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Aminatou Ahidjo In Trouble Over Dubious Land Sale 

By Yerima Kini Nsom

Aminatou AhidjoThe daughter of Cameroon’s former President, Aminatou Ahidjo, is in legal trouble over a piece of land which she sold to two people in Yaounde.

The matter that has dragged on for over 15years in court came to the limelight recently, when the Supreme Court gave a final ruling.

The ruling was delivered in favour of the General Manager of HYSACAM; Michel Ngapanoun.

Ngapanoun is the one who first bought the land on June 20, 2002, before it was sold to another client a week later.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, it was on June 20, 2002, that Aminatou Ahidjo authorised Emmanuel Nana to sell the piece of land.

It is reported that at the time Aminatou Ahidjo gave the authorisation, she presented herself as a Franco-Senegalese citizen.

The Post gathered that on June 20, 2002, Michel Ngapanoun, bought the piece of land at Ekoudou at the Bastos neighbourhood in Yaounde.

After buying the land that covers over 2007m2, Ngapanoun could not immediately acquire a land certificate in his name due to legal impediments.

Article 10 of the 1974 Land Ordinance stipulates that no foreigner is allowed to buy or sell land without the visa of the Minister of Land Tenure and State Property.

Ngapanoun then obtained the Minister’s approval on March 4, 2005.
In the process of acquiring a land title at the Mfoundi Divisional Land Tenure Office, Ngapanoun discovered that the same piece of land has been sold to another person.

Going by documents presented in court, the second buyer, Jacques Leonard Noungoua Kwendjeu, bought the same piece of land on June 28, 2002.

One Bailiff; Maitre Rufine Beatrice Okouda, sanctioned the sale of the land in her chambers.
On September 2, 2002, the new buyer, Noungoua Kwendjeu,changed the land title No 6251/Mfoundi to his name without the visa of the Minister of Land Tenure.

It was at this juncture that the first buyer of the land,Ngapanoun filed a complaint in court.
In September 2004, the Yaounde Magistrate Court rejected the transaction that took place between Aminatou Ahidjo and Noungoua Kwendjeu on June 28; 2002.

The court’s decision also nullified the land title that the latter obtained in his name.
The court said Ngapanoun was the rightful owner of the land.

He did not only buy the land first, but followed the right procedure by getting the Minister’s approval as provided for by the 1974 Land Ordinance.

It ordered that the title of the land No6251/Mfoundi be issued in Ngapanoun’s name.
It was on the strength of this ruling that on March 5, 2005, Ngapanoun filed a request to the Minister of Land Tenure.

He urged the Minister to issue the land certificate in his name.
In his request, he gainsaid the second buyer of the land, stating that he did not respect the procedure as provided for by the law.

The then Minister of State Property and Land Tenure, Louis Abogo Nkono, did not heed to the request.
It was at this juncture that Ngapanoun sought solace before the Administrative Bench of the Supreme Court.

When the hearing of the case began, The Post learnt,the representative of the Ministry of Land Tenure called on the court to dismiss the matter.

He argued that the issue was a land dispute that could only be entertained by the Judicial Bench of the Supreme Court.

But, the Administrative Bench went ahead and ruled in favour of Ngapanoun.

The court delivered the ruling on July 27, after the other party tried in vain to drag the blanket to their own side. The ruling nullified the ministerial decision of September 2, 2002, that awarded land certificate No 6251/Mfoundi to Noungoua Kwendjeu, a businessman in Yaounde.

Following the court ruling, the businessman would now settle the case by getting back his money from Aminatou Ahidjo, who is the Board Chair of the Yaounde Conference Centre.

Official records in the Ministry of Land Tenure indicate that Aminatou Ahidjo acquired the piece of land on May 22, 1973, when she was barely seven years old. She acquired the land titled No 3450/Mfoundi from the State.

The then Minister of Land Tenure and State Property, Paul Tessa, of blessed memory, approved the acquisition of the land by the President’s daughter.

Going by a report published in the French language weekly, Kalara, that is specialised in judicial matters, the original land title was changed from No 3450/Mfoundi to No 6251/Mfoundi when the land was parcelled out into pieces.

The paper further revealed that this same piece of land had been subject of a dispute between two members of the Presidential family since 2010. They are Franck Emmanuel Biya and Bonaventure Mvondo Assam.

Observers have interpreted this as nemesis catching up with the former President’s daughter for joining the regime.

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