Archive | March, 2017

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME:The Strange Case of the Silent Majority in Kamerun

19 Mar

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME (or Survival Identification Syndrome): ” The psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with, identify with, or sympathize with his or her captor.”

It is now clear that West Cameroon political elites and perhaps the greater majority of West Cameroonians resident in French Cameroun have the above psychiatric condition. The ignorance and apathy spewed out by this group is not only shocking but is also very alarming. While those in the regions under internet blackout and state of siege:”Internet Refugees” are risking arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention just get to regions with internet to log on and tell the story of how government is grossly abusing their human rights to the world, our brethren in these privileged regions have surrendered to silence and indifference. Some have even taken to social media to denounce the struggle. It seems as though the far-off diaspora is even more supportive in advocating the cause of the home front than those folks of ours in East Cameroun.
Your silence and indifference is part of the problem! Kill fear, Speak up, post and tweet about it please. In case you lost vision or forgot why we’re in this struggle, In 4 days time, civil society leaders and other victims of mass arrests will be put on trial for treason against the state with looming life imprisonment and death sentences in a highly partial and unfair judiciary system for simply calling for better democratization and fair national representation, stronger rights and civil liberties for our identity as a people. Everybody is a potential victim by nature of being from West Cameroon, so do not feel isolated and insulated hiding in plain sight in East Cameroon.
Speak up!! Unless you have an answer to what makes those in Maroua, Yaounde, Douala or Bafoussam ‘better’ Cameroonians than those in Bamenda, Kumba, Buea or Mamfe??

PEOPLE TO WATCH EAST OF THE MUNGO RIVER

Now that the SDF and its leadership have chosen to play ‘Pontius Pilate’ and Ostridge heads in the sand in the struggle of West Cameroonians. Given that all new-breed anglophone leaders are either in jail, in exile or co-opted by the regime in government; for my kinsfolk who still believe in ‘One Kamerun’, who are advocating for a return to the federal state system or for the effective implementation of the ‘decentralised unitary state’ system based on regionalism, to the pacifists and less revolutionary activists.

MAURICE KAMTO of the MRC party. This varsity professor needs no introduction. He has dared to stand in defense of the incarcerated leaders and has made several public statements in support of federalism and dialogue as a solution to the Anglophone crisis, he said things that if they were said by a West Cameroonian citizen will lead directly to an arrest and abuse on their body’s integrity. If I am to vote any Camerounian in a spontaneous general election, with the notable exception of Hon.Wirba Joseph and iron lady Kah Walla, no West Cameroonian career politician has stood on firm grounds like Pr. Kamto has done. After reading his open letter to Cameroun people today I will certainly vote for him.
Honourable mentions on my watch list include Penda Ekoka of the presidency in his opinion editorial on resolving the anglophone crisis and the much acclaimed earlier intense editorial on the genealogy of the Anglophone problem by David Abuem Achoyi now appointed to the ambiguous biligualism and multiculturalism commission.

These doors open both ways in compromise and concessions. If you have read Greek myths then you will know what am talking about here: the blind poet Homer and his accounts of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the cunning King Odysseus’ famous stratagem of the Wooden-Trojan Horse.

LET THE STRUGGLE INTENSIFY

MEDIOCRITY AT ITS BEST: The Bilingualism and Multicuturalism Commission

16 Mar

To show how out of touch the Cameroun regime is with the sociological realities of the country, the regime shamelessly dodged the core question on Anglophone minority marginalisation which needed a robust republican and constitutional reform, it rather buried its head in the shallow sands and decreed into being an infamous commission which like many others before, along or after it lacks a clear cut mandate, competence, credibility, autonomous policy formulation and enforcement mechanism for whatever recommendations or directives shall tasked to it. A retirement comeback for former state ministers.

The Yaounde regime with its characteristic top-down governance approach has yet again torn off the page in their tattered dictionary for the entry on the meaning of the word “INTEGRITY”. I am seriously disgusted and appalled by the content of the character of some of the people appointed to man this supposed panacea of a commission to bring about dialogue, public order and social cohesion to the divided nations of the Cameroons. What on earth motivates a leader to appoint as team lead the self-proclaimed xenophobe and hoarder of several public office positions such as PM Mafany and other regime sycophants and lackeys!?

Even if one was willing to let this commission see the light of day, many of its members have a huge “Integrity” deficit. Most of them claim to be elites from the oppressed minority English speaking regions but the reality on the ground is that they have lost every moral high ground or legitimacy to represent the will and aspirations of the people of West Cameroon as demonstrated in their rogue handling of the ongoing unrest in the afflicted regions.

Does the President not know that the real persons of integrity have been arrested and jailed incommunicado without fair trial or have simply taken off into political exile abroad? Does he not know that there are dynamic youth leaders in Cameroon who can better articulate and aggregate the vision of youths for the country they want to inherit, live in and leave on for posterity?

