Saturday, July 10, 2010

Jerome Mendouga: A Sword of Tribal and Linguistic Divide

I am not one of his friends, but I stand for justice. It only bothers me a great deal to hear and read people rejoice that Mendouga should rot in jail (even though he has not been tried), but they want Muluh Mbuh to come out. While I support Muluh Mbuh, Lapiro and Forjindam, I think that Mendouga’s case needs sympathy. When it is someone we like we cry “innocent until proven guilty”, but if it is someone we hate, we cry “guilty until proven innocent”. That is why onlookers can rightly say there is a lot of tribalism amongst Cameroonians. Everyone (whether we like them or not) should be innocent until proven guilty. No one should be guilty until proven innocent.

Groups like ACCDF, CPS, CAMSA and the rest should take public positions on cases of blatant injustice. They should join their voices in requesting a fair and just trial for people like Mendouga whether they are our friends or not. Many people in Cameroonian forums talk evil of Mendouga because he is Beti and francophone. That is not the way we will build that country. That is not the way Cameroon will change. If there are problems, and we want solutions, we must join hands no matter our linguistic differences.

As most of you can testify that I always rebuked him in public like I am doing with the current ambassador. When news came out that Mendouga was confiscating passports, I personally called him to enquire if it was true. He told me he was coming to Atlanta, and we will talk about it.

How do you file for asylum and you are requesting for a visa to go back home. I mean to the same place, with the same government, and the same president. Why don’t you just stay out since you have run away?

I am afraid, what happens in the house of the hen will happen in the house of the duck. I am afraid that tomorrow you all will turn against the present ambassador when he runs into trouble. Aren’t you afraid that those who wined (Moet and Don Perignon) and dined (goat meat) with Mendouga too have abandoned him? What a shame! Where is our sense of loyalty? What a bunch of turncoats who feast today with you and abandon you tomorrow when you truly need them!

I was not a friend of Mendouga, but I will defend him knowing the facts of that case. Mendouga’s case is a sad situation where Paul Biya has been misinformed to think that Mendogua wanted to kill him. Mendouga will be the last person to plan for Biya’s death. He sang and praised Biya even in his sleep. This same man has served Biya for more than 20 years and did not have any reports of disloyalty. I know you think that is a good enough reason to let him decay in the dungeon of Kondengui, but remember, Biya gave him that farm he grazed on. You should instead praise him for faithfulness and trustworthiness. Be faithful to whoever is your partner-even if it is the Devil.

My compatriots, Jerome Mendouga is a scapegoat of people who want to conceal the corruption that went with the Albatross. Mendogua is not a victim of Operation Sparrow Hawk; he is a victim of Beti internal strife whereby he was not too smart to get himself out of the way. Surprisingly, the same sword he protected is the sword that has stabbed him. Biya that he was ready to die for is the same Biya who is locking him in jail now. What a world of turncoats! What a world of absurdities!
Jerome Mendouga, fear not, it shall be well. You have been an honorable man, and you will be out soon to be honorable.

Until then, I wish you well, and I hope to see you out soon.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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