The management of activities at the Cameroon national youth council head office in Yaounde has been facing enormous difficulties since Tuesday the 17th of September 2019; the day PM Dion Ngute granted audience to a delegation from the council as part of consultations ahead of major national dialogue.
The national treasurer of the Cameroon Youth Council, Mbom Claude Michel is said to have seized the sum of one million FCFA from the hands of the vice president Number 2 right at the prime minister’s office. According Ngoe Fritzen Akpo Secretary General at the National Youth Council, PM Dion Ngute in the course of consultations handed over ‘an undisclosed sum of money’ to the president of the national youth council Fatimatou Iyawah Ousmanou for the entire delegation.
“When the president of the national youth council received the sum, she handed it over to the 2nd vice president Abomo Meyanga Anastasie. It is at that point that the treasurer Mbom Claude Michel seized the sum of one million francs cfa” he said.
The secretary general adds that “…we have two vice presidents.The first vice president was seated just after the President of the council before the second vice president. If it was for the purpose of inconvenience,why did she not give the money to the vice president number 1 who was closest to her? I believe there was a calculated mafia somewhere. I condemn the treasurer for taking the brutal measure but I equally don’t stand in line with the president either”.
Contacted on phone by Mimi Mefo Info to comment on the issue, the second vice president Abomo Meyanga Anastasie retorted “… I cannot say anything now about what happened at the Prime Minister’s office. I’m busy preparing for the organization of major national dialogue. If you ask questions about the dialogue I will answer but on fight over money by executive members of the national youth council at the prime minister’s office, I will not answer”.
From the 17th of September 2019 when the incident happened, work atmosphere at the council has since been dampened.
One camp is said to be supporting the treasurer Mbom Claude Michel (who seized the money) while another is in support of the second vice president number 2 Abomo Meyanga Anastasie.
To resolve the issue and instill calm, the inspector general at the ministry of youth has called for an urgent crisis meeting for Monday 23 September 2019 beginning from 11:30 am.
Financial packages at the Prime Minister’s office.
The Prime minister gave a sum of five million francs to the delegation of the national Youth Council a source at the Prime Minister’s office has told Mimi Mefo Info on the bases of anonymity. The individual hinted that the money was meant to convince the youths to support the stand of the government in the course of the dialogue, an allegation Mimi Mefo Info cannot independently affirm at the moment.
According Elie Smith; coordinator of the Anglophone General Conference, each delegation that has been consulted at the Prime minister’s office has been given the a sum that ranges between 50.000f to 100.000f cfa as transport to their various destinations.
“We at the Anglophone General Conference did not receive any other sum of money apart from the transport fair. AGC led by His Eminence Cardinal Tumi cannot sacrifice an opportunity to discuss what will be for the interest of the general good of Cameroonians for money given at the prime minister’s office” he said.
Elie Smith maintains that a four hundred page proposal handed to the Prime Minister during the consultation talks is a comprehensive document put together after talking to Anglophones from different backgrounds.With such an authentic document, he adds that they can’t compromise their stand for any amount in the world.
Allegations that each delegation received by the Prime minister has signed some money for their ‘taxi fair’ has been refuted by some people who have made the trip of consultation to the star building. To the president of South West Chiefs Conference, he knows nothing about money given to his delegation. His Royal Highness Mafany Njie Martin has mentioned that his delegation did not receive a franc from the PM.
A similar response was given by 2018 presidential election campaign manager of the PURS political party.
Clarence Yongo said “…when we finished the consultation that day, we left the prime minister’s office and later that day some journalists called the First secretary general of the PURS asking him to give a share of what he received from the Prime Minister. When he said he received nothing, the pressmen then informed him that delegations that go for consultations are given three million francs cfa each.”
Some critics in say they see the money given to delegations as a means to water down proposals that do not go in line with the stance of the government.
Mimi Mefo Info.