Journalists’ Union Refers Mebe Ngo’o To Biya For Molesting Colleague

Mebe Ngo'o shaking hands with Paul Biya while acting as Defense Minister

The National Union of Cameroon Journalist (SNJC-in French) has referred the former minister of Transport and Defense, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o to the head of State following his maltreatment of Christian Isseri, a journalist with “Le Jour” newspaper. In a release signed on March 4, 2018, the SNJC states that Isseri arrived at the home of the former member of government Saturday March 3, following his dismissal from government the previous day to gauge the mode there but was instead arrested by security guards, stripped, locked up in a dog’s cage severely beaten and threatened with firearm.  Isseri is now under medical supervision.

The statement by SNJC strongly condemns the act by the powerful CPDM baron.  “The National Union of Cameroon Journalists (SNJC) condemns with the utmost energy this odious act and denounces the attack on the physical integrity of the journalist who was in professional situation”

The SNJC statement also calls on its members to “engage responsibly” and to avoid putting themselves on harm’s way by getting close to disgraced members of government.

The release signed by Denis Nkwebo, president of SNJC also seeks prompt intervention from the African Federation of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists to expose the plight Cameroon journalists face in the exercise of their duty to the world.

SNJC statement goes further to invite pressmen and women to investigate more on the Mebe Ngo’o ‘s fortress to throw more light to the public and at the same time calls on public authority to act and protect the interest of journalists in the exercise of their duty.

The once very powerful and untouchable Edgar Alain Mebe was dropped out of government on March 2, 2018 following a cabinet shakeup by President Paul Biya.  A former economic adviser to the Governor of the East Region, who rose through the ranks of the civil administration in Cameroon, passing as Secretary General, SDO and Director of Civil Cabinet at the presidency, he was appointed Delegate General for National Security in 2014 and then Minister Delegate in-charge of Defense in 2009. His gradual fall from grace started on October 2, 2015 when he was shifted from the Defense ministry to Transport.

Mebe Ngo’o has been the target of several corruption charges, including siphoning of military equipment and the imposition of a 5000 frs unsupported charge for candidates sitting in for the driving license examination. Many see his dismissal from government as a prelude to the opening of criminal proceedings against him or simply preparing him for some greater responsibility in the future.

By Abongwa Fozo

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