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Friday, December 20, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: MP sends missile to colleagues

The regime of Mr. Biya, in complicity with the obese and ill-gotten majority of the party-state in Parliament, comes through article 246 paragraph 1 of the General Code of Decentralized Territorial Collectivities, to concretize his fatal project of national disintegration and categorization of Cameroonian citizens.

Let me backtrack on the construction of an unacknowledged project that is now exposed. The Constitution of Cameroon, despite various modifications, has always enshrined the principle of equality in rights and duties of the citizens. In the Preamble to the 1972 Constitution, it was written black on white: 

"No one can be worried because of his origins". 

In the Constitution of January 18, 1996, the Preamble was enriched by the notions "Allogenic" and "Indigenous". And the following sentence was inserted: "The State ensures the protection of minorities and preserves the rights of indigenous populations". For the protection of minorities, this is normal from the moment when a simple demographic calculation makes it possible to establish them.

With regard to the concept of autochthony, the United Nations recognizes two indigenous peoples in Cameroon namely the pygmies and the Bororo. Unfortunately, it is not only these two peoples that are involved when we speak of Aboriginals in this General Code since the preliminary book does not tell us about the content of the term "Aboriginals" even less about the concept of " native to the region ". Knowing the insidious software in force in the programmed approach of the Yaoundé regime for decades in terms of the stigmatization of what its ideologists publicly call "overcrowded community", there is reason to worry about the real motivations for the registration of these two terms in the legislative device. 

It is no secret that life was not created in Cameroon. Apart from the two communities I have just mentioned, all the others have settled as a result of internal and most often external migrations since it is established that communities have roots outside the country. Fabien Eboussi Boulaga said very aptly (I quote): "Indigenous, non-native, these words sound pedantic and barbaric. They are one of the manifestations of a growing lack of culture. The protection of minorities is a matter of 'bad ecology: we do not have to protect a category of citizens as we do for animal or plant species in danger of extinction. For us, indigenous peoples are a myth ".

The famous writer Mongo Beti added: "The Sawa did not create Douala more than the Betis did Yaoundé. No doubt these sites were inhabited respectively by the Sawas and the Betis. But both were at the time, very incapable of creating a city, having neither the technical means nor the financial resources. The white man came, chose the site, traced the ways, drew up the plans of the buildings, built and administered " . That is clear. 

Colleagues Deputies, 

At a time when the world is facing tough competition, when our young people are called to face the youths of other countries, where Cameroon must face the challenges of the emergence so proclaimed in official speeches, the 9th legislature missed a golden opportunity to enter the history of Cameroon. For fundamentally selfish and egocentric interests, you refused to take into account certain realities which will inevitably catch up with you and above all durably tap your minds. You put away from the management of the 14 town halls of the citizens who did not have the chance to see their parents recognize them on a birth certificate. Those mentioned on the PND birth certificate (Father not determined). You excluded from office of the management of these 14 town halls of compatriots from cultural metisage. Quite simply because you have not had the reflex to be aware that a son does not choose his parents who themselves did not choose to be born in a given geographic space. By refusing to delete article 246 paragraph 1 of this Code, you have flouted the fundamental principles of LIFE. You have allowed a terrible marker to flourish which is likely to level skills down. you have flouted the fundamentals of LIFE. You have allowed a terrible marker to flourish which is likely to level skills down. you have flouted the fundamentals of LIFE. You have allowed a terrible marker to flourish which is likely to level skills down. 

You have pretended to forget that with this article 246 paragraph 1, an ex President of the Republic not originating from the center region cannot be mayor of city of Yaoundé? That an ex-President of the Republic who is not from the coastal region cannot be mayor of the city of Douala? The world has become a global village. Only competence, meritocracy and universal suffrage should dictate the choices in a Republic. The peoples who have understood it are advancing while those who have not understood it are sinking into the black hole. The first Ethiopian satellite ETRSS-1 will be launched into space on December 20, 2020. The whole world will remember that it is Ethiopia which will achieve this technological feat and not any community in this country of Africa which, two decades ago, presented to the world the hideous image of an Africa which had started very badly. What can be said about Rwanda which, after a civil war which left nearly 900,000 dead due to the stigmatization of existing communities, decided to delete the part devoted to the origins of citizens in civil status documents? The terms "Hutu" and "Tutsi" were banned from the said acts. Compare Cameroon and Rwanda and talk to the Cameroonians. Should I remind you, Colleagues Deputies, that the mayor of Paris is a Frenchwoman of Spanish origin? The mayor of London in British Pakistani origin and the mayor of New York an American of Italian origin? If we had moved the cities of Paris, London and New York to Cameroon, these personalities would be office excluded from the competition because not being able to apply. What the populations of these big cities understood is that only the capacity of the mayor of city to be able to face the challenges of the present and the future count. And not another consideration, moreover, debatable, as it is the case with the notion of autochthony. The populations of the 14 major cities with city halls need a city mayor who will effectively manage the skills devolved to the institution in his charge. autochthony. The populations of the 14 major cities with city halls need a city mayor who will effectively manage the skills devolved to the institution in his charge. autochthony.  The populations of the 14 major cities with city halls need a city mayor who will effectively manage the skills devolved to the institution in his charge. 

I have heard some of you say that this provision only concerns 14 cities across the country. Should they be reminded that these 14 town halls concentrate almost 60% of the population as well as most of the officially declared national wealth. This is what is the reality.

Indigenous cannot create another form of discrimination. Article 46 paragraph 3 (the last article) of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states to this effect that: "The provisions set out in this Declaration shall be interpreted IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE, OF DEMOCRACY, RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, EQUALITY, NON-DISCRIMINATION, GOOD GOVERNANCE AND GOOD FAITH ". In this article 46 paragraph 3, the principles of JUSTICE, DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION are listed. Clearly, if we stick to the aforementioned United Nations Declaration, the indigenous peoples - whom the Executive has also refused to define clearly in this Code - certainly have rights, but they cannot ' 

The paradox is that this article 246 paragraph 1 rightly violates the sacrosanct principles of justice, equality, democracy and non-discrimination contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. You cannot solve a problem by creating the exact same problem. It is enough to bear in mind that the law is impersonal and general in scope. 

From what precedes, 

This General Code article 246 paragraph 1 is unconstitutional, harmful for our living together, potentially conflicting for national integration and above all carrying strong social explosions. This article is democratic. 

Colleagues Deputies,

By maintaining article 246 paragraph 1 of this General Code of Decentralized Territorial Collectivities, you have concretized the fatal project of national disintegration and categorization of citizens. You have planned the funeral of Cameroon even before the funeral that the Executive and its tropical Goebbels have planned for decades. 

You had the hateful and repugnant courage to ratify this article 246 ali1. The Cameroonian people have watched you and history will certainly do the rest. 

Hon. Jean Michel Nintcheu 

Deputy.


Source: cameroun24.net