By Kenedy Ejacha
A look into the history of the nations where people are enjoying relatively the full benefits of liberty, freedom, and justice, confirms an inescapable consensus: none of them started up by being free. Their freedom is a result of the boldness of a generation to accept the challenges of confronting the conquerable hell of despotism and mental enslavement in the hope of winning the battle for the unstoppable prosperity that liberty, freedom, and justice promises. The resistance movements of these nations were influenced more by the hopes in the great promises of the future that could be theirs following the annihilation of their oppressors, than in the despair of their past or present predicaments. It is past time for the present generation of Cameroonian resistance movements for freedom, liberty, and justice to seize this opportunity and squash the dictatorial system that has held the overwhelming bulk in poverty and enslavement for more than a century now.
If today the people of France are enjoying Freedom and Equality, it did not just come from them crying out Liberte, Egalite, et Fraternite (Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood) on the streets of the Bastille. It came about because they decided to face the guillotine knowing full well that beyond the blood bath of the guillotine lays the brightest hope for Liberte, Egalite et Fraternite.
If the people of the great Nation of the United State of America are enjoying their inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness today, it did not just come about because these words, beautiful as they are and sound, were written into a document. It came about because more than on perishable papers, these words were written in the hearts of American revolutionary guards who understood that beyond the battle field of Lexington and Concord, lays a land overflowing with the God given inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Cameroonian resistance movements for liberty, freedom, and justice should be inspired by these great words of Martin Luther King Jr. “We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.” Therefore, it is our fundamental right to stand up and destroy by all means the Dark Aged evil and oppressive Biya regime in Cameroon. While we may count on our friends from around the world to bring us help, we have to start the work at home. Because we shall be the first beneficiaries of a free and just system of government in Cameroon, we are the ones to set ablaze the furnace that will consume our oppressors.
It is without a question that the world is full of good hearted lovers of freedom and justice, but we must blare the horns of our oppression for the free people of the world to hear that we too are tired of being oppressed – that we too want to enjoy what they already are enjoying - Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The words of the great thinker Gene Sharp, in 'From Dictatorship to Democracy' are very revelatory when he states that “The foreign states may become actively involved for positive purposes only if and when the internal resistance movement has already begun shaking the dictatorship, having thereby focused international attention on the brutal nature of the regime.” This clearly sets the goal of what should be our expectations vis-à-vis the international community of freedom lovers.
We must all join our voices not only to boycott or protest against the latest maneuver of the Biya regime to steal our hopes to build democratically representative institutions that will guarantee our freedom and liberty. We must actively resist the organization of the already truncated Senatorial Elections that he has called for the month of April 2013.
I have found no better words to define the type of resistance that we now need than in the words of Ulrike Meinhof who said that, “Protest is when I say I don't like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.” The Biya regime must be stopped this time. Truly, the time has come for the people-focused resistance movements to match actions to words.
The evil in the plans to organize the Senatorial Elections not only lies in the arbitrariness of the regime in calling the Electoral College, but more so in the legitimacy of the constituents who would be called in to vote for the senators in the name of all Cameroonians. According to Article 20 section 2 of the Cameroon constitution enacted in 1996, “Each region shall be represented in the Senate by 10 (ten) Senators of whom 7 (seven) shall be elected by indirect universal suffrage on a regional basis and 3 (three) appointed by the President of the Republic.” The articles of the constitution thereby consecrate the electoral power into the hands of elected regional officials.
As it is right now, the mandates of these fraudulently elected officials expired since May of 2012. The election of the senate is too important for us to leave it in the hands of Biya’s “appointees.” The resistance movements at the service of the masses should prepare mass actions of disruption of the old order in order for a new order to emerge. Such action as mass boycotts, civil servants strikes, teachers and students strikes, and transporters strikes should be organized throughout the national territory.
Every necessary action should be taken to prevent the regime from accessing the means that it needs to continue to impoverish the masses. We call on the military forces to integrate the popular masses in the fight for the freedom of our fatherland. The time has come for all the arm forces – police, gendarmes, navy, air, and terrestrial forces to stand up to their historic role and responsibility to safeguard the peace and order while respecting the right of the people to resist and overthrow any government that fails to guarantee their rights to equal justice before the law, Freedom and Liberty.
The leaders of the resistance movements should take upon themselves the task to make meaningful contacts with the progressive forces within our Arm Forces and define what role can be assigned to these forces at this very crucial moment in the history of our nation. All the militants within the resistance movements should embrace our national Arm Forces because they are our brothers and sisters. We should all learn to go pass our differences and embrace our common destiny – that of a free, just, and prosperous Cameroon. To the best of our abilities we should seek peace and be willing to die for peace, but if arms we need to bear in order to save our fatherland, then let it be so.
God Bless us all.
La Luta Continua