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Cameroon – Eseka tragedy: Paul Biya excludes transport minister from the Commission of inquiry, and gives 30 days to Prime minister for results!

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Written by Deckson N.

Created on Tuesday and made up of members of the Government, its mission is to reveal the causes of derailment in the morning of 21 October.

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, on Tuesday signed a decree establishing a commission of inquiry into the rail accident of October 21, 2016 at Eseka, and having made 79 official source deaths. It is under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Philemon Yang, who will work with the Justice Minister, Laurent Esso, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of state control, Ms. Mbah Acha born Fomundam Ngwari Rose, Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the National gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam, the Delegate General of National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, and the permanent Secretary of the National security Council, Paul Atanga Nji (Rapporteur).

Transport Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, who is being blamed since the accident as the person who would have given instructions that Camrail should increase the wagons, was not involved in the investigation.

The commission’s mission is to “determine the causes of the rail accident and propose measures to reduce the risk of occurrence of such disasters in the future; establish the responsibilities involved; assess the management of this disaster, victim assistance and make all relevant proposals related thereto, “said Paul Biya. The report is expected on the table of the President of the Republic on November 24, 2016, 30 days after the decree signing day.

Note that “everyone who can contribute to the manifestation of the truth” will be heard by the committee in a timely manner, as part of this investigation, “the expenses will be borne by the state budget” . It can appeal to the national and international expertise in the field as needs arise.

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