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« The Geopolitics of Power in Cameroon: A Rejoinder | Main | Celestin Monga in His Own Words: The Price of Political Activism »

March 27, 2006


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Nkosi Jacob


I want to heartily thank you for taking us down memory lane to visit the North-South axis dossier. It can only be more relevant at this time when there is a ferocious "lutte de positionnement" in which postulants use the press in a very occultic manner! Just permit me to add that when Mr Dakole Daissala signed a pact after the 1991 legislative elections with the Biya government, it was once more one of those attempts at reviving the so-called North/South axis. Remember were it not for Mr Dakole's alliance with the CPDM, Biya wouldn't have been able to rule given that the opposition [UNDP,UPC & MDR] was in the majority then.


Ahidjo was as much of a thief as biya xept he did not flaunt it and others stole with his say so. He also loved power more than money.

paolo  laurent

shame on u dibussi,censure proofs just how guilty you are, in a free society
the facts are air openly. yet some of you.
black legs thinks you can still control, manipulate truth and facts as in the dark ages, sorry the wholr world knows there
are two cameroons, the southern cameroons/ french cameroon,
with quiet distinction independence dates and history. now thats somrthing you cant censure


LA LETTRE DU CONTINENT n°360 - 21/09/00
CAMEROUN : Ces trois barons du nord...

Assurés d'être les mieux placés pour succéder au président Paul Biya, les barons du nord, en particulier Marafa Yaya, Sadou Hayatou et Amadou Ali, se positionnent déjà...

Le chouchou du président Biya est indubitablement Yaya Marafa Hamidou, l'actuel secrétaire général de la présidence. Aussi va-t-il être intéressant de voir si, dans le cadre du mouvement d'hommes qui s'annonce, le président le sort du Palais pour qu'il aille faire ses preuves sur le terrain ou le garde toujours à ses côtés. Ingénieur du pétrole, cet ancien cadre d'Elf Serepca et de la Société nationale des hydrocarbures (SNH) a toujours eu la délégation personnelle de signature du "chef". Non seulement il n'en abuse pas mais ne prend aucune initiative...

Il tente cependant aujourd'hui de rassembler les personnalités du nord qui étaient les plus hostiles à Paul Biya depuis la tentative de coup d'Etat de 1984. La nomination à la présidence de Moussa Yaya Sarkifada comme "ambassadeur itinérant" était un premier test... Sa femme, Nora, d'origine Douala, est très active dans l'entourage de Chantal Biya.

Le challenger à Garoua de Yaya Marafa Hamidou est l'ancien Premier ministre, Sadou Hayatou, actuellement directeur de la BEAC. Extrêmement discret, Sadou Hayatou, qui exècre que l'on attire l'attention sur lui, contrôle toujours avec sa famille le lamidat de Garoua malgré les efforts de Marafa pour la détrôner et placer l'un de ses hommes (LC N°356). Les deux autres frères Hayatou sont Issa Hayatou, président de la Confédération africaine de football (CAF), ce qui n'est pas rien en terme de réseaux, et Halim Hayatou, secrétaire d'Etat auprès du ministère de la Santé. Hayatou et Marafa se sont affrontés dans les coulisses du pouvoir en 1994 pour la privatisation de la Sodecoton.

Le troisième homme est le ministre de la Défense, Amadou Ali. Il représente l'extrême nord Kirdi sur lequel s'est appuyé Paul Biya pour mettre au pas les Foulbés de Garoua. Très ami avec le grand argentier du régime, Akame Mfoumou, Amadou Ali compte également "saisir" sa chance


please could u give me a link on the socioeconomic impacts of the changing geopolitical units in cameroon?am a final year student at the university of buea,cameroon.


Ahmadou Ahidjo is a good leader we can see when he went in for election whith Andre Marie Mbida and he had 30 seat whill Mbida had 20 but the french gave the seat to mbiba and he did not complain.


BIYA is a good leader all what people says about him is not true the people we should blaim are the ministers that gives him force informatons or the people that are around him.

Gertrude Kisob

I have always had a feeling that Biya might give power to Philemon Yang. Reading your article here, I do not know how that would fit but I must say that has been my feeling and still is. Given his discontent and imprisonment of so may Beti's and Northerners, Biya might think to damn the consequence and give it to Yang. Let the West have what they have wanted but not rewarding those who have fought against him nor those from the same region who have shown blind devotion.


So how will the Biya succession play out?
With the trend of events today, many years after your question. The answer do not seem to be clear. All friends even those who fought for him to stay in power are in prison and no minister in this government can swear that he has not stolen government money. Since in Cameroun power is handed down and not through an election, we can only wait and see to whom he will hand over.

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