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Here goes America again, trying to camouflage its hypocrisy. With due respect Madam Garvey, we don't need any dialogue. Anybody who steps foot in Cameroon, even just for 1 second, will glaringly see that Cameroonians don't want any constitutional amendment. We don't need any this "dialogue", a stylized code name for democratic corruption. Madam Garvey, we all know you stand to benefit from the corpses sucked dry by that blood-thirsty vampire in ETOUDI. Stop the games, we know the truth. I wonder if you will sitting in expensive African castles and basking in the sun of African wealth today is your forefathers did not uphold the virtues of honesty and equality.


...and what has the Obama/Clinton bonanza got to do with Paul Biya plan for constitutional amendment? couldn't you guys write a separate article on that? why make a grave situation like the proposed constitutional amendment seem so inconsequential by juggling in the "fanfare" of super Tuesday? or it is because Madame Garvey is involved? we act like we are still colonized. This is absurd!


thank u Unitedstateofafrica
the USA should not take this matter lightly as they seem to potray. either they are for biya or against his plans to change the constitution.
Mrs Garvey, do u think Americans will even debate a constitutional reform to allow their president rule for life.
Cameroonians should write letters (in mass)to the USA and British officials to reject biya's actions. cameroonians please do not forget to remind them of what is going on in kenya.
Cameroon seems peaceful but naturally we all have our limits and sooner or later, some cameroonians will advocate for violence to sweep away this corrupt gov't.
an advice to opposition leaders; please try as much as possible seek international support and express ur disapprovals in a much more dynamic manner. the opposition in this country is too weak and tends to sleep like just like the ruling party.


This holocaust of a constitutional amendment is the tactics used by those CPDM political heavyweights for their selfish goals;they engineer Bi Mvondo to take make decisions that go against intitutional structures and bounds.Many opposition parties,human rights groups and pressure movements in Cameroon and in the dispora have expressed their dissenting voices to the implications of this act.The US Ambassador's point is clear; if only majority of the peoples accept any amendment,that will benefit the general populace as a whole not a small bunch of stingy individuals who are just power-mongers.

Since the declaration and announcement by Bi Mvondo in an interview Paris of his intenetion of vying for another term,there has been periodic purges from all Cameroonians who needs 'change'.Mrs garvey used the presidential primaries as an important example for the CPDM-backed-politicians to advice Bi Mvondo to step down.Let's hope there can be some high level diplomatic exchanges between some super-power to help solve this stalemate.We even hear the CPDM themselves are in loggerheads in their recent General Assembly meeting.

Fritzane Kiki

kenedy Epie

It is a shame. Shame indeed! When nations are trying to forge ahead from the primitive one-president-for-life system of government, some few selfish and naive Cameroonians are clamoring for Biya-forever.
I agree with the US ambassador that most constitutional amendments are done through a referendum. Never the less, with the rigging machinery in place, the decision of the majority will always be manipulated. If opportune, I will ask Mr. Biya what he still want to do for Cameroonians at over mid 70 that he could not do some 26 years ago? Surely he want to be another Bongo whose profession in his ID card is President de la Republic. What a shame! Remember the call to nature will not keep you there forever. Take a leave and enjoy your last days with your beautiful wife. A word to a wise is sufficient.

red flag


Legima Doh

Yes Red Flag you said it all.It is outrageous,incredulous and dangerously misleading for any Southern Cameroonian to think and or believe that dialogue with Paul Biya is any call for concern as far as our sovereign independence is concerned. I wander whether Mrs Garvey is uninformed about the fact that Biya is, and has always been very stubborn and adamant to dialogue.KOffi Annan on a visit to La Republique once called for a meaningful dialogue between Biya and the ScNc but Biya in his malice for our motherland snubbed it.So to me,it is ludicrous to waste time and energy belabouring on the issue of a constitutional change of La Republique when we ought to be putting all our efforts on restoring our independence.So lets be on the allert because the political miasma of la republique is an augur of an asylum of mad people fighting and killing ruthlessly.
I was on holiday in the Southern Cameroons and am back.People are growing in wisdom about the nature and ultimate solution of the plight of our motherland and the way forward is unequivocal.I salute all the comrades of truth,peace and love of the Southern Cameroons of this forum.

Peace in our Motherland.

Legima Doh,


This is exactly what happens when poorly educated Cameroonians are
given positions of responsibility without qualifications; and an
incident that tarnishes Africans as people who do not know their
priorities. The foolish fellow, Badaha probably bribed his way into
school of Journalism in Cameroon.

Further, one should be seriously concerned by the disgraceful
behaviour of the Cameroonian player Biyik who actually pushed a
medical assistant to the ground for no apparent reason.

