The Post (Buea)

13 September 2007

Cameroon: Despite Cabinet Reshuffle Northerners Still Gun for Inoni's Job

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Made Minister of External Relations since September last year, no significant advances in Cameroon's diplomacy were recorded. His infamous communiqué rebuking the observations made by some Western Diplomatic missions with regards to the irregularities that marred the last July 22nd polls was the last stroke that guaranteed his sacking.

Biya who desperately needs a clean image in the eyes of the international community was embarrassed with Mebara's reactions towards these nations that play a very vital role in the World Bank, IMF and African Development Bank that are major funding agencies for Cameroon.

Ebenezer Njoh Mouelle

As former Minister of Communication, Prof. Ebenezer Mouelle was considered one of the chroniclers of the sardonic communiqué against the Western Diplomatic Missions. It is suspected that he used his powers to cause the state owned media, CRTV, to broadcast the communiqué several times, reason why a professional has been brought in to replace him. He had to go for acting in complicity with Mebara.

The philosopher who became Minister of communication on September 22, 2006, will, however, be remembered for issuing the first ever four licences to private audio-visual houses in the country.

Ferdinad Leopold Oyono

As an Octogenarian, and coupled with declining health situation, his sacking from government was expected. The poor health had for a greater part of last year, kept him out of office for long. His ailing health was behind the indefinite postponement of the National Festival of Arts and Culture that was programmed for December 2006 in Maroua where structure set up for the festival are currently in ruins.

Trouble surrounding the management of copy rights companies during his tenure as Culture Minister was also a bad omen. He was accused especially by artists for being unable to put up a national policy for the promotion of culture. However, there were allegations that he requested Biya to keep him out of the September 7 government due to declining health.

Polycarpe Abah Abah

Even though Cameroon attained the Completion Point of the HIPC-I under his reign, his sacking is said to have been prompted by recommendations from the Bretton Wood Institutions. The rumour mill of detractors in Yaounde say members of the Britton Woods delegation, whom Abah Abah invited to his home for a meal, were scandalised by the enormous wealth he has amassed.

The harsh taxation policies under his tenure, has equally led to adverse contribution to the closure some gigantic companies in the country. For example, companies like FOKOU and British American Tobacco, BAT, have relocated in Gabon and Nigeria respectively because of high taxes. Negative repercussions on the economy arising from the taxation policy including his inability to check the galloping inflation cannot be waved aside.

The litany of court cases across the country against some newspapers who published that he had an unjustifiable bulging bank account was ill advised. Western diplomatic missions that are pushing the head of state to fight against embezzlement and corruption considered such a move as an attempt to muzzle the press from playing it watchdog role, reportedly recommended his sacking.

Urbain Olanguena Awono

The regular strike actions of late by medical personnel especially the nurses as well as institutionalised bribery and corruption in public hospitals exposed his inability to handle with tact issues dealing with governance.

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