Taking Back Our Power


  • Rebuild our fundamental institutions (1a)
  • Reform the systems that guarantee political transition (1b)
  • Construct other centers of power in the society  (1c)
  • Redefine our national identity (1d)

 

 

Take Back our Power (1)

Goal:

Power ultimately rests with the people. However, in Cameroon we have had a system of elitist power for decades. 

Our vision is therefore to redefine the conception and exercise of power in Cameroon. This entails creating systems and mechanisms that favor and impose checks and balances, participatory management of public affairs and establishing other centers of power that are directly wielded by citizens, to ensure that power ultimately rest with the people regardless of who is in elected office. 

This also involves creating a new culture of the exercise of power at all levels in Cameroon –  a culture in which power is wielded in consultation with the people, in which people involvement and participation is compulsory and where public managers are accountable and answerable to the people.  

Strategic Axes:

  1. Rebuild the foundation of our basic institutions to balance power between the three arms of government and create channels for public participation in the functioning of republican institutions
    • Constitution
    • Parliament
    • Judiciary
  1. Reform the systems that guarantee political transition and the people’s involvement in the management of public affairs
    • Electoral system
    • Decentralization

 

  1. Establish other centers where power is directly wielded by the citizens
    • Trade unions, guilds, associations
    • The media
    • Political parties

 

  1. Redefine our identity

Indigenous peoples

Ethnic diversity

Linguistic diversity

Nationality Code

 

 


Taking Back Our Power

(1a.1)

Strategic Axis Rebuild the foundations of our basic institutions to balance the three arms of government and create channels for public expression in republican institutions
Objective  Rewrite our Constitution to balance the three arms of government
Key Measures Limit the powers of the Executive 

  • Reduce the presidential term of office to five years
  • Limit the number of possible presidential terms to two
  • Strip the President of the Republic of the power to guarantee the independence of the Judiciary. Shift to a constitutional guarantee.
  • Redefine the basis of the criminal liability of the President of the Republic
    • Reformulate the liability of the President of the Republic in case of high treason
    • Specify and define cases of high treason
    • Define sentences associated with high treason
  • The President is obliged to choose the Prime Minister from the party with a majority in the National Assembly
  • Redefine the status of former presidents
    • Human resources at their disposal
    • Pension
    • Lodging, etc.
Improve the functioning of the Executive 

  • Significant reduction of the number of ministers
  • At least 40% of persons of the opposite sex holding the rank of minister
  • Introduction of modern management methods
    • Council of ministers at least twice every month
    • Cabinet meeting once every week
    • Five-year planning with a yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly breakdown accompanied by monitoring/evaluation tools
  • Regularity and transparency in the provision of government information
    • Regular publication of the Official Gazette
    • Town Hall organized by the President of the Republic at least thrice every year with representatives of major groupings (trade unions, associations, etc. with citizens of both sexes – a quota of at least 40% of persons of the opposite sex and 40% of persons less than 25 years old)
    • Monthly report of each ministry on its achievements published and public interaction with the population
    • Implementation of e-government with priority on taxes and customs

Taking Back Our Power

(1a.2)

Strategic thrust Rebuild the foundation of our basic institutions to balance the three arms of government and create channels of public expression in the functioning of Republican institutions 
Objective  Rewrite our Constitution to balance the three arms of government
Key measures Strengthen the powers of the legislative arm of government

  • Revise the electoral map based on demographic criteria
  • Put the Senate and regional assemblies in place
  • The Legislative sets its own agenda
  • All positions in Parliament are determined by itself
  • All MPs and senators are elected
  • Quota of at least 40% for the opposite sex and 40% of persons less than 35 years old on all the lists of political parties running for elections in Cameroon; otherwise, the list will be eliminated.
Improve the functioning of the legislative arm of government

  • Reform the Local Government Training Centre (CEFAM) and set up a university for elected officers (continuous training program) with at least six weeks (in several workshops throughout the year) of compulsory training a year for each member of parliament
  • Restructure the functioning of Parliament to enable all parliamentarians to have access to technical assistance and staff in the exercise of their functions
  • MPs present a compulsory parliamentary report to their constituents at least three times every year

 

 

 

Take back our power

(1a.3)

Strategic Axis Rebuild the foundation of our core institutions to balance the three arms of government and create channels for public expression on the running of republican institutions.
Objective Rewriting our Constitution to balance the three arms of government
Key Measures Strengthen the powers of the Judiciary
Constitutional Council:

  • Analyze the need for a constitutional council. Its functions may possibly be performed by the Supreme Court;
  • Introduce gender parity;
  • Constitutional Council members are appointed for a period of nine years, renewable once;
  • Make it possible for citizens to bring matters before the Constitutional Council;
  • Define the status of Constitutional Council members;
  • Members of the Constitutional Council are appointed by the president and subject to approval by the National Assembly.

Supreme Court

  • Introduce gender parity;
  • Relieve the Supreme Court of administrative matters which will be entrusted to a Council of State;
  • The Supreme Court will be responsible for civil and criminal matters;
  • Supreme Court members are appointed by the president and approved by the National Assembly;
  • Legal proceedings against embezzlers of State funds are initiated by the Judiciary, to which such matters may also be referred by the two other powers.

