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Akere Muna : « Pourquoi je suis candidat »

Avocat anglophone et figure de la lutte anticorruption, il s’est longtemps tenu à distance de la politique, mais a décidé, à 65 ans, de se lancer dans la course. Il a choisi Jeune Afrique pour l’annoncer.

Jeune Afrique?: Vous avez donc décidé de vous présenter à l’élection présidentielle de 2018…

AKERE MUNA?: Oui. Je suis candidat, car l’état de mon pays m’incite à vouloir faire partie de la solution. Depuis deux décennies, j’ai beaucoup travaillé sur la gouvernance, l’économie, mais aussi l’État de droit. Me présenter est la seule façon de partager mon expérience au bénéfice des Camerounais.

Dans le passé, vous avez pourtant déclaré ne pas vouloir être candidat face au président Biya. Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait changer d’avis??

En ce moment troublé de notre histoire et face aux périls qui nous menacent, il serait souhaitable que Paul Biya passe le relais. Mon espoir est qu’il nous offre une transition paisible. Ahidjo et Biya n’ont pas accédé au pouvoir par la volonté du peuple. Je veux croire qu’en 2018, pour la première fois, les Camerounais pourront vraiment choisir leur président.

Vous êtes le fils de Salomon Tandeng Muna, l’un des artisans de la réunification des deux Cameroun. Est-ce un avantage dans ce contexte où l’État unitaire est remis en question??

Mon père a été parmi les pionniers de la réunification de la République fédérale. Il souhaitait que les Camerounais se retrouvent après des décennies de séparation. D’aucuns pensent qu’il a mal négocié?; d’autres pensent qu’il a « vendu » les anglophones. Mais il était de bonne foi, et j’assume son héritage sans regrets, même s’il n’est pas juste de juger un fils qui se propose d’agir aujourd’hui sur ce qu’a fait son père il y a soixante ans.

Et vous-même, choisiriez-vous l’État unitaire ou le fédéralisme??

Je choisirais la forme de l’État qui respecte nos différentes cultures. Je rapprocherais le pouvoir du citoyen, ce qui correspond au fédéralisme.

Que vous inspirent les manifestations récentes survenues dans les deux régions anglophones??

Je les ai vécues dans la douleur. Rien ne justifie que des Camerounais soient tués. Ensuite, certaines personnes croient que ce pays leur appartient. Elles pensent détenir une autorité supérieure et pouvoir prévoir l’avenir du Cameroun contre la volonté des autres. C’est triste.

Un bon président doit avoir une histoire d’amour entre le peuple et lui-même

Pensez-vous vraiment que le chef de l’État envisage de passer la main en 2018??

Je ne sais pas, mais je suis convaincu que l’on ne peut pas évoquer les problèmes actuels du Cameroun en faisant abstraction du contexte électoral.

Quel président souhaitez-vous être??

Un président qui est à l’écoute. J’aimerais citer l’ex-présidente du Malawi, Joyce Banda, qui avait affirmé qu’« un bon président doit avoir une histoire d’amour entre le peuple et lui-même ».

Pensez-vous que le pays soit prêt à élire un anglophone à sa tête en 2018??

Je pense que les Camerounais sont prêts à élire un président susceptible d’améliorer leur quotidien et de ramener la fraternité entre eux. Un président proche d’eux. À cet égard, ma double culture est un atout. N’ai-je pas été élu bâtonnier par un barreau en majorité francophone, dont les membres se sont juste demandé ce que j’étais capable de faire pour eux??

Paul Biya devra-t?il s’inquiéter si vous êtes élu??

Non. Il est hors de question d’entreprendre quoi que ce soit contre lui. Je me sens une obligation, en tant qu’Africain, de le protéger. Je suis avocat et j’estime qu’il faudrait une raison vraiment extraordinaire pour le poursuivre. J’ajoute que le président de la République a longtemps travaillé avec mon père et que j’ai une relation spéciale avec lui. Souvenez-vous?: lorsque Ahmadou Ahidjo s’absentait, mon père assurait l’intérim. À l’époque, j’ai vu le secrétaire général à la présidence qu’était Paul Biya venir travailler avec mon père à Buéa.

