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Monday, 31 December 2007

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londoner

Paul Biya, I curse the day you were born in Cameroon!

It is now clear for all to see. This man wants to change the constitution to prolong his kleptocracy and continue the trauma he has inflicted on Cameroonians.

He said on France 24 that it was premature talking about constitutional revision. Now he says it is encouraging.

He decries the killing of citizens protesting their rights to electricity and social services yet the murdering officials remain in office.

This man talks about Cameroon's development as if it depended on someone else. Imagine a chief executive of a country saying we should do this, we should do that; for God's sake Biya roll up your sleevs and do it since you have all the right ideas.

I hope you are seeing what is happening in Kenya. Biya dare touch that constitution! We will flush you out in shame!

The last days of you rule are here.

7512wilson

Dear Forum mates and Cameroonians
You all can descend from the President's speech that a constitutional amendment to extend the mandate of President Biya is already a fact and not fiction anymore. All mechanisms are being put in place by the CPDM "gurus" to ensure that Cameroon becomes a Monarchy. This move by the President was already predicted, judging from the recent numerous motions of support for a mandate extension from selfish and selfless CPDM High ranks contrary to the Constitution. The massive rigging of the last twin election was only part of the scheme to provide the Biya CPDM party with an overwhelming majority in Parliament. A majority that is needed to pass through a foreseeable bill to change the limitation clause of the 1996 constitution. Mindful of the fact that Cameroonians have exercise excess proportions of tolerance and patience with the Present Biya regime for over 25 years. Mindful of the fact that Cameroonians have continued to live in stack poverty and misery. mindful of the fact that Cameroonians have experienced and witnessed the worst living standards since independence under the present Biya epoch. Mindful of the continues and shameless rigging of elections under the present Biya regime. It is time to say enough. Enough is enough. Cameroonians are not fools.
Come thunder come rain, Biya has to go on or before 2011. It is not a matter under debate, it is a fact whether Biya likes it or not.
God is on our side.
God Bless Cameroon.

simplice

Just to add; what to make of this:

"In a country that is endowed with a huge hydro-electric potential and exploitable gas deposits, it is difficult to understand why we suffer such a shortage" by Popol

Watesih

The dice has been cast,and the jury is out:"
But what I would like you to know is that I am still very determined to achieve this.And I am convinced that together we can make it".Popol.
This madman thinks that he can promise the people an increase of 2,3 thousand francs ,and play a Maradona on them by watering down the opposition to the revision of a constitution.
Biya has now won the war against AIDS six weeks after promising not to talk about the constitution,but to focus his energy on this deadly scourge.This is a President that is presumptuous,and prescriptive.He seems not to have anything to show that Cameroon is changing,but he soothes his feelings by claiming that there`s change anyway.
He has been very honest in this address, calling his failures by their name.He now agrees with everyone that the fight against corruption has been limited to a few symbolic cases.No wonder in this speech ,he barely offers about two to three lines about corruption.After 25 years,Biya still thinks the problem with our roads is that drivers know nothing about the Highway code.As usual his Ministers will take this call to enforce the Highway code to extort beer covers from taxi drivers.
This man Biya is very shortsighted.He is quick to show that observers validated his defrauded elections.But he fails to know that these are the same observers his now disgraced foreign MInister, Mebabra bullied.
The man has no grasp of the situation in his country.He talks in terms of probability,
saying growth rate may attain 4.1 in 2007.
This is the end of 2007,but the President doesn`t tell us that the growth rate is 4.1
but says it will probably be.Maybe there`s another 2007 ahead!
The constitution of a country imposes limitations on all its citizens.This makes things more democratic for everyone.When state funds are embezzled,the perpetrators must be brought to book.This is what he has been reluctantly trying to do.Now that he is the one calling a constitution his Minister single handedly rewrote as undemocratic,then
Cameroonians should know that this man has gone to a new level courting disaster for them.
Remuneration for civil servants is not going to change anything in a country where economic policies are strangled by bureaucracy.Biya doesn`t want to die alone,
he wants to waste away the poor lives of Cameroonians!

red flag

what nation is he talking about? obviously his speech was in his language ie french, why not the post print exactly that, than translating to a foreign language he hates soo much?
he doesnt knows who killed his soldiers, it was the southern cameroons liberators. obviuosly he doesnt read the internet or news papers too. he is speaking to his country men, i mean his 10m french-camerounese and not we 7m southern cameroonians, he doesnt speak for us. our government is already elceted nad made known to the world,he would be playing dumb, that he nver read about our PRESIDENT CARLSEN ANWANGWE. THATS JUST THE CRMINAL WHO AWAITS HIS TURN TO JAIL FOR HIS CRIME AGAINST 7M SOUTHERN CAMEROONIANS.

simplice

Paul Biya sur France 24 on 31 October 2007:

Ce que je peux déjà dire, c’est que les élections présidentielles camerounaises en 2011 sont certaines mais je les considère comme lointaines. J’ai un mandat de sept ans et j’ai fait la moitié de ce mandat. A l’heure actuelle nous avons d’autres priorités et la constitution telle qu’elle est aujourd’hui ne me permet pas de briguer un troisième mandat. Cela étant, nous avons d’autres urgences : lutte contre la corruption, contre le SIDA, contre la pauvreté. Il faut assurer la stabilité dans l’Afrique centrale et j’estime que ces problèmes d’élections sont posés prématurément. Il y a d’autres urgences en ce moment. La constitution à l’heure actuelle ne me permet pas d’envisager un autre mandat.

Paul Biya, CRTV 31 Dec 2007:

Bien que la prochaine élection présidentielle ne doive avoir lieu qu’en 2011, il est normal et même encourageant que les camerounais s’intéressent à ce problème puisque c’est de l’avenir de leurs institutions qu’il s’agit. De toutes nos provinces, de nombreux appels favorables à une révision me parviennent. Je n’y suis évidemment pas insensible.

De fait, les arguments ne manquent pas qui militent en faveur d’une révision, notamment de l’article 6. Celui-ci apporte en effet une limitation à la volonté populaire, limitation qui s’accorde mal avec l’idée même de choix démocratique.

J’ajoute qu’en soi une révision constitutionnelle n’a rien d’anormal. Notre Loi Fondamentale actuelle (qui est elle-même la résultante d’une révision de notre constitution de 1972) comporte des procédures de révision. Celles-ci permettent, si nécessaire, une adaptation du texte à l’évolution de notre société politique. Elles sont par ailleurs de portée générale et ne concernent qui que ce soit en particulier


simplice

"that he nver read about our PRESIDENT CARLSEN ANWANGWE." by Reg Flag
Mr Reg Flag, so you've finally acknowledged your President. I thought you earlier contradicted Ma Mary and Rexon, by disqualifying the constituents BSCLF.

Dear Forum mates, this is the most crucial agenda on the forum. Some had prophesised it as Watesih in his characteristic eloquence just emphasised. What can be done now?.
Please keep your comments coming

GalabeElvisNtungwen

Where are u people heading with all these exchange of insults and cyber hatred? If no one knows what is good for our people then staying mute is more honourable than creating enemies on the internet. We have been traded like chattel into an unworkable union headed by successive handpicked leaders by France and all u guys do is to rain insults at each other. Do u even realise u use a common language in insulting each other. Has someone posted a contribution in French? Or do u think francophones do not have their own disagreements? We make ourselves a laughing stock in this in-house enmity and may end up empowering the oppressor with more resources to oppress us. But the bottom line is: nobody is free - in his oppression, Biya does not distinguish the NW from the SW or the integrationist from the separatist. The dreaded lash lands on the tender anatomy of the English speaker - lover of hater of the system. No one is favoured, no one is protected and no one is safe!

GalabeElvisNtungwen

I meant to say 'lover or hater of the system' - thanks

Watesih

Redflag,
English-speaking Cameroonians are serious,and intelligent people,and do not want to lay claim to that which is not theirs.No single fly was killed in Bakassi by what you refer to as Southern Cameroons Liberators.Get it clear today,and tell others who want to hear,that the Bakassi saga begins,and ends with trafficking in arms.There has been a notorious arms` dealer known to everybody in the Bakassi region who was sought after by authorities in Yaounde.
He subsequently fell into the dragnet of gendarme officers who had been sent on special mission to track him.This was not however the first time he was being arrested
In several of such occasions,he bought his way out,but this time around,the gendarmes sent from Yaounde refused to take a single penny from him.Mention must be made of the fact that he is the son of a reverred ,and feared traditional ruler of that area.When he was being taken away,the father promised revenge,and the leader of the gendarmerie team ,who happened to be of English expression ,and from the South West Province was seen as somebody who forces his way into the Lion`s den,and wants to go unscratched.
The day of the attack,his body was turned into pulp by gun fire.The government is in a fix because the powerful traditional leader I made mention of earlier has his own people within the rangs of the Cameroonian army,and the bullets that were used to kill the 21 soldiers were said to have come from no where else ,but the Cameroon army.The time is coming to fight Biya,so lets not start taking shortcuts.
You don hear me big man?

Kumbaboy

Paul Biya is masquerading via demagoguery to "die in office" and thereby avoid responding to charges of wrong-doings and corruption since 1982. Notable charges against him personally include:

(a) The shooting death of Jeane-Irene Biya at the presidency, as recounted in "Biya - Blood: Biya’s Power Lotion" by Ebale Daniel Angounou - former aide to Mr. Biya now in exile.

(b) Unpaid personal loans invested in palaces in his home town and properties overseas. This crime contributed to the collapse of some banks.

(c) Civil rights violations. Numeroes cases here including the shooting death of civilians in Bamenda during the launching of the SDF, fascist theories of regional balance that robbed meritorious youth of education opportunities, etc.

In 2011, an aging Mr. Biya could not achieve in another 7 years what would have eluded him in 29 years. Worst, he will not be in control due to advanced age and his tribesmen will loot the treasury dry.

Akoson

Dear Southern Cameroonians and La Republiquans,

I wouldn't be interfering in the politics of La Reublique du Cameroon should I react to Mr. Biya's 2007 traditional end of year REPETITION because this man stretches his kakistocratic rule over and beyond the borders of La Reublique to include the Southern Cameroons. He assumes his 'rulership' goes beyond West of the Mungo.