Lawyers

  • Create a law school to which admission is by competitive entrance exam, or institute a regular competitive entrance exam into the bar association, with clear process and fixed dates for all exams
  • Institute the above process for bailiffs and all paralegals

 

 

 


Taking Back Our Power

(1b.1)

Strategic Axis Reform systems that guarantee political transition and the people’s involvement in the management of public affairs
Objective Reform Cameroon’s electoral system to make it fair, transparent, consensual and credible, and ensure that Cameroonians have the ultimate power to choose and change their leaders
Key Measures Consensual electoral codeEstablish an electoral code, together with all political, civil society and private sector actors, including the following key points:

  • Reduce the voting age to 18;
  • Introduce a two-round voting system for presidential elections;
  • Introduce the possibility of independent candidates for any election in Cameroon;
  • Diaspora votes;
  • Introduce a fixed electoral calendar known to all in advance;
  • Review electoral constituencies based on the demographic criterion.

Establish an Independent National Electoral Commission

  • Members shall be personalities belonging to no political party;
  • Members shall have a limited and non-renewable term of office;
  • Endowed with a budget for autonomous operation.

Modern and effective organization of elections

  • Register voters with the most appropriate technology to ensure transparency and effectiveness, and to eradicate fraud;
  • Use the most appropriate ballot papers to ensure transparency and eradicate fraud;
  • Use technology to issue voter cards upon registration;
  • Use technology and the media to communicate on the entire electoral process::
    • Registration centers and procedure
    • Location of polling stations
    • New constituencies, etc…

 

 

 


Taking Back Our Power

(1b.2)

Strategic Axis Reform systems that guarantee change and the people’s involvement in the management of public affairs
Objective Decentralize power and resources to ensure excellent services to citizens, and facilitate, as much as possible, the exercise of power by the people
Key Measures Restructure regional and local government

  • Establish regional assemblies;
  • Abolish government delegates and replace them with coordinating mayors elected in big towns;
  • Clearly delineate powers and resources at national, regional and local levels;
  • Implement a bottom-up planning system linking national, regional and local levels.

Strengthen local government capacity

  • Staff 
    • Transform CEFAM into a University of Elected Officials and revise the municipal staff curriculum;
    • At least eight weeks of training in the University of Elected Officials per year for each executive member and at least four weeks for each city council member;
    • Provide municipalities with necessary staff in key areas, e.g.: Local planning, project management, municipal roads, local infrastructure engineering, etc.;
    • Specialized training for staff in local councils and regions;
    • Specifications for local council and regional staff, which must provide technical support at local level.
  • Equipment
    • Establish an equipment-sharing system at divisional and regional levels;
    • Computerize communal databases (birth, marriage, death certificates, etc…) nation-wide;
    • Establish a clear funding system for local governments;

 

 

 

Taking Back Our Power

(1b.2)

Strategic Axis Reform systems that guarantee change and the people’s involvement in the management of public affairs
Objective Decentralize power and resources to ensure excellent services to citizens, and facilitate, as much as possible, the exercise of power by the people
Key Measures Transfer power and resources to the local level
Transfer, within five years, the following key powers:

  • Building, management and maintenance of local infrastructure: Roads, nursery and primary schools, health centers, markets and shopping centers, bus stations, cultural centers, libraries, etc…

Staff 

  • Implement a resource transfer system from central to local level
  • Implement a system for technical support to municipalities by staff of decentralized services
  • All management systems must include :
    • Recruitment based on merit
    • Continuous training
    • Career advancement based on results/achievement

Finances 

  • Implement, on a fixed calendar and system the transfer of power and financial resources to the local level within five years, based on outputs achieved in the pilot stages as well as management and absorption capacity
  • Implement, within five years, a local taxation system which:
    • Increases local taxation income
    • Monitors debt at local level
    • Ensures transparency in financial management at local level
  • Reform FEICOM for better equalization as well as transparent and fair management of local government financial resources

 

 

 


Taking Back Our Power

(1b.3)

Strategic Axis Reform systems that guarantee political transition and the people’s involvement in the management of public affairs
Objective Decentralize power and resources to ensure excellent services to citizens, and facilitate, as much as possible, the exercise of power by the people
Key Measures Develop citizenship participation in town management at local level;

  • Civic lessons for all ages offered at the municipality and requirements to qualify for certain municipal services;
  • Close collaboration between the municipality and civil society
    • Database of associations, unions, professional groups, religious organizations and others in the municipality;
    • Integrating civil society as a main actor in municipal and regional planning, as well as in projects implementation (e.g.: training, awareness, immunization, hygiene and sanitation campaigns, etc…);
  • Public participation in municipal council and municipal projects;
  • Organizing social dialogue at least four times a year at communal level;

 

 

 


Take back our power

(1c.1)

