Breach Of States Fund Management Rules: Lands Former DG of ART Jean Louis BEH MENGUE Restrictions From Leaving The Country
The former Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Agency Jean Louis BEH MENGUE, who is under judicial investigation, from when he was fired from his position on June 8, 2017, has been RESTRICTED from leaving the country.
Rumours went wild recently that he was to escape using the Gabon or Equatorial Guinea boundary, reason why the Divisional Officer for the Ntem Valley Division in the Southern Region of Cameroon, has cautioned officials to beef up security at the borders and CHECKPOINTS of Kye Osi and Olamze, so that the culprit should not sneak out.
On June 9, the Special Criminal Court reported that the Higher State Control, whose objective is to monitor the proper management of public expenses, and ensure that procedures are respected, requested that the former ART Captain's passport be seized.
Jean Louis BEH MENGUE is accused of causing the State losses worth Billions of Francs CFA from penalties that Telecommunication operators were to pay in 2013, for operational irregularities.
According to reports from the State Control, during recovery of these penalties, Jean Louis violated the rules and regulations governing the recovery of State debts. He wrote letters to the Operators, Orange and MTN respectively, asking Orange to pay 1 250 000 000 F CFA(One Billion, Two hundred and fifty million francs), instead of 4 140 440 000 F CFA(Four Billion One Hundred and Forty Million, Four Hundred and Forty Thousands Francs) sanctioned by the law. He single handedly decided to ask them, to use the balance of the penalty worth 2 890 440 000(Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Ninety Million, Four Hundred and Forty Thousand Francs), to invest in the development of their network
To MTN, Jean Louis wrote that they should not pay their 523 220 000 F CFA(Five hundred and Twenty Three Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand Francs) at all, but rather that, they should use the money to develop their network.
These decisions that Jean Louis BEH MENGUE took at the expense of government's interest, are among the things that have landed him into hot water, and for which he has bee asked not to leave the country.