Otto Psister behaved disgracefully surely portraying his own mis-
education and prejudice.

Anglophones should refuse to play in the Cameroon National team even
if they are called.

As far as one can see, the Cameroon team is not a representation of
Cameroon. If they win fine. No Anglophone should shed a tear if they
are defeated by Egypt tomorrow. Being a fan of the Lions, it is a
difficult thing to write. However, the Cameroonian Francophone elite
appear to have been mentally enslaved by France; and unless they can
get rid of this salve trade business which they appear to be willing
to transfer to other Africans, Anglophones should have very little to
do with the country. They should adopt an attitude of passive
resistance – do nothing and say nothing.

There seems to be serious problem of education in Francophone
Cameroon. This is one of the causes of Cameroon's problems. Poor
behaviour, shameful attitude and other inexplicable actions have to
be reversed for any meaningful change to happen in Cameroon.



Surprisingly enough, I have to agree with Rexon. It just dawned on me that by supporting, worshiping and immortalizing Eto'o and his comrades, we are indirectly supporting the marginalization of of Anglophones in Cameroons sports arena. If athletic Anglophones are treated on an equal basis with Francophone athletes, there will be more English speaking "Eto'os" on the national team.

However, I can't picture the sight of those racist Egyptians holding up that cups. Who is the lesser of two evils here? my corrupt country? or racist Pharaohs?


Ladies and Gentleman of the core, I see no political-palaver in a so called Southern Cameroonian, supporting Cameroon, during the impending African Nations Cup Finals. Is this not a mere demonstration of some good neghourliness?. Or does Mr Rexon and Reg Flag, insinuate: a Southern Cameroonian should forever, percieve as blunt and outrageous, everything treacable to the La Republique?.
Please Rexon, let Football stay clear-cut from politics. What has Eto'o done to merit such defamation?. Has he sided against Southern Cameroons?. I think, in an attempt to mingle every issue with the Southern Cameroonian cause, you're loosing focus. Please talk politics.


Simplice, why agreeing that the attack on Eto'o is not right, I will like to ask the following questions.

In today's politics in Cameroon, can you really separate anything from Politics, be it footbal,economics, education,even social life?

Can you separate football in Cameroon from politics? When the national football team wins, is the 'good' governance of the CPDM or the good behaviour of the Life president Paul Biya.

Take a look at the national team, how many Anglophones are there or is it that Anglophones don't know the game of 'the legs'?
Take the recent behaviour of the so call journalist in a football arena, can you separate such behevour from the politics of marginalisation of Anglophones and the planed extinction of the English language in Cameroon?

One can't afford to over look the glaring prejudice. Have you read the numerous articles here posted on issues of balingualism? it hurts right to the butts.

Are they not experiences you and me know off? come on Simplice!!!!!!!


Fellow Brothers,
I agree with those who criticise the Cameroon team. No Anglophone. These are the things we are fighting against. Eto'o is not educated enough else he should not have insisted to a journalist to ask him a question only in French following the win against Ghana. Any Cameroonian who cannot understand English or French is considered uneducated. It was a very shameful situation that someone who portrays himself as a Cameroonian star is unable to understand a question asked in English. We are not saying that you must respond in English, rather you could take a question in English and respond in French. This is what is meant by being bilingual. That said, Anglophones are not interested in what is going on in Cameroon because meritocracy has given way to favouritism.


Well just to let u guys know that Death is the best way people like that devil want to rest. so he shall have it in full. I dont think Cameroonians are given numbers when i hear the PM says the 'Lions should win the cup on sunday for all Cameroonians especially to our number one Cameroonian the Biya' Its really a pity that old and educated Cameroonians leaves their homes in the morning to go and be clapping hands in a standing ovation for a man who is absent. Others will enjoy your wife when the time of agony will come. whether u like it or not the ultimate master of life shall take u away.
Who knows, try and u shall c.




You know what?
Each player is entitled to seventy three million francs (73.000.000frs CFA) and given that there are 23players in the team, that gives one thousand six hundred and seventy nine milions francs (1679.000.000frs CFA). This amount excludes lodging, feeding of players/delegations and out of station allowances for the delegates.
Most of the money is the tax payer´s money.
Given that most Cameroonians live below 1$ a day, is 73millions frs not too much for one person?
Can someone tell me how an average Cameroonian will benefit from the outcome of the nations cup?

I don´t also want to mention how was spent to bring our Gorillas back home
How are benefitting from the Gorillas or when shall we recover the money spent to bring our belove Gorillas home?