Strategic focus Ensure the people’s sovereignty by ensuring that non-institutional centers of power exist and operate to strengthen democracy in the country
Objective Allow the emergence of unions and professional groups truly representing the interests of workers and professionals from different sectors, capable of countering the power of employers and government.
Key Measures
  • Ensure the independence of unions
    • Protect the right to unionization;
    • Implement collective bargaining agreements reached;
    • Ensure union rights, including the right to strike;
  • Create forums for real dialogue and negotiation with public service unions;
  • Monitor and provide technical support for real forums of dialogue between unions and employers of the private sector;
  • Create forums for dialogue between the Government and trade unions;
  • Subsidize organizations that train leaders of unions, professional associations and other groups.
Objective Promote the emergence of a professional, reliable and sustainable media capable of acting as fourth power in the society

(1c.2)

Key Measures
  • Ensure strict compliance with press freedom;
  • Revise the system of permit granting to enable the media to obtain final permits within a reasonable time (at most one year);
  • Increase public funding to media at least 15 times, with a disbursement and monitoring system that ensures:
    • Media equipment;
    • The establishment of staff with a status worthy of the noble profession;
    • Partnerships and mergers to form strong and larger groups.
  • Media access to government information
  • Strengthen media professionalization
    • Institutionalize the press code of ethics and fund training to ensure strict compliance thereof;
    • Establish a regulatory body;
    • Revise and implement the collective agreement;
    • Reorganize the law on media establishment and operation;
    • Review the editorial line of state media to make them non-partisan and objective.

 

 


Take back our power

(1c.3)

Strategic thrust Ensure the people’s sovereignty by ensuring that non-institutional centers of power exist and operate in order to strengthen democracy in the country
Objective Promote the emergence of political parties capable of nurturing political leadership; of being a source of alternative political proposals; and of balancing the power of the ruling party.
Key Measures
  • Ensure freedom and political rights
    • Right of assembly;
    • Right to protest;
    • Right of expression, etc…
  • Increase subsidies to political parties and improve transparency in their distribution and use of those subsidies
    • Direct subsidies for training and technical support;
    • Audit of parties having received public funds.
  • Create forums for discussion on political alternatives for different issues on the nation’s management

 

 

 


Take back our power

(1d.1)

Strategic thrust Transform each of the elements of our diversity into a strength for building a unified, strong and sustainable nation that is economically and diplomatically competitive at continental and international levels
Objective Overcome permanently and positively the trauma of colonization and the failures of the reunification process, to date.
Key Measures National dialogue on reunification

  • Identify the failures and difficulties in the process to date;
  • Define a strategy to ensure true national integration;
  • Amend laws and policies that ensure systemic integration.

Implement a strategy to ensure true bilingualism

  • Language lessons at municipal level  and in the media;
  • Including exchange visits in the school curriculum for immersion;
  • Compulsory bilingualism in key public administration positions.

Integrate Cameroon political history in Cameroonian life

  • Include the independence struggle and the truth about the reunification process in textbooks starting from primary;
  • Erect monuments in our towns for heroes and heroines of the independence struggle;
  • Establish tourism routes having as theme the struggle for Cameroon’s independence and reunification.
Objective Value indigenous peoples and make their cultures part of the national heritage

(1d.2)

Key Measures National dialogue to develop a strategy for integrating cultures of indigenous peoples in our national heritage

  • Determine conservation and integration elements of both cultures;
  • Include the history and culture of those peoples in the school curriculum, starting from primary;
  • Erect monuments to commemorate and preserve Mbororo and Baka culture and history.

Develop a strategy to enable the Mbororo and Baka people to live peacefully with their neighbors

  • Find sustainable solutions to conflicts between farmers and cattle herders;
  • Find sustainable solutions to conflicts between forest preservation and exploitation for the people living within the forest.


Take back our power

(1d.3)

Strategic thrust Transform each of our diverse elements into a strength for building a unified, strong and sustainable nation that is economically and diplomatically competitive at continental and international levels
Objective Enhance our ethnic groups to make them one of the pillars of our national unity
Value our ethnic groups

  • Open more cultural centers at regional and municipal levels to promote the local cultures and traditions
  • Establish functional national museums for a thorough understanding of our ethnic groups and their cultures;
  • Include the learning of national languages in the school curriculum.

Use research on the organization of our traditional societies as an inspirational tool for redefining our modern society

  • Fund surveys and research to understand the organization of our traditional societies in terms of state organization, diplomacy, economy, etc…
  • Include our traditional models in our reflection on developing our own definitions of democracy, the state, the economy, etc…for our country.
Objective Mobilize Cameroonians living around the world for nation building

(1d.4)

  • Review our nationality code to enable every Cameroonian to keep the Cameroonian nationality after adopting another nationality, if he/she wishes;
  • Develop specific programs to enable Cameroonians living abroad to take part in Cameroon’s development, in such specific areas as health, education, sports, culture, urbanization, etc…
  • Develop programs to enable Cameroonians living abroad to invest (real estate, entrepreneurship, etc…) in Cameroon and to re-integrate Cameroonian society professionally (public and private sectors).

Comments

  1. Charly TEMKENG says:

    Je suis vraiment séduit par votre programme

  2. QUINTA NDIP NFONOYIM says:

    Mme your plans are all what we the Cameroonian people would love to embrace. Wish you the best in this election and looking forward to see our country move forward in the right direction. God bless you mami.