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Cameroon: Hunting down former minister Essimi Menye: A Minister Laurent Esso creation

Cameroon is definitely going to be another flashpoint in Sub Saharan Africa after Biya. As age continues to tell on the leadership, there are currently so many concocted judicial proceedings which have generated clashes among senior dignitaries of the regime. The goal is the elimination of most prominent members of the ruling elite. Recently, Essimi Menye, former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development sacked on October 02 have seen so many allegations brought against him. 

Some of the Essimi Menye charges included the purchase of 50 hectares of land by his brother and assets improperly acquired from the liquidation of the defunct Cameroon tobacco company. Local media reports in Yaounde say many top ranking government officials were all involved in nasty deals now being placed on former minister Essimi Menye. Prominent among them is Minister Jean Baptiste Bokam, who reportedly acquired wealth from Cameroon Tobacco Company. Other highly placed CPDM barons who illegally acquired the Cameroon Tobacco Company property are the late Philemon Adjibolo, who moonlighted as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cameroon Tabacco Company, Janvier Mongui Sossomba, current president of the Cameroon Chamber of Agriculture and Siegfried Etamé Massoma, former Governor of the East region at the time of liquidation. General Ivo Desancio, Director of the presidential security and Fouda Joseph, special adviser to the Head of State, also bought part of the heritage of the Cameroon Tobacco Company.

However, while he was still a cabinet minister, Essimi was interrogated twice by prosecutors of the Special Criminal Court. Interestingly, the two hearings took place at the premises of the Ministry of Justice, on the 13th and 27th of January 2015. Laurent Esso, the current Justice Minister, is reportedly using the Special Criminal Court to settle personal scores against many including minister Essimi Menye.

The facts of the liquidation of the Cameroon Tobacco Company have all been made public and the greatest looting took place in Yaoundé. Paul Fokam Kamogne through CCEI Bank was given three nicely built storey buildings with an area of 17 039 m2. CCEI Bank acquired a property including land title number 588 with a capacity of 1530 m2 for just 200 million CFA FRANCS, and a second on which is built the PFK Institute Headquarters at Emana in Yaounde for only 300 million CFA FRANCS. The Oil Price Stabilization Fund of SNH also had a share of the deal worth one billion CFA francs for 5564 m2. So, who wants Essimi Menye's head?

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