by Martin Fon Yembe (Coordinator, Global Information Network..GLOBINET)
In Cameroon, politicians of the CPDM regime have gratuitously allocated to themselves the label of elite, and use it as a passport to speak for and on behalf of an oppressed and silenced people, especially in West Cameroon…NW and SW. I began taking interest in this until last week when a list of so-called ELITE came up with a communiqué calling on teachers and students/pupils to go back to school and ignore the ongoing strike!! My first worry was to find out who an elite is and what role can an elite play in the community.
The conventional definition puts it that Elite (from late 18th century French élite), is a term that originates from Latin eligere (“to choose, elect”). In political and sociological theory for a small group of powerful people that controls a disproportionate amount of wealth, privilege or political power in a society. In Great Britain, and elite is a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or quality. The political elite are the most informed, educated and politically active people who have a strong influence on public officials. Thus the elite or e·lites or élite or é·lites. Refers to a group or class of persons considered to be superior to others because of their intelligence, social standing…entailing that the elite is something prestigious or the best of the best.
From these definitions, are those who signed or purportedly signed the controversial and ludicrous communiqué elite?
In a recent publication in Le Messager and other French language newspapers, these supposed signatories of the communiqué are described as “dupes”! These are persons who, by dint of the fact that they have been able to please the Central Committee of RDPC, they find themselves in the corridors of the dirty powers in Yaounde. They are hostages who will accept to bear the brunt of the diabolic acts and schemes of the regime against their people. Once you are out of government, you are no more an elite…meaning that those supposed superior qualities and abilities wane immediately you are not in the favour books of the diabolic regime.
Imagine this scenario going on currently in West Cameroon. None of these supposed elite has gone to their home community to sample the opinions of their people they purport to represent…yet, they sit in some air-conditioned luxurious rooms in Yaounde and issue communiqués calling on parents to send their kids to school and for teachers to resume classes!!! Elite indeed!
What does it take for our supposed Prime Minister to use all the billions of Francs cfa they are using now to buy Fons and press men, to rather dispatch teams of “elite” say from Menji, Ndu, Wum, Tombel etc to actually get the true feelings of these people who have suddenly gone into alliance with the Trade Unionists and Federalists?! Instead, hey are resorting to what we know best of them…threats, intimidation, buying of consciences and communiqués!!
Facing the Reality of the Global Union Against the old “New Order”
The regime is still grabbling with the reality of their being overtaken in their own track by the Global Union of Social Media. These so-called elite had been having it smooth in the days of the New Order where CRTV and Cameroon Tribune could say Martin Fon Yembe is a Gabonese or Ni John Fru Ndi has escaped to Nigeria and people will believe! Today, a Minute by Minute recording and monitoring of developments has caught them pants down. I hear them asking themselves “ What’s going on? What’s happening here? I don’t feel that I’m in control of anything anymore.” There are some that are aware of what's happening, but millions more would be shocked to learn the truth. The answers are slowly emerging. They see people getting the information they had never wanted them to have.
They are being stopped and they will find themselves very soon naked in the middle of the market. But only if everyone works very hard at the solutions, for nothing happens on its own, and apathy is NOT the answer. We all must identify them, name and shame them in public places.
However, violent efforts are inappropriate because: (1) It is wrong to break our laws. (2) Many innocent people will be killed or wounded and their property destroyed. (3) The Elite control our courts…our banks, our offices and worse still our chiefs.It is my humble opinion that these crooks are aware of the fact that they are losing control…and we must not allow them recover. In the words of Michael Gove we join to say I think it's time that we said to people who are incapable of acknowledging that they've ever got anything wrong: 'I'm sorry, you've had your day.' Unelected, unaccountable elites, I'm afraid it's time to say, 'You're fired. We are going to take back control.'
When News Breaks Out, We Break In. (The 2014 Bloggies Finalist)