Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Minister of Culture, Bidoung Mkpatt's wife dragged her house help to the Tribunal for television theft

The case was called to the High Court of Mfoundi, March 12, 2019. 

In its newsstand edition on March 26, 2019, the weekly Kalara reports that Mrs. Habissou Bidoung Mkpatt, wife of Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mkpatt, Minister of Culture, is on trial against Laurent Tsala, one of his house employees.

The case dates from July 30, 2017, while Mrs. Bidoung was traveling, one of his servants remained robbing the house. Laurent Tsala is accused of having duplicated the keys of the residence of the Minister to access private rooms and have taken a plasma screen TV, fabrics pagnes, shoes and curtains.

After the investigation of the police, a search was carried out in the home of the accused and some missing effects were found there. A complaint has therefore been lodged against him before the Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI) of the Mfoundi for aggravated theft.

When the file was appealed on March 12, 2019, none of the protagonists was present, neither Mrs. Bidoung nor Laurent Tsala. In the absence of both parties, the case was postponed to 9 May 2019. The weekly Kalara, to justify the absence of the Minister's wife at the Tribunal in the first trial, recounts that "she introduced a letter of discontinuance in the judicial circuit and since then, she considers this case as filed. As for the defendant Laurent Tsala, the newspaper notes that: "some of our sources indicate that Laurent Tsala the mis en cause has taken off".

MaƮtre Romain Kamogne, a lawyer at the Cameroon Bar explains why the complaint is still ongoing despite the complainant's withdrawal. "There are two actions, the civil action exercised by the victim and the public action that falls under the jurisdiction of the prosecutor. It may happen that the complainant renounces his action, as is the case with the wife of the Minister, but the public action continues its course as if nothing had happened.

In the event that the two parties do not appear, the court will draw all the consequences and pronounce its verdict by default.