The counter argument we received was based on meritocracy, as if there's ever been a competitive entrance examination to appoint general managers, ambassadors, secretary generals at ministries or better still army generals.
Where the "Memorandum called for a better sharing of the national cake for a better cohabitation", others, more arrogant than never and taking themselves for the only masters of knowledge, acted condescendingly.
Where the memorandum preached the policy of "perfect flow" which entails "wetting all the parts of the human body", some wise individuals whose only argument is their assurance argued that it was counterproductive to encourage mediocrity in a state.
Yes, this "unsoacked" part can revolt if it's being marginalized and neglected persistently, especially in a country where every county celebrates noisily when one of theirs is appointed.
Of course, one would have consoled themselves that every dog has its day. After all, we all are working for the prosperity of our land.
But Cameroon has theorised a concept that gives the upper hand to those who had managed to grab the ladder early enough.
This concept is that of " the policy of acquired positions".
This makes it highly probable for a post to rotate around a given geographical area.
This happened at Camwater with three generations of the sons of Mefou et Akono before the chain was broken recently. It began with Basile Atangana Kouna followed by Jean William Solo and ended with Aphonse Roger Ondoua Akoa.
Even then, the predecessor of Camwater(Snec) was headed by Clement Obouh Pegue, who also hailed from Mefou et Akono.
Whatever their competence, this could only legitimately attract trouble.
The "policy of acquired positions" is so deeply rooted in Cameroon that it's no longer necessary to wear a bit of perfume thereon to distract the people.
It's applied in broad daylight, touching all the compartments of the state, having the 5pm news on CRTV as its main centre of expression.
" This policy of acquired positions " was consolidated on June 8, 2017 following the reading of two presidential decrees.
The first decree replaced Jean Louis Beh Mengue with Philemon Zo'o Zame as head of The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Both men were from Dja et Lobo, precisely from Djoum Subdivision.
And nobody cared to "mask" the texts [decrees] to make the pill "swallowable". All is well.
The variant of this concept to our leaders is "compensation". This seeks to avoid loss of positions.
After the departure of Abdou Namba and Ousmanou Taousset from Sodecoton, Mayo-Tsanaga was compensated with the appointment of Pierre Kadadak at Campost.
This variant, as much as the concept itself, seeks to preserve some fragile equilibrium as illustrated by the document we are publishing in this 1000th edition.
The gaps you have noticed here have always existed for the past ten years when when we published the first edition of "National Cake". They are still there.
Let the resulting status quo provide some chewing grains to those who continue to scream to be heard, believing that it's the only way to contribute to the edification of this country.
By the way, are they wrong?
Personally, I have not yet seen any citizen of this nation appointed to a high profile position , and they, for the sake of unity, have gone to show their joy anywhere else besides their large political and administrative family.
Am yet to see any section of the governing CPDM mobilise a motion of support to celebrate the appointment of the militant of another party.
With these facts( considered by some as morally wrong, and by others as being indispensable), is the consolidation of our cohabitation not too demanding for our leaders?
The purpose of this document is to bring the powers that be to order. Nobody is gullible.
One of the causes of the Anglophone Crisis is rooted in the distribution of posts of responsibility within the state.
The recent outing of La'akam in relation to the appointment of the Bamileke people which some consider inappropriate,ungentlemanly in a state, demonstrates the growing uneasiness in the country which can neither be concealed by the notion of meritocracy nor hate.
The Great North on its part has been considered by some observers as being silent, inaudible and limited to gazing at the horizon since the 2002 Memorandum. If it's still silent, it's however neither dumb nor blind.