Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

29 June 2009

Cameroon: Issa Tchiroma Bakary - «President Biya is Out to Eradicate Corruption»

interview

What can you say concerning the present media campaign about the wealth and property of President Paul Biya?

You have a very huge and invisible power which aims at destabilising our country. We have to be aware of it, organise ourselves in order to prevent this from taking place. You have people; some are the closest collaborators of the Head of State who have in mind to replace him in case he is no longer there. You know very well that to rise to power you need a lot of money and the only easiest way to get it for them, and they understand it, is to embezzle. So as President Biya is ready to hand over power to the next generation, he knows very well that he has no choice but to completely eradicate corruption. This is the cancer which plagues the future of our nation. There are predators around President Biya who are against his fight to end corruption. The fight is like the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.

So I am not surprised at all by the fact that from abroad, people have established a bridge because they have their representatives who are doing the best they can in order to promote the interest of their master.

So my reading of the situation is that we have to be very careful not to listen to what is taking place now. You might have noticed that this began just when we began to perceive the light at the end of the tunnel. It happens today because we are already enjoying peace. But peace as such is not sufficient. We need peace as a tool to develop our country. And if the development of the country goes through, the eradication of corruption will be complete. This is what President Biya is doing and you have people who will stand against it. My advice is to invite Cameroonians as a whole and the youths in particular to understand that this battle that President Biya is fighting is their own battle. At his age, his future is behind him. What he is doing today is to fight for his children and the next generation. President Biya once when interviewed by a journalist on how he wants to be remembered when out of power said he would want to be remembered as someone who brought democracy and prosperity to Cameroon. Democracy is in the making but for the time being at least, prosperity is not there but what President Biya is doing today is to summon the nation, to roll up the sleeves of our shirts in order to leave no stone unturned on our way to building our common future.

Are you saying that there is no fact in what the media has reported? Because it is important to draw a line between fact and propaganda by agents of destabilization.

As far as I am concerned, this is not the problem. It is impossible to say. Nobody can point the wealth of President Biya. Nobody can tell you that Mr. Biya has one billion, ten billion or thousand billions. It is impossible to say but what one can say without being mistaken is that Mr. Biya is out to eradicate corruption and this battle cannot go without meeting strong resistance. This is what is taking place. The wealth of the president cannot be a problem as far as investment in Cameroon is concerned. If investors are sure that they can invest in Cameroon without corruption and their investment will be protected, they will come. When they come and invest, they will create jobs and so wealth. This is what we must understand. The most important fight is to make ends meet and provide your family with what they need. My comment is meant to say that you have foreign agents behind Cameroonians seeking to destabilise their country.

Why now?

The same mighty powers have destabilised the United States, Europe. They are targeting Africa. We have to be aware of this and organise ourselves to protect our country.

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