Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paul Biya is a prisoner of his wife, Says Chantal Owona

This statement, the Cameroonian political scientist reportedly made in a secret meeting held with US officials in September 2008. Four intellectuals Cameroonian took part in this meeting including Mathias Owono Nguini, Charles Ateba Eyene, the economist Pius Ottou and the Professor Justine Diffo Tchunkam.

The minutes of this meeting contained in a confidential memo of the US secret services specify, indeed, that Mathias Owono Nguini has addressed several topics, including the post-Biya era or the influence of the first lady Chantal Biya.

About the latter, the political scientist would have implied that the Cameroonian president was "prisoner" of his wife Chantal Biya who would exercise unlimited power in the seraglio. Extract…

Ateba Eyene and Owona Nguini argue that Biya is "prisoner" of three forces: the elites who surround him and who have an interest in perpetuating the regime he has created, his own ego and his wife, Chantal.

Chantal Biya would have no interest in giving up the immense power she enjoys.All four assumed that Biya would run as a presidential candidate, whether in 2011 or earlier, as some predict.

All four deplored the lack of credible national leaders to counterbalance the Biya regime, with some claiming that opposition party leaders Frf Ndi and Ndam Njoya, SDF and UDC parties respectively, had sold to the Biya regime since then. long and had promised to be "more Biya than Biya" if elected.

Source: camerounweb.com