Dead Man Appointed into CPDM Central Committee, Reports The Post newspaper

http://www.thepostwebedition.com/Content.aspx?ModuleID=1&ItemID=6836
The Chairman of the CPDM, Paul Biya, September 16, appointed a dead man, John Tata Mforme, as a substantive member of the Central Committee of the party.

Late Tata, who hailed from Oku in Bui Division, and who died several years ago, was appointed at the 3rd CPDM Ordinary Congress, which took place at the Yaounde International Conference Centre. He was supposed to be a member of the now 350-member Central Committee, which, hitherto, comprised 250 members, some of whom, like Tata Mforme, died before the Congress.

Petals of Porcine Corruption

In fine, the announced October 9 presidential elections in the Cameroons will be just one more manner of spreading porcine corrupt practices around and about.
The Biya regime is enticing equally corrupt politicians with a cash-handout, or bait, of 25.000.000FCFA from the state coffers to present a challenge to his candidacy.
There are now 23 candidates now running. Each candidate pays in 5.000.000FCFA to the state treasury.
All the candidates have to do is rush to the nearing bank, microfinance hourse, credit union or whatever and demand a short term loan of 5.000.000FCFA.
They they collect 25.000.000 from the state; payback their short-term loan and report a profit of at least 15.000.000.
For less than three weeks of work.
Small wonder Cameroon has several times been voted most corrupt country on earth.
With Mr. Paul Biya presiding.
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Southern Cameroons Palaver: Drama in Bamenda begins

Mr. Yembe Martin Fon was arrested this morning, September 19, 2011 at the
Bamenda Commercial Avenue on allegations that he was distributing publicity
materials aimed at mobilizing and sensitizing Southern Cameroonians to be in
Buea come October 1, 2011. Martin Yembe had just finished distributing some
copies of the Political Punch which carried very shouting publicity
captioned ” All Roads Lead to Buea … October 1, 2011…Southern Cameroons
D-Day. To Commemorate 50 years of the frozen independence of Southern
Cameroons…..BE THERE!.
It will appear Mr. Yembe had completed his task and was addressing some
political leaders, especially the North West Coordinator for Hon. Paul Ayah,
Mr. Caspa Frankline. Yembe had been carrying out a Vox Pop along the
Commercial Avenue as to what the people in Bamenda were preparing for ”
October 1 in Buea” or ” October 9 Presidential Elections”?
It was then that this police agent from GMI, one Magaji Ernest ( Inspector)
held Yembe down, assisted by four others. A few minutes after Yembe had
taken up lecturing the crowd and the police how it was President Biya
himself who had addressed the nation on December 31 that October 1 will be
celebrated ( commemorated). Yembe brandished a copy of the Cameroon Tribune
of Lundi 03 2011, with the Head of State’s Speech harping on the British
trusteeship of Southern Cameroons having her independence and joining the
already independent La Republique du Cameroun.
Yembe further questioned the officers whther they have arrested Mbella Moki
Charles, the CPDM Mayor of Buea who has been talking of the preparedness of
Buea for the event come October 1. Being dumbfounded and realizing that they
had met a very tough force, the Police Inspector and a few gendarmes who had
gathered there to check the steaming crowd called the Commissioner of the
GMI.
Meantime, lectures continued. Ni John Fru Ndi of SDF called Hon. Ayah’s
coordinator whose phone was on then and told Yembe and Caspa not to move
from there until he arrived. So, Yembe took the time in giving out lectures
to the crows that never stopped cheering aand concurring that they will all
be in Buea. The police men were visibly embarrased and humiliated until
their Commissioner arrived. At that point, Yembe and PAP coordinator were
walked to the waiting taxi and , helmed on both sides by police men, were
whisked off to the GMI Police station.
At the GMI, there were stories that Yembe is SCNC, trying to stir people to
destabilize the forth0coming elections, while there were slangs thrown on
Hon Paul Ayah’s man. The two refused speaking for three hours, and were
transferred to the Police Central Station at Old Town Bamenda where a lot of
ping pong took place from one office to the other. Even Hon Ayah’s Lawyer
that was sent, Amazzee who came in, abandoned the two when he saw Yembe with
their man and the handouts advertising the Buea event!!
When Yembe Martin and CAspa Frankline finally accepted to write their
statements, they insisted that they will leave the police station only after
seeing the Governor and asking him whether (1) It was illegal for a
Presidential Candidate’s representative to talk to a journalist, even on
Southern Cameroons issue and (2) whether it is a taboo to discuss Buea
October 1 which was decreed by President Paul Biya himself. At this
juncture, both put down their statements, with Yembe’s emphasizing on the
fact that as a journalist and a human rights reporter, he had the right and
was excited to find out from people their feelings about Buea 2011.
Surprisingly, after the statements, and being taken back into the detention
room, the Commissioner himself, Sone John Ewang ( Senior Sperintendant of
Police …Six stars) invited the two into his office just when Mr. Nwacham
Thomas ( a member of the Patriotic Coalition Front) came in, ready to
release them on bail).
After some very apologetic remarks, the Commissioner asked the two to leave
without any bail. Caspa and Yembe both took the opportunity to share the
meaning of elections, on the one hand, and the |October 1, 2011 events on
the other hand. Nwacham who had procured the bail forms was so hot that he
started declaring there that Yembe’s case was child’s play as he was going
to engage in very serious publicity on the event, brandishing a copy of the
Cameroon Tribune with the Speeech of Paul Biya on the October 1, 2011
celebrations.
It should be noted that Yembe and Caspa spent seven hours in detention and
there was high tension in the streets of Bamenda. His release calmed tension
as he proceeded to the same spot at Commercial Avenue to quell the furious
crowd that was already growing impatient. Yembe and Caspa were not tortured.
By Fonba Bondi Lyzor in Bamenda

