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Y. Maurice Martin

I keep on calling for political parties in Cameroon to rally together and fight like one man.

Shalom

With all due respect for the erstwhile journalist that Joe Dinga is, I sincerely think that this article is an epitome of shallow journalism from the Cameroon media as Dibussi Tande published lately (http://www.africanpath.com/p_blogEntry.cfm?blogEntryID=1147)

Journalism should be supported by hard facts. While acknowledging the difficulties journalists in Cameroon have to get these facts, this article would have been more credible if Joe got a copy of the alliance documents between the SDF and MP. Looking at it with a critical eye and interviewing the other side would have presented this article as a result of real investigative journalism and not just reporting what people said.

That not withstanding, I strongly believe that forging alliances like this one may the way forward for real political advancements in Cameroon, breeding a strong and respectable opposition. Imagine for a while that in one constituency where SDF has 30% of the electorate, UDC 10%, Mp 3% and UPC 17%. If these parties go in individually, CPDM will definitely win with 40%. But if all of them agreed to field in either a consensus list or support the strongest party, they will come out with 60% against 40% for the CPDM. No matter what fraud mechanism is put in place, CPDM can never win in such a constituency. This analysis can be done in all the constituencies. Such a move will certainly send shock waves down the spine of the CPDM regime. Do our shallow -minded pupil politicians know this? Definitely, it is the role of the leading opposition party to initiate and maintain such moves. But would our friends of the SDF be able to sacrifice personal short-wighted interests? Please help them start this dynamics

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