Unbelievable ! Chief Mukete finally did it.And this time in the public square, without the possibility of shirking behind a “deformation-adaptation” of his remarks by a media, as was the case last year, when his spokespersons accused the weekly Jeune Afrique to have attributed to him statements similar to those which make talk the seraglio these last days.
In front of members of the government, Senator Mukete showed his misunderstanding about the suffering of his people who are dying while people are having fun in Yaoundé. By “people” means the Cameroonian leaders whose openly criticized the negligent management of the deadly “Anglophone crisis” in the two formerly British regions of North-West and South-West Cameroon.
“It took time!”: Cameroonians are familiar with this slogan attached to its creation to an eponymous brand of beer brewed in their country by a local operator. But the slogan become proverbial is in the process of applying to the oldest member of the Senate of Cameroon, Victor Mukete, sickened by the perpetual misery that strikes the English-speaking Cameroonians of which he is a major figure.
A tragedy orchestrated by a particularly irresponsible Biya regime, which he would hardly deny has hitherto been considered – more correctly than wrongly – as a moral guarantee, in the company of this one to solve by the firearms and fires, the legitimate uprising of the English speakers, pushing some of them, to opt for regrettable separatist pursuits, the use of brute force against the protesters and their stigmatizing help.
The irascible quickdraw of an irreducible advocate of the English-speaking cause and the energy of an impetuous parliamentarian – as we see in countries where parliamentarians are really representatives of the people – in less (Senator Chief Mukete is 100 years old. years since November 15, 2018), the lament of the Paramount Chief of Kumba, raised last Friday for members of the government during a question-and-answer session in the Senate, has nonetheless raised deep questioning and invitation to introspection for the regime of which he is a fervent supporter, but which unfortunately is primarily responsible for the current chaos.
And the centenary senator to leave of an observation of which only the regime of Biya and its partisans, accustomed to deny the evidences, still succeed the exploit of refusing to admit the relevance:
“the system failed, the federation is the only way. Ten federated states for each region to manage its affairs. Why are people afraid of the federation? I do not speak like that because the country should be divided. No! I fought very hard for the reunification of the former Southern Cameroon and the former Republic of Cameroon. And I will never be able to destroy it. But the country should be federated. Look at America, South Africa, Switzerland, Nigeria, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda.
A recommendation to return to federalism which, according to those who reported it from the Friday session in the Upper House, grew in intensity and increased tenfold the resentment of the speaker, to the point where facing his audience stunned by his output but, religiously respectful, he hurled the floor of his royal cane furiously, “What are all these absurdities? My people are dying; he suffers. And we play games here in Yaounde. We must be careful. I do not care. Go tell anyone. Go tell Paul! “(Biya gets along)
Last year, Fon Victor Mukete had a time in the news for making a statement that many had described as brave, magazine Jeune Afrique. He would have said in the columns of the journal of Bashir Ben Yahmed, about the Anglophone crisis that began to take proportions worrying: “if we had refrained from imprisoning moderate leaders who had ultimately than social demands. If we had also refrained from clamping down on the voices of the protagonists on both sides, that of the moderate ones like that of the secessionists”.
A few weeks later, this former minister of the government of Tafawa Balewa in the late 1950s when the former Western Cameroon, only trust territory of Great Britain, was still attached to the British colony of Nigeria, but also a historic player in the reunification in the 1960s of both Cameroon (English and French), kicked in touch and rejected everything. He had never given an interview to Jeune Afrique, and the words attributed to him, in the forms as they had been returned by the newspaper, were pure deduction or distortion of journalist telling him what he wanted to hear, had it been read in the newspapers relaying the tidbits of his family members who said they were talking “for the old man”. With his permission, of course.