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Cameroon – Essimi Menye: Is former minister thwarting the Sparrow Hawk?

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Written by Deckson N.

On Monday 1 August 2016, the former Minister of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development, Essimi Menye still did not present himself to the Special Criminal Court (SCC) as announced.

According to the Repère newspaper of 3 August 2016, he had to go before the judges of the SCC before October 2, 2015, the date he left the Government. But it looks like Essimi Menye is thwarting the bird that captures embezzlers. On leaving the government, he spent long weeks in hospital in Cameroon, before receiving a medical evacuation granted by the President of the Republic. Today, some sources quoted by the newspaper report that the former Minister, statistician engineer by training, had taken office at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB), as an expert.

The newspaper reports that this case has a rebound. This along with the signature on July 20, 2016 by Judge Jerome Kouabou of a summons letter. According to this document, Essimi Menye had to report to the judge No.2 of the SCC on 1 August 2016. The judge had to question him on a criminal case suspecting him of “misappropriation of public funds by coercion“. But busy serving the Bretton Woods institutions, the former Minister responded conspicuously absent.

The newspaper reported that within the Bretton Woods institutions, Essimi Megne was to assist African countries to develop the potential of agro-industries. The newspaper understands that on 13 April 2016, the former minister was even responsible for receiving his successors of Finance Alamine Ousmane Mey and agriculture, Henri Eyebe Ayissi in Washington for a meeting organized under the “World Bank Group Africa Investor Strategic Dialogue“. Before that, a big rumor was relayed by several media, citing the creation of a political party called Dynamique Populaire pour le Redressement du Cameroun (DPRC) by Essimi Menye. Rumor that he refuted by reaffirming his loyalty to President Paul Biya.

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