The Change Discourse: Ending Paristrioka. From the Manuscript of Den of Lions Vol. I. By Ntemfac Nchwete Ofege


Limitations of Change. 1. Credible Opposition 2. Credible Leadership 3. The absence of proper diagnosis and a minimal achievable goal. 4. The absence of unity. 5. Appropriate Strategies. 6. Finances. 7 The absence of timing and a sense of urgency 8. The absence of commitment, broad participation and representation. The rainbow coalition must be as broad as possible accommodating all factions of the population and their interests. 8. The absence of strategic planning. 9. The Absence of non-violent discipline. 10. The absence of creative thinking. 11. Fear and the lack of confidence.
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Fru Ndi’s New Mentor. By Prof. Tazoacha Asonganyi

Following his famous shaking of the hand of Paul Biya in Bamenda, Fru Ndi went out boasting that those who had left his party were rushing back into the party, probably because he had become the wiser after meeting with Paul Biya! His multiplication of the handshakes in Unity Palace, and probably soon in Ebolowa, seems therefore to be meant to multiply the returning effect! In a way, Paul Biya has suddenly become the mentor of Fru Ndi!

Since the main bone of contention between the SDF and the CPDM, or between Fru Ndi and Paul Biya has been the fraudulent manner in which elections are organized in Cameroon, Fru Ndi started off by giving the impression that since he handed his demands on ELECAM directly to Paul Biya in Bamenda, things would change since he probably has not been getting the resolutions and messages they have been sending to him through intermediaries. During his 31 December 2010 message to the nation, Paul Biya talked about the need for citizens to enter their names in electoral registers, the citizen’s right to vote, his trust in ELECAM, and the necessary support of the administration and political parties to ELECAM. He concluded by saying that he has “reason to believe that ELECAM will be able to put finishing touches to its mechanisms on the ground in the coming months;” and that “we will have the opportunity to revisit all these issues.” Then everybody jumped onto the commentary box, telling us that he meant that he would revisit ELECAM; such truncated commentaries were all meant to goad Fru Ndi! And he has continued to trudge on like the proverbial man that follows a ram around, hoping that the scrotum would fall off at any moment!

Fru Ndi seems to have engaged in his contacts with Paul Biya like a political virgin. If not, then he is fully aware of the political engagements other political leaders have had with Paul Biya, which ended only in their exhaustion and dumping; and the political engagements he took with the entire nation,  which he has failed to respect. He probably has forgotten about the “council of state” which he was supposed to move from house arrest to Chair in 1992, but which ended in nothing but internal conflicts in his party, and the eventual expulsion of the Secretary General, Siga Asanga. He most probably remembers well the Tripartite, the constitutional engagements that came out of it, and Paul Biya’s single-handed, and self-serving changes he has effected on the constitution. He also most probably still remembers his regular visits to the Prime Minister’s office to put his views on NEO and ELECAM, and what use the views served. He probably is carrying all these along with him in his mind as he follows his mentor around the country, probably hoping that he would be treated differently this time around.

