Calls for Cameroon to Ensure Credible Inquiry On Covid-19 Funds

President Paul Biya's recent directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding requires additional safeguards, says Human Rights Watch. The call for greater oversight was apparently spurred by the government's ongoing negotiations for a new multi-year loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the rights group said. It is calling on the government to publish the report of the investigation and take concrete steps to ensure the independence of the judicial inquiry.

It also call on the government to engage an independent auditor. Finally, it has said the government should commit to specific corruption prevention measures, including improving accessibility and quality of public procurement information and ensuring that the management of the Health Solidarity Fund is transparent and rule-based. Cameroon currently has 64,009 reported corona virus cases with 35,261 recoveries and 939 deaths.

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Corruption (file photo).

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