I do not intend to react sentence by sentence. The issue of constitutional amendment is what arrests my attention. Issues of economic growth and social development is the same old singsong that has been sung for 25 years and no one in their right senses will endeavour to waste their time and energy on such. The most PARAMOUNT issue on the desk is addressing the appetite he has to succumb to any constitutional amendment, a thing you and I know he's the master-minder and main architect.

Everyone knows that once Mr. Biya is in for something there's NOTHING anyone can do about it. He has all the institutions in his pocket.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2007, Mr. Biya gave a rare 40-minutes interview to the French international cable network France 24 on the programme Talk de Paris during which he described questions concerning issues of constitutional amendment as PREMATURE. Hear him;
"...The 2011 elections will definitely take place but I consider them distant. I have a seven-year mandate,half of which I have already completed. Presently,we have other priorities and the constitution does not
permt me to run for a 3rd term. That said, we have other immediate issues: the fight against corruption,AIDS and poverty, stability in the Central African sub-region.
Therefore, I think that these questions about the 2011 elections are premature..."

Less than 65 days later the same president in gross political naivety comes on air, in his traditional end of year speech reserves about five minutes talking about the same thing he'd termed premature. Let's continue with the other part of his France 24 interview which finely intersects with his yesterday's address.

"...There are some people who say that the
president should take part in the [2011]
elections for continuity. I'll allow the debate take place, but for now the constitution does not allow me to run for a third term.I also know that the constitution is not etched in stone..."

And read part of this man's yesterday's speech; In fact, there are arguments for a revision, particularly of Article 6 which indeed imposes a limitation of the people's will, a limitation which is out of tune with
the very idea of democratic choice.I want to add that in itself a constitutional
revision is nothing unusual. Our present Constitution (which is itself the outcome of a revision of our Constitution of 1972) contains revision procedure which enable, if necessary, an adjustment of the text to changes in our political society. Moreover,
the procedures are of a general nature and do not concern anybody in particular.
We are therefore going to reconsider, in this spirit,those provisions of our Constitution which would need to be harmonized with recent development
in our democratic system so as to meet the
expectations of the vast majority of our population.

Connect the dots, guys!

I call on ALL AND SUNDRY to fasten their seatbelt as we enter 2008. Do what you can, ANYTHING POSSIBLE to stop this man.

The Son


rexon

Lies telling and fraudulent claims is characteristics of all those who want to chop from Biya. Who is this chief and who is this gerndarme whose body was muddied? Stop pretending to yourself that you are out to oust the very Biya that you are strongly supporting. Southern Cameroonians have no business with La Republiques politics and that should be told as it is.

Nsahlah

Simplice,
You took the words out of my mouth. I was looking to see if the next line will read, " in this regard, I have signed contracts with the following firms to build and commission x hydro-electricity dams in x locations." But like the dreams and aspirations of many a Cameroonian, this just fizzles away like all our dreams. Long live anarchy and shame in Cameroon.

Akoson

QUOTABLE QUOTES


1. "...That said, we have other immediate issues: the fight against corruption, AIDS and poverty, stability in the Central African sub-region. Therefore, I think that these questions about the 2011 elections are premature..."

2. "...There are some people who say that the president should take part in the [2011] elections for continuity. I'll allow the debate take place, but for now the constitution does not allow me to run for a third term. I also know that the constitution is not etched in stone..."

3. "...In fact, there are arguments for a revision, particularly of Article 6 which indeed imposes a limitation of the people's will, a limitation which is out of tune with the very idea of democratic choice..."

4. "... I want to add that in itself a constitutional revision is nothing unusual..."

5. "...Moreover, the procedures are of a general nature and do not concern anybody in particular..." It doesn't particularly concern only Biya.

6. "...We are therefore going to reconsider, in this spirit, those provisions of our Constitution which would need to be harmonized with recent development in our democratic system so as to meet the expectations of the vast majority of our population..."

7. "...However, one cannot but also feel indignation at this attack on our soldiers by unidentified elements. We must get to the bottom of what transpired at Bakassi..."

The Son

Aviche

For those who at any time, "t", had any doubts about the agenda of Biya and his clique, now is the time to rethink. If this were not a well-planned and important issue for him, he will not mention it all. The man contradicts himself. He wants to gauge "poor Cameroonians" reactions.

Now is the time to act! If we wait for them to advance we will be too late to do anything. Guys, I am sick of all this rubbish. What do we do? What is the way forward? Let us not just seat and grumble or exchange abuses. Let us go to work if not we will be getting into what Kenya is getting into, as mentioned by Londoner.

Guys, what do we have to offer?

rexon

NEW YEAR 2008 MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN CAMEROONS BY SCNC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, CHIEF AYAMBA ETTE OTUN ON 31ST DECEMBER, 2007.

Fellow Southern Cameroonians
Brothers and Sisters in the liberation struggle,

It is my singular pleasure and a bounding duty as your humble servant, to address you on the eve of the New Year, 2008, which I want all of us to dedicate as the year of HOPE and Intensification of the liberation struggle of our God-given Fatherland, SOUTHERN CAMEROONS - which has been annexed, and its people made tenants and slaves for almost five decades.

First of all I like us to pay gratitude to the Lord Almighty, who in His infinite mercy has guided and guarded us this far on the long and difficult road of our liberation struggle. Annexed, subjugated and impoverished as we are, standing on the historical and legal truth, we have adopted non-violence and not violence as the instrument to fight for FREEDOM and JUSTICE. We are equipped with the intellectual, spiritual and moral armaments which have sustained us over the years as exemplified by our Motto; “ The Force of Argument, Not the Argument of Force”. Like the biblical Goliath, La Republique has at its disposal all the lethal weapons, which it has used over the years to torture and kill peaceful Southern Cameroonians whose only crime is that they want FREEDOM. Like David, we are armed only with the sling and pebble of TRUTH, which we have been using and will continue to use for the restoration of our Sovereign Independence. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will guide us through the struggle, so I invite everyone of you to fervently pray on your knees, for Him to hasten the day of our liberation.

During the year 2007 that has just ended, the SCNC covered many milestones on the long and difficult journey to sovereignty. Our annexationist enemy, La Republique du Cameroun placed many hurdles on our way. But unperturbed and with greater zeal and determination, we continued to fight for our inalienable right to freedom and sovereignty as we defied intimidation, illegal arrests and detentions, torture, rape, looting of property and even death.

I salute you all for your courage and determination to pursue the struggle to its logical end so that a free Southern Cameroons Nation can be bequeathed to posterity. During the course of the year 2008 - I entreat all Southern Cameroonians to rededicate yourselves to the liberation struggle of our fatherland and to be more determined than ever before to achieve our lofty objectives of restoring our identity as a unique people and country which La Republique du Cameroun has tried in vain to efface from the map of the world.

In spite of the rampant arrests, torture and detention of SCNC leaders just before 1st October 2007, the celebrations of our 46th independence anniversary was exceptionally successful. Our national flag was hoisted at various strategic positions throughout the national territory and in the Diaspora. At home, flags were hoisted all over Mezam, in Boyo, Bui, Donga Mantung, Ngoketunjia and Momo Counties in the Northern zone, as well as in Kumba town and Manyu, Lebialem and Fako counties in the Southern zone.

Activities of the SCNC both at home and in the Diaspora were really on high gear. May 20 Day of National Mourning was spectacular. We congratulate our compatriots both at home and abroad for the massive turn out to demonstrate to the world that we will never surrender to intimidation and give up our legitimate right to FREEDOM.

The record making commemoration of our stolen independence on October 1 at which Southern Cameroonians turned out massively at No. Ten Downing Street, London , Paris , Brussels , The Hague , New York and even in South Africa and Nigeria , clearly demonstrated the unyielding determination of Southern Cameroonians to regain their freedom. The UN and the international community in general must rise to the challenge of the moment and respecting the inalienable right of Southern Cameroonians to sovereign independence correct their mistakes of 1961. This is a right and not a privilege as prescribed by international law.

During the second half of the year 2007, National Vice Chair and Chair of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Nfor, Ngala Nfor, scored several diplomatic victories as he represented the SCNC at the UNHRC in Geneva - where he lobbied for our cause. Great diplomatic victory was scored this December when he addressed the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Political Group of the European Parliament, and the Nonviolent and Transnational Radical Party Conference in the European Parliament, Brussels. This was a gigantic step in our diplomatic offensive as our message was taken directly to the door step of the older and well established democracies. Leaving no stone unturned, Nfor Nfor is still shuttling and making friends for the legitimate cause of the Southern Cameroonian people.

The arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of Nfor, Ngala Nfor and other SCNC Leaders at a well publicised Press Conference on January 20, 2007 in Bamenda demonstrated to the enemy that the Southern Cameroons struggle for freedom and justice was no longer a thing Yaounde could dismiss with the wave of its left hand. We take this opportunity to salute all our friends who petitioned the annexationist regime to respect international law. The increasing number of our friends is thanks to the successes diplomatic offensive is scoring. This will assume a higher gear in the New Year 2008 as more and more organisations and democracies are endorsing the right to self-determination of all oppressed peoples as the sole guarantor of global peace and international cooperation.

SCNC’s commitment to Nonviolence as enshrined in its motto “The Force of Argument… is yielding fruit for the world is turning against violence and wars. The truth on which we stand will defeat the enemy.

The case in the Bamenda High Court against Nfor Ngala Nfor and other SCNC Leaders, which attracted enormous international attention, was last November 06 ruled in our favour. This victory declaring Southern Cameroons a historical reality recognises Southern Cameroons as a political and legal entity in international law. This is what we are defending. This is the truth and on this rock annexationist la Republique du Cameroun will be defeated and forced out of our land as other imperialists before had to do.

While Justice Nchou Julius Cho summoned courage to dismiss and acquit Southern Cameroonian leaders illegally arrested and detained under squalid conditions in Bamenda, Justice Ako Kenneth Tanyi in the Kumbo High Court had to use a prefectoral order of 2003 to convict SCNC leaders in a similar case. La Republique ’s oppressive laws have no standards. To Justice Ako Kenneth his master’s interest must be protected so he passed the kangaroo judgement for to him a prefectoral order never expires as far as SCNC activists are concerned. The truth shall tell.

