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can a Chief be a politictian?
May 29, 2013

Can a chief be a politician or accumulate the two functions?
can tradition be mixed with politics?
has politics contributed to kill tradition?

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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Jun 15, 2013

i think that depends highly on the particular tradition of that chief's role in his community, as well as the level of politics at which the chief desires to be active

it does seem that both roles seem to serve as a representative/leader for their community, so I think it does make sense at a local level, or perhaps even regional level

i think that most would have problems being a national-level politician and still fulfilling their role as chief/staying intimately aware of the needs of their people

that's just what I think though


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Jun 22, 2013

Hi Ian,
in Cameroon, all the big chiefs had been appointed senators it boils to your idea that at the higher level it can be a problem
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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Jun 22, 2013

I believe that it is in the best interest of the people in the country to have chiefs be politicians. It's the same as having a Senator for each state of the United States of America. To have someone from your native area of a country, with similar ideals and beliefs, is a great comfort.


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Sep 17, 2013

Hi Ian,
The latest development is that the president had signed a degree for all chiefs to be but on a monthly salary in Cameroon. This is happening at two weeks before the twin elections in september 30th. Being on salary means the chiefs are under complete control of he who pays them they are now like civil servants and have to work under the instructions of their employer. At this period of elections, if they are assigned to steal the votes they will do it. people vote at the chief residence in Cameroon especially in the rural communities imagine what will happen. The chiefs are not there to listen to the people and solve and guide them, maintain the culture and tradition of the land. I believe if chiefs have salaries one day the tradition will disappear do you buy this idea?


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Sep 17, 2013


gike wrote:


The chiefs are not there to listen to the people and solve and guide them, maintain the culture and tradition of the land. I believe if chiefs have salaries one day the tradition will disappear do you buy this idea?


From what you say it sounds like exactly what I proposed is happening...

I'm not sure about an answer to your question, but I see the issue for sure. Maybe if the salary came from the locals that the chief was meant to represent, instead of from some national entity, then the chiefs would feel more accountable to their people, and that might help to preserve the tradition.

This post was edited on: 2013-09-17 at 05:19 AM by: Ian


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Sep 18, 2013

Their salaries will come from the government that they will be paid like every civil servant working with the government


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Sep 18, 2013

Yeah, I figured. I'm just theorizing that if the people of the chiefs' communities were to control how much their chief's salary was, or at least have some input in it, then that would probably keep the chiefs a lot more responsive to the people they're supposed to represent.


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Re: can a Chief be a politictian?
Sep 19, 2013

It seems it is a compromise by which perhaps a predictable violence and civil disobedience is prevented. I hope Emanuel writes back if I am wrong.
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