Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Emptiness Of The SDF

The Social Democratic Front (SDF) was founded in 1990. During that time I was a student in CHS Bambui. WE marched from Bambui to Bamenda, singing as we marched in a throng. The party was launched. On that day, a couple of people gave their lives in search of freedom.

When the SDF was founded, it was the hope of Cameroonians that it was quickly nicknamed Suffer Don Finish (Our suffering is over). It wasn’t the first time that multipartism was coming to Cameroon, but it was the first time since the Unitary State was formed in 1972. To many, it was an end to their suffering as the singsong of every child: including Francophones that the word SDF was in every household and the effigy of John Fru Ndi on every wall no matter the tribe or language. SDF won the hearts of Cameroonians that their national chairman: Ni John Fru Ndi almost won the presidency. But as nature or perhaps we should say the hand of God could have it, the tides turned and the incumbent: President Paul Biya was maintained by the courts.

Thenceforth, the SDF has been a shadow of itself. Upon all the things it is accusing the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement-CPDM (party in power), it has done same. Ni John Fru Ndi: its national president has been in power for 19 years. How on earth in a democratic party would a chairman be in power for 19 years as if everyone was dead? The party is now just a regional party made mostly of North Westerners. They succeeded in weeding out non North Westerners and even North Westerners who were progressive and did not have the herd’s mentality. Today you have a party running on empty rhetoric of Suffer Don Finish. The name should not be Suffer Don Finish; it should be Suffer Don Fall because with the SDF, people will suffer more.

As one looks at the councils where the SDF is in power, they are an eyesore. In the South West, North West or Littoral, those councils have not made any progress. Their main argument has been that the government delegates have prevented them from accomplishing their projects. Before they campaigned for the mayoral seats they knew that the government delegates were government appointees. Doesn’t the Bible say if you know that you will not finish your house you should not start to build? You should make sure you know that you will complete it. Isn’t it like marrying a woman with erectile dysfunction only to depend on your enemy for Viagra? When he does not give you, you complain that you do not have children because he did not give you Viagra. You should have known that you do not have the skill to look for another means to have kids.

The SDF due to its lost of ideas has now resorted to criminal acts. Consequently, the chairman and his myrmidons are in court for murder. Violence is the weapon of weak communicators. Their language is now weak and does not more resonate with the common Cameroonian. As such, violence is now their motto.

Therefore, I will advise the SDF to close its doors, fold its chairs and join the SCNC or CPDM and at least have a cause to fight for. Not every fire melts gold and so not every party will ascend to the presidency. As a result, the SDF must realize that the game is up; it is now useless and running on empty.

Until then, barking dogs admire caravans: let them bark now.

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