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Thursday, December 6, 2018

From prison, Mebara reveals how the USA sabotaged Paul Biya

What role did the United States of America play in the bill on decentralization in Cameroon? It is to this question that the former Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara - currently imprisoned in Kondengui Central Prison - is trying to provide an answer in his autobiographical work "? The Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, between myths, text and reality? "

The former strongman of Etoudi in his book reveals how the bill was discussed and then withdrawn after interference from the United States.

CameroonWeb offers the excerpt. Has it happened that a draft law passed to the Assembly by the Presidency is not voted on or withdrawn?

There are projects that have been the subject of heated discussions at the level of the CPDM parliamentary group, such as the draft laws on decentralization.

The deputies of this party were they opposed to the decentralization ??

No. I even think that many were waiting for him. However, some were really opposed to the provisions relating to the non-cumulation of mandates; they wanted to keep in law the possibility for a deputy to be also mayor of a commune, or for a mayor to exercise another responsibility, be it governmental, or in the management of a public or parapublic enterprise. They argued that this allowed the people concerned, both to be in touch with their base, and especially to be even more effective in local development actions.

Minister OWONA Gregory was instructed not to procrastinate on this issue because it was a political choice. Finally the draft texts were approved and then adopted by the National Assembly. You see that it is not always unanimity as we think. Once, the President instructed me to withdraw a bill that had already been officially transmitted to the Speaker of the National Assembly.

For which motive??

The President had received from the initiating Minister a note recommending the withdrawal of this bill. The minister's main argument was that the adoption of this law would make Cameroon ineligible for the United States Millenium Challenge assistance program, according to the latest information provided by the Ambassador of that friendly country. The President asked me if this minister had participated in the consultations organized by me? to which I replied in the affirmative. Then, with a kind of disappointment in his voice, he asked me to withdraw the bill.

And you did it ??

I transmitted the instruction to Minister Grégoire OWONA who then managed the administrative aspects. As far as I remember, this project has never even been submitted to the Conference of Presidents, the body which, in the National Assembly, examines the admissibility of bills and proposals.

You still seem disappointed ??

I did not understand the approach of this minister, moreover a friend. He could have mentioned this concern during the consultation meetings at the General Secretariat, so that he could be debated with all the other ministers. I remain convinced, however, that he acted in good faith. I observe, however, that ten years later, Cameroon has still not been declared eligible for this assistance program.