Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Plan of assassination: who wanted to kill Paul Biya?

In August 2001, in the greatest discretion and on instruction of Paul Biya, Marafa Hamidou Yaya. Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic begins the process of acquiring a plane for the Head of State. This is a BBJII. A company, GIA International has been selected to serve as an intermediary between the State of Cameroon and the American manufacturer Boeing.

While it is question of pouring at first two million dollars so that Boeing can start the construction of the plane, Michel Meva'a m'Eboutou, Minister of Finance decides to transfer 29 million dollars in the accounts of GIA International. The American company will use this money to buy two aircraft that will be rented to CAMAIR led by the son of billionaire Bandjoun, Yves Michel Fotso. In March 2002, the date of delivery of the BBJII, there is no plane or money.

While the process of acquisition of the BBJII continues, on August 24, 2002, Marafa Hamidou Yaya is replaced at the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic by Jean Marie Atangana Mebara. Having reviewed the file, the latter decided to suspend negotiations with GIA International and to negotiate directly with Boeing. When the plane is ready again at Boeing, its reception is postponed three times. In the end it will never happen.

In June 2003, while the plane is sitting in Boeing's workshops and waiting for payment, Paul Biya gives up the acquisition of a BBJII and opts for a 767. Waiting for a new 767 him delivered, Atangana Mebara chose a plane called "Albatros" which was to be rented by the presidential couple. The rest of the case we know. While traveling to attend a summit on the Lake Chad Basin in Paris, the wheels of the "Albatross" struggle to return, Paul and Chantal Biya are panicked.But more fear than harm. Everything will be back in order soon, but Paul Biya will never ride in the Albatross again. Some members of his entourage say they tried to kill him.

Who wanted to kill Paul Biya? Where did the $ 29 million go? Why the BBJII was not received? What are the games and issues of this business? Boris Bertolt's book offers the first lines of understanding of what can be considered one of the greatest scandals of the state of postcolonial Cameroon. Through a rich and thorough investigation, the reader is immersed in a world that reflects the heritage systems of Sub-Saharan Africa.