Thursday, November 1, 2012


Cameroonians are right to say that we are perhaps the most socially advanced people in Africa with the highest living standard in West and Central Africa. But it hides the fact that we had the second fastest growing economy after South Korea in 1984, that we had a nominal GNP per capita of US$850 in 1984(the fourth in continental Africa south of the Sahara, after South Africa, Botswana and Gabon), and that it is a mere US$ 550 today (the ninth in sub-Saharan Africa), and that our GDP per capita should have been higher than Botswana’s US $ 3,450.

Yet we Cameroonians continue to delude ourselves that there is a future for the nation under the present system when growth over the past years have come from the exploitation of our exhaustible resources (forest, and limited newly discovered petroleum reserves that dries up in 2015).

Cameroon has the worst brain drain rate in Africa and perhaps the world; it is the number one country in Africa where its citizens invest far more in other African nations than they do at home. In addition, it is the most sleazily corrupt, with a head of state that triples as an election rigging monster, a detached and absentee president, and Africa's most unpatriotic president and puppet of France.

So what is the future when the anachronistic French-imposed system  managed today by the ethnocentric, kleptomanic, nepotistic, paranoiac and oblivious Biya regime has almost depleted our forest and oil, eroded our values and caused the contraction of our Agriculture and industry? 

Cameroonians suffering from incomprehension should know that there is no future for our country unless a government comes up that has a vision for the nation, a union-nationalist government that is prepared to utilize the full human and material resources of Cameroon, by including all in the process of nation building.

As the BBC statistics show ( ), if nothing is done today, Cameroon would end up as a beggar nation to neighboring countries such as Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Angola etc, exporting labor and dishonor. These countries have their petroleum and are prepared to use it for their development when we have squandered our oil wealth and have nothing to show for it.

It is our unavoidable task if only for the sake of our children  to get rid of the French-imposed system and the Biya regime and start the colossal task of nation building that is our only salvation. Or else, it would be too late. There are multiple parties (multi-party politics) in Cameroon, but there is no democracy. Paul Biya is the worst criminal to the Cameroonian nation and the worst affront to our hopes, dignity, progress, unity and future. 

There are  no revolutionaries among the throng of presidential hopefuls; there are no far-reaching union nationalists to lead Cameroonians to totally and completely change the anachronistic French-imposed system. The presence of these so-called opposition parties and presidential hopefuls in the contest is merely to justify Biya’s electoral masquerade. For there is no reason to be in an electoral contest where the electoral list is 30% of those of the voting age (Rwanda with less than half of Cameroon’s population has almost twice Cameroon’s number of registered voters), a list where more than 80% of those registered are targeted CPDM voters (through several registrations). Yet we all know that through the CPDM's electoral fraud, the electoral list is more than three times the number of people who actually registered. So, less than 10% of Cameroonians of the voting age were actually registered.

2004                                                                                         Janvier Tchouteu
Posted by: Janvier T.C | Monday, 27 September 2004 at 07:08 PM
Janvier Tchouteu

Since 1992, politics in Cameroon has been a reaction to actions taken by the Biya regime and the system it is defending. To change Cameroon, the struggling masses led by their advanced representatives (union nationalists with a clear essence of the struggle) with revolutionary fervor and vision, would have to take the centre stage and be the pace-setters of the struggle. That is when we Cameroonians shall understand that figures like Abety are just detractors whose empty phrases should be ignored, that Biya deserves to be in a psychiatric sanatorium and that the current heads of the so-called opposition parties are neither revolutionaries nor union-nationalists, and that they are pseudo-leaders for change who have been acting like amateurs with much responsibility to bear for  our failure to unseat Paul Biya and bring an end to the anachronistic French-imposed system. Biya's election result is a lie. But builders of the new Cameroon should not fight a lie with a lie of their own. The worst self-destructive crime a parent, a group, a government or the world can commit is to lie to the people.

Posted by: Janvier Tchouteu | Thursday, 28 October 2004 at 12:24 AM