The sovereign “People” in whose name regime patrons are being rewarded with appointment favours, have bled, died, abused, tortured, maimed, raped, deprived of human rights, public liberties and civil freedoms, they have been subjected to the disproportionate use of state approved violence, cruel and degrading treatment endured and exactly TWO months of internet shutdown et al, they have sacrificed and endured livelihoods in ghost town operations and an undeclared state of emergency just so that these old vanguards can sweep in and jubilate the moment on the ”Peoples” excruciating misery? Are students and teachers being coerced now to resume education work for long hours and put in extra hours and days of unpaid work just to feed the ego of an unbending gerontocracy?

The struggle for political pluralism and people oriented governance in Cameroun is now in the hands of the people, if they choose to yield to this disoriented vision-less misgovernment, then they will be accomplices to more years of obedience and tolerance of oppression, hence effectively encoding in their genes and character a political culture of political apathy and celebration of impunity.

#LetTheStruggleIntensify
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By Nwanatifu Nwaco

À NOS COMPATRIOTE DU CAMEROUN ORIENTALE, DIT FRANCOPHONES:

6 Mar

Quand il est dit avec toute l’arrogance que le Cameroun est un et demeure indivisible, je me pose alors la question si l’unité nationale est obtenue par décret ou par le dialogue sociale? Est-il obtenu par la tyrannie de la majorité ou par la sauvegarde des droits des minorités par le consensus politique? Comment pouvons-nous faire une telle déclaration si affirmative et en même temps gardant l’indifférence totale aux abus des droits humains fondamentaux de nos dits concitoyens du Cameroun Occidentale, les Anglophones?

Certains sont meme allés loin sur les réseaux sociaux pour louer l’armée, le BIR, la police et les gendarmes a continuer ce travail “bien fait” sur cette bande “d’extrémistes” selon le president et ses ministres qui veulent déstabiliser le Cameroun. Est l’Etat fait pour protéger le citoyen ou éterniser le pouvoir du régime gouvernmentale?
Tres cher compatriot, nous devons nous éduquer politiquement, l’ignorance n’est pas la félicité! Le fédéralisme n’est pas la sécession! Il ne faut pas donc confondre le fédéralisme avec le système administratif qui a present ne sert que les élites politiques et l’hégémonie ethno-tribale.

La décentralisation prévue dans la constitution de 1996 est un quasi fédéralisme, mais sa non-mise en œuvre 21 ans après son adoption est la preuve que les problèmes qui nous ont poussé à voter cette constitution demeurent ou ont même empiré. Voila pourquoi il nous faut une forme d’état dans lequel le systeme d’administration et de la gouvernance sont en ligne avec notre évolution politique et en parité avec notre réalité juridique, sociologique et culturelle en gardent l’unite du pays. Où est la trahison dans cette revendication? Il est temps de passer à la quatrième république.

En choisissant la violence, l’intimidation au-dessus du dialogue, nous ne parviendrons qu’à une paix fragile, Nous nous arrêterons à la surface sans guérir le cœur du problème Anglophone, où le passage du temps a révélé être un cancer grandissant de generation a generation du peuple marginalise. La suppression de ces revendications légitimes ne fera qu’aliéner davantage ces citoyens et, avec la nostalgie du statut de la pré-réunification du Cameroun, elle poussera les gens vers l’extrême réel qui est la sécession très redoutée.

Le Prince Eyango avait chantait que “Aujourd’hui c’est ma peau,demain c’est la tienne!” Selon L’Italien de la renaissance Dante Alligieri “Les endroits les plus sombres de l’enfer sont réservés aux indécis qui restent neutres en temps de crise morale.”

Excusez la mauvaise grammaire de mon Ewondo

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Par Nwanatifu Nwaco

42 DAYS OF INTERNET SHUT DOWN IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON BY GOVERNMENT AND ITS CORPORATE MINIONS

1 Mar

Apart from being reputable for its obnoxious taxation and faith in regime security at the cost of banning all forms of freedom of expression, assembly and association that enhance individual rights and liberties, Cameroun has officially set a new unofficial ”Guinness” record but for the most wrong reasons: Cameroun is now the new record holder for the longest internet blackout in Africa by a government.

It’s 42 days today that the government of Cameroon cut-off internet access to the two English speaking regions of the country. In a move to silent dissent and use the internet blackout as an excuse to arbitrarily arrest, detain and torture people. Security forces have exacted despicable human rights abuses on citizens of the affected region and spontaneous stop-check-confiscate smartphone operations are carried on individuals to conceal all evidence recorded. And areas with stray internet signals are being guarded and raided by government forces.

Mobile telephone internet service providers operating in the country have chosen the side of repression and human rights abuse in their accomplice with the government. Imagine how profit oriented firms can deprive over 3 million customers from a vital utility they have paid for without providing an excuse, compensation or an apology!

This is totally outrageous! I don’t know how they plan on regaining customer trust whenever they realise they are in violation of every international trade agreement,corporate social responsibility and customer protection treaty they are a party to. Someone please sue their corporate behinds in a massive class action law suit! They should not however be sued in the unjust, partial and dependent court system of Cameroun but should be sued in regional and international courts.

“Na only person wey he sabi true true color for Chameleon fit tok weda Chameleone be look left and right before it cross road.”

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#NoToJusticeDelayed