May the lashing of Cameroon at the African Nation Cup Finals, shatters the hope of Biya of a Constitutional Amendment. May the dissapointment breed an equivalent advantage. ALLEZ LES LIONS DU SDF.

Abesong John

Speech of H. E Mrs Ambassador

"United States Embassy—Yaoundé
Public Affairs Section
TEL 2220-1500 x4072


Electoral Evening of American Presidential Primaries
“Super Tuesday” – Election Watch

At the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador
February 5, 2008

The U.S. Election and Political Change

Thank you for coming tonight to join us for a day we in America call “Super Tuesday. I’m glad I’m not competing tonight for attention with the Indomitable Lions. Congratulations to Cameroon for your wonderful win last night! I wish you the best of luck for continued victory in the African Cup!

” In America, all eyes today are on Super Tuesday, the most important day of political change in the U.S. election primary calendar. Roughly 50% of pledged delegates in both the Republican and Democratic parties will be decided in 24 state primaries or caucuses. Today, Americans are bracing for change, whichever candidates win and whichever party wins at the polls in November. We believe periodic leadership change helps renew our democracy. I’m excited to see the Super Tuesday results later on tonight.

On this important election day in America, I want to speak to you about political change – change in America, in Africa, and in Cameroon.

America faces a year of major changes. We will go to the polls in November to elect a new president, who is limited by our constitution to two four year terms. We will also elect all of the members of our House of Representatives – our Congressmen – and one third of our Senate.

Change is part of our national fabric. In the 20th century, America survived a Great Depression and two world wars, and saw the women’s movement, labor movement, and civil rights movement, as well as massive immigration and an age of technology, transform our society.

In the past 20 years, the world has continued to change around us in dramatic ways. Some of it has been bad – such as the rise of global terrorism, new diseases such as HIV/AIDS and worsening concerns about climate change. Some of it has been good – such as the end of the Cold War, growing trends toward democracy and rising levels of overall wealth. Technology has moved at break-neck speed. When I went to law school, I did my reports on a typewriter. Now I can’t conceive of life before computers and Internet.

Americans know change. We know that change can be difficult, scary and painful. But we also know it is inevitable and a necessary part of our nation’s growth as a democracy.

How have we prepared for change? We have focused on building strong but adaptable institutions. The United States has the oldest written constitution in force in the world and it was designed to accommodate the ebbs and flows of the life of our nation as we constantly renew our democracy through national elections every two years. We believe in limited government. We believe that an institutionalized balance of power and a regular change of leadership are essential ingredients to a healthy democracy and key to our success as a nation.

We believe in the supreme importance of our laws and our constitution. When I was sworn in as Ambassador to Cameroon, I was reminded that my oath was to the constitution, not to any president. We have amended our constitution over the course of our history but we believe this should be difficult to do, based on serious deliberation and input from all elements of society.

We believe in elections. When voters in states from east to west go out to vote today in “Super Tuesday”, they know that a system is in place that gives power to everyday Americans to determine the political fate of powerful individuals seeking their votes.

Our democratic institutions are strong - and this allows us to prepare for change in positive ways. Only strong institutions can ensure that a country can adapt to change.

I know that Africa is no stranger to change. In the 50 years since its first country gained independence from European colonial rule, the continent has transformed in many ways. There has been progress in building regional groupings, in adopting new technologies, in strengthening economies and in nation-state building.

As Secretary Rice said last year, “we have seen a democratic transformation sweep the continent and we have observed many heads of state leaving office voluntarily.” There were more than 50 democratic elections in Africa in the past five years. South Africa, Botswana, Ghana and Mali serve as models for the continent because of their free and fair elections, robust civil societies, and respect for the rule of law. Liberia has demonstrated inspirational change, with Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who quoted a Mozambican poet when she told the U.S. Congress in 2006 that “our dream has the size of freedom.” What a wonderful dream for all of Africa!

It is important to acknowledge, however, the many challenges Africa faces. I think many Africans would share my disappointment that Africa has not done better in economic growth, nation-state building, poverty alleviation, and governance. In too many African countries, the dominance of one party and/or one person in politics for too long has undermined the inclusiveness and democratic development which I believe is critical for longer-term stability. The ongoing violence in Kenya, Darfur, Somalia, and now Chad are sad reminders of what happens when democratic institutions are weak or nonexistent.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan underscored the critical need for positive change in a speech last year about Africa’s Renaissance. He outlined Africa’s failures and successes, concluding: “The 21st century Africa differs in very fundamental ways from the Continent of old. For instance, half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is between the ages of five and 24; urbanization is changing the very face of our demography, and technological change is slowly putting essential information in the hands of everyone from farmers to slum dwellers. These conditions demand that we all think faster and act quicker to serve the needs of our people. They demand more inclusive, more accountable and more responsive governments, and leaders who are in tune with the new Africa and its myriad complexities.”

