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How do chiefs rehabilitate themselves?

Stay out of partisan politics, even if pressured by the government in power

Phase out polygamy. Why? It becomes much easier for the chief's people to take care of him so that he does not humiliate himself. It is also a good example.

Appoint only established people of integrity as chiefs

 Dr Vakunta

Dear Mr Ndifor,
Thanks indeed for ressuscitating a sore point that constituted the crux of an article I had published in Cameroon Post in the early 90's in which I observed that "the role which some of these traditional leaders have arrogated to themselves since the dawn of the new political dispensation in Cameroon has totally robbed them of the esteem and reverence their subjects once had for them". Some of the chiefs and so-called fons are not only mendicants but miscreants. I say 'so-called fons' because it seems to me that every village head has now arrogatged to themselves the title 'fon'. As far as I know, there only four fons in the NW: Fons of Nso, Bali, Mankon and Bafut. Or am I mistaken?



Taim wey dis chop-broke-pot Katika
Yi be come for Etoudi
All man daso say weh,
Just now suffer done finish!
Grand Katika soso tell we say,
Renouveau! Renouveau!
Dat mean say,
New Deal! New Deal!

Day by day,
Grand Katika soso tell we,
Rigueur et moralité.
Da mean say,
Rigor and Morality,
Dat is to say,
Mek some man no tif ndoh.
Anyday, anyday we daso de hear say,
Redressement économique.
Dat is to say,
Economic Recovery.

Day no de pass wey Grand Katika
No tell we say just now na
Développement autocentré
Dat is to say,
Developmental Self-sufficiency

Just now we de wanda say,
Na wusai all dat shweet tori
Yi done go?
No be we daso de hear suffer?
No be we daso de hear poor?
No be we daso de fain wok
We no de see’am?
No be we daso de wok dem no de pay we?
No be we daso de go hospita,
We no de see melecin?

Dat mean say:
Chop-broke-pot Katika
Yi own kind New Deal
Na daso Banza Raw Deal,no!


You have good diction or choice of words. You seem to be a master with words. However, chiefs should be only for ceremonies with no political involvement. Where there is good governance, there should be no place for chieftaincy in gov't. What is your point? should we go backwards or forward?
You seem to be advocating a master servant society.That is exactly our problem,too many fat happy chiefs with discontented subjects. Where were u during civilisation?

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