Friday, April 11, 2008

Cameroon: Sustained Interest in Politics -

How often make we hear people state political relation is a soiled game. Others state political relation is a clean game rendered soiled by bad people. Whatever it is Cameroonians have, over the years, been involved in political relation with varied fortunes. From the colonial modern times through the patriot battle for independency till day of the month Cameroonians have got shown passionate involvement in politics.

Going down memory lane, what come ups to mind is the sign language in 1884 of the Germano-Douala Treaty with King Akwa which propelled Cameroon as a state into the human race geopolitical stage. Then came the time period of colonial regulation during which Cameroonians fought along side their colonial Masters against Nazism. Like in many African countries, this time period gave rise to a new sense of political consciousness among patriots who eventually got involved in the battle for independence. This new-found consciousness opened the gateway to the growing of political pluralism a few decennaries preceding independency which came for most states in the late 50s and early 60s; hence the birth of the first political political parties in Cameroon. With the attainment of independency in 1960, political pluralism which had go a world attracted the involvement of many Cameroonian nationalists. Much involvement and monolithic engagement in political relation helped to determine the result of the plebiscite by which Southern Cameroons reunited with the Democracy of Cameroun. After a little time period of multiparty politics, Cameroon plunged into massive administration between 1966 and 1990.

In 1990, Cameroon was caught up by the wind of democratic alteration from Eastern Europe ignited by the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika and glasnosts. The launching in Bamenda of the Sociable Democratic Presence in May 1990 paved the manner for new-found freedom of assembly, address and association and multiparty elections. Many Cameroonian citizens became interested in political relation with the creative activity of many political parties. The authorities carried out many far-reaching reforms with the publication of new textual matters on rights and freedoms under the drift of the Head of State, President Alice Paul Biya. The political scene in Cameroon was marked by great enthusiasm, effervescence and at modern times turbulence. This clip period of monolithic engagement and involvement began to decline with the passing play of time when resistance political political parties came to recognize that it takes more than than absolute rhetoric to capture power. Many have got come up to recognize that the human race of political relation is characterized by machination and manipulation. This have caused some people to develop an mental attitude of indifference or unconcern towards engagement in political action.

Yet the figure of political political political parties have continued to turn with more than than 210 parties known to be in being as at last year. The last council and parliamentary elections of July 2007 proverb an unusually high per centum of abstaintion especially in the urban Centres which could be partly attributed to defeats caused by the failure of resistance political political parties and civil society arrangements to present on their promises. But this abstaintion was not a presentation of the deficiency of interest. In fact, the general concern shown nation-wide astir the argument on the amendment of the fundamental law turns out that Cameroonians are as interested in political relation today as they have got always been.

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