Let me turn now to Cameroon. Cameroon has made many positive changes in the past decade. You should be proud of your press freedoms, religious tolerance and improvements in human rights. The 2006 Criminal Procedure Code was a major step forward. Cameroon’s role in supporting international peacekeeping, in combating wildlife trafficking, and in hosting refugees shows an ability to adapt positively to a changing world environment. I would like to acknowledge my government’s appreciation for the excellent support we have received from the Government of Cameroon in evacuating our Embassy personnel from Chad this week – it underscores our long and broad-based friendship.

Friends tell each other the truth, and in the spirit of friendship, I would like tonight to offer some thoughts about ways I believe Cameroon can move ahead to a brighter future. As Kofi Annan said, the world around you is moving fast. As we enter a new year, my wish for Cameroon is that you continue to show the wisdom and courage to embrace a future of positive change. I hope 2008 will be a year in which Cameroon continues to demonstrate regional and global leadership. I hope to see continued progress in strengthening the economy – American companies want to invest here, but, like many other investors, they often find Cameroon a very difficult business environment. This does not have to be the case and I would like to work with the Cameroon government to improve the investment climate. It’s time for Cameroon to rise above the bottom rung on international rankings of governance and corruption. I hope to see the kind of inclusive, vibrant democracy which Cameroonians want and so richly deserve. In the spirit of an election night like tonight, I hope 2008 will bring the creation of ELECAM and preparations for a truly free and fair election in 2011.

I look forward to your national dialogue on constitutional change as it plays out over the coming months or years. I know there are many issues you could discuss, including provisions for succession, a possible two-round ballot system, and other matters in addition to the question of term limits.

The United States position is clear – as I have said already – we acknowledge every country’s right to change its constitution and in our experience term limits and periodic leadership change – at least every decade – are healthy for democracy. We have consistently spoken out against changing executive term limits in other countries, such as in Nigeria, and we would recommend against an effort to amend the constitution when such a move could be perceived as being for the benefit of one individual or group.

We believe the kind of very serious decisions involved in changing a constitution should be done through a national conversation in which the voice of every political party, every civil society and business organization, students, teachers, workers, journalists – indeed every Cameroonian, to the extent possible – is heard on a matter of such vital importance. The result of such a dialogue would be a decision that all can accept and support, in peace and brotherhood – and sisterhood!

I was pleased when President Biya himself said recently that there are many more important issues for his administration and the National Assembly to tackle in the immediate future --issues like poverty reduction, improving the lives of Cameroonians in all ten provinces, rooting out corruption in public life, bringing education and health to all Cameroonians. The United States Government and the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon look forward with great eagerness to working with the people of Cameroon on these vital issues, and to listening in, as the Cameroonian people discuss the issue of constitutional change, prepare for the important presidential election three years away, and work in other ways to strengthen your democracy.

I hope that you enjoy watching the results of Super Tuesday come in tonight. Tonight is the beginning of a year of Embassy events and discussions focused on the U.S. election. It always inspires me to watch American democracy in action – and I hope it inspires you too.

Thank you."


Fellow Brothers,
I think the US N0. 1 in Cameroon has made clear the position of his government as we see in the following statement "We have consistently spoken out against changing executive term limits in other countries, such as in Nigeria, and we would recommend against an effort to amend the constitution when such a move could be perceived as being for the benefit of one individual or group"
We Cameroonians are also against such a move and will do all what it takes to stop it from happening.
Thank you Mrs Ambassador.


"May the lashing of Cameroon at the African Nation Cup Finals, shatters the hope of Biya of a Constitutional Amendment... ALLEZ LES LIONS DU SDF." - Simplice

Simplice, for the first time on this forum, you have taken a stand on something. I can see that you are on the bandwagon. Even this declaration was somewhat subtle. I hope to see more decisive declarations from you in the future.


Independent Kossovo? Why not Vermont?

