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Shufai

Bobe Chia

Thanks for a well thought out piece that pierces through the fabric and deep of political degredation and abandonment in the face of infrastructural and institutional decline. Your take on the handicap nature of City council governments to carry out much needed development due to government delegate interferance is sound and logical; but then I wonder what will be the Excuss of the Kumbo Urban council that has no government delegate and yet the place looks like it came to a standstill 30years ago infrastructurally.

The fact is looking at the politics of decomposition and wanton neglect by the powers that be will blind us to the bigger problem: We have a centralise system of government that believes that "If yaounde breaths then cameroon is alive".

We have a governmnet being run from a credit card issued by the world bank and IMF. I pity those who will pick the monthly payments some 30years from now, when Biya will be turning in his grave grinding the decomposed teeth of his skull bone. The IMF and World bank don't care how their money is spent, especially when more than half ends up in private accounts in Europe and there is no development on the ground to show for. It is regretable when countries like cameroun pass budgets with more than half the income as loans.

The Douala Airport is just what it is: an Airport. Remember a plane crashed 12miles from that airport in the swamps, and was located 36hours after only with french intervention from Gabon. The road network to the airport is only a problem to the guy in a Taxi and has nothing to do with the Government delegate in an SUV.

The best solution to this current trend will be to decentralise the system of government or at best federate it to 8 states of La Republique du Caemroun, that is, after the Southern Cameroons regains its lost independence.

Keep the articles flowing and lets carry on with the kind of conversation that is shun in La Republique as being ofensive or better put from "Ntarikon".

Shufai Mbinglo

Philip ACHA

Might Mr CHIA be preparing an apology for Cameroons political opposition, in the event that they lost Municipal and Legislative elections? Cameroon's oppostion failures are imputable to their inactivity.

Who are the players?. Take Fru NDI; he'll never get there till he understands that Democracy must be applied "within" to be effective in aggregate "without". Or say Bello BOUBA, a public service dissident who's greed can only be matched by Chantal Biya's vanity. Frederic Koddock's conscience has trapped him to a state that he has been pillaging since 1974 while Ndam Njoya still thinks politics is CIVICS for adults.

These political rodents reflect the system that created them. No doubt, Fru Ndi leads his party "unchallengeable" since 1990! A five-year mandate short of Biya who is CPDM President-for-life since 1985. (Bello Bouba since 1992) In such a context, moral rectitude is an endangered quality on a collision course for extinction.

Biya neither sought nor seized power. Power happened on him like thunderbolts do unto cattle in Bello Bouba's backyard. With the likes of Biya, Mugabe or ealier on Ceaucescu, you don't negotiate!

Strategic violence and its more generalised variant, WAR, is not a breakdown of politics and dialogue but an extension to it. Biya & Co. must be threatened life-and-limb. Just like Biya divides the opposition, so too must the opposition seek to plunge a wedge in the army. Intentions, in politics, are more efficient than delivered promises. ACT NOW!

Innocent CHIA

Sir ACHA,
I couldn't be apologetic about the shortcomings of Cameroon's opposition parties! Rather, it is my understanding that while you are taking down the house from the roof-top, my labor is on the foundation. It is a body of work that we all have to undertake, not in a mutually exclusive manner as much as in a concerted manner.

Your analysis of what is fundamentally wrong with the leadership across the board is unimpeachable. But let those who are at the ground level not think of themselves as innocent by-standers. My write-up was to show that they are not.

It is like writing an article on corruption. You can focus on the President or Ministers. You can pick on teachers and their own corrupt practices. You can decide that the Police is an angle. It would seem that it is easier for an elephant to go through the eye of a needle than to find a cameroonian in an office that is not corrupt.
IC.

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