Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Biya system is 'a model that is out of breath'

This is a finding made by the actor of the civil society Oumar Ndoumbè in a long analysis of which CameroonWeb offers you the entirety.

“The electoral campaign which has just ended and which saw the victory of the CPDM in almost all the municipalities only reflects the reality of national political life. Apart from the PCRN of Cabrai Libii, the maintenance of the lists of Paul Eric Kingue in the Moungo, the other opposition parties have consolidated their places in their bastions, namely the SVP of Adamou Ndam Njoya and the UNDP of Bello Bouba Maigari. For the rest, the SDF continued its descent into hell paying for its proximity to the regime. 

The other major fact is also the very high rate of abstention in these elections where we can say that only 2 out of 10 voters were to vote. New situation which poses the problem of the legitimacy of this ballot. The lesson that can be drawn from this is that the CPDM has fulfilled its mission and that the opposition political parties are still struggling to convince the people. For our part, we can rejoice that this election took place in relative calm, even if after the clashes and settling of accounts take place in anonymity. 

It is not easy to pass judgment on the internal functioning of a political party. He makes decisions that suit him, taking into account not making too many waves. We also know that despite its name "Democratic Rally", this party is far from being when we see its centralized system. All decisions come from President Paul Biya via the General Secretariat. Since its creation, this party has not organized any meetings of importance for the collection of opinions from its activists. They must only apply the directives given to them, to participate in meetings, to dance and sing.

The rest falls under the Political Bureau of the CPDM. Why then be surprised that the internal electoral process was steered from start to finish by the Party's governing bodies in place of the militants? This designation cannot be unanimously accepted. When choosing the lists, in certain municipalities where Party officials wanted to settle scores with certain candidates, lists had been rejected in favor of relatives without taking into account party directives. 

This created waves of discontent in the basic organs of the party. Today, with the designation of mayors, the same problems arise to the point where, as we have seen, in Mungo, the populations have blocked traffic because they do not accept the mayor imposed on them by the CPDM. In many communes mayors criticized for their disastrous management have been returned to the chagrin of the populations. 

We cannot therefore say that the CPDM system is democratic. Perhaps it could be described as democratic centralism as in the era of the communist powers which claimed to be democracies when they were in the ice age of democratic centralism. It is also a model that is breathless and cracks a little more each time in each election. Controlled or not, wanted or not, this operating mode will gradually disappear. We have seen it elsewhere. Democracy cannot be decreed, it is lived in the daily lives of populations who, no matter what, wrest small bits of freedom”.