Monday, August 30, 2010

THE DEMANDING TASK FOR THE POST-INDEPENDENCE GENERATIONS:


The principal problem weighing hard on the general psychology of the majority of the peoples of Cameroon and Africa today is the worry of the path their frustrated, disillusion and dehumanized children would take to advance their wellbeing. By the word children, I mean those born just before and after the years of independence for many African countries in the early 1960s. This is a generation that was born in the atmosphere of hope and expectations that had gripped Cameroon and Africa just before and just after independence, a positive feeling based on recently realized reunification and independence made all the more dazzling by the goals harangued by its leaders.

However, getting to four decades after, we are still nowhere close to the dreams that had sustained our hopes. Poverty, disease, illiteracy, repression, ethnic divisions, corruption, underdevelopment and external domination still plague us, and in many aspects, even worse than before independence. Yet, we thought that ridding ourselves of colonialism through quasi-independence would automatically give birth to the broom that would clear up all aspects of our underdevelopment. Our post-independence leadership and pseudo-intellectuals fooled us because they lacked the will and vision to utilize the potentials of the lands they were leading. They failed us by not mastering the Archimedean point of our underdevelopment and development potentials. The self-serving systems put in place by colonial masters like France and the lever they conceived and hoped to spin the different African countries to greater heights was a reflection of their egos and delusions than of their intelligence, will and rationale.

In Cameroon today, we are faced by the colossal task of starting from the scratch, which involves demolishing the failed and unprogressive anti-democratic and exploitative French-imposed system and putting in place a new, progressive and compatible system that would be  the reflection of the original goals of Cameroon’s union-nationalism and the genuine aspirations of the people. This would be a system that would place the country firmly among the community of progressive, democratic, representative, enlightened and advanced nations.

Today, the history of humanity has reached that great scale of change where the key words of technological progress, freedom, liberty, development, solidarity and integration are making great strides to be parts of our everyday lives. It has been observed with clarity that the Cameroonian people are being left behind in this great advancement of humanity because of the selfish objectives and actions of the oligarchy that stays in power through the deceptive French-imposed system. This autocratic, minority, pseudo-representative, corrupt and unpatriotic regime can not alleviate the poverty, disease, despair, illiteracy, corruption, rising ethno-centrism, brain drain and incomprehension that against the sake of humanity is being accepted as part of our everyday lives. The unacceptable nature of the five-decade system can best be explained by Dmitri Ivanovich Pisarev’s denunciation of autocracy:

On the side of the government, there are only the scoundrels bought with money squeezed by fraud and violence from the poor. On the side of the people, there is all that is fresh and youthful, all that is capable of thinking and doing. What is dead and rotten (the autocratic government) must of itself fall into the grave. All we have to do is give it the final push and cover the stinking corpse with dirt.

Comparing Dmitri Ivanovich Pisarev’s observation with the Cameroonian reality, we would realize with clarity that getting rid of all aspects of this French-imposed autocratic and oligarchic system is our first task. It is only after the complete and irrevocable burial of absolutism shall it be possible for us to set aside our despairs and harness our hopes, strengths, determinations and potentials to realize the all embracing dream for a great Cameroon and Africa. It would be a hard and merciless task, but the only path that that would lead to our salvation.

This demanding task is especially on the shoulders of Cameroonians of the post-independence generations. It is from their ranks that the forces, backing and attention to realize the dream of the New Cameroon would rest. These forces would be the workers (agricultural, industrial and service or tertiary), the intellectuals, academicians, politicians, religious bodies, civil movements, artists, business class, functionaries, students and even the unemployed. Cameroonians would be led by the advanced representatives who would have mastered the selfless, humanizing, unifying and progressive principles and goals of the country’s national idea embodied in its Union-Nationalism and the basic tenets of its social and democratic program. It is through its union-nationalism that Cameroonians would realize the historic mission providence had placed on their shoulders for their well-being and the advancement of the nation and Africa.

