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"2017 is the year of political transition. We are the people, we have the power and the time is now"- Kah Walla makes new year speech!

The President of the Cameroon People's Party(CPP); Kah Walla, made a speech to the nation on behalf of CPP. Check out her full speec...


The President of the Cameroon People's Party(CPP); Kah Walla, made a speech to the nation on behalf of CPP. Check out her full speech:

"Fellow Citizens,
It is a great honor to bring to you the message of the Cameroon people’s Party for 2017. I do so with humility.
As you have just seen and heard, in 2016, the Cameroon People’s Party asked Cameroonians to stand up and defend their rights; stand up and demand a political transition; stand up and build a Cameroon that is Leading the Way.
In 2016, Cameroonians stood and till this very moment, they continue to stand.
* In March 2016 – Faced with the atrocious drama and tragedy of Monique Koumatekel
– Activists of all types gathered in front of Laquintinie Hospital to protest our inefficient
healthcare system.
* In April 2016 – The bulldozer that is the CPDM regime was determined to modify the constitution for its own interests and against the will of Cameroonians. Stand Up for Cameroon rose up, launched Fridays in Black and stopped the modification of the
constitution.
* From April to November 2016 – Workers exasperated by the violation of their fundamental rights blocked the Wouri bridge, the streets of Yaoundé, the entrance to Ministry of Finance. 
Congratulations to the retirees of state companies, the
employees of PLACAM, the employees of Le Bus and all other workers who stood for their rights in 2016.
* On October 21, 2016 – We stood dumbfounded as one of the greatest tragedies our country has known took place. Hundreds of Cameroonians were victims of the train crash in Eseka. In the total absence of an appropriate government response and in a very different manner, Cameroonians stood up. They stood in solidarity, in kindness,
in love and gave what they could to victims and their families. This too, very importantly, is standing up for Cameroon.
* In November 2016 – Anglophone lawyers brought to the public arena decades old grievances that millions of Anglophone Cameroonians bear in their hearts. Teachers, students, market traders and thousands of others joined them. Two months later, Anglophones are still standing up, demanding justice and equity as equal citizens of this our nation.
In 2016, Cameroonians definitively stood. We moved from talking to action. This is a tremendous step forward for us as a people.
However, it is but the first step.
The excruciatingly painful problems that triggered our standing up, remain intact. The current regime has failed at providing even minimal responses to these fundamental problems we face as Cameroonians.
On the social front
- Despite Monique Koumatekel, women continue to die in our hospitals by the thousands as they seek to bring new life to the nation.
- More than 3 months after the Eseka catastrophe the victims continue to struggle on their own. As Cameroonians, we have been provided with no information on what happened to cause this crash that impacted thousands of lives. There is no communication on how to improve safety in public transportation, no measure taken to ensure such a catastrophe does not occur again.
- Teachers from the North West and South West regions have helped us understand the catastrophic situation in their schools. Those in the eight other regions have echoed that our educational system is no better elsewhere.
On the economic front
- The situation of workers be they in the formal or informal sector, employed by the State or the private sector, remains precarious. Salaries are in arrears, insurance is a myth, safety is not guaranteed.
- Youth unemployment continues to skyrocket and our children continue risking their lives in the sea and across the desert because this regime has been unable to provide them with hope for their future.
- In this context, the Yaoundé regime has taken disastrous economic decision after disastrous economic decision: the Economic Partnership Agreement signed with the European Union; the handing over of economic decision-making to the IMF and French Ministry of Finance, the increase in taxes and fees paid by the average Cameroonian are all indicators that after 34 years, this current government is incapable of stimulating the economic growth that Cameroonians desperately need.
On the political front
- The Biya regime has committed gross violations on the fundamental liberties of Cameroonians.
o Stand Up for Cameroon members were subject to 6 arrests in 2016 involving over 150 members.
o Trade unions, other political parties and even regular civilians have been refused the right to assemble, the right to speak and the right to protest.
o Most grievously, during protests in Buea and Bamenda, protestors were harassed, tortured and killed. There have been no repercussions for the perpetrators, even though many were caught on video.
* The Anglophone movement has brought to the limelight a question of national importance. What should be the form of the Cameroonian State today, given that the centralized, unitary state has produced disastrous results in providing basic services to citizens?
* Only one year before four national elections are scheduled, the question of electoral reform remains intact. There is no consensus on the electoral process.
The Cameroonian malaise has attained a level which is unbearable. Cameroonians are complaining, demonstrating and protesting because our lives have become intolerable.
So, what is it that we as Cameroonians want exactly?
Today we want the effective and immediate restoration of our civil liberties. We demand the right to assemble, to speak freely, to peacefully protest and to contest government. It is our fundamental right as citizens of this nation!
We require the opportunity to sit down as Cameroonians and heal the deep wounds of our past.
- The trauma of our fight for independence during which thousands were tortured and killed
