A probable return to a one-party state, which we left behind many years ago may be slow, but evident and visible enough for every diligent eye to see and every conscious mind to discern. The nature of our politics since the seemingly reluctant embrace of multi-party politics in the early nineties attests to this. The game started way back to the historic protest march by the unique CPDM political party at the time.
The vehemence which characterised the protest against any attempt to turn to any form of a pluralistic political system that would involve more than one political party, illustrated the determination of the barons of the ruling CPDM to resist the success of such a political formula even if it were in the long run. Today, there is even more glaring evidence that that resistance is still burbling beneath the surface, judging from the conduct of politics on the ground for the past few decades. The Barons of the party are certainly not comfortable with the present political dispensation of pluralism.
As a matter of fact, the ruling CPDM has, without reservation, engaged itself in all forms of manipulations to render weightless, the inevitable factor of pluralism which enriches all democracies, simply to sustain its stay in power. Through this ploy, every policy designed by the CPDM government, carries with it a motive intended to cripple the opposition, which in every democracy is simply an alternative and corrective voice that compels any government in good faith, to sit up, and face its responsibility.
It is obvious that the dark clouds that now cruise the skies of this country on the eve of the long awaited Regional Councils Elections, once more demonstrates the ill-will of government to always substitute fare play with greed. This is already glaring in government’s determination in granting the lion share of seats to its mother party, so to further frustrate an already weakened opposition. There has been much talk about an irrational distribution of seats in the various regions.
Following the recent decrees fixing modalities for the Regional Councils Elections, certain divisions which are CPDM strong-holds, have been allocated more seats without any laid down criteria to justify such allocations. In fairness to good political systems, population census or head counts are one of those criteria to justify the allocation of seats such as we are now quarreling about. But for the past more than two decades there has never been any population count. How then did we arrive at our allocation statistics?
The game on the ground is intended to justify the CPDM’s illusive popularity, which the leaders arrogantly brandish to make it stand out as the only political movement that is capable of steering the country out of all its political misfortunes. At the bottom of their hearts, their wish is that all other political movements disappear to pave the way towards a one party state once more.
It is however unfortunate that the irony of their scheming most often leads them into monumental errors that today have thrown the country into a state of near tragedy. The Anglophone problem which did not deserve to degenerate into what it has become today, seems to be slipping off its control, for the simple reason that the government considers itself the only source of wisdom and above all other human reasoning. Common sense instructs that two heads are better than one. Which of course means that, government, should equally listen to other voices! But on the contrary, the government of Cameroon has ignored all calls for it to show restraint and put a genuine and inclusive dialogue in motion, as a matter of priority in resolving the Anglophone crisis.
Its adamant refusal to review what has generally come to be known as an obnoxious electoral code, seems its only card on the table, under which cover it conducts elections whose proclaimed results usually favour the party. No matter how much the CPDM and its government try to hide their intentions under the cover of being the most popular party, there are evident moves that the regime sincerely wishes a return to the one party system, so it can continue to enjoy unperturbed, a monopoly of control over the entire country and political process.
This is in addition to the fact that the whole arrangement surrounding the impending regional elections, beginning from the irrational distribution of seats, to the unanswered questions concerning the so-called Special Status for the two Anglophone Regions are intended to water down the gross impact of the Anglophone crisis, and create the impression that the situation is under control, which of course, like every other right thinking Cameroonian, that is not the case.