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God the Politician is a compelling analytical, critical, informed and largely eyewitness account of the major events that have taken place in Cameroon since the return of multiparty politics in the 1990s. The accession of Paul Biya to power under the one-party regime in 1982 and the attempt to overthrow him in a coup d'?tat in 1984 are told in flashback, so are the excesses of power without responsibility that have come to be associated with over 25 years of Biya as President. Most of the story is centred on the struggle by the opposition, led by the Social Democratic Front (SDF), to overthrow the incumbent. In his determination to crush opposition, President Biya and his collaborators have sometimes used intrigue, but mostly force and callous indifference to basic human rights and to democracy. Bloodshed has often been the result of the regime's titanic struggles against freedoms. President Paul Biya is not in a hurry to go and so instead of democratizing Cameroon, he has chosen to Cameroonize democracy, turning electoral fraud into an art. Because of massive fraud during elections and the inability of the opposition to unite, political party leaders have decided to join him who they cannot beat. The book is an x-ray of a regime and the Frankenstein monsters it has created and sustained to thwart democracy. It exposes the corruption, electoral fraud, human rights abuse and cynicism that make politicians believe they can play God in the lives of Cameroonians.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 1. Birth of a Political Messiah
  2. pp. 4-15
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  1. 2. Unwise Men From The East
  2. pp. 16-21
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  1. 3. Murdering The ‘Insurgents’
  2. pp. 22-28
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  1. 4. The Ndu Genocide
  2. pp. 29-39
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  1. 5. Electors and Cheaters
  2. pp. 40-44
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  1. 6. Sacrificial Lambs and Wolves
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. 7. Particulars of a State of Emergency
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. 8. Patriots and Gangsters
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. 9. Recollections of a Faked Coup Plot
  2. pp. 68-78
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  1. 10. Constructional Acrobats & the Anglophone Problem
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 11. Home-Bred Terrorists
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. 12. State Persecutors
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. 13. Released Terror Suspects Narrate Harrowing Tales
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. 14. Electoral Gymnastics & the Military Option
  2. pp. 104-112
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  1. 15. Tribute To Machiavelli
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. 16. The Law of Karma
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. 17. The Cardinal, Politicians & State Terror
  2. pp. 124-130
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  1. 18. Spiritual Democracy
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. 19. Power and the Man
  2. pp. 136-141
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  1. 20. Bloody Universities
  2. pp. 142-152
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  1. 21. Hunter Hunted
  2. pp. 153-157
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  1. 22. The Phenomenon Called Baba Danpullo
  2. pp. 158-170
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  1. 23. A Magician at the Presidency
  2. pp. 171-182
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  1. 24. The Role of the Church in Cameroon Politics
  2. pp. 183-187
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  1. 25. Postscript
  2. pp. 188-192
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956715787
Print ISBN
9789956558964
MARC Record
OCLC
503441776
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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