In addition to this SCNC cases are still subjected to rampant and prolonged adjournments. All these tactics of intimidation by the oppressor will not make us surrender. On the contrary we are strengthened for we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We call on our friends and international community to take judicious notice of this and act in defence of our inalienable rights to freedom of assembly, speech, opinion and thought.

By now, many of you will be doubting as to what happened with our case in Banjul, The Gambia. In effect, a ruling was expected at the November/December session of the ACHPR. This ruling didn’t take place due to the fact that the Commission was being transformed into a court and other internal restructuring had to be taken care of. We call upon all Southern Cameroonians both at home and abroad to stay calm and wait for the outcome of the envisaged changes at the continental judicial arm. We assure everyone that the SCNC is following up the matter, the outcome of which will be celebrated with the pomp it deserves.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate SCNC structures both at home and in the Diaspora that have already finished with reorganisation as directed. To the elected officials accept my congratulations for being called to serve. I wish to remind those who have not yet finished to expedite action as all these democratic elections most be finished by February ending.

While we are struggling for the liberation of our country and its peace-loving people from the stranglehold of the diabolic and barbaric annexationist regime of La Republique du Cameroun, some of our fellow brothers have recently gone into romance with our enemy. A recent newspaper “The Post” quoted Ni John Fru Ndi, chairman of the SDF as having told P.M. Inoni Ephraim, that the government was too “lenient” with the SCNC.

We believe that Fru Ndi did not put on his thinking cap, nor weigh his words properly when he made the statement which apparently pushed the government of La Republique du Cameroun to wage an all-out war to intensify its genocide war against Southern Cameroonians.

By pointing out that government position against the SCNC was too lenient, Fru Ndi publicly demonstrated that he and his so-called SDF are anti-SCNC which is fighting for justice and freedom for Southern Cameroonians. He who is not for the SCNC is against it, so we warn all Southern Cameroonians to stay clear of SDF procrastinations and prostitution with the enemy.

We also warn other Southern Cameroonians licking the boots and picking the crumbs from the table of La Republique du Cameroun, that as friends of our enemy, they are equally traitors of the legitimate aspirations of the Southern Cameroonian people. History has never smiled kindly at traitors.

May I also draw the attention of all Southern Cameroonians both from the home front and in the Diaspora that on December 10th 1948 the United Nation General Assembly adopted the universal Declaration of Human Rights which affirms the inalienable rights of people everywhere and upholds the basic FREEDOMS, which people are entitled to.

Before I end this address, I invite you, fellow Southern Cameroonians, to observe a minute’s silence in honour of all our fallen martyrs who have either been killed or tortured to death, especially those recently shot and killed in the University of Buea , Kumba and Bamenda by the forces of occupation. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

We accordingly observed three days of national mourning on their behalf and call on all Southern Cameroonians at home and in Diaspora to respect and give these victims of La Republique’s repression the honour they deserve.

In conclusion let me remind you that 2008 is a year of HOPE and great expectations for our suffering and dispossessed people of Southern Cameroons. To realize our cherished goal, I invite everyone of us to eschew divisive tendencies and unite behind the leadership of the SCNC as they steer our ship of FREEDOM to its final destination of SOVEREIGNTY for our nation and forever save its oppressed people from the misery imposed on us by La Republique du Cameroun.

Finally let us all chant this song of liberty:
“ We shall overcome.
We shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Deep in my heart, I do believe
We shall overcome someday”

May God Bless and steer our cause to Freedom

Long live the right to self-determination
Long live the Federal Republic of Southern Cameroons,
Long live World Democracy and International Cooperation,
God bless you all.”


CHIEF AYAMBA ETTE OTUN
National Chairman SCNC

Watesih

It is easy to claim on the internet that Southern Cameroons have nothing to do with La Republique,yet asking questions about issues in La Republique,and keep scoring utopic victories against La Republique!Apart from posting things that have been written by others,and insulting others what can some of us do? A southern Cameroons government came out,and some of us could not normally feature on it,just as we keep behind the scenes when people are manifesting out there in London.So where does the courage to fight begin,and end? Do you want to know the chief,and soldier`s name? Your scope is limited,read,read,read!

Ekone'kupe

It is clear that Biya wants to be president for life. We also know that he cannot achieve this goal without the help of the parliament. He is at the mercy of parliamentarians now more than ever, and that gives the citizens a chance to stop him. We all know that these parliamentarians are a greedy and selfish bunch who only care about keeping their positions.So now is the time to hold them accountable. What the citizens need to do is organize themselves: the taxi drivers associations, teachers associations, cocoa farmers' associations, coffee farmers' associations, puff-puff sellers associations, etc, etc. Draw up lists of their members, and let each group find 100 people in each parliamentary constituency. Let each person send letters to their parliamentary representative, demanding that he or she vote against this constitional ammendment. Tell the parliamentarian that if he or she votes to ammend the constitution then the citizens will vote for the rival CPDM candidate in the next CPDM parliamentary primary election. The parliamentarians know that CPDM electoral fraud only helps the winner in the CPDM primary when they stand for elections in the general elections against other parties, and so the loser in their primary will be out of a job. If these people feel that their positions are at stake, they may fight to keep their jobs more than they will fight to safeguard Biya's job. If we peel away enough CPDM parliamentarians, the constitutional ammendment issue will fail and Biya will finally have to accept the will of the people. In my judgement, this is better than not trying. I know there are a few CPDM people who will want a change.
We can't say it does not concern us because we do not recognize that government. Our parents still pay taxes, and our brothers die in the service of that territory. Fighting to bring change there does not negate the fight for self determination. That's just my opinion.

Free New Year Song: Enjoy

Manga

Kumbaboy wrote:

"(a) The shooting death of Jeane-Irene Biya at the presidency, as recounted in "Biya - Blood: Biya’s Power Lotion" by Ebale Daniel Angounou - former aide to Mr. Biya now in exile."

Ebale Angounou an "aide to Mr. Biya"? Not true. Ebale Angounou was the CENER spy who controlled the spy network at the University of Yaounde during the student uprising of 1991 and worked with the Beti armed militia on campus, the "auto-defense" to track down the "Anglo-Bami" and arrest students who supported the parlement. In fact, it is Ebale himself who led a squad of gendarmes to Makak to ambush the leader of the Parlement, Senfo Tonkam, who is now on exile in Germany in May 1991. Ebale Angounou was unmasked by students at the college Sacre Coeur in Makak who tried to prevent the arrest of Tonkam who was a substitute philosophy instructor at the school. Furious that the regime distanced itself from him after his cover was blown, Ebale went on a revenge mission, hence the outrageous and unverifiable assertions that he has been making since then. Believe his stories at your own risk. He was never part of Biya's inner circle as he claims.

Francis/Germany

You all should look at the situation in Kenya and think very well. if Biya cares he should do his worst. We are cursed and Cameroonians are the biggest cowards existing in the world. But cowardice has it´s limits and i am very sure we are getting close to that break point. Ones more all those for the amendment should look at Kenya and think twice.

londoner

Hello Manga,

Thank you for your clarification about this so-called "Biya's Power Lotion" by Angolou. I read this piece of thrash sometime ago and binned the rubbish straightaway.

In as much as I hate and despise Biya, the utterances of Angonou are clearly ridiculous and cannot be taken seriously.

Don't worry brother, Cameroonians are some of the most gullible people on earth, due to their superstition and belief and fear of witchcraft. They belive that Eto'o had to sleep in a coffin for sometime before shining during his debut at the African Nations Cup in 2002; they believe that Pa Guarantee killed his wife through witchcraft to make money etc.

Forget about these people; even the so-called educated ministers and top civil servants prosprate daily before dirty, unwashed and illiterate "ngambe men" to obtain or retain juicy government posts.

Danny Boy

"He who is not for the SCNC is against it, so we warn all Southern Cameroonians to stay clear of SDF procrastinations and prostitution with the enemy." Chief Ayamba.

Rexon and co;
with due respect to you and your cause, can you in simple English reconcile these words above from your Chairman with your motto, "force of argument etc, etc" for those of us prostituting with the enemy? I thought your lot held the moral high ground with such a lofty motto!
Please no cock and bull story about being provoked by Ni JFN's comment. We have long debated on this forum on the absence of dialogue between Ni John and Etoudi!! So where did your Chairman get his information from?
Before I go, just one more query. Federal Republic of Southern Cameroons?
Happy New Year from this Honorary SDF prostitute.

londoner

Simple ways on how to stop Biya manipulating the constitution:

1) Immediately adopting the Orange symbol, the symbol of popular resistance to dictatorship (Georgia, Ukraine, Kenya) as the watchword for the anti-revision movement. Also informing Cameroonians that if biya is not got rid of by 2011, they will pass the sword of the struggle over to their children, including the unborn. Put before Cameroonians the examples of Nigeria where popular will has resisted such maneovres.

2) Propose an anti-revision petition, aiming for at least 5 million signatories, more than the turn out at the last elections. We would have to find a way through which civil servants can express their views (anonymously) without fear of being victimised;

3) Picketing offices and residences of current MPs and letting them know clearly that they would be accepting any revision IN THEIR PERSONAL CAPACITY and not in the name of any so-called constituents. Get the emails and telephone numbers (fixed and mobile of MPS and pester them with anti-revision messages.

4) Demand immediately that Biya faces the independent press in Camerooon free of censorship (Le Messager, Mutations, La Nouvelle Expression, Post Buea, STV) and answer the questions of journalists as to his stewardship over the last 26 years and as to why in 2011, after having clocked more than 29 years in power he would need more time;

5) Most importantly, calling for an internationally respected body like the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) to conduct an opinion poll and survey in Cameroon to determine the wishes of the vast majority of the population as to the continuation of the Biya regime post 2011.

Don't forget that Transperancy International recently did a poll in Cameroon where 79% of those surveyed admitted to having taking bribes.

6) Cameroonians in the diaspora should write to Western governments and agencies and force this issue to become a topic of world news on BBC and CNN etc. Biya has often, always got away with things because Cameroon is obscure and does not make break breaking news.

