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February 03, 2011

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Esu

You are correct to a certain extent. Never under-estimate the will of the people. No army has ever defeated the people's will. So will it be when people power steps into sub saharan Africa. The army will have no choice but cede to the will of the people.

The Observer

Of course people power is a viable and powerful force on its own, and it can force the army to abandon its support for the status quo, or at least lead to a revolt from the lower and middle ranks in the army (the ouster of Moussa Dadis in Guinea paving way to democratic elections is a case in point). However, until that happens, protests have little effect other than their capacity for nuisance and destruction. This is where Mbembe's civil society argument comes in. Vialbe civil society organizations make it possible to have sustained and well coordinated protest movements which can convince the army that it is in its interest to switch sides and go with the democratic aspirations 9of the people. Unfortunately, these are lacking in most of Africa...

And in the case of Cameroon both the top brass and rank and file of the military worship their man Biya....

jigger massa

Biyas predecessor Ahijoe was suspicious of any civic organisation. They were all infiltrated with paid spies sowing mistrust and sniffing out "subversive" elements". Biya too to a lesser degree. Then the is the debilitation of alcoh9ol , bar life and the distration of soc,cer. I have no hope for camarone

Pickinjava

Just as it is unwise to reduce potentials for social change to CSOs, so also is it unwise to reduce these potentials to the army. Mubarak is finding that violence and/or threat of violence only work in the medium term. Social control is only sustained through robust structures and processes of social control (churches, schools, workplaces, prisons, etc.). If Cameroon were not kept so successfully divided between French/English, Christian/Muslim, Nso/Bamileke/Bamoum and others, the army/police state probably would not work so well.

John Dinga

Thanks Mr Tande Dibussi, for shedding light on a very important issue. You are quite right to place the trump card in the hands of the military. And the declarations of General Pierre Semengue are very revealing indeed. The only element that can neutralize the army is internal rebellion of its elements but that is a far cry in Cameroon especially when it is known that employment is done by selecting recruits incestuously.

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