Is Ben Muna the right choice against president Biya?

Editorial of President Paul Biya\'s \' the peoples call\' and the profile of 
 the man  Ben A. Muna for the supposed 2011 presidentials in Cameroon 

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  1. Celes says:

    Dr. Susungi:
    I feel very sad when we keep wasting out time talking about presidential candidates when we know very well as things stand today, Mr. Paul Biya has already won the 2011 presidential elections. ELECAM before the recent amendment was a “doubtful” wing of the CPDM. Since Biya wasn’t very sure of ELECAM’s loyalty, he brought in MINAT/D whose track record in rigging is known by all and sundry. So, by talking about les présidentiables all the time in a context which we all know is more or less a joke.

    The real problem we have in Cameroon is the electoral system that is of Biya for Biya and by Biya. I don’t see anyone beating Mr. Biya under the present ELECAM/MINATD contraption. I’ve on several postings (on the internet and debates on radios and TVs) said that President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI under the banner of un candidat unique de l’opposition cannot beat Biya as things are now. I remember saying here a few weeks ago that elections are rigged even in areas where the CPDM is competing alone. Before any election, say parliamentary or municipal, the CPDM disqualifies her opponents in most parts of her “fiefs” before competing with other parties in the rest of the national territory. It is like the 4 by 4 (track and field) relay race where your opponent has his baton (already running) over midway the distance while you’re still waiting for your partner who is very faraway, almost at the starting point. More so, your opponent (the CPDM) can decide and stop you wherever while he’s on the run. Who’ll win that race? That’s why the CPDM has 156 out of 180 and is governing with a coalition of Bello Bouba and Issa Tchiroma Bakary. With this “popularity” and over 75% of ELECAM members belonging to CPDM, they’re still afraid – they had to bring back their rigging wing – the SDOs and DOs into the electoral process.

    That said, I agreed with Mr. Usumanu’s comments about the Munas. I think the best Munas (Pa and Ni Dan) have long gone to the world beyond. Pa Muna during his dying days defended their actions (him and Dr. JN Foncha) at the United Nations. Paradoxically, those that the Biya oligarchy put in place to oppose Pa Muna were Messrs Ben Muna, Akere Muna and Pa Mbile. Messrs Ben and Akere Muna were all over CRTV saying that their father was suffering from dementia,etc. , so, he shouldn’t be taken seriously. Pa Mbile, on his part, was saying that nothing can changed as per the Foumban Conference. He (Pa Mbile) kept denouncing Pa Muna and Pa Foncha for trying to put back grown up kids into their mothers’ wombs. He didn’t end there, he wrote a book (I have forgotten the title) in defense of the Ahidjo and Biya oligarchies.

    As for Pa Muna’s children, Cameroonians will have to know how Barrister Akere Muna became the Vice President of Transparency International (TI) just when the Biya oligarchy was fighting them for “tarnishing their image.” The oligarchy had to invite the then Peter Eigen, President of TI to Cameroon. The man was questioned on which criteria they use to arrive at the conclusion that Cameroon was the most corrupt country. It should be recalled that TI had indicted Cameroon twice as the most corrupt country in the world in 1998 and 1999.

    Barrister Akere Muna is both the oligarchy’s lobbyist and lawyer. In court proceedings leading to the sentencing of Ondo Ndong Emmanuel Gerald (former GM of FEICOM), Barrister Akere Muna him (Ondo Ndong) “helped” via Newsweek Magazine to “cleanse” Cameroon’s image on the international media.