We shall be able to boast that we have established the foundation of the New Cameroon, one that is capable of marching forward along the road of the democratic tenets of its union-nationalism that has been revised over the years and found to be compatible with progressive world ideas only when:
·        The advanced representatives of the various forces would have made the new and humanized Cameroonian ideal to be widespread.
·        They would have realized enduring organization, order, competency, discipline and self-discipline within their ranks.
·        They would have extended their arms beyond their confines to consolidate the harmonious cooperation of all the development forces of the land.

It would be on this foundation that we shall transform the present anachronistic system into a modern, progressive and technologically oriented one; and then invest new ideas, know-how and efforts to build a great producing nation that shall ensure accountability and an efficient production, distribution and service network. As an indispensable part of this advanced system would be the justifiable social benefits—eradication of poverty, elimination of poor housing and housing shortages, reduction of diseases to acceptable limits, good sanitation and the provision of the necessary amenities and modern infrastructure.

Politically, this advanced, humanized and progressive system would ensure the total, complete and universal human rights of its citizens. It would be the upholder of their rights, pride, freedom and equality, a commitment that shall ensure the prevalence of a democracy that is truly compatible with the Cameroonian reality, one that shall ensure the eternal burial of absolutism. This modern, progressive and advanced system shall direct the Cameroonian people in cooperation with the progressive forces of other African countries towards the realization of their fraternal dream of harmony—the actualization of the economic union and political integration of Africa. It is along this path of our union-nationalism that we shall realize the all-embracing-century old Cameroonian dream and be led towards the all-embracing junction that shall realize Africa’s unity through the harmonious cooperation of its union forces. It would be at this stage that Cameroon and Africa shall take their merited places in the world community, while working with other worldly forces to make this world safe and conducive for our children. This extended task is entirely on the shoulders of the post-independence generations.

JANVIER TCHOUTEU                                        FERUARY 15, 1995



                                

Saturday, August 28, 2010

POLITICIANS AND REVOLUTIONARIES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR THE NEW CAMEROON:



Map of the World




Cameroon on a Map of the World





Politicians are not those who are meant to change a system and take a country out of an impasse into the future. That is the work of revolutionaries. 

Politicians operate in established systems and do the job of politicking to defend, safeguard or promote certain interests, be they individual, group, ethnic, regional, linguistic or national, based on empty phrases or through a clearly defined thought formulation (idea or concept).

Revolutionaries on the other hand are those challenging a system,  expecting to bring it down and institute a new system that would serve the interest of the trodden majority (the suffering or struggling masses). In the cause to bring down the system, revolutionaries do not expect to benefit or thrive from the struggle. Instead, they are prepared to sacrifice everything for the struggle.

The sad thing is that while the Cameroonian struggle to change the system is a revolutionary struggle, most of the leadership in the  so-called opposition parties  talk of politics and expected rewards even though they are still engaged in the struggle to change the system. That is why most of them compromised the ideals of the struggle with excuses that “it is impossible to live on clean politics as a genuine opposition in Cameroon." There are and there have been Cameroonians who selflessly gave in their worth to the struggle and felt it was dishonourable to use the struggle to achieve personal benefits. They were and are the union-nationalists and revolutionaries.

During my years of involvement in the struggle, I finally realized that the system (the Ahidjo-Biya regimes backed by the French mafia group controlling African affairs) feared and respected these revolutionaries and union-nationalists for their genuineness, unwavering nature and integrity. But strangely enough, the politicians who profess to be in the opposition conceived a hatred for these revolutionaries and union nationalists just because these revolutionaries and union nationalists are genuine and are not like them, and because they look with horror at the deception of the politicians who are trying to live off politicking and in doing so, compromised the struggle and betrayed the aspirations of the struggling masses.

Strangely enough, we failed in this phase of the struggle (1990-2002) because politicians led the struggle to change the system (a revolutionary demand) instead of revolutionaries and union-nationalists who are far less likely to be compromised by the negative values of the anachronistic French-imposed system.

