Sunday, December 1, 2019

Election boycott: the big surprises announced by Patrice Nganang at MRC

Would the MRC lose its "support" little by little? This is the question many have been asking since the announcement of Maurice Kamto's party to boycott the February 9, 2020 elections.

Beyond the internal turmoil, this decision is strongly criticized by some activists who had shown as supporters of the unconditional party of Maurice Kamto. 

For activist and writer Patrice Nganang, this boycott has not been a well thought out strategy within the MRC. 

"The next few days can reveal surprises," Patrice Nganang wrote in a recent column. 

CameroonWeb offers you the whole tribune of Patrice Nganang: 

Plan B of the MRC what is it then? 

Plan B is what gets started when what you want has not worked. Because what we want is plan A. Anyone well organized, has a plan A, B, C, D and even E. But to say what I mean, I will start by telling you a story : that of the Black Panthers. I tell it because they have such a profound influence in all the black and African movements, that everyone goes back on them without knowing it - in Cameroon, for example with the 'power to the people!' the SDF and the beret of the Amazons, and I do not even talk about the militarization of the BAS, everyone copies the Black Panthers, to the program in ten points.

The Black Panthers obviously were structures from within, but from the outside too, by the arrest of one of their leaders, Huey Newton. And then by arresting the majority of their leadership, the execution of several, if not their compulsion to exile. In this it looks like they are not new, and share the fate of all black emancipation movements, including the ANC - and of course the UPC. 

What is special, however, is the end of the Black Panthers. Bobby Seale, before the acceleration of the crackdown on the movement, had decided to lead a campaign to become mayor of San Francisco - and thus make the movement respectable. 

He therefore, to make his campaign possible, centralized all branches of the Black Panthers and asked them to move to San Francisco - which took place. The device of the Black Panthers thus invested totally and was totally invested in a campaign for the city hall of San Francisco. 

Epic campaign, but the winner was not Bobby Seale. This story is interesting, not because Bobby Seale was a candidate for the San Francisco mayoral election, but mostly because he did not have a plan B, that is, a plan for when he would lose this election for which he had absolutely emaciated the Black Panthers, for which he had emptied their infrastructure, and for which he had asked that all their branches be closed and moved. 

The day his defeat was announced, in his campaign headquarters, Bobby Seale behaved as if he had won and declared himself the winner - a bit like Kamto. The fact remains that (1) the office of the Mayor of San Francisco was occupied by someone other than himself, and (2) his own movement, the Black Panthers had de facto ceased to exist. 

It was the end.

You have to watch the movie 'Black Panthers - The Vanguard of a Revolution' to see the straightness of what I tell here as a story, and to which I kept thinking yesterday, when in the car I let Maurice Kamto's speech pass. in my mind. I was very busy yesterday, because after all we are at the end of the year and this corresponds to an effervescent activity that any teacher knows regardless of his grade or place of instruction. 

It was the night that I listened once again to the speech of Maurice Kamto and the only question that came to my mind is obviously - what is his plan B? The question is not so much philosophy as pragmatism. 

A political party is first and foremost a device that must be fed every week, every month, every year, to install a routine, otherwise it will be mourned and dies. Look at the UFDC, or the CPP. The routine of a party is the calendar. This routine is internal and external, that is to say from outside the electoral calendar - municipal elections, legislative elections, senatorial elections, presidential elections - imposes a routine for all, which also imposes on the party routine acts which are preparation meetings, campaigns, for example. 

Here is the external routine that is defined by Paul Biya, and which is in fact the essence of his power. The internal party routine is all about, consists of office meetings, call conferences, etc., which can be weekly, monthly, and which usually lead to conventions or congresses, the whole being fixed by the party statutes. So here is the internal routine, and here as we know, it is Maurice Kamto who has the power. 

The measure of his power is clear: after his decision yesterday, no leader of the MRC, no member of the MRC, came out contradicting him for his personal career needs. On the contrary, party discipline has been so complete that even people like Valsero who are only linked to the MRC through a partnership agreement whose terms ended with the presidential election, have said publicly that they obey - Fall in line, it is said here in English. 

The next few days may reveal surprises, but the only doubt is that the SDF members and leaders do not feel obliged, including Jean-Marie Nitcheu, to join this decision, which they understand and support, of course. although in the SDF more than in the MRC, there are dissensions, that is to say deputies who decide not to go to elections, which break with the internal routine of the party that wants to go.

Obviously it seems that the parties in Cameroon are only paper, but precisely because they are only paper, they measure what is possible when they are no longer the - and the MRC gives us today this possibility there. It is easy to realize that our countrymen had got into the habit of asking for bread with butter and chocolate and more - so, many wanted the revolution but imagined it possible only in a repetition of the dispute election of January 2018 in February 2019. 

Maurice Kamto refused them this possibility. He, however, cut the wings to the alternative action - in Plan B - because by launching his boycott slogan he said it was a passive boycott. What he proposes to all the infrastructure of his party is to do nothing February 9 - to sleep, as Mamadou Mota said since Kondengui. Sleeping, however, has never been an option in politics, because no one sleeps at Noso, and the task of politics is not to put people to sleep, but to put them in motion. 

The active boycott, which is the first gesture of activity, was used in our country as an option for the first and only time in 1956, during this election which saw the tyranny that keeps us going. This slogan of active boycott then led to the Civil War which ignited the country Bassa and then the West of Cameroon. 

In 1992, the motto was passive boycott - 'dead feet.' Otherwise the slogan of active boycott was used partially in 2018, in the Noso, and obviously to set in motion the Ghost Towns, still in the Noso. 

It is clear, moreover, that these two active boycotts only worked because there were inserters who later became self-defense groups, and then armed groups - in 1956, Ernest Ouandie was the push-in-chief of the active boycott slogan. 

The window that establishes the difference between passive boycott and active boycott opens on a historical experience that does not prevent however a political party, and here specifically the MRC, to compose his plan B. Evidently this one is not and does not can not be public. It remains, and I repeat: Plan B is what comes into play when everything we have imagined does not work at all, and here, that's what comes into play, with Maurice Kamto in the neighborhood, with so as mayor of San Francisco someone other than Bobby Seale.

We know, and it is clear that for the next six years, Maurice Kamto will return to his job as a lawyer, legal counsel and even a teacher.  It will be the same for all members of the MRC.  What will happen to the internal routine of the MRC?  On February 9, the motto of the MRC is nang.

 Does the MRC as a political party go nang for the next six years, until 2026 to wait for the prince charming of the legend?  A sleeping party is over.  As for the politics of change, it hates the void, and the West is a gigantic fallow field for change in our country. 

The vision is - Amba-Franco. Putting it into motion demands accepting the risks of an active boycott - taking over the Cameroonian story where it stopped in 1956, taking the risk of reviving the country - as in Noso, because of Noso. The only boycotts that have worked in our country have been active boycotts.