The Post (Buea)

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

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Following last Friday's cabinet shake-up in which the newly elected MP for Donga Mantung Hon. Fuh Calistus Gentry was appointed Secretary of State for Industries, Mines and Technological Developments, his alternate, Joseph Ntoi is expected to walk into his shoes in parliament. Given that Hon. Ntoi has been in parliament twice, there is also talk that he could be groomed to take the post of Speaker if president Biya bows to the pressure of the northerners.

Despite this scenario, our sources say President Biya is quite unpredictable and could either decide to change or maintain the statusquo at his whims and caprices even if circumstances indicate that he should act otherwise.

Why Some Ministers Were Sacked

Given President Biya's unpredictable nature, it is difficult to say with precision why he sacked some of the Ministers. However, some political observers have advanced several reasons as follows:

Jean Marie Atangana Mebara

A leading proponent for the power change in Cameroon under the umbrella of the G11, Mebara was mentioned in high quarters for working underground to replace Biya as Head of State. The grapevine has it that he fell out with Biya last year while serving as Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic and as a result of the rift, it is alleged that his signature was suspended by the Head of State.

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.

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