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Chiefs Order Second Post-Mortem On Late President 

By Olive Ejang Ngoh

Meme Chiefs and family members of late Chief Adolf Akama Ngenya of Barombi Kang are demanding that a pathologist from Yaounde perform a second post-mortem on the deceased.
The first post-mortem was conducted at the Kumba District Hospital mortuary about a week prior to the burial of the Chief on June 20.

The Post learnt that the Chiefs and family members opted for a second post-mortem because they suspect foul play in the first one which was conducted on May 6. According to the first post-mortem report, the Chief died peacefully without trauma. But family members said they discovered their father dead some 150 meters from the palace with traces of strangulation on his neck.

Chief Martins Nawa Ngoh, Secretary General of Meme Chiefs, said if the pathologist in his report proved that Chief Akama was murdered, they would work with government to fish out the murderers. It should be noted that since May 26, 2009, the Meme Chiefs Vice President, Joseph Ndopkwe of Barombi Mbo, has been acting as President.


At the funeral ceremony of the late Chief, the deceased’s wife, Alice Sasse, said she got married to Akama in 1962 and they had been living happily together.

She said she suspects that her husband, who was very strong, was throttled by unknown persons on May 6. Prince Francis Akama Epongo, son of the chief, in his tribute, said: "Let the people of the underworld live forever," while describing his father as all loving and caring and administered Barombi Kang without discrimination.


Late Chief Akama was born in Barombi Kang in 1943. He attended Catholic School Kumba Town and ended in Standard II when his father died.

The Chief did boxing and hunting for some time and later learnt carpentry. He later worked at IRA Barombi Kang for several years. In 1980, Akama was transferred to the Ekona Research in the same capacity. He later enrolled at GTC Ombe where he did a Trade Test Diploma from London as a technician. As a worker in the agricultural sector, the deceased had knowledge in livestock and cash crop farming.

In 1983, he was transferred to the Institution of Cocoa and Coffee Seedlings Project, CCSP, Barombi Kang, where he was retrenched in 1992. Between 1987 and 1988, after the death of Chief John Gills Akama, the villagers and administration crowned the deceased as traditional ruler of Barombi Kang with Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Valour. In 2007, the deceased was elected President of Meme Chiefs Conference. Akama leaves behind eight children, 20 grand-children, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends to mourn him.

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