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April 12, 2011

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ADO for ever

I think there was a certain amount of dignity here given the circumstances. For example, in the first picture, it is Army Commander Issiaka « Wattao » Ouattara, the chef d’Etat major of the anti-Gbagbo forces who is helping President Gbagbo to get dressed. That is as civilized as it gets! I will not shed a tear for L. Gbagbo and his evil wife Simone

cadmun

"And history will retain that Mr. Gbagbo was humiliated, with the blessing of Ivoirians and all those who participated in this farce, this murderous folly;"(Not true Gbagbo had 46% of electoral support and many Ivorian soldiers and civilians have lost their lives defending Gbagbo).
"he was humiliated with the blessing of African heads of state who did not raise a single finger to try and cool the ardor of the warring parties;"(Not exactly true in Nov/Dec 2010, some African heads of State visited Ivory Coast to resolve this issue).
'In Africa,we have lost the meaning of life,the desire to live is gone.'(Certainly not true,these are phases that we must go through.Look at Europe today an imagine how bloody european history was.From Britain, France,Germany and so on. Don't think there is a quick fix for Africa).
"Am I still too weak to understand that in the end,the debate in Africa is ultimately about issues of raw materials and hardware?" (No,it is that we are ignorant.....an enlightened african populace will shun violence).
"Are Africans simply barbarians by tradition, savages who refuse to be enlightened, and who prefer to bask in their obscurantism? (Oh no, we are learning and do not expect us yet to think and act like europeans.We are still in an infancy of our mental growth)."
Let the humiliation of Gbagbo not distract us from asking what he as a President did for Ivory Coast during his 10 year rule.What was his vision for his country? Onething is clear,we depend on the West to resolve our internal disputes.Africans continue to proof that independence was granted prematurely and that we need enlightened authoritarianism to guide our destiny.

renaud

when gbagbo was in power i admit that i did not really like him because i thaught that he was like other african leaders.but after his arrestation i felt very bad so i went back to his history to know what he has done for cote d'ivoire and today i know that i was wrong and i think gbagbo although he has been arrested for he is a cote d'ivoire's hero in particular and an african hero in general.thank you gbagbo for your heart.however let note that somebody supported by french does not need the happiness of his country because we know that there is nothing for free.

Eyengue

If there was any flaws in the disputed elections was there any room for re-counting the votes? Shame to France and shame to our African brothers who have decided to sell their brains and conscience to the West. Shame!! Shame!! Shame!! Gbogbo you stood up for what was wrong. You have opened the eyes of French-Africa youths. Thank you.

Kevin

Mr. Ouattara is now like a sales boy in an Ibo man's shop.

facter

Do not smear the Igbo man, my friend. Not necessary.

Waffo

Were the complete election results ever announced? The Constitutional Committee concluded rightly or wrongly that there had been electoral fraud in 7 Northern districts (with a total of 13% of the electorate). Rather than call for fresh elections in these regions it simply cast away their votes and declared Gbagbo the winner. Imagine Paul Biya's Supreme Court declaring that there was electoral fraud in the NW and SW provinces of Cameroon and then simply declaring the President winner without counting a single vote from these 2 provinces! There would be war!! Even Biya has the decency to even organize sham by-elections in the case of alleged Fraud confirmed by the Supreme Court. The SDF even won some additional parliamentary seats in this manner the last time around..

Today some folks are asking for a recount in the North? Wouldn't it lead to the same results since the issue was not fraudulent counting but fraudulent organization? In its blatant attempt to support Gbagbo, the Ivorian Constitutional Council did irreparable harm to Gbagbo and to Cote d'Ivoire and set the stage for what followed.

Sam

Facter, what else is Mr. Ouattara in your opinion if he is not akin to a sales boy in an Ibo man's shop? Yes he will only do what the French will ask him to do in Cote d'Ivoire.

The French will begin by presenting him a bill for forcefully installing him in power. Then as usual, he would be a French marionette, that he has always been. Then the French will proceed to plunder the country and weaken its institutions. That they have already done to all their other former colonies in Africa. Changing the puppets in the French puppet show in Africa for their own interest has been an old unwritten French policy.

