The National Vice-President of the SDF has denounced the decision of the head of state Mr Paul Biya creating the commision to promote billingualism in Cameroon.
Osih says it will not be impossible “to propose an administrative solution to a deep and critical political problem”.
For SDF Member of parliament, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism can not resolve the current crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions. According to the daily newspaper La Nouvelle Expression edition of 27 January 2017 .
The number two of the largest opposition party in Cameroonian denounced “a peripheral circle that can not under any circumstances solve the fundamental problem posed by English-speaking Cameroonians.” “We can not cure a potentially cancerous tumor with the treatment of avian flu. An administrative solution to a deep and critical political problem can not be proposed “.
Joshua Osih argues that this commission will not have any decisive effect on this crisis. He accuses the President of the Republic of failing to make communication to that effect. A communication which “could have been directed to the trigger of the crisis, a trigger soothing towards the protestors”.
The elected representative of the Wouri South constituency also calls for an inclusive national debate that could have been organized after a solemn audience by the main leaders of political parties, the “real” civil society.
Joshua Osih still believes that Paul Biya wants to “drown a fish” by creating the commission for the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism. Even the composition and functioning of this structure raises doubts . According to him, “nothing” should be expected from the 15 members who will be appointed. He believes they will all come from the ruling party of President Paul Biya or will be allies.
“It will never occur to him to appoint persons recognized for their impartiality, integrity, moral rectitude, competence and a high sense of duty. He will designate a large majority of controllable people, including those he holds very close to him, “said Joshua Osih, adding that” the report of the commission will never be made public since he wants that the report will be forwarded to him. That is to say that this report will eventually be amended according to its suitability and interests “.
Alafnet.com has translated the what Osih wrote and Reads
The creation of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is a peripheral circle that can not in any way solve the fundamental problem posed by our English-speaking compatriots. A potentially cancerous tumor can not be treated with the cure of avian influenza. An administrative solution can not be proposed to a deep and critical political problem.
Pending the establishment of federalism, which is a complete form of decentralization, the problems raised by our compatriots could at least have been the beginning of a solution in the effective application of all the texts related to decentralization, in particular the creation of Regional councils which, apart from areas of sovereignty such as border security, currency, external security, diplomacy and national standards, have competence in all spheres of economic, social, political and cultural activity. This commission will obviously have no decisive effect on this crisis. A solemn communication from the President of the Republic to this effect could have been made as soon as the crisis began, a trigger soothing to the protesters. Rather than creating this commission, whose reports will obviously have the same fate as the previous ones that have been buried, he should have organized an inclusive national debate after receiving at a solemn audience the main leaders of political parties, society Civil society -the real ones and not the one hidden behind the party of the state – and the clergy as a whole to gather their views on the situation. Unfortunately for the country, Mr. Biya, did not consider himself obliged to submit to this republican ritual.
With this commission, Biya and his collaborators will once again be the only ones to define the direction which they want this crisis to go which is nevertheless tectonic with a high risk of domino effect. The functioning of this committee at the staff level is in fact part of the perpetual desire to distribute the prebends at the level of the centralized state.
On the other hand, the establishment of this commission in 2017 is proof of the marked inertia and sedimentation at the top of the state. If the Council of Ministers evaluating and arbitrating texts in preparation or already adopted – was held on a regular basis, there would have been no need to set up this budgeting committee.
Speaking of the multiculturalism which is part of the missions assigned to this commission, the regional councils have competence to promote national languages and cultures. In terms of bilingualism, the 1998 Education Guidance Act prescribes, inter alia, the promotion of bilingualism, the harmonization of the two subsystems, while specifying in one of its relevant provisions that “the school system is organized Into two subsystems, one anglophone, the other francophone, by which is reaffirmed the national option of biculturalism “. The English problem is known. There is no point to drown a fish. Speaking at this precise moment of multiculturalism – which is within the competence of regional councils – rather than biculturalism, it is very revealing that Mr Biya’s regime wants to trivialize and generalize one of the main demands of our English-speaking compatriots. This can reinforce their sense of assimilation by the Francophone linguistic community. Although the 1998 law mentioned above indicates that “both subsystems coexist, each retaining its specificity in terms of certification and evaluation”.
As for the 15 members who will be appointed, we can not expect anything. Mr. Biya will appoint 15 members directly or indirectly allied to his party. Yet a serious start would have been not to appoint a member who belonged to or belonged to a political party. Faithful to his monarchical conception of power, he will unfortunately appoint who he wants. It will never occur to him to appoint personalities recognized for their impartiality, integrity, moral rectitude, competence and high sense of duty. He will designate a large majority of controllable persons, including those he holds. The report of the said committee will never be made public since it has been made clear that the report will be transmitted to him. That is to say that this report will be modified according to his suitability and interests.
Those who believe in this commission or in the capacity of Mr Biya to carry out his moult after 35 years of undivided reign are politically naive. Any form of progress will not take place under the present system.
Hon. Joshua N. OSIH
Deputy of the SDF .