By Leocadia Bongben
Following a ruling of the Administrative Bench of the Supreme Court, annulling the ministerial decision proscribing the Cameroon Music Corporation, CMC, the Ministry of Culture has filed an appeal against the decision.
Ama Muna: Standing her grounds
The decision staying the execution of the ministerial decision that dissolved the CMC was unveiled on February 19. The appeal is based on the fact that the judgement of the court did not take into account the substantive matter, The Post learnt.
It would be recalled that on May 12, 2008, the Minister, Ama Tutu Muna, proscribed CMC based on the deplorable financial situation of the outfit, the non payment of workers salary and the inability of the CMC officials to make public the balance sheet of the year. Against this backdrop, the Minister appointed an ad hoc committee of 10 members to run the affairs of the CMC prior the election of a new board. On May 17 and July 3, Sam Mbende and the CMC Board Chairman, Jean Laurent, respectively, filed their cases at the Administrative Bench of the Supreme Court.
According to the presiding judge, Emmanuel Sandeu, while presenting the verdict, said the Ministry of Culture did not respect the order to appear in court. He argued that the decision to suspend CMC could cause irreparable damage to the entire CMC. The Minister’s decision was considered to have nothing to do with public order or security. For these reasons, the court decided to annul the proscription of CMC. Following this decision, the Ministry of Culture took the necessary measures and appealed the decision of the court.
Talking to the press, Ama Tutu Muna declared that she had confidence in the judicial system of the country, stating that every decision of the court is a procedure. She said no definite answer has been arrived at, adding that it is normal for every citizen to sought redress at the Administrative Bench of the Supreme Court. She urged both the defendants and prosecutors to stay calm as the legal and mediation departments work on the case.