The problem with many of us Africans, who cry foul to neocoloniasm, is that we are just like the proverbial slave whose yoke of slavery was removed, but went back to his master to say he did not feel secured without the yoke.

There were sveral options to resolve the Ivorian palaver. That the "international community" resorted to what it did requires careful and diligent examination.

We should be very careful on this matter, historians will eventual analyse the Ivorian crisis and some of us in this forum will be ashamed of the opinions we had posted.

Radicale5

In case none of you noticed...the bill attenuating ELECAM's authority was passed, stripping it of the power to oversee elections in Cameroon (2011). Once again power has been usurped and handed to the constitutional council of Cameroon. I mean these clowns think we are fools huh? We should probably brace ourselves for an Ivoirien repeat in Cameroon this October!! besides, where are the sham jobs which popaul created? I see another soon-to-be beleaguered dictator preparing for another round of deception, theft, kleptocracy, and basically setting it up to further the neocolonialist francophone agenda- FranceAfrique mon cul!

They should all die! Gbagbo deserves NO PITY whatsoever. Ouattara is the better devil for choosing the democratic way, no matter how sham it was. Gbagbo should have handed power regardless of his patriotism, neocolonism, Francism or whatever -isms are in the backrooms of power!

ofundem

Radicale5, as someone recently pointed out, all Cameroonian activists and intellectuals have abandoned the fight in Cameroon to chase the Gbagbo chimera. I can state without fear that the real winner of the Ivorian crisis is a guy called Biya whose most virulent and effective critics have abandoned shop for the Ivory coast. Cameroon elections will come and go without them noticing. Biya for 7 more years! Thank you Laurent Gbagbo!!!!

Koko Missiles

Biya might organize whatever elections he thinks fit, that is his business.

This blame game that Cameroonians are not putting enough fight against the Biya regime riases an eerie feeling of déjà vu, déjà lu, and déjà entendu.

In the early 1990s we actively militated for change. Sacrifaces were made, but disappointments were brought to the door steps of many.

Why we have not moved fowrard in our struggle to entrench democracy in Cameroon is partly becuase we have not identified a rallying ideal and also partly because we are bedeviled by greed and single minded political opportunism.

Even if ELECAM were truly an independent electoral organ, the choice of a credible and agreeable presidential candidate is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. The list of presidential hopefuls, without any political fief, defies imagination.

Once somebody becomes a frontline figure in the opposition in Cameroon, the first thing he does is to negotiate for personal favours from the CPDM. Crosscheck this with Fru Ndi, Mbah Ndam, Awudu Mbaya, Ndam Njoya,Anicet Ekane, Bouba Bello, Issa Tchiroma, the list is indeed long, very long indeed.

With the way our political institutions are now being designed, with the way the CPDM elections machinations remain unbeaten, that much expected change in Cameroon will take decades to come.

The hope is in a major opposition reconciliation conference. This conference should hold immediately and should be facilitated by Cameroonians in the Diaspora. Such an oposition come-together must come out with a blue print for a new main opposition party, agreeable to the civil society,and go beyond ethnic and tribal consideration. It must also lay down clear and unequivocal conditions for its presidential candidate, assure reliable sources of funding, then challenge the entrenched system.

Because as things stand now, the SDF is just a ghost of its former self. A ghost which now frighten its corrupt and incompetent leadership, a ghost which is scared of the the system. But, a harmless ghost.

andinewo

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The events in the Ivory coast demonstrate the fact that francophone leaders should be comfortable with the home base before standing up to the demands of Paris. All political figures in Cameroon should give complete support to President Paul Biya to use his last mandate to server Cameroon from French servitude. If all Cameroonians understand the stakes and give the old man the chance to work for a truely indepenednt Cameroon .All the potential Cameroon Ouataras should please forget the international community this time.They should address Biya an urgent letter for an aggreement to work together for the future of this country.If all political figures in the country understand the stakes and even if France should import a last minute Ouatara I think the world had enough of the French in Africa.

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