Many people make sacrifice in the religious realm, with the hope of heavenly reward. For a long time now, many Cameroonians expected Fru Ndi, from his position of strength within the opposition, to make some sacrifice by ceding the position of presidential candidate to some other person,  in the expectation of the victory of the opposition, and his ultimate victory following a transition period during which “a level playing field” would be created. He refused to budge. Now he has accepted to make an even higher sacrifice: giving the impression that he has reneged on his lifelong struggle for change; that he has capitulated for personal interest, not for the general good.

Looking at the present state of the SDF, the compromise seems to be in resigned acknowledgement of defeat. Like the UPC pre-independence struggle against colonialism that ended in defeat and the institution of neo-colonialism in Cameroon, so too has the SDF struggle against neocolonialism ended in defeat!

While the silent majority racks their brains to think of what to do next, one can only speculate on what the defeated SDF is likely to do next.  Although nobody asked Fru Ndi not to go to parliament, he has always mourned over the fact that “the people he sent to parliament” go around with diplomatic passports and armed guards provided by the state, while he has none of these. Now that the constitution of the SDF prohibits the National Chairman of the party from being a government minister, he is likely not to be too warm to make other diplomatic passport carriers guarded by state security while he remains in his helpless state. He will most probably beg his new mentor to create the “leader of the opposition” outfit, which is no threat to his Chairmanship position, and affords him a diplomatic passport, armed guards, and financial gains too. Or maybe beg him to hurry up with elections to the Senate, where he might find a foothold, even if it is ELECAM to oversee them!

And the 2011 presidential election: to go or not to go? Judging by Fu Ndi’s propensity for proclaiming himself No.2 of the Republic because of his no. 2 position in presidential elections, he is likely to block the way to his succession as no.2 by any of the many candidates that are declaring their intentions to run. Or he may try some populist posturing to indicate that he has not yet completely sold out. He may decide to boycott the poll on the excuse that no good can be done by ELECAM in its present state, since Paul Biya is showing no signs of wanting to change it. Remember he had been telling everybody before he found his new mentor that “there will be no elections in Cameroon under the present dispensations of ELECAM.” Following the boycott, and the generalized low turnout that is expected, the politics of the nation would still be too timid to provide Paul Biya the grand exit following or during his last presidential term. This may set the stage for another round of the SDF/CPDM talks we witnessed following the 1997 boycott, and the final entry of the SDF in a “coalition” government, or a government of unanimity, provided Fru Ndi already has his own niche carved out for him, like being in the Senate, or the “official” leader of the opposition!

In politics, every action has its rationale. Some may be convincing, others may not. Fru Ndi could have chosen to remain in his previous position, and allowed Paul Biya to continue to stew in the juice of his political mess until the end of his reign. He did not: he chose to embrace him. From his posturing about his party coming alive following the embrace, it is possible that he knew he had descended so low that such an embrace could only provide him some energy for a rebound. But I think that Fru Ndi needs much more than the energy provided by the embrace to cause a rebound that has any significant effect on the disposition of the political chess board as it is presently laid out. Except, perhaps, he sees the future more clearly than I do.

 

Tazoacha Asonganyi

Yaounde

Of Gramophones and the Talibanization of Government Communication. By Ntemfac Ofege.

Basic. The prime duty of government is to provide services. Whenever government fails to provide services, the citizenry resorts to all manner of ways including criticisms on radio and in newspapers, uprisings and coup d’états to abrogated predatory and failed governments.

Basic. The gramophone. Described as a willful artifact capable of producing sound of often dubious quality. A trademark of the gramophone: His Master’s voice. Whenever the pin of the gramophone got stuck, the instrument produced plenty of sound and fury, signifying nothing. The production of plenty of sound and fury is called noise. Cameroon’s current Minister of Communications, the esteemed Issa Tchiroma Bakary sounds like the final gramophone.

Basic. Talibanization should be defined as this extreme state wherein those who rule make believe that their point of view is the absolute. Talibans prescribe death to refuseniks who do not subscribe to their skewed rhetoric. Under the pretext that such deviants are perturbing public order. Off with their heads. Death to radio stations, for example.