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32 comments

  1. This dude deserves some consideration.
    He shouldn’t be judge by the deeds of his DADY.

    • Which consideration
      Birds of thesame feathers
      Let him go and tell popo and nijohn that we are not fools anymore . We regretedly accepted that we were ones fools but not more
      And we all know those games they are playing
      Tins will never b desame again
      !!!!!!!!!

      • @unityplace
        Akere Muna has been in public for decades. That is pretty enough time for you to judge him. You can’t use his father to judge him. He has more experienced and education than the father. We are now in a very different era as compared to 30 to 40 years ago. Our own mentality as Cameroonians has also changed. Let it be reflected in our contributions and desire to build a nation for all. Do not ignore what you contribute anywhere including this Forum.

    • I agree with u, and he can whoop a big following from the francophone majority based on his ideology if it judged an an anglophone or as a Muna. Like he said, if he could b elected president of the BAR with a francophone majority, why not the presidency. Fru Ndi won 1992 though with francophone majority same can happen

  2. The Munas are not different from father: They are all puppets of LRC. They have all sold their consciences to LRC in exchange for marginal and ephemeral favours. So it is no surprise that Akere is now being used by LRC to distract world attention from the genocide in SC.

  3. The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations…Numbers 14:18

    I can categorically say the Biya children are finished as in FINISH!

  4. Your brother Ben Muna left sdf and tried with his own party and could not succeed. He is even more popular than u, So stay quiet old man because you will fail like your brother Ben muna.

    • @ Ndifor. Akere is by far more knowledgeable, experienced, charming and world recognized by the international community than your so called leader Sesecoco Ayuk who is not even recognized in Abakwa as the leader of South Cameroon.

  5. Why not joining Maurice Kamto & Kah Walla & maybe Cabral Libi to Form a serious opposition party?

    Too many candidates that create confusion.
    Quand est ce k les Camerounais comprendront qu’en rang disperse ce serait le mm résultat ?

  6. Short cut to join Popol’s corrupt government aftet obtaing 0.0005%.looking for retirement job

  7. RECONCILIATION

    ONLY MAN WHO IS CAPABLE OF GOVERNING CAMEROON AT THIS MOMENT.
    HE IS CALLED LE PRESIDENT JEAN NJEUNGA.

  8. “ Asking Muna to save Cameroon is just like asking Biya to save the Cpdm”. In this kind of scenario , there’s no lesser of two evils. Imagine that after harvest the best trees in La Republique’s forest and auctioning off to his French handlers, one day someone will completely absolve Franck Emmanu Biya of his hardheartedness and chant on tree tops that he cannot be held responsible for his father’s ignominies. After having been pampered, protected and given visibility by the establishment his father worked so hard to built, Akengue Muna is the public face of what ails Cameroon and must be completely vomited and ignored! He has compounded his family’s nack for treasonous behavior by once more accepting to wear a French mask and water down the calls for autonomy by his kin and kith.

    • @ Firefighter
      Aren’t you being too hard on the son? Which son had a choice to be born of his father? Should the man not be judged on his own merits? I quite understand your ire at perceived failings of Muna Sr yet I think this gentleman must not be the victim of transferred aggression.

      No child is an exact replica of his parents. As a matter of fact we tend to ignore the wonderful Jon Dr. Wali Muna, the cardiologist has done in Cameroon.And let us not forget what Barrister Been Muna did when he mobilized the entire legal fraternity in Cameroon to come to Yondo Mandengue Black’s arbitrary arrest and detention at the launching of the SDF party. Compare the relative absence of current Bar President over the fate of his abducted colleagues.