More to follow but are they any real politicians left in Cameroon?

Freedomland

Danny Boy,

Prostitution in this case, a noun, has the following meaning:

“The act or an instance of offering or devoting one's talent to an unworthy use or cause.”

From:
http://www.answers.com/topic/prostitution?method=26&initiator=WANS

Question: Is the SDF devoting its talent to an unworthy use or cause? Chief Ayamba seem to be saying yes the SDF and its associates are doing that; devoting their talent to an unworty use and cause.

The use of the word PROSTITUTION in this case does not mean one does not have a moral high ground. Its meaning is very clear and fits the context in which it is used in this case. One can disargee whether or not the SDF is devoting its talent to an unworty use and cause as Chief Ayamba said, but to suggest that the use of the word in this contxet signifies a lack of a moral high ground shows a clear lack of understanding of the meaning of the word PROSTITUTION as used by Chief Ayamba in this context.

sergeodesergeo

Hello Everyone,

As all Cameroonian abroad, I just read the message of our president Biya, but I was only hurt by one part of it, this vision for the modification of our constitution, in 26 years in power, as president and commander in chief, I was trying to recall all positive actions president Biya has done or brought to our Country. Unfortunately there are limited, high rate of unemployment, insecurity in major cities, corruption at all level of his government, increase poverty, Poor health condition, favouritisms just to cite these simple facts. Now you want to change the constitution again Mr. the president? why? my point is that President Biya did not think that 2011 will never come. Please, dear President at least organise a referendum to stay in power for life like you brother tyrant Hugo Chavez of Venezuela did, although he failed. Then cheat on the results like you always did, or the second option will be to rule our Country without constitution, nobody will ask you. I didn’t see the role or impor-tance to have a constitution if you can not follow it, nor protect it. I know your only aim it to change it in your favour any time that you need. Please, Mr. the president just put the constitution on the side and rule us! Nobody will ask you about it, we the people are tired of your tyranny! Please, Mr the president enough is enough. All the generation of children born before and under your guidance are lost, they studied so hard but at the end no jobs, no hope! we are tired of all that. We understand that you need the power and want to stay in at all cost and against our will in Etoudi, it is fine just do it, but don’t think that we the people are stupid, one day you will respond against all your action, if it is not in front of Cameroonian people, God will ask you! Enough is enough! You call that modern democracy Mr. the president? Shame on you! That is not democracy, don’t you have some remorse or have piety for your people Mr. the president? Who want you to stay there? Who? Please be insensible of the call, and walk away of the power in 2011! If you have brought us in modern de-mocracy as you claim, please respect the constitution and acknowledge that they are other fellow Cameroonian who can also do that job as you and perhaps more better. With all the respect Mr. the President You will have more to gain as to loose in doing so. Which heritage do you want to leave behind Mr. the president? instead of think-ing or finding some reasons to modify the constitution, Please try to find a way to walk out of the power. I still think that I am dreaming! Enough is enough, we need to wake up!

sergeodesergeo

Hello Everyone,

As all Cameroonian abroad, I just read the message of our president Biya, but I was only hurt by one part of it, this vision for the modification of our constitution, in 26 years in power, as president and commander in chief, I was trying to recall all positive actions president Biya has done or brought to our Country. Unfortunately there are limited, high rate of unemployment, insecurity in major cities, corruption at all level of his government, increase poverty, Poor health condition, favouritisms just to cite these simple facts. Now you want to change the constitution again Mr. the president? why? my point is that President Biya did not think that 2011 will never come. Please, dear President at least organise a referendum to stay in power for life like you brother tyrant Hugo Chavez of Venezuela did, although he failed. Then cheat on the results like you always did, or the second option will be to rule our Country without constitution, nobody will ask you. I didn’t see the role or impor-tance to have a constitution if you can not follow it, nor protect it. I know your only aim it to change it in your favour any time that you need. Please, Mr. the president just put the constitution on the side and rule us! Nobody will ask you about it, we the people are tired of your tyranny! Please, Mr the president enough is enough. All the generation of children born before and under your guidance are lost, they studied so hard but at the end no jobs, no hope! we are tired of all that. We understand that you need the power and want to stay in at all cost and against our will in Etoudi, it is fine just do it, but don’t think that we the people are stupid, one day you will respond against all your action, if it is not in front of Cameroonian people, God will ask you! Enough is enough! You call that modern democracy Mr. the president? Shame on you! That is not democracy, don’t you have some remorse or have piety for your people Mr. the president? Who want you to stay there? Who? Please be insensible of the call, and walk away of the power in 2011! If you have brought us in modern de-mocracy as you claim, please respect the constitution and acknowledge that they are other fellow Cameroonian who can also do that job as you and perhaps more better. With all the respect Mr. the President You will have more to gain as to loose in doing so. Which heritage do you want to leave behind Mr. the president? instead of think-ing or finding some reasons to modify the constitution, Please try to find a way to walk out of the power. I still think that I am dreaming! Enough is enough, we need to wake up!
Happy new Year 2008 to all

Watesih

Dannyboy,
All Southern Cameroonians held their breath when the Southern Cameroons government came out.The expressions we got here from a wide spectrum showed this movement could be brought out of darkness, and factional squabbles to tackle its real goal.But you can see how another opportunity to rally people around this cause is being tampered with again.Either out of lack of ideas,or simple desire for bickering somebody like Chief Ayamba is attempting to set the hands of the clock back.If this new attempt to form a broadbase government was meant to go back to finger pointing among brotherly groups,then it must be said loud ,and clear that the hide -and seek we are playing with ourselves is ridiculous.Imaging that people are waiting for the first move of the new government,only to be served stale soup,using the same outdated tactics. We Southern Cameroonians must cease playing games on ourselves! La Republique`s soldiers kill each other because of trafficking, something they excel at,but we claim responsibility.We decide to rally ourselves together ,only to distort public opinion aboout the SDF the next day.A freedom movement is bigger than a political party, what is therefore this game we are seeing, where leaders of this movement cannot go public without blaming their woes on the SDF.All of us are Southern Cameroonians,and we are not going to tolerate those diversionary tactics that most of our so called leaders have learnt all their lives from La Republique.Anything short of all-out action against la Republique will be treated as mind games.Those who have been playing mind games against a political party have been losers,and willcontinue to be losers, unless they learn to know what freedom fighting is all about.The time has passed where some utopic idealism could help a cause!

Kumbaboy

Manga,

Ebale's story contains allegations that cannot be negated because he was an alleged CENER spy. That Ebale, who is reported no where to be insane, committed himself to write against the president in person adds weight to some of his allegations.

Disgruntled spies often spill the beans.

Manga

Kumbaboy,

Ebale Angounou was a paid hireling of CENER whose duties were to track down "subversives" at the University of Yaounde. Contrary to his claims today, he was in no position to know about the inner workings of the Biya regime because he was not part of that inner circle. Please go back and read papers such as Le Messager, Challenge Hebdo, etc., from 1992 that talked about the "affaire Ebale Angounou", including statements by the man himself. Once again, Ebale is going on the rampage simply because the Biya regime disowned him after his cover was blown and then threw him into jail on claims that he had forged the "safe passage" document which allowed him to get any type of assistance from government officials across the country - such as the "prefet" in Makak putting 15 gendarmes at his disposal to go arrest Senfo Tonkam. This is primarily an issue of sour grapes. Once again, believe Ebale's " Biya's power lotion" at your own risk. If the guy really wants to expose the Biya regime, then let him finally reveal the inner workings of the spy system that Fochive, his boss, put in place in the 1990s, particularly at the university of Yaounde.

Watesih

Why should we then be dying to hear what Ebale Angounou would say about Forchive,and would not want to believe what he says about Forchive`s master? Ebale Angounou to a greater extent corroborated what the public knew about Biya.The public already knew that all the doctors who received her corpse in the hospital minutes after her death were subsequently eliminated.The public knew that the seven sisters at Djoum were eliminated because they saw blood oozing out of her coffin.The public knew that Motaze,a cousin to Jeanne Irene could not be allowed to live
,after having witnessed the slaughtering of his aunt.The public knew that the Pope came a second time to help Biya out of one of the sects ,where he was being threatened by younger members.Apart from the voodoo sessions Ebale described at the presidency,
Biya is not foreign to most of the facts he presented.The story of Forchive being summoned and poisoned was already making rounds before Ebale could write about it.
For those who have had some Beti friends,they will agree with the fact that they are loose-mouthed,and will spill the beans when they take a bottle or two,and are made to feel at home with a stranger they met for the first time.They no secret with them.When Biya selects new Ministers,words will start going round as to who has been picked before the cabinet list is officially out.Most of those guys who are at the head of hit squads in Yaounde have elder brothers at the Presidency.They themselves are small ministers in the quarters.We cannot therefore question Ebale`s information gathering by making assumptions that he was not a member of the inner circle of the President.

espoir

mr.presidents speech is full of hope.in short it gives me butterflies when reading through it,i am completely in love with the speech.but i find two faults
- the fight against corruption and embezzement should be number 1 proirity and not third,because giving all the intensions to modernise cameroon and provide social amenities to the people,with corruption on the side,all the projects would fail.our president must put fighting corruption top on the governments scale of preference.
-seconding,on revising the constitution to keep him in power makes no sense,because come 2011 he must have ruled for 29 years.this is just too much a time for some one to rule a democratic country,people need change after such a long time in power.this revision is a plan for him to remain in power and when he talks of popular opinions,he is taking cameroonians like stupid people.if it is truely the peoples wish to revise these particular article in the constitution,then he should call for a referandum so that the people can decide on changing the constitution.what is wrong anyway for the cpdm in presenting another candidate come 2011 so as to respect the laws of the land and not manipulating the people.biya should do what he has to do for his remaining term of office,step down,and let a democratic election be held to chose a president of the country.peace and may God bless cameroon.happy new year 2008.

Akoson

"...The public knew that the Pope came a second time to help Biya out of one of the sects ,where he was being threatened by younger members..." WATESIH.

How do you mean? Is the Pope part of the sects? Who are the younger members of the said sect. Anxiously awaiting more light.