Cameroun came very close to being a Taliban state when Ahmadou Ahidjo lorded it in these parts. Issa Babary Tchiroma, Cameroon’s new Minister of Communications is a pure product of the Ahmadou Ahidjo School of dictatorship, high-handedness and vile tyranny. Since he became Communications minister some months ago, Issa Bakary Tchiroma’s pronouncements lead many to dread the return of Ahmadou Ahidjo and the talibanization of communications in Cameroon. Proof, of that? The man has just shut down Sky One radio.

One of the conditionalities for creating a private radio and tv station in Cameroon is that ALL programmes of the radio and tv must be approved by the Ministry of Communications. Did the Ministry approve or did it fail to approve the Sky one programme, Le Tribunal? Who failed to provide vital services and who is today blaming the victims?

Accusing Sky one of not respecting professional norms and of defaming some Cameroonians is disingenuous – giving a dog a bad name. This is lynching. This is abuse of power. The Minister is not qualified to adjudicate on journalism. His Chief of Judicial Affairs is not qualified to adjudge on defamation. Only the courts can rule on defamation.

In pure democratic tradition, the Union of Journalists, UJC should have been consulted before the extreme closure of Sky one.  What if for the sake of solidarity all radio stations in Cameroon create programmes similar to Le Tribune du Peuple?

I have explored the format of the Sky one programme. This is another case of the people versus government. Had the Sky one journalists gone into investigating and interpreting the facts as brought to them by the public, the programme would have had more teeth. What is so wrong with having a Judge Judy format on radio?

Last June, a catholic cum French outfit published a document stating that Mr. Paul Biya may have swiped some 46 billion FCFA from the commonwealth.  Ever the Machiavellian, Mr. Biya moved fast to shuffle his cabinet, distract attention from the publication and make people like Issa Bakary Tchiroma minister.

Now Issa Tchiroma can be described as a political prostitute. He was UNDP yesterday, He was ANDP, then he was SDF (Sans Domicile Fixe) and today he is the spokesman of the CPDM government! This minister hails from a culture not only associated with talibanism but also associated with griotism. That is why the man makes the perfect town-crier for Mr. Biya. It is Mr. Tchiroma’s legitimate right to go on all fours behind Mr. Biya, but it is also the right of Cameroonians to refuse that route. Only a Taliban would think differently.

Even time he has operated his routine electoral coup and has been sworn in as president, Mr. Biya has sworn to uphold the constitution. Article 66 of that constitution says, some public officials must declare their assets. Cameroon’s existing law on stealing public money prescribes LIFE JAIL for anyone who so much as swipe, misappropriate, or sidetrack only 500.000FCFA. Name one public official, from the District officer to the president, who has not distraire 500.000FCFA? Dixit Lapiro, they all belong to Kondengui, you see.

Had Mr. Biya declared his assets, we might not have reached the current wahala wherein political touts are parading up and down the country bleating Motions of Support like lost sheep. What has the president to say for himself? Did he take out 3.2 billion from the now dead SCB bank to build himself a country house with an attendant golf course? Did he dole out taxpayers money in the millions to his favourite Rose Croix sect? Did he, etc, etc? Sue CCFD, if you can!

One of Mr. Tchiroma’s dirges has been for Cameroonians to forget all these stolen funds and focus on creating wealth (la creation des richesses) so that itchy fingers can continue stealing.  This is ludicrous!

Government’s newest gramophone says that the solution to the kyrie of problems faced by the private media in Cameroon is to provide more government subsidies. This is truly asinine. Government subsidies are never timely nor enough. Moreover such bribes violate the SIGMA DELTA CHI Code of Journalism ethics as prescribed by UNESCO. And this money goes into the deep pockets of the owners while workers suffer. The private press in Cameroon has just reached a collective bargaining agreement with government.  To help the private press, government should respect its own engagements in the Convention Collective.

Government should also respect the treaty it signed with UNESCO as remove all taxes on media raw materials. And, government should begin respecting its own Law by handing out their due share of the AUDIO-VISUAL tax to private radio and television stations. The AUDIO-VISUAL tax was never intended for CRTV alone. Existing and future private radio and television stations ought to sue government.  And, ministers (Biyiti and Tchiroma) should desist from scaring away investors in the media with their misuse of a dubious concept called public order.

Mr. Issa Tchiroma hails from the North of Cameroon. He passes around for an eminence grise of the northern barons. Mr. Tchiroma’s action creates acute wariness of the return of the Northern merchants. Cameroonians can live with a gramophone in the Ministry of Communications, but surely not a Taliban.  Or is it a neo-Taliban?