By Elias Ngalame Ntungwe
of some key opposition political parties in Cameroon have successively
added their voices to the current debate on foreign reports about
President Paul Biya's fortune. They have urged Paul Biya to declare his
assets according to article 66 of the 1996 constitution to save himself
the trouble of any further victimisation.
At a press conference in
Yaounde on Monday 29 June 2009, CDU leader, Adamu Ndam Njoya said, the
constitution in article 66 was very clear on the issue of declaration
of assets by those holding public office but has never been respected.
He said Cameroonians would not have had any problem with such a report
if the President of the Republic had taken the lead to respect the
constitution by declaring his assets.
"There was nothing wrong in the Head of State owning property and
investments but it is the right of the Cameroonian people to know about
these things, without which people will speculate and accuse him of
corruption", Ndam Njoya said.
For the leader of Manidem, Anicet
Ekaney, the report about the President possessing enormous wealth would
not have had any grounds if the Cameroonian people were rightly
informed about the president's activities and investments abroad and at
home. He acknowledged that the President owned assets in Europe but
argued that the secrecy shrouding such ownership gives room for
suspicion and finger-pointing.
Anicet Ekaney in an interview
with a local press organ, called on President Biya to declare his
assets to prove his innocence on the accusation by the Comite
Catholique Contre la Faim et la Development, CCFD.
Ndam Njoya and Anicet Ekaney, John Fru Ndi of the SDF, Bernard Muna of
APF, Jean Jacques Eknidi of MP, Augustin Federick Kodock of UPC,
respectively have all made their positions clear to the press on the
issue, calling on President Biya to declare his assets as required by
the constitution to save himself the embarrassment of further
investigations into alleged stolen wealth.
declarations, the opposition leaders said if Biya could begin by
declaring his asset, then other state officials will follow suit and
that certainly would be the beginning of the success in the fight
against corruption in the country.