    As for Ni Ben Muna, he has more questions to answers than his kid brother. Ni Ben said recently (in the Post Newspaper) that he’s building a coaltion of oppoosition parties to oust Mr. Biya in 2011. This same Ni Ben has said in The Quail now called The Standard Tribune in April 2009 that he is no longer and “opposition” but a “proposition. ” In that interview he said people no longer like the word opposition; that’s why his was now a proposition. He went on to say that he would like Mr. Biya to give him some Ministries for him to run them according to the manifesto of his party. Not to long ago (between May 2006 and March 2007), Ni Ben Muna was running from one FM radio station to the other telling those who care to listen that he has been “given” the SDF by the Mfoundi courts. He paraded himself wherever he were as the National Chairman of what he called “SDF Authentique. ” Ni Ben claimed to have held a convention in Yaounde that “elected” him Naional Chairman of “SDF Authentique. ” That so-called convention was banned according to the SDO of Mfoundi in Cameroon Tribune of May 28, 2006 .It also led to the death of a Cameroonian. Up till this moment, Ni Ben has never been charged for holding an illegal meeting that led to the death of a Cameroonian. If it were to be Dr. Susungi or Mr. Usumanu that convened an illegal gathering and someone passed away, they would have long been thrown into jail for masterminding the killing of a Cameroonian.

    I think I have sufficiently spoken about these Munas – Messrs Ben and Akere. A large majority of Cameroonians know them. I’ve also heard people talking about dynasties. I have read much about some of these so-called dynasties: the Kennedys and the Bushes. The Kennedys were and are still Democrats while the Bushes are Republicans. These dynaties have had their time and have gone for good? Sen. McCain even suffered during the 2008 U.S. presidential election because he was viewed as a third term for President George W. Bush. All in all, have the American finally said bye bye to these dynasties?

    Now the Muna: Pa Muna was KNDP, CNPC and later CNU/CPDM. Were his children in the CNU/CPDM or apolitical before 1990? I don’t know. But after 1990, we saw Ni Ben in the SDF; sooner he resigned (1996) and later he came back in the SDF (2004). Ni Akere said he was non-partisan. It was however alledged that he romanced for sometimes with Garga Haman Adji’s ADD party. I will have to cross-check this allegation. Ma Ama Tutu Muna is the present Minister of Culture. She is, of course, CPDM. Can we call this a dynasty? Do dynasty exist with members prostituting from right to left. I am asking if some of us should believe in people who are wrestling to use every means to be at the top? In other words, can we stick out our necks to Ms Ama Tutu Muna, CPDM (rightist), Ni Akere (neutral or centrist?) and Ni Ben of the leftist political philosophy?

    As far as I am concern, we can move on without the Munas. Ms Ama Tutu Muna and Mr. Akere Muna have repeatedly said that there is no Southern Cameroonians problem. They like other opportunities must say that in order to be accepted by the oligarchy.

    Have I drifted away from the conversation in question? Well, it’s good to be ambitious politically. However, it’s not only that; you need to build a political movement to actualise your dream. A movement cannot just be build on the eve of an election. Taking into consideration our realities, political movements should be built on the field, that is, the nooks and cannies of our triangle and not on the internet. The few youths who use the internet in Cameroon do so as a means of finding their way out of Cameroon. If you doubt this, enter 10 cybercafés in Yaounde, Douala or Bamenda and find out for yourself.

    Using the internet to market one’s political ambition should not be completely rule out in our context. Above all you need to be seen and known by the people. Being out there doesn’t help matters and only coming here on the eve of a presidential election is even worse. You will be regarded as an opportunist.

    A successful political movement of recent times is that of President Obama. He began building his moment even before he was elected Senator of Illinois. It continued till he entered the White House. He’s still keeping it intact.

    How Cameroonians outside Cameroon have a following, talk less of a political movement? I am still to see or hear of one.

    To be honest with you, outside the CPDM that has confiscated the state apparatus to its favour, the ONLY political party that has genuine national representation is the SDF. If you go to Yagoua in the Far North, Yokadouma in the East Provinces, etc., you will see SDF functional structures there. Outside these two, the others are on paper. Furthermore, some political commentors have often said and I agree with them that the only credible and possible replacement of the CPDM is the SDF. That apart, I am in no way saying that change in Cameroon should only be effected by the SDF. What I am trying to say is that the SDF is there and no one can wish it away. The CPDM and its allies have tried it albeit unsuccessfully. As things are now, the future of political change in our country depends on all of us. It shouldn’t just be change but the change we want.

    At this defining moment, talking about a presidential candidate when the elections have been won in advance is a distraction.

    And thus my take: we should focus on evicting the Biya oligarchy. When that is achieved, anything can then follow.



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