The Executive Secretary of Cameroon Teachers Trade Union, CATTU, Wilfred Tassang, has vilifid Cameroon’s political frontline actors as secessionists and proponents of Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, judging by their failure to shine a light on problems plaguing Cameroonians in general and Anglophones in particular. Tassang, spoke on Oct 11, 2016 in reaction to a purported petition against him by the Northwest Administration.
Barely weeks after CATTU celebrated 20 years of existence; there has been much talk ofa petition, sent to Yaounde, accusing Tassang and CATTU of sympathizing with SCNC. The 20th Anniversary of CATTU attracted top officials of the SDF and the CPDM, including Nfor Ngala Nfor, leader of the “secessionist” group advocating for the total and unconditional independence and restoration of the Southern Cameroons State. Reports have it that the Northwest administrative authorities felt insulted being invited to an occasion alongside “secessionist leaders.” To them, the
move is a public declaration of empathy by CATTU with the “secessionists.” According to the CATTU Executive Secretary, such allegations of a petition on him might be true and false. “We are not SCNC, but as Anglophones, we identify with their cause especially, marginalization of Anglophones. Our celebrations were in two parts.
“We are not SCNC, but as Anglophones, we identify with their cause especially, marginalization of Anglophones. Our celebrations were in two parts. e fist part was an ecumenical service for peace and national unity, while the second part was presentation of our union’s vision for education in Cameroon. Peace can onlycome into the house when everyone is speaking with one voice. National unity can only exist when those speaking with discordant voices come together, reason and bring solutions. You can’t pray for national unity in Cameroon without bringing in the SCNC. That means you are playing the ostrich,” noted Tassang! He added that if the Northwest administration has petitioned to Yaounde authorities against being invited in conjunction with SCNC to pray for National Unity, his riposte are that they are merely doing their job.
“If they want to accuse me as a member of SCNC, they are wrong. I have just returned from an evaluation meeting
with the Governor and he did not mention it. The accusations can be true or false. We of CATTU are not cowards.
Our political leaders are not representing us as Anglophones. If our uncles in the CPDM, SDF and their MPs come
together, remind Government of an Anglophone issue, it would be solved and SCNC will be history. The real
SCNC are our MPs and political leaders who are not doing their job,” Tassang regretted. On why invite the CPDM and SDF in a purely teachers event, the CATTU SG replied that issues raised by CATTU are political and can’t be solved in a vacuum. “We invited our uncles because they are into politics. We invited the SDF Chairman, former PM and Vice President of the Senate Simon Achidi Achu and Nfor Ngala Nfor. The only difference between a trade union movement and a political party is that trade unions do not stand for elective office. Otherwise, the two are into politics. You must work with the politicians. We have been courting CPDM and the SDF to make things happen.”
“We invited our uncles because they are into politics. We invited the SDF Chairman, former PM and Vice President of the Senate Simon Achidi Achu and Nfor Ngala Nfor. The only difference between a trade union movement and a political party is that trade unions do not stand for elective office. Otherwise, the two are into politics. You must work with the politicians. We have been courting CPDM and the SDF to make things happen.”
Quizzed on CATTU’s position in relation to the just released results of competitive entrance examinations into
Higher Teachers Training Colleges of the University of Bamenda, the CATTU SG said it’s a shame in accordance with
postings on social media. “It’s shameful, scandalous and outrageous that we have a Government that is so insensitive as not to heed to the people’s cry of corruption. Djouse Sonna Yves passed chemistry with name number 13 on the list and the same Djouse Sonna Yves passed Biology and appeared 4th on the list. How can this be possible when the exam was written the same day and time? It’s like they are telling us to go to hell; they are the ones to go to hell! It is a shame on higher education,” lamented Tassang.
Twenty years after creation, CATTU still believes in scoring goals and gathering momentum as well as talking to the Government and not with Government as no response has so far come from Government. They believe that an onslaught will soon be launched in Cameroon by CATTU, comparable to non in recent times.