Saturday, 18 February 2017

How Indivisible Is President Paul Biya's Theory Of 'One and Indivisible Cameroon'?

President Paul Biya and his theory of 'one and indivisible Cameroon' is still facing tough resistance from the English speaking population of the country. 

While the government keeps calling for schools to resume, youths of the Northwest and Southwest regions are still to resume effective classes. The lawyer's strike is still ongoing making it impossible for the courts to operate normally.

Sporadic tensions have been witnessed recently in Ndop, Bali and Akwaya. These confrontations between the police and the population has led to numerous arrests and destruction of property. Since the government's ban and arrest of the Anglophone civil society Consortium, and the Southern Cameroon National Council's leaders, the population has been respecting calls for civil disobedience from the Diaspora interim leaders ; Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo.

The tense situation in Cameroon is not only affecting the 35 year old regime but recent developments between the different Anglophone groups fighting for the restoration of the Southern Cameroon state, has portrayed the weaknesses of these new leaders. Apart from the Interim leaders, Mr. Tassang Wilfred(Secretary General) of the Consortium, on the run, and others have resurfaced. Mr. Tassang has been sending out video messages to encourage the population to respect the strike actions. Meanwhile, many other groups with different strategies are becoming more vocal thus leaving the population confused. Citizens back home are now calling for an All Anglophone conference to bring all these groups under one umbrella. Critics have condemned the power struggle witnessed within these groups.

It is important to note that we are in a learning process, and such conflicts are just normal. Cameroonians have been so used to seeing the same policies and faces without change for the last 35years. No real opposition, and especially, the fear factor has been a big problem. The regime successfully bribed opposition leaders and governed with an iron fist. What we are witnessing is democracy in action where people debate and push their ideas and policies to the public. By trying to compare the leaders of the different groups fighting for the restoration of Southern Cameroon to President Biya is an aberration.

The Democratic process in Cameroon since 1990 has been marred by corruption and nepotism. Southern Cameroonian should not expect their struggle to be a perfect one. The All Anglophone Conference will be a good solution but, it is time when people start asking what can I do to help my country. Problems will not be solved overnight even if federation or total separation is achieved. Conflicting debates, strategies, and planning is what will make things change. Leaders who will emerged from the struggle having proved their unifying force are certainly those who will gain the trust of the population.
How Indivisible Is President Paul Biya's Theory Of 'One and Indivisible Cameroon'?
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