Janvier Tchouteu | Friday, 15 April 2005  





                                

Thursday, August 26, 2010

THE POST-SDF-NUDP-CDU PHASE OF THE STRUGGLE FOR THE NEW CAMEROON



There is something we have to recognize. The Biya regime and the custodians of the system are the worst criminals to the Cameroonian soul. They are thieves, liars, killers, sadists, election riggers, discriminators, maniacs and what not. But one thing about it all is that they know how to do those negative acts. They are negative perfectionists.

But then, what about us? We, who oppose, resist, reject and are trying to sweep them out of power. Do we know how to do our job? Do we have the resilience to confront them as they do in maintaining the status quo and the benefits they derive from it? Only a scrupulous survivor can defeat an unscrupulous survivor which is Biya, his regime and the French-imposed system in Cameroon.

Some of us became involved in the struggle from its infant days, worked in the SDF at different levels, gave in everything without anticipating anything material in return. By 1994, the party was acutely sick; by 1998/1999 it was a chronic malady; and in 2002, it was terminally ill. A clique was responsible, and those who believed in the revolutionary objectives of the struggle--- the union nationalists who considered the purpose of the struggle to be far above their personal interests or considerations, had come to realize that Fru Ndi and his clique in the SDF had become an impediment to changing the system just like Bello Bouba, Ndam Njoya etc had become earlier. They too had become compromised by the negative values of the system. The Fru-Ndi led clique needed the Biya regime to thrive. And the SDF is almost dead because of them. They too betrayed the struggle. I am proud I quit the SDF in July 2002. It was like a process of self-redemption or like accepting that a church or clergy too had become corrupt and had also become an obstacle to change. It was a painful but necessary thing to do after more than a decade in the struggle and paying a heavy price for it. Thousands of other Cameroonians did the same--- especially the union-nationalists with the revolutionary streak. The best brains of the party and chief ideologue also quit the SDF in 2002.

I must say from my profound observation that we of the post-independence generations still have a lot of work do, based on our thought formulations. Nevertheless, I am happy to add that we have taken the first step in that direction. Many of those commenting in our various fora are now talking of changing the system, unlike the pre-independence so-called opposition leaders who were talking of changing the Biya regime. That is a positive development. Fru Ndi-led SDF, Njoya-led CDU, Bouba-led NUDP etc failed because they were incapable of rising up to the challenge of confronting the depth of the Cameroonian malady(the short comings of the system)and of coming up with an alternative direction and values to lead Cameroonians to the change and a desirable society.

Changing the system calls for fundamental changes in ourselves. This requires rejecting all the wrong values of the system, even if it means doing so to our own detriment (economic, social and political). Such a rejection requires identifying our enemies, who in reality are those who are sustaining the system. That could be us, people in our families, personalities in our tribes or ethnic groups that we look up to, revered figures in a movement or political party that we support or even an idea that we are benefiting from. Besides the mental ability to identify the enemies, we also need the ability to identify the true friends of the people. I say so because during the third phase of the Cameroonian struggle (1990-2002) more effort was made to hunt and betray the true friends of the people (the union nationalists and revolutionaries) by the cliques in the leaderships of the so-called opposition parties, than was made to confront the system and the Biya regime. And unless the true friends of the people--- the union nationalists and revolutionaries lead the struggle, it becomes difficult, if not impossible to imagine that change can ever take place in Cameroon.

As a matter of fact, Ndam Njoya, Bello Bouba and Fru Ndi were all members of the system or establishment before presenting themselves in 1990 as people of the opposition when they realized that the struggling masses were clamoring for change and the system could be brought down. So, it should not boggle the mind of the insightful and informed that these three made peace with the system and now represent different shades of the system or establishment that Cameroonians have been trying to change for over six decades. In the new phase of the struggle to found the "NEW CAMEROON" that would be free, democratic, progressive, just, dynamic, cultured, humane, they and their beneficiaries are irrelevant and act only as detractors working to derail change and maintain the French-imposed system that is leading Cameroon to abyss.

Janvier Tchouteu                                                           Tuesday, 15 February 2005