Monday, 13 February 2017

Why The ANGLOPHONE Struggle Might Fail - A Neutral Look At Our Flaws

It’s been close to five months today the anglophone region of the country raised a series of issues touching the judicial, educational and social future of the country. 

Written By Boris Landry Kouekam
The very essence today is to look at those shortcomings. Here’s what you need to know in seven points.

1- The International Community Is Far Away
The international community as many other individuals don’t understand clearly what’s the purpose, the real agenda attributed to the social tensions and many ghost towns in that part of the country.

Leaders should make their points clear. Is it Separation they are asking for ? is it Federalism ? is it the effective implementation of decentralisation and its principles or is it sending a strong message to government against marginalisation ?

That will help international organisation and the international community to have their own approach in handling discussions about the unrest with the Head Of State. According to International Law, the only event which can drag international attention and action is violation of humanitarian law. Cutting the internet is an obvious wise strategy. Interim Consortium Leaders have to look on how those images, videos testifying military brutality could be presented to the world as a clear prove of the irresponsible government response to the unrest. Present images and videos are simply outdated.

Press organs need more.
Don’t forget UNESCO is a UN Institution headed by countries loyal to the Head Of State, they can’t cancel the school year if the government gives them assurance. The GCE could be written in July if the government extends the school year. Nothing is Impossible !

Bafoussam is not far, someone could be in charge of heading there just to share those proves to Consortium leaders for them to share it to the world.

2: Act Fast ! They are “Dying”

The present socio-economic context that prevails in the northwest and southwest regions of the country presently is making the State lose so much money. Do you think the state alone is suffering from that ? No ! Many will receive inconsistent end of month salaries, businesses affected, money transfer agencies, teachers from private institutions and their wages, parents who paid school fees in boarding and day schools, university students and people from all works of life are slowly dying. Don’t think they can endure that till the end, the government know they are suffocating and are patiently waiting for that moment.

3: Poor Media !

Don’t count so much on the media, for they talk and talk about whats happening but they can’t take action. They help to drag international attention but its impossible for them to have access to pictures and images justifying in real-time what’s happening in the anglophone regions. Those organs are loyal to the state. Channels like the CNN, Aljazeera, France 24 and the rest did send a series of reporters when the social unrest started. Those who denied to comply to government rules on how to cover the unrest had to leave the territory. Things become much more difficult.

4: NGO’s

Where are the Non Governmental Organisations ? what are they saying about current happenings ? what are their stands and views ? Human rights groups, development and aid agencies. Lobbying is more than necessary. A series of declarations are good and welcoming but actions are better. Non governmental organisations are the best tools activist in the world use to force action. They help force the state to comply to ratified international agreements and treaties on good governance. Look for them. Clearly state what you want. Many because of Government feel its a language problem.

5: The Anglophone Diaspora

I must admit they are doing a fabulous job wherever they are. In front of embassies and international organisations. Its fantastic. But its not enough ! just understand that those living in the diaspora are what we have left. They have to toil and toil the more. They are so divided, some are asking for federalism, others for separation and others for a change of the present leader. It's rather confusing.

6: What about Francophones ?

That could be the highest mistake the consortium is doing. The extent to which mutual understanding has intensified across these years between the English and French communities should not be neglected. Families, Individuals came together. Majority of those french speaking Cameroonians share your grievances. You do face the same difficulties and challenges, bad governance. Francophones want to struggle. That is an error.

7: Political Elite

The consortium is not a political party. That makes things much more sensitive. You’ll notice intellectuals, journalist, politicians, activist and all the rest have all been arrested. Fru Ndi can’t attempt doing that for he perceives instant consequences. That’s why you need to define the purpose of the struggle and have Francophones by your side.
Why The ANGLOPHONE Struggle Might Fail - A Neutral Look At Our Flaws

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