- The disappointment of reunification, which has resulted in the distress of Anglophones within the Union today.
- The abuses and discriminations on groups such as the Bakas and the Mbororos.
- The failures in development which have created fertile ground for groups such as Boko Haram to attack our country.
- The failures of economic growth which have left millions of young people despondent, ready to risk their lives, to find a future in foreign lands.
Analyzing these situations and others will enable us define our identity, forge a new unity which builds on our diversity and rewrite a constitution that creates a sound foundation for our nation.
We demand the possibility to define a form of state that will be truly decentralized with:
* Elected governors and regional assemblies,
*40 – 60 % of national resources invested at local and regional level, 
* Basic services such as water, electricity, healthcare, education and more; guaranteed and managed at regional and local levels
What we want today is to build an excellent electoral system.
* A system that enables Cameroonians to register without hesitation or hassle,
- A system which is consensual, transparent and just
- A system which produces results which no one doubts
- A system which guarantees change in the leadership of the nation. 
Today we want to manage our economy for the benefit of the majority of Cameroonians. We want to:
- Define economic growth strategies that take advantage of our geostrategic position, 
- Control our own monetary policy. Remove it from the hands of former colonial masters, remove it from the hands of international organizations where we have no say and make it an instrument that truly works for our economy.
- Use the dynamism of our informal sector to create formal entrepreneurs and decent jobs. Fully integrating women, youth, persons with disabilities and others into a growing economy.
We suffer today, we are angry today, we cry today at the state of our lives as Cameroonians.
We also stand today and dream today.
We dream today of the Cameroon without corruption of Kuma Mbappe. 
We dream of the Cameroon that is strong and proud of Marie Djat and the Anlu Women. We dream of the Cameroon that is united respecting the diversity and history of its children, the Cameroon that Ndeh Ntumazah and Ernest Ouandie fought for.
We dream of a Cameroon that is a leader in Africa. The Cameroon that Marthe Moumie represented when she addressed African leaders in 1958. We dream of a Cameroon trulyindependent and unique: culturally, economically and politically. We dream of a Cameroon that is Leading the Way.
2016 was a year of awakening. We came to our senses, stood for our rights and won many battles.
2017 must be the year we fight, without violence, but with unrelenting determination until we achieve the dream.
56 years of the current regime has proven to us, that as long as they are at the commands, we cannot achieve the dream.
How then will we achieve this dream?
At Stand Up for Cameroon, the Cameroon People’s Party along with many others have proposed and begun to fight for, the solution of Political Transition.
We have come to this point several times in our history before and we have never achieved it. In the late 1950s the nationalists wanted a reunification conference before independence. They never obtained it and independence was truncated from the start. In the early 1990s Cameroonians in their thousands took to the streets to demand a National Conference, they were told it was “without purpose” and were served a corrupted tri-partite conference, our democracy was hijacked and remains so till today.
In 2017, we must accomplish this final step. We must enter Political Transition. To respond to the Anglophones, to respond to the workers, to respond to women and to youth, we must enter political transition.
Every voice, be it Anglophone or Francophone, northerner or southerner, Bulu or Bamileke, every voice that dreams a fair, just and equitable Cameroon must rise and demand Political Transition.
All the movements: teachers and market traders, easterners and westerners, Bakweris and Bassas; every movement that is fighting for a better Cameroon must join with the other to carry out actions that are powerful, non-violent and relentless in determination to impose the Political Transition for Cameroon.
A transition that will be managed not by we the politicians, but by independent Cameroonians who have moral integrity, are technically competent and patriotic. A transition that will enable us to:
- Hold our national conversation, conference, dialogue and define our identity
- Rewrite our constitution
- Reform our electoral system
- Begin the restoration of our collective history
- Hold elections that will produce the leaders that will implement our Cameroonian Dream
- And more
Fellow Cameroonians,
2016 was the year of awakening, the year of standing up.
2017 is the year of winning the fight, achieving the dream. We must organize, build, strategize and work collectively to achieve our Political Transition.
- The solution to our economic independence and growth is Political Transition
- The response to the Anglophone Question is Political Transition,
- The road to help us access water, electricity, healthcare and education is Political Transition,
- The path that will enable us create a free and fair electoral system in Cameroon is Political Transition.
2016 was a year of problems and challenges, but it was a year we as Cameroonians, affronted with strength. We awakened, we stood up and we won many battles.
In 2017, we must build this strength in numbers, in coordination and in strategy. We must be untiring and unwavering in our determination. We must win the fight and achieve the dream.
2017 is the year of Political Transition. We are the people, we have the power and the Time Is Now!
Long live the People of Cameroon,
Long live the Nation of Cameroon.
In 2017 may we fight for our nation; may we win for our dream.
Happy New Year.
Kah Walla
National Chairperson"

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