A leading thinker and University don in the country, Prof Tazoacha Asonganyi, on the question of the feasibility of democracy in Cameroon, Prof. Asonganyi, backed by experience acquired over a decade serving as Secretary General of the Social Democratic Front, SDF and leading opposition party in the country, answers in the affirmative, declaring that principally, the democratic culture needs only nurturing because it could never be imposed. In his own words, “… values like individualism, liberalism, constitutionalism, human rights, equality, liberty, the rule of law, democracy, free markets, the separation of church and state….” are not the preserve of the west. These human values, Prof. Asonganyi contends are not exclusive but inclusive concluding that “the going-on in the Cameroon society show both resistance and receptivity…. that sooner or later, the resistance will collapse and the society will gain free and open discussion…”
The Anglophone-francophone schism is x-rayed in this paper that unravels/reveals the complexities of the bilingual history of Cameroon, highlighting the grievances of the English speaking. Dr. Ndobegang Michael is a former Fulbright scholar and presently Senior Lecturer in History at the Advanced Teachers Training College of the University of Yaoundé 1
Publisher/Managing Editor of the Star Headlines newspaper, Ndi Nkem Paul Foanyi, laments that publishers of independent newspapers are frequently the unwilling guests of the Police and Gendarmes for being critical of government’s bureaucratic red tapes over national issues. Language he continues also serves as a stumbling block put by government as most of the official documents are published only in French rather that the two official languages of English and French as stipulated by the law. Despite the war of attrition against the press, media practitioners he affirms have remained steadfast and undaunted in going about their business.
In this lecture, Prof. T. Asonganyi, maintains that “… the main problem with elections in Cameroon is people, not laws.” To him, there is a serious lack of political will by Cameroon electoral officials such that even exchanges of electoral laws with say France where elections are similarly conducted by the ministry of interior would still lead to a failed election in Cameroon under the French electoral laws.