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Passports of 8 Sacked Ministers Seized 

See our complete list of the ministers who may soon be prosecuted

 By Basil Afoni

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Ama Muna, former Minister of Culture, proudly displays an award. Her smile may have already turned to tears

Following the October 2 government reshuffle by President Paul Biya, the passports of at least eight of the 16 sacked ministers have been confiscated by Cameroon’s law enforcement officers, CameroonPostline.com has learnt.

Seasoned observers believe the seizure of the passports on the heels of the government shake-up is a clear indication that the ministers are under investigation for corruption-related crimes.

In the recent past, Cameroonian judicial and administrative authorities have seized the passports of suspected corrupt senior officials to prevent them from leaving the country, presumably to escape from justice.

If the sacked ministers are under investigation, it is likely that they will soon be called up for questioning by prosecutors at the Special Criminal Court. Prior to being dropped from government, some of the sacked ministers had already been interrogated at the court in Yaoundé.

Louis Bapes Bapes,  former minister of Secondary Education, after surviving three government shake-ups, was arrested on March 24, 2015 but was eventually released after spending a few hours in detention.

In December 2014, Biyiti Bi Essam, former Minster of Post and Telecommunications, appeared before the Special Criminal Court.  He is known to have survived several financial mismanagement cases and might now be heading for more questioning.  His management of the FCFA 700 million during the visit of the Pope to Cameroon was also under investigation.

Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Essimi Menye appeared before the Special Criminal Court on January 11, 2015 to answer questions over the alleged embezzlement of over FCFA 9 billion, while he served as Minister of Finance. Also, he was involved in another alleged embezzlement case of FCFA 50 Millon from the Cameroon Tobacco Corporation which collapsed some years ago.

The former Minister of Arts and Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, is reportedly being investigated for the suspected mismanagement of billions of francs, especially authors’ royalties in 2013 and 2014.

On his part, the erstwhile Minister of Transport, Robert Nkili, might be heading to the Special Criminal Court to answer questions regarding the “Camair-co mafia”. It is alleged that Robert Nkili was part of the group that wanted to manipulate President Paul Biya into auctioning state-owned carrier CAMAIR-Co.

 

List of Ministers Whose Passports Have Been Seized

  1. Ama Tutu Muna
  2. Catherine Bakang Mbock
  3. Essimi Menye
  4. Adoum Garoua
  5. Louis Bapes Bapes
  6. 6  Ananga Messina
  7. Patrice Amba Salla
  8. Emmanuel Mbonde

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