      • Ops!!!
        …wonderful job Dr. Wali Muna…

        ….what Barrister Ben Muna……

    • He’s therefore a domestic enabler of subjugation and a house slave with empirial ambitions. For novices, his family members are past masters at voracious opportunism. When ever the SDF tried to build a strong counter force to the Big C, Ben Muna would either pick a fight with Fru Ndi, dine behind the scenes with authorities or move in and out of the SDF at will. By frustrating the opposition, his sister was rewarded with a ministerial post. We are not questioning whether Akengue Muna is a renowned lawyer or not, who said renowned lawyers can only come from the Muna family? He’s a product of the one sided and exploitative tribalistic system his father helped La Republique build and should never pretend to have the aspirations of Anglophones at heart. He’s his father’s son!

      • Cool down….you are too heated up. Cool down.
        I picked a quarrel with someone who reasoned along these very lines. All I can use for plea is “We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” yet someone must stand at the pupil and preach to us, nicht wahr? Think about it. Cool down.

      • Wise John,
        It is our inability to be tough that we have allowed dynastic politics to ruin our lives. We are in 2017 and no presidential campaign has been announced. What we have at hand is an existential problem and we expect our leaders to take a stand. Fru Ndi and his SDF want to die with La Republique. Their choice is clear. Muna wants to cash in on the debate about the form of state without taking any blows, so he has chosen the easy way to maintain the statusquo. Wise John, what have you been fighting for all this while that you wholeheartedly fall behind someone who has put that to question? Can you give me examples of the children of leaders who made us forget that they shouldn’t be held responsible for their famous parents’ transgressions one they took office?

        • You have a point, pal.You really do.
          But at the same time I am aware of collateral damage that results from a poorly structured struggle where useful fire power ends up bringing down, not the targeted foe, but those in the ranks of what should logically be comrades-in-arms.
          That said, take your mind far back in time to 1992. John Fru Ndi was an unknown quantity, despised by some, ignored by many, snubbed all over as a mere book seller. Yet, thanks to his bravado and charisma, multiparty politics reached our shores. Forget that destiny swept away the fruit of those labors. We at least emerged from monolithic rule. All we seek at this moment is another milestone down the road to more freedom, more choices and more accountability.

        • Wise One,,
          Fru Ndi had been involved in the jumble and tumble of politics, as he militated in the Cpdm and tried his hand at leading sports teams. So he was in his element when the right time came. Cameroon has some insurmountable issues like voter disenfranchisement, fraud during elections. If Muna has not provided a solution to these problems months to the 2018 presidentials, everything points to the fact that he is a front for the ruling establishment to take out the wind from the sails of the anglophone demand for autonomy. How does he intend to win an election against the same machine that has been defrauding them for 3 decades? We shouldn’t live on a fool’s paradise. On prend les meme et on recommence!

        • @Firefighter
          It’s not fair to say Ben Muna created Problems in the SDF. He left the SDF Long ago and he was not the only one. Dr. Asanga, Dr. Asonganyi just to name a few. What is theSDF and Ni John today? What have you persoally observerd?

      • I agree partly with you on the grounds that it was opportunity of place that threw wide opened doors to this individual. Because of his father’s exploits and fortune in the colonnial government, he befitted to gain fame as a renowned lawyer.

        I am not sure that Akere Muna understands what it means to be a suffering man. Here is a man born with a golden spoon in his mouth. How can he then faithfully understand the plight of the common man? Yet, he has meddled with certain aspects that will strengthen Cameroon and make it trust worthy, investment worthy, democratically worthy, because of his upstanding position against corruption. That would be my only recourse to voting for this man. Else I am appalled by the promoting the hegemony of only a certain class of people having access to power.