By the way, what's the SDF doing to DISCOURAGE Biya from attempting constitutional amendment? From every indication he'll still be ruling after 2011. Saw my quotable quotes above?

The Son

peter2008

Mr. Paul Biya, you have proved beyond reasonable doubt that you are not competent to lead Cameroon.Do you think by claiming another seven additional years of ruling you will improve the living situation of Cameroonians. You are a disgrace of humanity. You said you want to institude decentalization system, why did you abolish the Federal system in the first place. You said Cameroonian population want you to rule again, that is a big lie. Only those of your colleagues who you have allowed to steal the country's money and other resources will vote for. Evaluate the present situation in average Cameroonian and give us one good reason why you lead Cameroon again.
You are a really bad leader because at your age, you are unable to groom another young Cameroonian who can lead the country if you think there is no body qualify at the moment.
God will purnish you and your entire decendant for all what you are doing. Remember how Saddan Hussan died, yours will be worse.
Know that you will never go unpurnished. You can pretend to delay your purnishment by remaining in power, but God will definitely answer the prayers of all the Cameroonians suffering because of you.
I really lack words to described you.
Evil man.

peter2008

Shame Paul Biya what ever you call your name. No normal average Cameroonian will ask you rule them again. You are a bod and incompetent leader because at your age you are unable to groom a younger Cameroonian to lead the country. You are not better than Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Do you think because Cameroon have fetile land where people plant and havest cassava and eat with palm oil and salt and look healthy have make a better leader.
You are disgrace to humanity. God will purnish you and your entire family. You will die like Saddam Hessan.
Evil man

rexon

Danny Boy,

Any true freedom fighting movement must identify all their enemies and advise their people to isolate themselves from them and that is exactly what Chief Ayamba and co have been doing. Those who betray us by constantly dining with the enemy and legitimising their fake democracy and politics on our land must be warned that such stale politics and prostitution with the enemy is mainly for personal gain.

londoner

A Bill to Modify the constitution of Cameroon:

Article 6(2) new : The President of Cameroon, till the end of his natural life and without need for any elections, referendum or other public consultation, shall be the following individual:

Name: Biya bi Mvondo, Paul

Date of Birth: 13/02/ 1933

Place of birth: Mvomeka

Father’s Name: F. MVONDO ASSAM

Mother’s Name: EYINGA ELLE Anastasie

National Id Card Number: 103504602

Article 6(3): The individual mentioned in Article 6(2) above shall have the right, art the time of his death, to nominate a successor to the Presidency of the Republic from amongst his sons: Franck Biya and Paul Biya Junior.

Article 6(4): The above provision shall be entered onto the National Gazette in French and English, the French version being authentic.

Signed, National Assembly, Cameroon

Che Sunday

Londoner,
Check the BBC's website. This story made the headlines. Messing with the constitution might just be Biya's undoing. He might have misjudged the people he has enslved.

Watesih

The Son,
You know as I do that many public figures,statesmen are Franc Masons,
Rosicrucians,you name them,but they still rush over to the vatican for blessings from the Pope.The Catholic church itself is a sect,and if the leader of this church is so powerful as to bless all the devils we have around us,then you should know the immensity of his strength.Of course ,an ordinary mortal will not bandy looks with the so many necromancers you know.As to the younger member,there are many,and it will be irresponsible to start citing their names on-line.But the example I give you concerns Bell Joseph Antoine who was in a higher category than Biya.Do you know why he has never been allowed to head the Fecafoot? Anyway ,a word to a wise is enough!
I will like your question about the SDF to read thus:What should we the people do to stop Biya?" I use the word we ,because the SDF is a people`s party,and you can see what the people are doing in Kenya.You can`t stand on the sidelines ,and ask what the SDF has to do.The party is a social phenomenon, and its strength comes from ordinary people like you.Biya is a dictator,and we have to challenge him on the streets,not on the internet or newspapers.The SDF had already warned him not to take this move,but it seems he is courting disaster for the Cameroonian people,and I think this time around,he will be washed away!

Tombele

So far only two people Ekone'kupe and Londoner have posted any meaningful plan of action. In this modern day of communication, with His Excellency Colonel Khadafi haven paid 80% of Africa's first communications satellite, you would think info about these cpdm thieves will be readily available. Why can't some one lists all the names of these thieves, their addresses, their children, concubines, what they own, where we think it is stashed so everybody knows especially the international community. We can take pictures of their Prados, mercedez benz, villas and those supporting the constitutional amendment, post them on the web for all to see.This idea of SCNC trying to completely distance itself from la republique is futile and stupid. The enemy should be weakened anyway possible, it only helps your cause and make people see why you want to split from the devil. If anglophones were treated properly you will hardly have any one listen to your cause. Reveal more of their evils, not just torture but corruption, bribery and let's have some names of these boot lickers posted here and let's start some serious movement this year to unseat this joker. He has joked with us for too long now let's have the last laugh. Stop your philosophical and political arguments and come up with a simple workable plan for all the masses to participate in. They need real practical and achievable methods to free themselves from bondage.

Oversabi

Hi Everybody, I am new in this forum and I just wanted to suggest something:
Its very easy to transfer information nowadays by means of Video. I have seen the enermous progresses made through video particularly in the prelimineries in the US presidential elections.

For those who have various strategies to help the the situation in Cameroon please go to Youtube. The audience there is International and I think by so doing the problems in Cameroon will recieve some international attention.
Thanks

Squinty

On March 21 1947 the 22nd amandment to the use consitution was passed. It stated that "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once."

Since 1947, citizens of the United States of America have observed and respected this consitutional clause. President after president have proposed bills in congress and the senate but non has thought that limiting the mandate of a president is limiting the people's choice.

Consitutional amendments in themselves are not a bad thing. As the jurist or students of law would say, it is not the letter of the law that is bad but the spirit of the law. Changing the consitution of Cameroon has never been considered a bad idea. After all constituional amendments are considered a progressive adaptation of laws to the realities of a situation.

In 1996 Biya and his croonies thought that the LION MAN was not going to last another decade. The idea of that clause was meant to halte the political ambitions of his successors. It was not a bad idea at all. And at that time is was applauded as a real democratic milestone; a barrier to restricted longivity at the helm of the state. At the time the same nitwits who today started the call for the revision of article 6 (2) were there in the CPDM. They didnot see it then as a limitation of the people's choice. And because they think the ESINGANG CHIEF PRIEST has cheated death they have now realised that they have been beaten at their own game. They now see the revision of the constitution as democratic liberation. Advance democracy -a-la-BIYA.

The progression towards democratic rule in Cameroon does not depend on the whims and caprices of an old generation oligarchy, a kleptocracy,or on the benevolence of an autocrat. Still, the drive towards democratic advance cannot be achieved through a hand picked bunch of hand clapping and favour seeking parliamentarians. How many times have we heard elected officials giving motions of support and thanking the president for making them Mayors, municipal councillors or members of parliament?

The motor for political advancement in Cameroon lies in the people of Cameroon. It is an inherent force that has been set domant by a nutural love for peace and harmony. But for many years since the departure of the colonialist, there has been a constant poking and ruffling of the sleeping lion by a self seeking politicians. For years they have considered the calm and docility of the Cameroonian people as weakness, fear, cowardise.

Today, times have changed. Years of oppression, and stealing, and fraud and embezzlement and brutallity and killings have transformed the once loving and friendly Cameroonian into an angry and hungry people seeking self preservation.

to be continued

Che Sunday

The Americans were foresighted enough to realise that a constitutional amendment in it self may not hold the test of time. So they made it very difficult by taking those powers from the hands of congress. Yuo may propose an amendment to the constitution, but it must be ratified by all the states in the federation. Can you do that with Cameroon? No, because governors are still appointed,not elected. The provinces have no provincial governments. So, stop Biya before he runs wild. It does not matter how he is halted, so long as his image fades from the Cameroon political scene.

Ahadji

Dear Cameroonians, I have read with keen interest all the comments posted concerning the Paul Biya's end of year Speech. I pay great respect to the opinion of each and everyone but I will like to ask our SCNC brothers to face reality. There are Anglophones in the Government in Yaounde and it makes it very difficult for their struggle for seccession to yield meaningful fruits. We all accept that the Biya regime has sophocated the good intentions of the founding fathers of reunification by neglecting the bicultural nature of our country, changing the name of the country from "United Republic of Cameroon" to "Republic of Cameroon", the name the French mandated territory had before reunification. The reunification charter a priori had some weaknesses in itself. There was hope that these weaknesses will be corrected to give the two mandated territories alternation in governance of a United Republic. All said, I think if the SCNC, SCYC, etc were struggling to see to it that the reunification document is respected, its weaknesses corrected, this will make alot of meaning amongst Anglophones and Cameroonians in general. Failures to respect the reunification document and its weaknesses has not only had negative effects on anglophones but on all Cameroonians because it has allowed one person (BIYA) to turn the whole nation to his private farm. From north to south, east to west of Cameroon, the story is the same.
Personally, I believe reunification was a good option and to remain united is even a better option because nowadays, democracies a moving together for economic and political strength but this most be guided by well drawn-up text that are respected by all.
Coming back to Biya's 2007 end of years speech, the only thing he said that we as Cameroonians need to take with a pinch of salt is the eminent revision of the constitution to allow him to rule "Till thy kingdom come" The proposal of getting 5 million signatures is the best for a start. The time to start is now and let no one be forced to do so. committees should be set at all levels of the society starting from the quarter level. If state employees want to participate, they should participate like other Cameroonians without being anonymous. This is not time for anonymous signatures. This is a do or die. Biya claims that there have been popular calls for the ammendment of the constitution. We know that this is not true because even within the Central committee of the CPDM, they has been out right rejections of any ammendments of article 6 sub 2 of the 1996 constitution. Furthermore, Paul Biya cannot go out to kill 5 million Cameroonians without being crushed. We cannot continue to keep peace and see our own future and those of our children and next generations destroyed by gangstars with selfish habbits. Lets get the machine working. Let the SCNC, SCYC and all political parties who reaaly want Cameroon to change for good, University students, Taxi divers unions, Trade union leaders, infact all Cameroonians get to work.
"OPERATION 5 MILLION SIGNATURES AGAINST THE AMMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 6, SUB 2 OF THE 1996 CONSTITUTION TO REACH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DURING THE NEXT SESSION".
Lets us all be united towards a common goal, that of stopping Paul Biya from continuing to torture Cameroonians by not allowing him to seek another mandate.
AFTER BIYA, WE CAN SIT DOWN IN A NATIONAL FORUM AND LOOK AT THE REUNIFICATION DOCUMENT, STRENGTHEN IT BY SAFEGAURDING THE INTEREST OF BOTH ANGLOPHONE AND FRANCOPHONE CAMEROONIANS.

