Cameroon – Governance: Here are the outlaw CEOs of the Biya regime

Written by Deckson N.

All of them exceeded their mandate at the head of the companies they run and are not replaced by the President of the Republic who appointed them long time ago.

According to the Law of 22 December 1999 on the general status of public institutions and enterprises of public and parapublic sector, Article 47, “the Director General and, if applicable, the Deputy Managing Director are appointed by majority 2/3, by the Board on a proposal from the majority or sole shareholder for a period of three years, renewable twice. In a term not exceeding nine years at the head of a public company.

A provision that seems to have lost its meaning in the eyes of the one who passed it and who is the first responsible for enforcing the respect of the said law, indicated Mutations in its edition of August 3, 2016. The newspaper portrays these CEOs who beat the record of longevity at their post. Some are already in the viewfinder of the Operation Sparrowhawk.

Adolphe Moudiki, of the National Oil Company

He sits at the head of the National Oil Corporation (SNH in French) since 1993. That is 23 uninterrupted years in the management of the Cameroonian oil. Although physically diminished, the man remains a key figure of the Biya system and keeps a certain influence in the circle of important decisions. The acquisitions of the presidential plane and boat (Rio Del Rey) put him in front of the stage as the main supplier of foreign exchange to off-budget spending. It is the same Adolphe Moudiki who opposed the appointment of his closest collaborator Bernard Bayiha to head the Chantier Naval of Cameroon of which the SNH is the majority shareholder. This despite the presidential decree endorsing the desired appointment by the Minister of Transport at the time, Robert Nkili. His request citing his desire to keep Bernard Bayiha with him eventually bends the authorities that eventually appointed instead Alferd Forgwei Mbeng.

David Ekotto Emane, CEO of CAMTEL.

It’s on February 24, 2005 that David Ekotto Emane was carried at the head of the Cameroon Telecommunications. It’s already eleven years. It’s in 1990 that the computer engineer, arrived in this company. He climbed in turn through the ranks, and after a brief stay at the National Social Insurance Fund, he made his comeback at CAMTEL to take the reins of the company. Responsible for restructuring the company, his name appeared in some cases of the Higher State Control and the Special Criminal Court. A fuss that moves besides the high hierarchy measure that continues despite the illegality of his life to manage the largest telecommunications public corporation of Central Africa.

Yaou Aissatou, CEO OF SNI.

It was in September 2003 that a decree of the President of the Republic carried Yaou Aissatou in command of the National Investment Company (SNI in French). Company where she spent much of her administrative life. As another administrative occupation, she made a passage to the Government. Indeed, it is on 3 November 1975 that she joined the SNI and held the position of Deputy Director in charge of Finance. On 4 February 1984 she was appointed Minister of Women Affairs and some years later, Minister of Social Affairs. On May 18, 2000, after leaving the government, she returned to the SNI with the rank of major power. The “star of the Benue” accumulated to date 13 years at the head of a state enterprise.

Michael Ndoping, CEO of the National Office of Cocoa and Coffee.

It’s on 30 January 2006, more than 10 years now that Michael Ndoping, Senior Inspector of Taxes and formerly in charge of missions at the Presidency of the Republic, was installed as Director General of the National Office of Cocoa and Coffee. He was assigned the mission to bring order in the liberalized sector of cash crops which he also had to define a culture of stimulus. His actions speak only for himself and the challenge of reviving domestic production at the end of the 80s still remains a vast construction site. In just over 10 years, the Cameroonian cocoa and coffee are still struggling to regain their quality and flavor of yesteryear.

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