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago

Sean Connery thinks a Scottish nation is a bonnie notion. How about Spain's Basque country becoming a REAL country? And what's wrong with a People's Republic of Vermont?
Kosovo's looming independence raises all those questions and more. For starters: Why is statehood OK for some people but frowned on for others? After all, isn't the right to self-determination the essence of democracy itself?
There are at least two dozen secessionist movements active in Europe alone, and scores of others agitating for sovereignty around the globe. All of them, experts warn, will be emboldened by Sunday's expected proclamation of the Republic of Kosovo.
"We live in a world which is based around states," said Florian Bieber, a professor of politics and international relations at England's University of Kent.
"The United Nations is based on states. The European Union is based on states," he said. "It's going to continue to happen. New states will emerge, and states will disappear, like East Germany."
Not all independence movements are created equal.
Some are quirky, such as Second Vermont Republic — Thomas Naylor's small but spirited campaign to break off his corner of northern New England and make it a nation.
With his spectacles, bald spot and long white hair, the retired Duke University economics professor looks like Benjamin Franklin and quotes Thomas Jefferson. He believes that if Kosovo can become a country, so can Vermont, which was independent until it joined the Union in 1791 as the 14th state.
Yet Naylor concedes: "It's a tough sell. This is not kid stuff. Secession is a radical act of rebellion driven by anger and fear."
Thousands have died in long-running quests for statehood mounted by the Palestinians, and by rebels fighting to gain Kashmir's independence from India and Pakistan.
The Basques have achieved sweeping autonomy from Spain, but militants continue to fight for full independence. On the Mediterranean island of Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon, nationalists still set off bombs to press for independence from France.
There are also many strictly nonviolent movements willing to settle for autonomy rather than secession. And sometimes new states are born by mutual consent, such as Slovakia and the Czech Republic — Czechoslovakia until they split in 1993.
Kosovo formally remains part of Serbia, but it's been run by the U.N. since 1999, when NATO intervened to stop Slobodan Milosevic's brutal crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.
Although the U.S. and key allies — including Britain, France and Germany — support its bid, Serbia and Russia fiercely oppose it.
Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that if Kosovo gains independence without U.N. approval, it will set a dangerous precedent for secessionists in Chechnya, Georgia, Azerbaijan and further afield.
Trouble is, there's no internationally accepted standard for independence, said Marc Plattner, coeditor of the Washington-based Journal of Democracy, which analyzes movements worldwide.
You can let the people decide, he says, but first you have to decide: Who are the people?
"This is the great hole in democratic theory," Plattner said. "There isn't a sound theoretical or moral answer. One simply looks at the individual case."
Skeptics say the increasing flow of cash, goods and information across national boundaries has taken the shine off statehood.
Others wonder if the already unwieldy EU and U.N. can handle much more. The 27-nation EU already has 23 official languages, and many doubt it could cope if it had to add Albanian and Welsh to the mix.
"At a time when borders are coming down in the EU, freeing up the markets and trade, it makes no sense to put them up here," said Angus MacGregor, an insurance broker in Scotland, whose nationalist minority government is pressing to break away from Britain.
The Scottish National Party has promised to hold a referendum on independence by 2010. Although a vote looks unlikely, it's not for lack of trying.
After 700 years of struggle dating back to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, Scotland's latest "Braveheart" is Connery.
"All of my life experience tells me that an independent Scotland will be successful," the James Bond actor said in TV spots aired last year.
Belgium could be the next country to face a big breakup: A nasty rift between Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking southern Wallonia has raised speculation that the kingdom may split in two.
Other movements have been around for decades.
There's the drive to gain independence for Biafra in Nigeria's oil-rich east, and the fringe Puerto Rican Independence Party, still seeking to wrest back the island the U.S. seized in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War.
The United Kingdom looks pretty disunited, too, and not just because of Scotland.
Some in Northern Ireland still advocate unification with Ireland. The Party of Wales wants an independent Welsh state. And in southwestern England, a boisterous secessionist group is trying to carve a country out of Cornwall.
In the U.S., separatist movements advocate independence for Alaska, Texas and the southern states.
And more obscure groups abound.
Ex-Soviet Moldova, just half the size of West Virginia, already has one breakaway republic, Trans-Dniester. But there's also Gagauzia, an autonomous no man's land. Though it doesn't have a prayer of gaining independence, it still sports a flag featuring a snarling red wolf's head.
Other "stateless nations" range from the Veps — people of Baltic Finn extraction in northwestern Russia — to the Sorbs, a Slavonic people who occupy parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland.
"One thing's for sure," said Vermont's Naylor. "We didn't start this. We're just continuing the process."
Associated Press Writer Ben McConville in Edinburgh, Scotland, contributed to this report.


Congratulations to all those who came out to express their discontent on any attempts by Paul Biya to amend article 6(2) of the 1996 constitution. We were not supprised by the action of the riot police but will wish to say that their action goes a long way to strengthen us. We are already immuned to their mistreatment but this time around, we are warning them to stay clear. If they target us in the streets, we will also target their individual families. Security officer's be warned, you don't know who your neigbour is.

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