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State Of The Union 55 Years After 

Anglophones Are Losers In The Union

SCNC and LRC flags

SCNC and LRC flags

I was a little boy during the year of reunification and I did not know what it meant. My father, who was then a Headmaster in Esu, Menchum Division, was a polling officer during the 1961 Plebiscite.

It was when I became a student in Bishop Rogan College in Buea, that I began living the consequences of that event. Each time we came and were passing through Douala, we needed a laissez-passer. Gendarmes would order us out of the car and we would cross their checkpoint on foot with the high risk of losing our luggage.

It was during the period of Federation that we realised that one needed to have a certain name from a particular area in order to get things done. This time around, it dawned on me that I am from a marginalised minority. It is clear that no Anglophone can become President in such a set-up.

I felt bad when they tried to tamper with our educational system. Our brothers, East of the Mungo, have reaped more benefits from the union. It is still a nightmare to go to Akwaya, Furu-Awa, Mundemba, Wum, and so on.

Their interference in our children’s admission into the Medical School of the University of Buea, with something called ‘regional balance’ is traumatising.

The Head of State created the Buea Medical School because the language barrier blocked many of our children from training in CUSS in Yaounde, but they came to block them with regional balance.

These brothers, who do not seemingly like us, are invading our schools with their children. I wonder if this is just a genuine search of the Anglo-Saxon education or they have a hidden agenda. But it is still very curious to be part of the Anglo-Saxon educational system that they want to destroy at all cost.

The Anglophones are marginalised in Government appointments. Take the Ministry of Secondary Education, for instance, the Minister and the Secretary are Francophones. It never used to happen like this during the Ahmadou Ahidjo era. Even Commonwealth scholarships are given to Francophones who speak approximate English.

The appointment of Francophone magistrates in Anglophone regions was the greatest act of provocation, because, both litigants and lawyers were compelled to speak in French. Billboards, even in the Anglophone Regions are in French. That is why you see things like “Ecole Publique de Furu-Awa”.

Some Francophones continue to make provocative statements that refer to Anglophones as a tribe. Anglophones live in anger and frustration. We must put all hands on deck and build this country on equal measure. Each builder should carry his or her own block of development no matter how small.

Augustine Meh Zang, Businessman, Yaounde

Evil Has Over-taken The land

But for the peace that we see, I think what stands out clear is the fact that evil has over-taken the land. So many things have happened in 55 years since we came together.

When you move around, there are signs everywhere that things are not right, Streams are drying up even in the heart of the rainy season. It is the United Nations, UN that introduced us to our neighbour and from that time till date, things have never been the same again.

Southern Cameroonians are still crying for their freedom and that is why we will continue to hold the United Nations, UN accountable, because, they are the ones who joined us with our neighbours.

So, the best I can say is that, even the Bible calls for us to live in peace with our neighbours. But, in 55 years, so many bad things have happened.

Henry Ewane Uhce Ndoki, SCNC Activist, Kumba

It Has Been A Nightmare

There is every reason for Southern Cameroonians to regret, 55 years of this union with our Francophone neighbours have been a nightmare. Since that day that Prime Minister Foncha announced that things were going to change, all the good things we knew back then have ended up in ruins. I think the only thing we have left is the CDC.

At that time, I remember the Elders and File, Carlbury and many others who had massive land, were ordered to leave over-night. Some of those who banked money in Nigeria were asked, either to relocate or transfer the money here.

Today, we are hearing of the Fako Land-grabbing saga and our French administrators have worsened the set-up. So, with all these developments, there is nothing we of this English-speaking sector, best called Southern Cameroons, can say we have gained.

I think they should be the ones celebrating that, in 55 years of colonisation, they have buried our identity, taken over our land, schools, legal system, freedom, employment opportunities and every other thing that gives joy to a people. But one thing is sure, the battle continues.

Bernard Ning Samba, Activists Kumba

State Functionaries Have Been Duping Southern Cameroonians

Well, 55 years ago, I think things were better than they are now. There was a funny campaign that came during the Federal period that, our French brothers on Government pay roll were earning more than us.

But after all these years, we discovered that it was blackmail, the difference was just about FCFA 2,000. But, since then, things have fallen apart. The salaries of civil servants in this country continue to decline.

Families continue to suffer under difficult economic conditions. The cash crop market has been opened to wolves in the name of licensed buying agents.

These men connive with State functionaries to dupe Southern Cameroonians and so I think, we have failed.

Where is our Marketing Board, Cameroon Bank, Powercam and all other things unique to us? Look at the sham we have in the name of a police force. What obtains now does not befit a British police force.

Despite all these woes, I think the SCNC has failed partly due to greed.

Most of us who started this fight genuinely have ended up falling prey to cheap bank notes and appointments by the Biya regime.

In 55 years, I am afraid; our struggle for liberation seems to be going backwards. It is time for the SCNC to rethink or seat quiet.

Elvis Kwenso Kolejock, Activist Kumba.

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