Daniel

Biya has shown us his realy face. selfish, selfish. .This man is carrying cameroon to the path way of african desolation. Cameroon will be a decay if the arm keeps on drinking beers of our blood.
Where is KABILA
WHERE IS KABILA
WE NEED A KABILA only without a son..
What a sad future.
May God interven
we altimately needs God"s intervention

felix

I am in full support of the 5million signatories.Its time we stop Biya from moving forward and the time is now

Akoson

On Thursday, 03 January 2008 at 12:00 AM Watesih wrote,

"...I will like your question about the SDF to read thus:What should we the people do to stop Biya?" I use the word we ,because the SDF is a people`s party,and you can see what the people are doing in Kenya.You can`t stand on the sidelines ,and ask what the SDF has to do.The party is a social phenomenon, and its strength comes from ordinary people like you.Biya is a dictator,and we have to challenge him on the streets,not on the internet or newspapers.The SDF had already warned him not to take this move,but it seems he is courting disaster for the Cameroonian people,and I think this time around,he will be washed away!..."

Firstly, if the SDF is the people's party then I insist that my question was correct and shouldn't be changed because if it's the people's party, then what is the party (the people's party = the people) doing?

Politics is about ACTION. And the EXACT time to act greatly influences the outcome of your actions. You cannot act at the wrong time and expect meaningful results. No way! Bet me $1000 that if nothing is done now, the constitution changed, come 2011 NOTHING will happen and Biya will continue his malpractices. This is because the population would've, by 2011 become used to a life presidency ideology. Biya is SIMPLY preparing the minds of Cameroonians. This is the game plan of this diabolic ruler of all time.

Let me not derail a lot from the point I wish to put across - ACTION and TIME PERIOD of ACTION in politics.

In the 1990s, the SDF was what it used to be because of this. Biya's excesses had become unbearable to the Cameroonian people. Frustrated and irritated Cameroonians BADLY needed a preparedness to challenge Biya. The SDF was such a preparedness. The formation and launching of the party was JUST IN TIME. It succeeded. This is an example in your backyard. Other examples abound.

Opposition parties in Cameroon need to take a collective action to PREVENT Biya from changing the constitution. That time is NOT 2011. It's not tomorrow. It would've been January 2, 2008. It's however not still late.

I hope you don't expect Cameroonians to start straying into the streets and making noise without proper organisation by a preparedness such as the SDF. If the SDF isn't prepared then I don't see the use of politicians in Cameroon. They should SHUT UP and listen to Biya.

The Son

simplice

Nice comments . Paa Ngembus, Legima, Nje and USAfirca, you've been missing.

Watesih

The Son,
You got it wrong!You were asking the question,"By the way,what is the SDF doing to discourage Biya from attempting constitutional amendment?",from a detached point of view.You are one of those who have often boasted your adherence to the SDF on this forum.If the SDF is the people`s party,and you are one of this people,why didn`t you just put the question this way,"By the way ,what is our party doing to discourage Biya from attempting a constitutional amendment?".Look ,the Son,I know exactly what you can think at every given moment.You are torn between the lectures you get from the know-all of the world about the SDF,and freedom fighting.But I must tell you that the more you try to play the mouse ,something you are not used to,you will come across as a comedian.Get my position clear,that I will stand against Biya forever,and I`m one of those who think we can fight him from different angles, instead of pretending to be on the move, whereas we are turning around ,and around.
The rest of your ideas about what we did in the past ,and can do now is ok,but since you accept that the SDF is the people`s party,you better get your ideas channelled to the party chatting the way forward.
As for me the way forward is that when Biya tables any rubbish at the National Assembly,and the SDF kicks against it,the whole Cameroonian people should take the cue from there.The Kenyans have all risen against fraud.That`s just what we expect of Cameroonians.

L'vovo South Africa

I have never bought the idea of separating from our French brothers.But, when i read between the lines the 'recitation' of Biya every year and worst still that of last year, i feel like buying the idea of my SCNC brothers on this forum.
Its really a shame and a pity the a man of Biya's age has no sentiments or Common sense.If grey hair is really wisdom, then Biya needs to allow his to grow so he can gain this wisdom.I bet u all the lack of grey hair on Biya's head is the cost of all this deficiency in wisdom.
How could he think that admending article 6(2) will help us?Our God! this case is more than us and i presume more than Jesus too please come down YOURSELVE to Cameroon and help us.

Ekone'kupe

Guys, I think we all agree that what is needed to stop Biya from breaking the supreme law of the land is by mobilizing the citizens. We need to have the citizens fully engaged, and action must come from them. When I look at the proposals so far presented here, I agree that having a petition with 5 million signatures is the easiest to do. But will it be the most effective? History has shown that such a tactic will not work. A petition has the unfortunate appearance of an individual initiative endorsed by more people (those who sign it). It will not have the same impact as having 5 million letters, each from an individual citizen, making a point, and pledging to follow through with action. That is my take on strategy. I also believe that the idea of a petition takes the power from the grassroots and puts it into the hands of a small centralized group or individual. Let this reaction against a constitutional ammendment be a national grassroots movement, let's not make it into a political platform for one of our discredited political leaders. Put pressure on your local member of parliament. Tell him or her that your vote is against a constitional ammendment. Get your neighbours and friends to do the same. Remind your MP that he or she represents YOU in parliament. And let them know that there will be consequences if he or she betrays you on this issue.

7512wilson

Fellow Forum mates and Cameroonians
This is our last chance as Cameroonians to put a stop to this Biya Madness. If we don't, then we are just as accomplices to the Biya Regime and might as well just join the Biya praise singers. Cameroon is in pain and the time is ripe. It is said that "He who stays silent in the face of injustice, is himself a party in such injustice". This is a defining moment for all Cameroonians, Young, Old, Men, Women, SDF, CPDM, Civil servants, Police, Gendarmes, Army, SDO's, D.O's, Governors, Parliamentarians and all Cameroonians of all works of life. This is not a SDF or UNDP fight. This is our fight. All Cameroonians must rise regardless of affiliation. The future of our children, grand children and great grand children is at stake. If we pass this chance, then we would have betrayed our future generation. Let us start the crusade to stop the Biya Madness. We need to organize ourselves and come up with a plan of action. There is a lot of ways we can do this.Organize international conference calls, create international awareness to our plight, organize marches, write letters and petitions to foreign leaders, make phone calls, reveal identities of those supporting a revision of the Constitution, and much more. Others may have better ideas, please lets share our ideas and come up with a plan. We all love our Cameroon but we need to be organized. I mean us, Cameroonians in the diaspora. You who is the US, France, England, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, South Africa ETC. We must organize ourselves and form a front. We have been barking for way too long. It is about time we bite.
God Help us.

Ahadji

Dear Cameroonians,
I totally disagree with the idea that we should wait until a bill for an ammendment is presented in the Glass house by the CPDM before we can act. It will be too late. Secondly, if we target the law-markers, it will not work since most of them might be promised appointed positions if they loss the next legislative election in their consistencies. I propose that Cameroonians in the diaspora organise and come out to demonstrate peacefully against this ammendment. This should take place in France, Britain,Germany, USA, Japan, Belgium etc. This will be a good kick off and this may spread to Cameroon. Furthermore, the operation 5 million signatures is still the best option as during the signature collection, general inerest to this issue will be reawakened.
May God help us in this Task. I am ready

casara

THE NORTHERN CAMEROONS QUESTION:

A Tactical Diversion

by A.F. NDANGAM

National Vice – Chairman of SCAPO

In conventional warfare a tactical diversion is used to send enemy troops from the point where full scale attack is planned. Those advocating a British Cameroon approach to the Southern Cameroons struggle have told us that all along in the struggle we have been speaking a language which is unknown at the UN because what the UN handed to Britain to administer was a single entity called the British Cameroons.

In support of this point of view they have quoted Article 1 of the Trusteeship Agreement for the British Cameroons: “The Territory to which this Agreement applies comprises that part of the Cameroon lying to the West of the boundary defined by the Franco-British Declaration of 10th July 1919…”

They have asserted categorically that “British Southern Cameroons cannot become independent without the British Northern Cameroons” They have dismissed the government of professor Angangwe as “an expensive joke” and “another non-starter”. The emergence of this afterthought Northern Cameroon doctrine in our struggle is said to have come from a certain research carried out by Professor Martin Chia Ateh who addressed a letter (supported by UNESCO) to the UN Secretary General 5 years ago. All these sound quite attractive .

However, the present writer invites the reader to the other side of the coin. To start with, it is conceded that the UN gave Britain a single Territory (the British Cameroons) to administer. It is also conceded that Article 1 of the Trusteeship Agreement defines a single Territory. But are these all that there is to it?

Long before the voice of Mr. Martin Chia Ateh came to be heard in this struggle. The Standing Committee of the AAC was convinced that the introduction of the British Northern Cameroon into the Southern Cameroons struggle was a tactical diversion. It was clear to members of the standing Committee that La Republic du Cameroun was behind the manoeuvre to divert focus in the struggle, and drag in Nigeria as an ally with whom they could easily suppress any idea of self determination for Southern Cameroon from both sides.

SOURCE AND ORIGIN OF THE DIVERSION
At the end of the All Anglophone Conference in Buea on 3 April 1993 a 72 members Standing Committee was set up. This committee met regularly under Barrister Ekontang Elad. At one of its meetings a few months after AACI members of the committee were visibly stunned by a newspaper report of the resolutions of a certain meeting held in the Nigerian town of Gembu by a joint delegation of people from the Southern Cameroon and Northern Cameroon.

