Wednesday, February 2, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Washington D.C – We at The Cameroon Journal have been keen observers of the ongoing debate about whether MoRISC should be or not be. We have listened to the arguments for and against the group and while we believe strongly in the need for such a movement, we think that fundamental revisions of its mission and modus operandi be made for the purpose of unanimity and acceptability among a majority Southern Cameroonians.
MoRISC has approached a few things erroneously. Some of us here at The Cameroon Journal pioneered the initiative that led to the birth of MoRISC. Its original purpose was two-fold; – to rally Southern Cameroonians in the diaspora and raise funds to support the ongoing struggle at home, and to do so through the joint effort or umbrella of all Southern Cameroons nationalist movements in the diaspora. We were given the understanding by those who framed policy that the SCNC, AGC, SCAPO, SCYL, etc., etc., were all onboard, that they were all to act together or were acting together. Except for the SCNC leader who is now half in and half out of MoRISC, it turned out that these other groups have never been invited by MoRISC to participate. Their leaders show up at protest rallies not as organizers, but as any other patriotic Southern Cameroonians would.
Besides, if they actually form part of MoRISC as the organization would want people to believe, how come they had no input in MoRISC’s draft Constitution that surfaced in DC? We have learned that the draft was the work of a single individual, not even other committee members were privy to it prior to presentation for adoption in DC.
The problem of MoRISC is being exacerbated with the discovery that the organization’s ultimate goal is a political organization unlike the SCNC, SCAPO, SCYL among others. MoRISC is coming across more like a political party and not like a resistance group, the reason why revision of its status is being vehemently challenged by Boh Herbert, its Spokesperson who probably doesn’t want the whole thing hijacked by outsiders.
At The Cameroon Journal, we wish to reiterate once more that MoRISC was a great idea, that is, as far as it kept to the original mission that was sold to members at the onset. Right now, with what obtained in DC and the draft constitution, MoRISC is in pieces and may end in chaos. But this can be prevented. At a time when Southern Cameroonians at home are being arrested, tortured, some hospitalized and others killed, we think that this isn’t the time for some new organization to start reinvention of the wheels. We don’t have the luxury of time to start creating some new group before attending to the urgent needs of the suffering people on the ground in Cameroon.
Imagine that since the carnage let loose on Southern Cameroonians by LRC started, the diaspora as a blog has sent no dime to help the people and leaders on the ground. Rather, all we are busy doing is creating distractions in some new organization and then waging battles over it while our brothers and sisters die daily in the hands of LRC.
MoRISC can function effectively, that is, only if it has some structures on the ground in Cameroon. But MoRISC has no such structures in Cameroon. MoRISC doesn’t relate with the Consortium or its leaders – understandably because of the philosophical differences in direction. MoRISC is for Independence while the Consortium is for Federation. But what about Hon. Wirba who stands for Independence? MoRISC doesn’t relate with Wirba either; who right now appears to be the sole foot legger on the ground. Essentially, MoRISC has no structures on the ground in Cameroon and to put out a plan of action such as it has done without necessary mechanisms to enforce it or see it happen is a recipe for failure.
This is what we at The Cameroon Journal are suggesting. The SCNC, SCYL, SCAPO etc, etc, already have structures on the ground in Cameroon no matter how fractured they may come across. But they serve as ready mechanism for coordination, implementation and enforcement of any action plan from a united front initiative. It is in consideration of this that we are asking that MoRISC in conjunction with all these other groups rather come up with a Secretariat, and without necessarily calling it MoRISC, SCNC, SCAPO or any other existing name. It just could be named or called the Southern Cameroons Diaspora Council, SCDC. The Secretariat should be made up of a Coordinator, Chairman or President – whatever name that fits the purpose. Then a Secretary and Treasurer be elected or appointed. While the vision of the different groups may differ, the Secretariat can function just the same way the Consortium at home functioned – sending out joint press statements and jointly communicating on the direction of the struggle.
Such an arrangement should be duplicated at the home front amongst same groupings for efficient and effective coordination and implementation of agenda.
The Council should also set up different arms or committees such as a lobby committee, Fundraising Committee, Strategy Committee, etc.
We are also very much concern that in the present disorder of things brought about by the very nature of MoRISC, many Southern Cameroons patriots with experience and a wealth of knowledge to contribute to this struggle are being sidelined – perhaps for the fear that their inclusion could result in a scramble for already aspired positions. The Carlson Ayangwes, Simon Munzo, Ambassador Fossung, Nfor Ngala Nfor, and many others – men who were at the very front of this fight not too long ago are still very much with us. Their efforts led to the famous two maps presented to President Biya by a UN committee reminding him of the two sovereign states of Cameroon. These people are still very much with us. Why are they being sidelined? At MoRISC’s DC conference, Gorgi Dinka’s address, we learned, was basically forced on the agenda, because organizers feared him hijacking the cause or emerging leader of the cause. It ought not to be so. These people best know the way to the UNO, AU, and EU etc. Let’s get to them, get them back on the drawing table and have them pick up the diplomatic battle where they left it.
If MoRISC is truly out to unite all of us, we suggest that its Spokesperson reaches out to the other groupings officially for a come together or any leader of the other groupings can as well launch the initiative. At The Cameroon Journal, we are watching keenly and will not hesitate to expose those people who for selfish reasons want to frustrate the people’s cause because of their ego and vaulting ambitions. If need be, we will name names and ask that they be shamed.