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Southern Cameroonian(Ambazonian) Revolution - A Critical Look at the Emergence of New Political Groups
By Steve Neba-Fuh
"There is nothing as dampening in a revolution , as a people divided in purpose and clinging to personal allegiances"- Steve Neba-Fuh
There is an ongoing debate about whether it is healthy for the ongoing revolution to have more groups (especially political) emerging at this point in time.
My opinion about this is simple, we do not need many more political groups that may fracture our revolution for now. We have the necessary structures in the current Interim Government (IG) ready to receive whatever concerns or proposals we have, and more importantly, open to work collaboratively towards ventures that will strengthen this revolution, without necessarily threatening the basic core of leadership structure and relative unity built so far.
POINTS TO CONSIDER:
1) Our revolution is like an orphan, it needs unity of purpose in a coordinated form to allow it survive:
We have reached this level in the revolution because of our relative high sense of unity of purpose. I strongly believe we could have gone further than this if we never had all these alternative groups, sometimes diluting our collective effort and doing things their way, instead of consolidating our gains.
2) Our government is a Revolutionary Government and not a normal Government:
First, a revolutionary government is a provisional leadership structure set up on the platform of a populist revolutionary movement, to direct the revolution. Even though the IG does not have the necessary republican structures to enforce all its laws, it still relies on baseline support from compatriots( both home and abroad) who may not have the 'luxury' of reading political manifestos, such as our brave compatriots back home defending our homeland and many others who are refugees , some sleeping in bushes , not sure if they will see the next sunrise.
Therefore, we must rely on the common sense and collective camaraderie of all revolutionaries, as well as the bravery of our compatriots both in the diaspora and on ground zero to sustain this revolution.
The revolutionary government, though not a product of some universal suffrage, enjoys the support of the majority of our people. In the case of Interim Government (IG) , we were all witnesses to the metamorphosis that led us to having this government. There is no denying that this structure represents the aspirations of our people in this revolution. Managing the IG and its appending structures is not an exact venture. It is a learning process. We should expect more hiccups and be ready to assist our leaders in a context that does not fragment or undermine our collective effort.
3)Emergence of more political groups :
The IG and the Ambazonians in general can't really stop the formation of more groups at this point in the revolution. There are no structures to limit such ventures as of now, but as a people, we reserve the right to embrace or shun them.
These are some points to consider when these new groups are presented to you:
a) Is the group solely for a particular advocacy or does the group have political undertones that can promote disunity in our revolution and undermine the leadership structure in place? There is an obvious difference! For example, a group like the Ambazonian Prisoner of Conscience Support Network (APoC-SN) is different from Ambazonian Governing Council (AGC) in objectives and goals.
b) Will the group adhere to decisions taken by the governing leadership structure-The Interim Government (IG) or not?
c) If the group has political undertones, how will their actions fall in line or sideline those of the existing governing structure?
There is nothing as dampening in a revolution , as a people divided in purpose and clinging to personal allegiances!!
4) The game of interest:
We have observed with dismay the differences in objectives that have put various groups vying for power in this revolution at loggerheads. We have had allegations of betrayal and sabotage. It should not be so, if we really are serious on the fact that we want to reach Buea in the shortest possible time. How will compatriots embracing new political idiosyncrasies fit in their current dispensation? Are we apt enough to manage the level of conflict of interests at the level of leadership and grassroots?
5) The lame examples of History:
We have heard all kinds of historical examples justifying why we can go to Buea in separate ranks, but those who throw out those patches of history always intentionally or unintentionally never add the fact that, those countries took decades of continuous fighting to get their freedom or independence. The jarring question is: Are we ready to follow those historical examples highlighting disunity, and take decades upon decades to reach Buea? Or on the other hand, can we foster some united platform and fight towards unity of purpose - not uniformity, so that we can shorten the time for our 'trip' to Buea?
6) There will be enviable democracy and raw politics in a freed Ambazonia...but NOT NOW! :
As I write this, my village is under attack by the thugs of La Republique du Cameroun . This is just one amongst the numerous villages that have already been razed by Biya's thugs. We really don't have the luxury of time to be duplicating efforts, and in the process lose focus, instead of improving and consolidating what we have built.
The genocide is on! Our compatriots are being slaughtered daily, our leaders and compatriots are laguishing in dungeons, the 'MytriptoBuea' initiative is on. I strongly believe our focus should be on these for now in alignment with the various outfits put in place by IG and the other various advocacy groups in place. The relative slowdown in momentum by our people as far as the 'MytriptoBuea' initiative is concerned can not be dissociated from apathy generated by negative campaigns by various opposing groups and divided interest generated by emerging political groups.
7) For any new group:
The Ambazonian people should be able to vet it beyond its manifesto and decide whether they will take that route at this TIME in our revolution. I expect the Interim Government to stay focused on the projects...knowing that endorsing initiatives like this can be precedent to encouraging more groups to emerge. No sound mind can argue against the fact that, the more groups we have, the weaker our revolution will be !!
Timing is everything! We can not afford to further fracture our already divided and fragile revolution at this point in time.