  9. Cameroon opposition candidates rise and fall like meteorites, leaving the CPDM and Mr. Paul Biya as the single constant in the equation – Pierre Flambeau Ngayap, Dakole Daissala, Garga Haman Adji, Victor Mukwelle Ngoh, Bouba Bello Maigari, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, …

    Is there really a level playing field? What good is it going for an election when there is no such basic? Why not let party strength and support be determined by voters instead of handouts from the government which is so clearly in the pocket of the “natural candidate” of the ruling party?
    Why is election date such a CLOSELY GUARDED secret of the “natural candidate” of the party in power? And ELECAM? God help those running for the presidency!

  10. Derick F,
    Late Asanga and Asonganyi did not go back and forth in their decisions to leave the SDF, they left and stood by their decisions. Those are men of conviction. When a close comrade can in arms of Fru Ndi Sami Alahji strangely and noisily slammed the chairman and left the SDF, there was a war of words between the two. It did not take long for Muna to rush over to Sani’s side and decided to be the president and presidential candidate of his party. Before then, it is Muna who organized a parallel SDF convention in Yaounde, trying to wrest the chairmanship from Fru Ndi, but to no avail. When his inflated ego could not reach Etoudi through Sani Alahji’s party, he finally threw in the towel and retired.

    Eyallow
    Has Mr. Muna’s work on transparency contributed to

    • Election reforms? If no, how is he going to fight the rigging machinery in place several months to an election whose date he doesn’t even know? You have Fru Ndi, Akere Muna, Kah Walla, all gearing up to be presidential candidates. What does that tell you about the fight for issues pertaining to the anglophone body polity? If the three of them are going into a bait they know has been laid , who will they complain to later and who are they hurting the most?

  11. Muna, a denial opportunistic slave! Biya and the regime own his entire family of wicked, selfish so called SCs, he is no different from Biya’s slavery mentality, his entire families live, organise good causes in the francophone regions nothing in the English speaking regions,56 years of bias policies towards SCs, his colonial puppet half brother has been a powerless, voiceless, weak male PM for decades,not a single Muna will ever represent the voices of today’s people in SCs, the struggle must continue for restoration, Muna is doing a favour for lrc, wicked distraction, francophones will never want him as president, another old out of out of touch weak slave, untrustworthy nonentity try to hold on his family name, end of the road for all these known blacklegs colonial puppets!

  12. The Self-centered muna,s that think with their stomach rather than their brain. Hope he has a bandwagon of grassfield voters. An opportunist , after inflicting genocide on your people by lrc( graffi boys) accounted for more than 90% deaths you have the guts to announce your so called candidature in a sham called “election”

  13. Vaiocomputers

    This man may have good intentions but there is a problem that may taint his success: The deeds of his late father.Yes the dude maybe different but a corn seed maynot give u beans but may just result to anothet poor corn harvest.No guarantees though.

  14. Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Join the fever. We are launching the people’s party THE MOVEMENT/ LE MOVEMENT.

    Join the fever. We are taking control of our nation.

    Thousands are joining . Visit the website. Join the fever. This is not about Biya, not about FRU, not about Muna, and all the losers. This is about you, your brother ,your sister, your father, your kids , your mother, your village, your country. THE MOVEMENT. We are breaking the system. The fever is here. Visit the website.

    • @ Stockholm. Massa na Biya send you? Why all these parties? All we need is one opposition party to challenge Biya. Akere muna seems to be the one leader who can seriously challenge and defeat Biya as he is known by the international community which means Biya will think twice before threatening him. Since we didn’t succeed with Fru Ndi and the SDF in 1992, we should try with Akere Muna in 2018. This Ambozonia thing will never work. Let’s follow a more sensible and productive way.

      • Bojazz @ Cameroon has its stratigic importance it is known to the international comunity even if Cameroonians never seem to aknowledge it .,dont worry who ever attains service to the country ,even by coallition ,is important ,we could sense this in the last two years by the guests that have been visiting .
        The rot of inefficency within the civil service has to be cut out and replaced by a qualifed team with obvious decentralisation to be healthy and age limits put in place, which would include this particular gentleman to begin with.People are fed up with this age group .If he is so good at polatics he can always be a policy maker .