Friday, August 3, 2018


The presidential candidate of next October, Maurice Kamto, taste his first political experience. The presidential election in Cameroon is a period of permanent tension. It revives passions and emotions in the opinion through the Web and the classical media. This is the main characteristic of the election periods.

With the approach of the presidential election of October 2018, the political parties are already set in motion. This race for supreme magistracy is marked by rivalries between political actors. On the one hand, between the political parties of the presidential majority and those of the opposition. And on the other hand, between the different political parties of the opposition.

For the latter case which concerns us here, the tension between the political parties of the opposition puts at the center of the polemics, the leaders Maurice Kamto, president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC).

Why is Maurice Kamto the subject of so much fixation for this presidential election in Cameroon?

Cameroon has always had to experience moments of intense tension marked by a particular situation on the eve of the elections. Since the return of multiparty politics in 1990, the pluralist presidential elections of 1992, 1997, 2004 and 2011 have each been marked by a sea serpent: the coalition of opposition political parties.

If the one of 1992 was a success for the least brilliant with Ni John Fru Ndi as candidate of the coalition of the opposition, this experience still haunts the opinion. The failed experiences of 1997, 2004, and 2011 are still reigning tensions to the point where some would suggest that the opposition still has to go through this coalition option to hope for alternation. It would be naïve, however, not to think that in this behind-the-scenes idea of ​​coalition hides the myth of Sisyphus: the quest for leadership.

The political parties of the opposition want to build a leadership in the image of Ni John Fru Ndi, charismatic leader, in 1992. That is what the ideologues of the MRC of Maurice Kamto understood. A social project conceived around the ideology of social liberalism is the foundation on which the leadership is based. Free man, free speech to allow confrontation and explode talents. It is in the competition of talents that development is possible. To achieve this, the RCN's strategy is obvious: to engage in a communication battle similar to the concept of the information war.

The consequences of this communicational strategy

The communication battle has the disadvantage that it exposes the leader and the book to the vindictive. Maurice Kamto, exposing himself, expects to receive blows of club. This communication battle chosen by the MRC is not naive. It is based on the objective of the political propaganda of its ideology.

This propaganda is exercised in a context of frustration of many Cameroonians face a sclerotic opposition of 26 years of unsuccessful battles. The MRC, born only in 2012, has no choice but to embark on the conquest of occupation of the political terrain to catch up with the other opposition political parties that have been there since 1990. .

the challenge is great and for a first participation in the presidential, Maurice and his party MRC have no room for error. But before getting there, Maurice Kamto faces the grievances of his most ferocious detractors through the media and the Web.

This communication battle takes place between pro and anti Maurice Kamto. Here are some pieces chosen, and not the least, where both sides engage in a ferocious fight that usually takes place on social networks. Maurice Kamto, a "political dwarf"? Most of the grievances against the MRC leader are focused on his modest political experience.

Indeed, detractors dwell on the fact that Maurice Kamto has no political experience. According to them, the leaders entered politics when he was appointed Minister Delegate to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Minister of Justice of December 2004. However, it is established that Maurice Kamto had been the Director The presidential election results gave Paul Biya winner with 40% against Ni John Fru Ndi, his next with 36%. This result, so far, is disputed by the entire political class of the opposition who believes to have won the game.

This score of 36% of opposition to the presidential election remains a victory for many observers for two reasons. On the one hand, it is the biggest score ever won by an opposition leader in the next polls. On the other hand, the Cameroonian opposition has never been so united to face a single enemy: the political party (UNC-RDPC) in power since the independence of eastern Cameroon in 1960.

The political strength of the leader The MRC of Maurice Kamto can therefore be measured from this unprecedented period in the history of the opposition in Cameroon. For reasons unknown, there was no coalition of opposition political parties. Even worse, after this experience, Maurice Kamto disappears.

 Yves Tchakounté /