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The dream of a change through a Natioanal Dialogue in Cameroon

Joseph Landry Kamole Public Policy Professional based in the USA (c) copyright

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation” THOMAS JEFFERSON

 

Fellow Cameroonians,

The hardest of all realities is that we are imperfect and so are our works

Be as better than the very best but know that someone, somehow, someday will be better

Time is an opportunity to do and be better.

 

After a very long battle between denials vs facts

Our Head of State has decided to open the door for dialogue

Yes, he finally did!

Dialogue has always been the most effective and efficient solution to any conflict resolution

I wish this had been the first and only option on the table but it wasn’t and isn’t!

Innocent Cameroonians died and are still dying

The lucky ones fled and sought refuge internally and internationally

However, there is hope in dialogue.

 

Dialogue is a victory for all who so advocated

It’s an opportunity for all who had given up on any chance at it

And a higher obligation to all Cameroonians in this time when our country’s fate is at stake

 

Beware, the hidden side of the iceberg is of a greater concern

Yes, there’s much to this crisis than one person can tell

Every Cameroonian has a burden that must be heard and potentially fairly addressed

Are we ready to make are burdens heard?

Are the mediators if any, willing and ready to listen to all Cameroonians without prejudice?

Will the voice of the people for once in our history as a nation prevail over existential politics?

 

This is the difficult path we’re about to take

We’re not expected to do a perfect work

Rather, we have to do our very best

Our children and grandchildren will do better in their time and way

 

I wish we had prepared enough for this task

But also, there’s no such thing like being prepared to stand up for your Country

Patriotism is subjective and comes calling unexpectedly

 

Let us choose between democracy, dictatorship and or any other form of governance

Let’s agree if we want of a for-life-Presidency, a term-presidency and or any other form of Presidentialism

Make a choice between independent judges and those who are under the influence of an invisible hand

Solve our election rigging and transparency problems

Discuss and provide helpful solutions to reduce corruption

Hold our elected trustees accountable amongst others

 

Yes! We’ve got a lot to work on

We can do this

We can do it better

Other countries are looking

Our children will remember us through this work in progress

Let’s make our forefathers proud

That we added value to our legacy

That Cameroon was indeed left in better hands

 

“Patriotism is love of Country. But you can’t love your Country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen. We don’t always have to agree, but we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good” CORY BOOKER

Our differences shouldn’t have turned us apart

We should have built on them to make a better and stronger society

It’s never too late

Let’s make things right

Be the Cameroonians that we truly are.

 

 

*Joseph L KAMOLE is a Cameroon born Public Policy Professional currently based in the U.S.A. Citizen empowerment through Political awareness and engagement is the main focus of his works and advocacy. Also acts as Speaker and Contributor at various Conferences on Human rights, Social justice, Elections, amongst others.

 

 

 

 



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