In an interview with Jeune Afrique magazine, the senator from the South West region said he was in favour of a ten-states federation as a solution to the anglophone crisis.
Chief Mukete, Cameroonian Senator and successful businessman, did not mince his words when quizzed on the Anglophone crisis that has been rocking the country for the past year.
The paramount leader of the Bafaw people in the South West region believes the crisis, which began in October 2016, could have been avoided if at one time he had been listened to.
Chief Mukete claims to have had the idea of creating a body promoting bilingualism and living together a few years ago. However, some persons within the circles of power accused him of wanting to divide the country. Accusations that led him to be quizzed at the General Delegation for National Security in Yaounde. Yet Chief Mukete simply intended to submit his project to President Paul Biya, whom he considers less accessible than Ahmadou Ahidjo, his predecessor.
Today, he believes, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, set up on January 23, 2017, is coming too late.
It was announced as the solution to the problems related to the Anglophone problem in Cameroon, but has not yet found a way to ease tensions, including activists of the secessionist cause.
According to Chief Mukete, Board Chair of the Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel), the Cameroonian government could have limited the damage “if we had refrained from imprisoning moderate leaders who ultimately had only social demands. If we had also refrained from clamping down on the voices of the protagonists on both sides, that of moderates well as the secessionists,”said Chief Mukete.
At almost 100 years old the former reunification activist laments the attitude of former Cameroonian Prime Ministers from the English-speaking regions in the face of extreme “marginalization of Anglophones”, a Latent discomfort that has existed for long.
“None of the different English-speaking prime ministers in this country has ever been sufficiently honest or courageous to sound the warning bells and try to limit frustrations,” the senator said.
He stands in favor of a ten-states federalism and is convinced that President Paul Biya would agree with such a proposal, because “the current extreme centralization is a big mistake.”