The meeting was reported to have expressed satisfaction at developments in Southern Cameroon to break away from the Republique of Cameroon and the Northern Cameroon delegation at the meeting promised financial and material support to the people of Southern Cameroon for the struggle. The person who led the Southern Cameroon delegation to Nigeria for the Gembu meeting was the S.D.O. for Nkambe (Are you surprised?)

This same S.D.O. of Nkambe was of Beti origin (shocking?) This SDO was shortly after the event given a promotion high-jump to the position of Governor.

Who had designated him to represent the people of Southern in that meeting across the border?
What was his concern about the struggle by the people of Southern Cameroons to be free?
Did a meeting really hold or it was all a fake?
The hot debate in the Standing Committee meeting raised quite a number of unanswered questions, and came to the conclusion that the Gembu Conference was a ploy by the government in Yaounde to drag in Nigeria as an ally against “recalcitrant breakaways.”

Although we have not heard more of the Gembu meetings it would be naïve to believe that the plan to derail the Southern Cameroons struggle by making it appear like a joint plan has disappeared.

If the present activities of the pro- Northern Cameroon has no link with what that Beti Governor started, and if additionally those now clamouring for us to include Northern Cameroons in our struggle do not consult or confer with Governors of LRC in this afterthought idea, then we can only wish them well

.

However, it appears self-contradictory for SCARM to carry the words “SOUTHERN CAMEROONS” in the acronym of their name while singing “NOTHERN CAMEROONS TOO”. Wouldn’t it be proof of seriousness for this group to first delete “Southern Cameroon” from their name?

More important than this incongruity, all of us in this struggle should behave responsibly by pursuing our ideas without harping on some half-century old silly and sarcastic remarks by an American WHOEVER and trying to stretch the remarks to present- day leaders of the struggle.

Those who attended the AAC I from start to finish and listened to the convenors address the opening session of the conference will recall that the sustained applause that greeted professor Anyangwe’s presentation on that occasion was matchless. Today, the four distinguished lawyers who convened us to AAC I have all vanished from the scene – all, except professor Anyangwe who continues fighting at the battle front steadfastly. Those who followed developments on the Southern Cameroons case at the ACHPR in Banjul and read the powerful submission by Southern Cameroons on Communication 266/2003 called it “an authoritative document” in the annals of Southern Cameroon History and “a master-piece contribution” so with Professor Anyangwe’s recent publication, “A BETRAYAL OF TRUST.” Reading Dr. Yongbang’s recent publication on behalf of SCAM concerning the Northern Cameroons, one is forced to ask, is the Prof. Anyangwe we know the person we should single out as deserving John K. Emmerson sarcastic “in experienced, untrained and naïve”? for the simple reason that he calls his government that of BRITISH SOUTHERN CAMEROONS? To those who have accepted leadership positions in the various movements, it is incumbent upon us to be responsible and relate to others with due respect even when we disagree on points of view.


The bold assertion that British Southern Cameroons “cannot become independent without the British Northern Cameroons in International Law” calls for a rigorous assessment of the facts because if we were to hastily accept this, it would mean undoing all what we have done so far in the struggle. It would mean a new start, and worst of all, it would be a straight plunge into despair.

FACTS FROM THE WINDWARD
Facts do not seize to exist just because you ignore them or because you have no knowledge of them. They do not fail to exist because they do not conform to our expectations.

There are bitter facts in our history which hurt us as a people and as a nation. For example the UN is the source of International law yet it is the UN that bungled in the decolonisation process of the Southern Cameroons and inadvertently facilitated the annexation of the Southern Cameroon. What emerges in the decolonisation process of the Southern Cameroon is the betrayal of a trust (to borrow from professor Anyangwe) not independence, because in that process Southern Cameroons passed from political dependency to political servitude. And yet we cannot ignore the UN. But first let us briefly look at the following points:

It is a fact that the UN signed a Trusteeship Agreement with Britain and the latter undertook (Article 3) 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” This meant developing us towards self-government or independence. Britain failed to deliver under the terms of the Trusteeship Agreement and instead proposed Independence by joining. This change was not in our national interest and we rightly think that the UN should not have accepted this. But they did and the plebiscite was conducted.
We think that since the Territory handed to Britain to administer was a single entity called British Cameroon, separate plebiscites in Northern Cameroons and Southern Cameroons were uncalled for. One plebiscite should have been conducted throughout the British Cameroons. But this did not happen.. Britain worked hard for 2 separate plebiscites to be conducted and so there were separate plebiscites in Northern Cameroons and Southern Cameroons. This is a historical fact.
After the plebiscite the UN adopted Resolution 1608 XV to endorse the plebiscite results and name the dates for terminating Trusteeship in Northern Cameroon and Southern Cameroon and anyone who reads it perceptively cannot deny the fact that this resolution also divided the British Cameroon officially and irrevocably into two. Let us look at this fact closely and concretely:
Paragraph 4 of UN (GA) Resolution 1608 XV states as follows:

Decides that, the Plebiscites having been taken separately with differing results, the Trusteeship Agreement of 13 December 1946 concerning the Cameroon under United Kingdom administration shall be terminated, in accordance with Article 76(b) of the Charter of the United Nations


With respect to the Northern Cameroon, on 1 June 1961, upon its joining the Federation of Nigeria as a separate province of the Northern Region of Nigeria;
With respect of the Southern Cameroons, on 1 October 1961, upon its joining the Republic of Cameroun.
Yes, it is the UN that handed a single Territory called British Cameroon to the UK to administer. Yes, it is the UN that signed a single Trusteeship Agreement with Britain for the later to develop the Territory towards self-gevernment or independence. And it is also a fact that that same UN formally divided British Cameroon into two by adopting Resolution 1608 XV by a vote of 64 FOR 23 AGAINST with 10 ABSTENTIONS. Any idea that the UN does not know separate Territories called Northern Cameroon and Southern Cameroons is simply diverting the struggle.

We know that the hardest thing about facts is to face them. Yet it is in the very act of facing (and accepting) the facts of our present circumstance especially the irrefutable fact that Northern Cameroons IS part of Nigeria in conformity with International Law, that we draw attention to the gravity of the injustice that was done to the people of Southern Cameroon. For example, the reader who reads paragraphs 4a and 4b above is bound to ask why the UN could have defined the status of Northern Cameroons after it joined Nigeria (4a) and remain silent on the status of the Southern Cameroons after it joined La Republique du Cameroun (4b). Did this not amount to thrusting the Southern Cameroon into the arms of LRC to be annexed? This is a valid question to ask which draws attention to injustice, but we cannot ask it if we choose to evade or ignore the fact that the UN itself formally divided British Cameroon into two: Northern Cameroon and Southern Cameroon.

The purpose of this tactical diversion is couched in euphemisms that conceals nothing even to a casual reader:

“ the UN is making the necessary adjustments to rectify and regularise the independence of the British Cameroon.”

“These adjustments will take time”

“Diplomacy cannot be rushed or hurried.”


“What is required of us is a proper understanding of the UN system”

We need to learn “how to run a state.”

We need to have “patience.”

Patience is the companion of self satisfaction. We have been patient long enough. Let no one misrepresent our mood. We are a people deprived of our right to self determination. We are an angry people! Our patience is exhausted. Those who want to be patient and wait for the UN to “make necessary adjustments to rectify” etc, Should be left to steer their own boat to Antarctic waste but should let our own ship sail on without diverting us from the direction we are heading to. We are in the right direction.

However, the facts

That the UN knows Northern Camroon and Southern Cameroon separately is manifestly evident.
That it was the UN itself that officially divided British Cameroon into two, is as clear as daylight.
Professor Anyangwe has indicated where the people of Southern Cameroon stand collectively. SCARM is free to have its minority say on the matter and if the Vice Chairman of SCARM refuses to serve in Professor Anyangwe’s Government on account of his disagreement with the majority view, for God’s sake, it is his democratic right and opinion (formed regrettably on hasty conclusions). The Ministry that was assigned to SCARM will certainly have a new Department Head at the appropriate time.

I understand that down to the present UK’s Queen Elizabeth’s reign there are still bald-leaded old men in a room of the White Hall in London carefully studying the nuances of words and phrases in the petition for independence from the American Colonies. Time was needed on the British side of the Atlantic and patience on the American side for “necessary adjustments and rectifications”

Let those who have thrown the weight behind Professor Anyangwe remain steadfast. The new leadership has emerged to unite us and move the struggle forward. Let us believe in the rightness of the course we have pursued so far i.e. self-determination for the British Southern Cameroons. Which I believe ( excuse me ) we will come to accept its sovereign branding as Ambazania)

Let us also remain hopeful. Hope alone sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. Let us allow no one to divert us to the Antarctic waste. We are on the right path and Southern Cameroons (Ambazania) will achieve sovereign independence, God being our helper.

Happy New Year?

rexon

THE RESTORATION GOVERNMENT

Fellow Countrymen,

A few weeks ago, a British Southern Cameroons Restoration Government
was announced. You know what reactions have followed and the various
write-ups that have been made about this Government. Some write-ups
even suggested that the Restoration Government could be a hoax or La
Republique's ploy. But since neither its president nor members have
come out to say that they did not form it, we take it that it is
their work. I have no desire to indulge in the washing of any dirty
linen in public or the passing of any form of judgment whatever on
the Government. I here call attention only to certain pertinent
issues that will help our struggle and the Government to do its work,
as we expect.

