In those days, the courtiers in the court(which was the seat of the king's governmental and political power) competed to seek the king's notice at all cost, so that they can be favoured or promoted. They flattered,praised and glorified him, jested for him, honoured him even if he ordered the killing of one of them. The king was the almighty. His word was law, his power was limitless, he was unpredictable.
Unpredictability is hardly a democratic virtue.It smacks of dictatorship. Just like the monarchs of old, Biya has molded the minds of his courtiers to live in constant anxiety.
In a country where the rule of law is unshakable, unpredictability has no place.
But, this is Biya's Cameroons where notorious ex-convicts are appointed ministers, and convicted murderers roam the streets, instead of serving jail time; .
where military generals never retire and bed-ridden octogenarians are called back from retirement to serve, while school leavers attain retirement age without ever serving their nation in even the meanest capacity;
where many embezzle, but few are charged;
Unpredictability is a weapon for those who don't play by the rule of law when they have power. The so called Biya's unpredictability has little to do with legalility.
Biya's unpredictability consists of selective justice and special favours.
Those who have inhaled the ruler's fart without manifesting any nasal agitation are the 'courtiers' of Biya's stale deal regime. Most of them are academics, politicians,public senior servants, businessmen and traditional rulers. They have manipulatively misrepresented the wish of the people and derailed the progressive destiny of their fellow citizens. They provoke the suffering masses by ignoring their sufferings and glorifying a thieving regime.
They struggle to play the 'perfect courtier' sometimes selling their consciences and intellect in the process.
In any semblance of democracy, these fellows should court the masses and no one else. Unfortunately Biya's lackadaisical regime has transformed respected academics or technocrats into pseudo-intellectuals. They have taken the role of 'perfect courtiers' in Biya' court, sitting on their brains and jesting to his delight, sometimes echoing his claptrap as extra-terrestial wisdom.
These 'perfect courtiers' have asked Biya to rule till death. They have offered to pay his presidential caution fee even when they know he does not need it. They have sung praises to his wife as if she was the Holy Virgin Mary. They have requested that he should be awarded a Nobel peace prize. They connive with his forces to kill innocent Cameroonians. They have blocked or not supported legislature that would benefit the majority of the populace. They have helped in the process of rigging elections. They have hailed Biya even though their regions have been deprived of basic amenities for 28 years. They have sent 'motions of support, while the people suffer and their natural resources exploited with impunity.
The sycophantic ploys of Biya's 'prefect courtiers' have sustained his 28 year rule. He can do as he wishes to them: appoint them, disappoint them, jail them, free them, torment them, ignore them, recycle them and dump them, yet they won't stop belittling themselves and their communities.
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