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Ted

This is the 21st century and it's just so ridiculous that, while most nations around the world have developed and others are fast developing, most African countries are still struggling for governance.

azamo

Proposing that the government should provide more resorces to the opposition is a good option "in theory". Well, that is where the problem lies - In Theory -

I don't know anyone who would like to make things easy for his rival(s).

I think we in Cameroon have not sufficiently understood the benefits of a more liberal and competitive system of government and transition of power. Until "something happens", which causes us to change our value systems and believe that the "common good" can often-times be beneficial even for the individual, we are heading nowhere yet!

I love Africa and Cameroon in particular, but I think there is no cookbook solution to our problems. What we need is a change in the way we think and from experience that can only happen if we get negative feedback from our present way of doing things. Till date, people in our country still get positive feedback from negative actions and thoughts. Why should they feel an urge to change? Separation of powers or not, independent electoral commission here or there, with or without institutions in place, the problem is whether the system functions at least halfway. As we all know, no system will function well if the people who make the system are not willing to make it work.

A good start would be to at least have one institution in place, which ensures that bad or anti-social action produces negative feedback. The question is: Who are going to be the people to run this institution? Will they too not be twisted?

As a wise man once asked:
Who is going to protect us from our protectors?

Ottou

Having state instutitions functioning in the way the ought to must first begin from people with a good democratic minds.
In Cameroon this should start from having a free and fair elections. This can be obtained by creating an independent electoral commission. With a democratically elected leadership, this can now put in place workable institutions.
With the present status-quo things are better said than done and very little can happen.

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