm's length those he thought could have sympathy for the opposition.In Cameroon,the various military units are mini ministries.Generals have huge budgets,and this is meant to stifle any discontent.Biya has not used any other way to seal the lips of these Colonels,and Generals ,apart from sinecures.Biya is a master at playing mind games.At one moment when the opposition was giving him sleepless nights,he quickly transfered General Ivo to Ebolowa,and pretended he had all along been a theorist ,and needed some practical ideas on the field.Even the ever vocal Asso'o Emane was distanced everytime he threatened to forment trouble.Biya survives because the military is wholeheartedly behind him.When i read through the book Semengue wrote,i knew Biya was in their claws.All the details in the book points to the fact that Biya is still a living being thanks to them.You also remember Semengue said he had thought of getting into the President's shoes in case of any threat to his authority.Finally,it is worth noting that this is not a tactic per se.Biya is forced to behave this way.He must be as meek as a sheep to the military, because some of the best cadres from the military are from the north ,and he must do everything to wipe away the scar of April sixth 1984,when he and his brothers carried out ethnic cleansing.

mulum

Feli and water head,So you think holding parties in fru ndis home is solving the problem of cameroonians?So fru going to church and dashing money is helping cameroonians in a way?you people should be really out of your minds.Are you really out of cameroon or you people are just to blind about these your gods.
water head watersih i really need to see you people if truely you studied in school.just look at this forum only you are three guys still satnd for that evill party that has brought untold sufering to the people of cameroon.you are now cpdm and giving money and holding parties every year and you call it the sdf we founded.?
sufer don finish or not?shame on you and your god foolish ndi and bad ndam you shall all answer to God COWS

Fritzane Kiki HK

Mulum,
Everyone has the right to his political opinion though i don't know where you belong.You might be mistaken for a CPDM if you criticise the SDF.Be it in partisan or anti partisan politics you have said something interesting.Generally opposition parties in Cameroon have been described as weak-kneed defeatists and they are still paying their political price of negligent of duty,as misfits to do the countries political job.They have just failed objectives.As concerns the SDF,after years of inaction,political dodgeball and headbutting from the number one opposition party the SDF,the party's policymakers faces potentially fatal challenges to reconcile their usual rhetorics and commandments to a reality.As an opposition superpower,the SDF is charged with the duty to formulate a plan of action to an entirely new direction, of a promising political transformtion.This is their last and most fatal challenge.The pendulum is swinging towards the SDF to loudly condemn and not to cover Biya's poor governance and abuse of power, reminiscent of the worst dictatorship in Africa.

In this respect,rather than creating a more polarised and hateful divisiveness within the two Anglophone political proteges(SDF and the SCNC),a proposal for Federalism, might be viewed as a means to bring all the Anglophone countrymen together.Maybe this is where the two parties can agree to agree.Though the SCNC stands for sessession and the SDF holds to their Federation within La Republique.However,so far as the authoritarian government persists,with its usual inconsequential dictator, Bi Mvondo,who has hijacked the electoral system and taken the country hostage,some analysts and critics argue,it will be difficult for a proposal like this to take effect.

Some line of thinking, still believe the SDF is taking a dark and dangerous path in their yearly elections with the Biya sponsored elections.While the silent majority opposition parties are gazing fixedly to the political wranglings between CPDM and the SDF,without contributing to give effective check-and-balances to what the Biya's regime is implementing,they increasingly loose popularity in favor of the ruling party.

Let's for once be convinced that those opposition policy-makers and rank-and-file parliamentarians and mayors, can take a decision for this Federalism to take effect.Eventhough, the opposition parties have been generally termed as stereotypes and defeatists,who have reportedly betrayed their country and the constitution they claimed to uphold.Their presence in the General Assembly have been termed as a public clapping and bill-signing ceremony.They need more experience and inspiration,vision and viability to counter the ruling government.If not, all their flip-flops will be futile.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

Watesih

From Momo,to Mulun,and Today Mulum,
Mumu ,the illiterate school master,you graduated from writing in caps lock here.It took us two years to teach you how to do so,but today you are still unable to write more than one hundred words in English.Our next task will be to teach you to start sentences with capital letters,and this holds same with people's names.The second thing i want to tell you is that we rescued the SDF from your mad uncle, fortunately that he apologised for his madness.You can`t believe your eyes that the SDF is still alive.But that is the reality.We got it out of your claws.Jealousy is a very dangerous feeling,
and everybody can see you trying to hang yourself for having been part of a losing team.We moved on debating with people of your ilk.You shall never have that privilege again.You may have the impression that by calling us names we will dive into a debate with you .Never!The SDF dies everyday,yet any pidgin crooner keeps complaining about it.You said we could not be Professors like your mad uncle ,why did he not teach you English? You disgrace yourself attacking people in pidgin.When you will stop complaining about the SDF,then we will know
your uncle's madness has not contaminated you.But if you keep on,we will make you to change all the names in the world.That shows that you are suffering.This is how these words are written: watesih = Watesih; ndi=Ndi; cameroon = Cameroon;cpdm = Cpdm.

Shalom

Hey Guys,
This debate is getting quite interesting. Don't get me wrong. I am neither "C" nor "S". I am only an interested observer (Independent). I have two appeals to make.
1) Let us keep personalized remarks and attacks aside and make this forum more constructive.
2) If we have long articles, let us arrange to publish them in the main body of the paper and hence create this space for reactions and debates on the published article.
I find it difficult to scroll down to read your remarks because of the length of this page
Thank you and meet you on next issue. I hope somebody will not ask the question "where is this one coming from" again.

Klemenceau-Shalom

Kiki

There is a difference between criticizing and insulting. Most commentators here will bear with me that you made a U-turn from insults to mature postings for a while now. I understand you were sometimes provoked into insulting but that not withstanding; I want to commend the criticisms in your recent postings. Your recent write ups are in a way that even a mad person won't dare to mistake you for CPDM. You should ask yourself why the “mad and blind” SDF militants don’t write against you any longer. Don’t you sometimes still criticize the SDF in your recent write ups? It tells you that there was something wrong somewhere with your approach not that the SDF militants were blind or mad as they have been addressed many times here. You might be surprised why I should write all the above. It is because of mulum.
Kiki, I don't know what good points this guy mulum made in his crazy write up. I think what he writes tells who he really is and no one needs to mistake him for a CPDM. How could you with the maturity shown in your postings see nothing wrong with mulum? Is it normal to write as I quote him below?

Feli and water head,....
...you people are just to blind about these your gods.
....shame on you and your god foolish ndi and bad ndam you shall all answer to God COWS

Commentators have been sharing ideas and opinions here void of insults only for one mulum to come again with his evil and hating rhetoric.

It is good to avoid this person using the pseudonym mulum, before he leads us into insulting each other.

Shalom

Klemenceau.

Fritzane Kiki HK

Klemenceau-Shalom,
From time immemorial I have never taken sides or be part of any party.I enjoy your partisanship with the SDF.But saying I am interested in party politics is wrong.The major setback with your party and other bunch of more than 270 opposition parties is that,they are simply by-standers and observers than pushing for a potential change.They are mostly election parties which has most recently aroused partisan resentment amongst sympathizers.They are not determined to satisfy the desires of the electorate.The SDF and their gang don't want to accept that when their poor policy produce bad results it's often painfully easy to reconcile inadequate leadership.Maybe things will change after the elections.Our hands are crossed.

Fritzane Kiki
Hong Kong

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