Pierre Tankam, the General Manager of the Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA), was sacked on Wednesday in Yaounde. He was replaced by Paule Assoumou Koki, 49 years old daughter of a former baron of the CPDM regime. She previously was director of aviation and safety within the same structure for over a decade . The new General Manager of the CCAA was installed even before the publication of the communiqué dismissing Pierre Tankam.
Cameroon Concord Intelligence Unit learnt the firing of Pierre Tankam was linked to the Chinese MA-60 planes bought by Camair co. Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o, appointed Minister of Transport on the 2nd of October 2015 felt Pierre Tankam, Cameroon's aerospace boss for the last 5 years failed to commission the Chinese MA-60 aircraft acquired for over 35 billion FCFA. PierreTankam had reportedly sent a letter to President Paul Biya seeking more time to give certification to those aircrafts and hinted in the said correspondent that some doubts remained as to their reliability. The Minister of Transport still carries with him the same administrative style he had while serving as Defence minister.