Thursday, 10 November 2016

Cameroon - Discovery of Sir Lion Man H.E President Biya - "He prefers Power to Money and has very few Assets" says Jeune Afrique

"The Intimacy of Biya" is the hot title in 'Jeune Afrique's magazine' on kiosk since Monday Nov. 7th, that takes us into the everyday life of President Biya, as a Lion, a President, a Boss, a husband, a father, a friend, an enemy and above all, a staunch praying christian.

The Editor in Chief Francois Soudain, writing on "The Intimacy of Biya" says "He loves power more than money".

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President Paul Biya


According to the Editor in chief, no one can determine whether or not President Biya is the richest man in Cameroon as his old friend turned enemy Professor Titus Edzoa  once estimated. When French based CCFD-Terre Solidaire NGO published a report in 2009 attributing him to a huge fortune, he quickly defended himself about it in a conversation with Senegalese then President Abdoulaye Wade and Teodore Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea saying, "they cannot prove I have wealth".

"Being the son of a catechist, coupled to his priestly formation in the seminary, Biya lives a very quiet life". The editor wrote. "He prefers power to money. He can conveniently allow those around him to acquire illegal wealth without complaining. The money  they embezzle is an instrument that he uses to hold, control, and monitor them in case where they would want to rise up and protest his stay in power, reason why he is slow in applying article 66 of the constitutional code voted in 1996 that says. 'The Head of State, Prime Minister, Members of Government and other Top State Official have to declare their assets before and after their term of office'". The Editor disclosed.

Jeune Afrique reveals that in the 1990's, former French President Jacques Chirac, while Mayor of Paris informed President Biya about a Cameroonian Minister of  Town Planning and Housing who was selling a French building belonging to the Cameroon Government in his name. President Biya however did not give attention to Chirac's information, and so the minister finalized the transaction in his name, and the money went into his pockets, which ended the story.

This story only comes to confirm President Biya's saying in his own words: "It is not a question of who wants to be President of Cameroon, but who can be  President of Cameroon".

We meet again tomorrow for more of Jeune Afrique's exploration of the Lion Man Paul Biya.

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