The Restoration Government has both the potential to unite and
build or to distract and confuse. Without passing any judgment, we
want to give it all the benefit of doubt and all the support it may
need to accomplish the mission it has assigned itself. Since no one
has a ready answer for our liberation, if someone or a group of
people weigh themselves sufficiently and think they can make a
difference, it would be wrong not to give them a chance. My attitude
is that there may be facts and strategies I do not see or know, but
which these people see and know, and which they want to use to free
their people. A certain high expectation has therefore been created
in the people by the mere formation of this Government: everyone
believes that a Government could not have been formed for the mere
luxury of forming it but that there must be some spectacular result
that such Government thinks it can achieve. The People are therefore
expecting to see the difference that justifies the creation of a
restoration government. If they do not see anything tangible, the
Government would simply have made us an object of ridicule before the
world and the enemy; it will be a non-starter as some said and worst
of all, it will demobilize many people to keep regarding the struggle
as "that your thing". It will increase hopelessness! Here listed are
some of the issues that the Government, its members and other serious
Southern Cameroonians should consider:

1. THE ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS MEMBERS:

We assume that this government was formed in consultation with
the persons and personalities who are listed as its members and that
they all understand the enormous responsibility they are taking on
their shoulders by voluntarily accepting to be seen and considered as
members of a government that is set on restoring the sovereignty of
the Southern Cameroons. By accepting this role, you give the people
of Southern Cameroons the right to make certain demands on you; to
expect you to carry out certain actions; to conduct yourselves in a
certain way and to incarnate their aspiration for freedom from La
Republique's enslavement. The Government and its members have created
a debt which they now owe the people of Southern Cameroons to pay!
When people hold out themselves as leaders of a people and the people
make demands on them with regard to their freedom, they should not
get annoyed or ask where the people got the right to make demands and
ask certain questions!

People who have not been called to the Government should not be
angry or weaken in their efforts in the struggle. Of course, it is a
mark of honour and some measure of recognition, for those who have
been called into the Government, no matter who set it up. Those who
think they deserve some measure of recognition may feel betrayed in
to some extent. But I here encourage everyone to remember that
everyone cannot be a member of government and that those who have not
been called are even better protected to keep working without any
distractions and without the enormous responsibility that the members
of the government have taken on their shoulders.

2. TEAM WORK:

We assume that the government will work as a team; that the
members will find ways to coordinate their activities and actions,
both on the ground within the Southern Cameroons and otherwise.
Nothing is so annoying as the inability of a group of people who are
supposed to work as a team to be unable to communicate, commune,
share ideas and produce the desired results on the ground. The danger
of the internet era is that it creates a world of its own which has
nothing to do with what is happening on the ground! People soon begin
to confuse reality on the ground with what is going on in the virtual
internet world! The restoration government must not become an
internet government! What is badly needed is action on the ground
within the Southern Cameroons. The Southern Cameroons territory must
be the theatre of its operations, if it will achieve significant
results worthy of a Restoration Government! Cooperation through the
internet alone will not therefore do and cannot produce the desired
results.

3. RELATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LIBERATION MOVEMENTS:

A crucial issue that will determine the ability of the
Restoration Government to do its work is its relation with the
different liberation movements, all of which have their own parallel
activities they are pursuing. I do not know whether the various
liberation movements will pass on their various projects to the
Restoration Government, whether they will continue to pursuing them
now under the coordination and banner of the Restoration Government
or whether they simply intend to continue their work as if there was
no Restoration Government. Whatever the case, the relationship
between the Restoration Government and the liberation movements
should be worked out early enough. The initiative should naturally
come from the Restoration Government.

4. AVOIDING INTERNET WARS:

So far, a very fortunate thing has happened: few members of the
Government have taken to the internet to express their unwillingness
or disagreement with the Government. We think that it will be in the
interest of our struggle for members of the Government who do not
want to serve in it to write to the Government directly instead of
writing on the internet. The Government can then update the Southern
Cameroons' public from time to time about its composition. Internet
quarrels should be kept to their minimum, and if possible, avoided
altogether.

5. MOBILISATION OF THE SOUTHERN CAMEROONS PEOPLE:

The greatest need and challenge of our struggle now is to find
a way to draw the people into the struggle. Until the people get
involved en masse, little impact will be seen on the ground. And what
happens on the ground is all that counts at the end of the day. So
far, no single liberation movement or leader has been able to achieve
much in this respect. But it can be done, no matter how violent and
ruthless the enemy may be! The fear of death must be overcome when a
people engage in a struggle against colonization and annexation, both
of which live only on violence and intimidation. Some leader or
movement is badly needed that has the dare-devil posture to take a
stand within the territory and challenge the enemy on the ground! The
situation on the ground can be described as that the fruit is ripe
but there is no one to pick it! Everyone is waiting to see whether
the Restoration Government will make a difference in this respect.
This is the greatest task of any Restoration Government: to draw the
people into their own liberation struggle and challenge the enemy on
the ground. X-mas and New Year have passed without the people hearing
from the Restoration Government. These were opportunities for some
kind of initial message on its vision and mission to be released to
the people. We hope it will find another opportunity to at least
introduce its vision and proposed actions to the people.

6. GOING BEYOND THE FORCE OF ARGUMENT

The Force of Argument has done its job well. Those who have
applied themselves fully to the literature of the struggle now master
most contours of the Southern Cameroons' Question. We are standing on
solid ground now, thanks only to the doctrine of the Force of
Argument. The only distractions we occasionally have are from new
comers who constantly fall into the same confused assumptions from
which we all started. Since the Force of Argument has done its job,
we do not expect the Restoration Government to tarry again on verbal
arguments as its main thrust of action. It is time to move from the
Force of Argument to at least the doctrine of Non-violence. Non-
violence involves far more than the Force of Argument: it involves
meeting the enemy on the ground through acts of civil disobedience,
peaceful rallies; protest marches; sit-downs; lectures across the
width and breadth of the territory, and all other peaceful tactics
that will make the territory ungovernable by the occupying forces. As
you can see, we are not yet at this stage, but we need to get there
fast. This stage calls for courage, a willingness to be arrested and
imprisoned, and a determination that cannot be daunted.

Connected to this is the issue of multiple and often wrong
presentations of the case by all the several people who speak about
the problem. It is the degree to which the Restoration Government
will assert itself through incisive action that will cause all and
sundry to surrender the right to sole representation to it. The
People of Southern Cameroons are looking desperately for incisive
leadership. Can the Restoration Government provide it?

7. A DIFFERENT POSTURE FROM EXISTING GROUPS

We have often made the observation that so far, the enemy does
not consider that we are capable of making a ripple, and therefore
has not bothered so much as to accept the many overtures for dialogue
from us; officially recognize the problem; or even replied to the
many letters we have written. Add to this the fact that no relevant
international body: the African Union and the UN, have put our
problem on their agenda or even mentioned it in their conflict
reports! We should for once understand the psychology of the
international community. The international community fears only
threats to peace. It does not respect any principles, not those of
the UN nor the African Union, unless and until it is forced to! If we
are too predictably harmless, they are assured that what they fear
most, instability and threat to peace, will not happen. Therefore
they find no reason to concern themselves with our situation. This is
why they bribe rebel groups to the negotiating table, but ignore
legitimate and peace-loving people who firmly abide by their own laid
down principles! If we die in silence, they have one less problem to
solve!!! The Restoration Government should understand all of this.
Instead of making sermons, we should actively develop a war
mentality!!! ! It is probably from a clear understanding of this that
wherever there was non-violence, it was coupled with a military arm
to the struggle, whether we think of what happened in the Black Civil
Rights Movement in the USA, or Gandhi's struggle in India. We have
not been vigorous enough in pinning the responsibility squarely on
the African Union and the United Nations for any eventuality that
they encourage by silence on this extraordinary question of inter-
African colonization. The Restoration Government should adopt a stern
and not a begging posture towards the organizations set up to protect
and enforce the principles that should guide the peaceful relations
between peoples of the world. The Restoration Government should
strive to be a Government in all respects. These are not easy
challenges, but they are the minimum challenges for a People seeking
sovereignty over their territory and who will accept to defend that
territory with their blood when it is in their hands! As the wise
have said, he who wants peace must prepare for war!

Thank you all.

Atemnkeng.

simplice

Mr Rexon, please tell the forum who this Atemnkeng is.

Squinty

Constitutional reformism or democratic hijack
On March 21 1947 the 22nd amendment to the US constitution was passed. It stated that "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once."

Since 1947 citizens of the United States of America have observed and respected this constitutional clause. Presidents after presidents have proposed bills in congress and the senate but none has thought that limiting the mandate of a president is limiting the people's choice. Constitutional amendments in themselves are not a bad thing. Jurist or students of law would say it is not the letter of the law that is bad but the spirit of the law. Changing the constitution of Cameroon has never been considered a bad idea. After all constitutional amendments are considered a progressive adaptation of laws to the realities of a situation

In 1996 Biya and his cronies thought that the LION MAN was not going to last another decade. The idea of that clause was meant to halt the political ambitions of his successors. It was not a bad idea at all. And at that time it was applauded as a real democratic milestone; a barrier to unrestricted longevity at the helm of the state. At the time the same nitwits who today started the call for the revision of article 6 (2) were there in the CPDM. They did not see it then as a limitation of the people's choice. And because they think the ESINGANG CHIEF priest has cheated death they have now realized that they have been beaten at their own game. They now see the revision of the constitution as democratic liberation. Advance democracy -a-la-BIYA.

The progression towards democratic rule in Cameroon does not depend on the whims and caprices of an old generation oligarchy, a kleptocracy, or on the benevolence of an autocrat. Still, the drive towards democratic advance cannot be achieved through a hand picked bunch of hand clapping and favour seeking parliamentarians. How many times have we heard elected officials give motions of support to the chief of state thanking him for making them mayors, municipal councilors and members of parliament? Their loyalty therefore is not for the man who voted them into office. Rather their loyalty is to the man who ensured they were elected into office even if the electorate did not vote for them.
The motor for political advancement in Cameroon lies in the people of Cameroon. It is an inherent force that has been dormant because of a natural love for peace and harmony. But for many years since the pretentious departure of the colonial masters there has been a constant poking and ruffling of the sleeping lion by self seeking politicians. For years, they have considered the calm and docility of the people as signs of fear, weakness and cowardice.
The calls for a constitutional reform in Cameroon are not designed to foster democracy. Rather they are a guise by a bunch of self seeking and self preserving individuals to pervert the course of democracy, to pervert the course of justice and avoid questioning on charges of embezzlement, mismanagement, corruption, fraud, nepotism, murders, and assassinations, Genocides, lies, election rigging etc.

The present calls for constitutional reformism, revision or amendments are nothing short of a democratic hijack in Cameroon.

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