Cameroon – Bafoussam: Some traders prosecuted for embezzlement

Written by Deckson N.

They had as task to identify the victims of the fire outbreak at the Marché B in 2013. They are accused of having introduced fictitious names to benefit from support funds provided by President Paul Biya.

On the night of April 17 to April 18, 2013 a fire broke out in the Marché B of Bafoussam in the West Region of Cameroon. A committee was then set up to identify the victims. They were to benefit from the support of funds provided by the Head of State, Paul Biya. The Emergence newspaper edition of 27 July 2016 says that some members of the Commission are now charged for “forgery of private commercial writing and misappropriation of public funds.” For several months, the parquet of Bafoussam has been investigating the case.

Specifically it must be said that the respondents are believed to have not only included in the list of affected traders fictitious names and non disaster counters, but also to have distracted approximately 1.346 million FCFA “although more than half a dozen non-victims of this disaster flames admit to have seen these traders solidarity fund offered by the Head of State.

However, the defendants say they were instead robbed in their shops during that tragic night. A defense that is inconsistent with other traders testimony. They say they have neither been victims of fire or theft shots. Worse, they say they were surprised to see their names figured in the list of victims of the MArche B of Bafoussam.

To recap it should be noted that after the fire, the Head of State paid the amount of 75 million FCFA to support victims. And the SDO of the Mifi had set up a commission to identify victims in his decree n° 759/F35/SDL of 20 August 2013.

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