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Sunday, 27 February 2011

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ambeno

The original UPC was designed to have local cells and a national organization, and so was very effective in the places in which it was well established. The UNC, which is the forerunner of today's RDPC was created as a reactionary organization with similar structures as the UPC, in order to compromise the grassroots networks of the UPC.

ra

CPDM slaves. Wuna never finish chop free rice? You will see the revolution unfold very soon.

yawning

Cameroon is not South Africa. They might want to call Alassane Ouattara for advise.

limbekid

"The must be no action for action sake". Even more important is the question: Who are the real winners of these revolutions?

While the Middle East and North Africa have been seething with dissenting voices, Wall Street speculators have been rubbing their hands with glee. Since Libya went up in flames oil prices have escalated (just as cocoa prices burgeoned since the Ivory Coast debacle) earning finaciers a wind fall.

While this storm has been brewing the Prime Minister of Great Britain has paid a visit to the Middle East, accompanied by a cohort of arms dealers, as if to say, "it`s business as usual". Even the leader of the Green Party has condemned the cynicism of such a move.

Further down in Sub-Saharan Africa such uprisings are accompanied by the habitual police brutality, looting, destruction of our meager infrastructure, as well as settlement of personal vendettas. In the wake of it all, we go back cap in hand for reconstruction assistance, to the same institutions (IMF, World Bank, foreign aid...) which have enslaved us for generations. Foreign companies will rake reconstruction contracts and we will start the cycle all over again.

I am not advocating complacency, but let`s not forget, even dictators have exhaustive life spans. Hastings Banda clung to power until he was wetting his nappies, but almost 15 years since he left the stage, Malawi hasn`t moved an inch. An attempt to uproot the governing elite must be accompanied by examination and re-enforcement of the capacity of followership. It is frustrating to lead a revolution, only to later discover you have have been herding a feckless, work-shy, disorganised flock to a cul-de-sac.

yawning

Africa is doomed.

Gan Charles

These are indeed words of wisdom. There has to be a structure that defines what is being fought for. Participants must agree and commit. Continuity is key. None of the steps discussed in Mandela's blueprint has manifested itself in any of the Cameroon movement for change. This is why it has failed and will continue to fail. It will continue to fail because you have a hundred different leaders going with one hundred different agendas.

DA POSITIVE

We need GREEN REVOLUTION on our father land ,cameroon.its just total mess that we have got no productivity from mr biya and his crew members.blak legs there is no more time to eat baked cakes from biya,out 2011.prophetic revolution on the way

Gan Charles

Nothing I have seen or foresee gives me reason to believe change is close in Cameroon. Come 2012 Biya will still be president of Cameroon and these discussion will continue. Cameroon is nowhere near instituting all the elements necessary to effect a change.
We are all sticking our heads in the sand. We peruse the same old strategies and weave the same tired rhetoric. We are stuck in the same spot. It has been 28 years. Lets not count Ahidjo's era, since the movement for change was not yet born.
The only thing that will save Cameroon is space aliens, swooping down and snatching Biya and his regime yonder. Baring this daring but grateful act, come 2012 we will still be having this conversation.

Va Boy

It is hard to believe that it is closing in on 20 years since Nelson Mandela was released and apartheid began to crumble. There are people today, who are almost adults who never heard about apartheid except as history. South Africa was a tougher, more organized foe than Cameroun or Biya could ever dream of becoming. Soviet union was a super power. Anything is possible. History is on the side of those fighting for liberty, but they need to be conscious that they might not see the promised land. That is just how it is.

The main problem with the Southern Cameroons struggle and with the Cameroun revolutionary idea is the lack of resources. We should remember that the struggle against apartheid was supported by the OAU. Countries like Tanzania and Zambia gave bases. The soviet union, China and activists all over the world gave money. That meant that revolutionaries existed who gave 100% of their effort towards effecting change. Impoverished Southern Cameroonians are engaging in a valiant struggle with scarce resources. Some of them are on exile, but few if any with deep pockets.

Will a godfather or angel emerge who would fund these struggles? It is hard to say, but we do not know. Nobody knows exactly what would happen and what surprises lie around the corner. One thing is for sure, if you are not looking for opportunity, it will pass right next to you and you will not see it. So, these seemingly small scale actions are very important, because it keeps the struggle alive and ensures that there are people who are awake and alert, who will not miss opportunities.

People raise the point about who wins a revolution. Important point. Revolutionaries need to focus now on training revolutionaries and developing ideology and plans.

Gan Charles

Cameroonians are mostly all talk when it comes to supporting a cause. Sure a few may come out to protest and be seen, but their motivation is usually unclear. There often no sustainably of the principles for which they protested.
In addition to organization and strategy, a movement requires funding in order to operate. Movements are funded by supporters and the well off (supposed big talkers in Diaspora) the individual supporter or group the more money they would donate to the cause. But ask Cameroonians to support a cause and you start to get excuses. But they can party!!! One other flaw is that people seem to feel that there is not a direct benefit to them, forgetting the fact that this is for the good of the country as a whole.
Change in most societies have come from some significant, mostly monetary support from abroad. Because those abroad cannot be on ground their contributions would make a big difference in helping fund logistics etc. Problem with this is that there has not been the accountability on the part of the leaders of some of these movements giving the holdouts more excuses not to contribute.
From my experience and given the history of the various movements for change, I do not see any hope for Cameroon.

pet supplements

These are indeed words of wisdom.There has to be a structure that defines what is being fought for. Participants must agree and commit.It will continue to fail because you have a hundred different leaders going with one hundred different agendas.

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