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Mr President, Honourable Members of the Jury,

I have been impatiently waiting for this moment … Now that the impatience is over, I am overwhelmed with joy, for, I have been able to express myself in front of the judiciary of my country and because the prosecution has been unable to produce any evidence to justify their claims.

Mr President, Honourable Members of the Jury,

 What can I say to conclude my defence that my lawyers haven’t already said, during a demonstration that must have left you with no doubt regarding my complete innocence?

 What can I say that I have not already said in my Open Letters written by from my prison cell?

 Wherever I turn in this matter, all I encounter are matters invented or deformed by those accusing me, and they are the first to be aware of this.

Or, maybe, I should revisit some of the most outrageous aspects of this manipulation, whose sole motive is to punish me for having always refused, during my career spanning more than 30 years at the service of my Country, to put the self-interest of a minority group ahead of the interest of the Nation

Thus, ironically, I could ask what my opponents are exactly accusing me of: is it for being dishonest or stupid? For, unless one is a real fool, how could I have imagined that such an operation would go unnoticed? An operation that consisted in faking an order for a presidential plane, thereby, embezzling USD 29 million out of 31 set aside for the purchase!

How could I have thought that nobody would realise that the plane, even though paid for, had never arrived? However, this is not what I want to speak to you about, for that is not the main issue of my case. I want to talk about our country, of the present and future situation of things. That is what this case is all about.

Permit me to say how much I know and love this country. I know it from the North where I was born; to the South where I studied and worked; from the Littoral where my wife, nee DJANGA Jeannette, hails from; to the West where I have so many friends both Francophone and Anglophone. I have travelled all over our country as Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation.

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I don’t only know it; I also owe it everything. And I have tried, relentlessly, to pay my country my debt of gratitude. I was born into a humble family of twelve brothers and sisters deeply immersed in our tradition and values. My father, a humble trader, imbued in me a sense of achievement, a sense of the value of work and a sense of not being extravagant.

 

 

After my higher education studies at the University of Yaounde, I was able to further my studies in the United States, thanks to a scholarship.When I came back home, with more lucrative job offers from the private sector, I chose to serve the State which had offered so much to me and which was to continue to shower me with more benefits.

This explains why I was profoundly shocked when I was accused of having defrauded the State, and, by extension, my country. I immediately asked President Paul BIYA about the possibility of my coming to explain things before the Law. They rather opted to send me to prison, to condemn me in advance in the eyes of the public, before they could let me appear before you.

Mr President, Honourable Members of the Jury,

 Judge me, and if such is the law, condemn me for having obeyed the instructions of the President of the Republic on the purchase of the presidential plane. Judge me, and if such is the law, condemn me because I am a threat to a minority group whose sole objective is enriching itself and permanently confiscating power, even if at the detriment of the majority, even if at the exacerbation of social and tribal divides, even if at the price of retarded development and progress.

Judge me, and if such is the law, condemn me because strengthened by the support from my compatriots, I am, henceforth, the flag bearer, alongside others, of hope for our country.

 However, don’t condemn me for the embezzlement of public funds, a crime I have neither committed nor participated in, and out of which I have not made any profits. Whatever your judgment shall be, it shall be a landmark in the History of our Country. Don’t allow yourselves be intimidated or manoeuvred.

Mr President, Honourable Members of the Jury,

 My Lawyers have replied to the accusations with precision and have demonstrated, I hope, that I am innocent. It is, indeed, normal that as a political authority of the public or private sector, one should give an account before the Law.

 

Your judgment shall go a long way to tell all those who think that justice can be manipulated, that the State of Law shall not tolerate methods that shall leave in the minds of compatriots the idea that, beyond the regular judicial authority, there are groups of individuals with occult courts applying a parallel justice, which only the judiciary of the Republic is normally supposed to dispense, with the sole objective of satisfying personal ambitions and interests. Otherwise, Cameroonian citizens shall end up getting accustomed with this poison that is endangering our social pact and the confidence-inducing society we are supposed to build.

In fact, how can these citizens remain totally confident in public officials who are demanding that they respect the law, if they think that the State, itself, is encouraging recourse to such false accusations? How  can they reassure their children that the application of the law and the respect of Human Rights are the ultimate safeguard against the arbitrary misuse of power, if the Republic has a duplicate, a microcosm that is ruled by the dictates and the ambitions of a few ?

 

 

Mr President, Honourable Members of the Jury,

 Acknowledging my innocence, and acknowledging it publicly, shall be your way of indicating that the time has come to put a stop to this journey towards the disintegration of our Nation, and to, once more, find the road to building a Reliable Society.

At this time, when my trial is approaching its end, the most famous of epitaphs comes to my mind, that of Spartan warriors killed at Thermopilesin Ancient Greece, which states : “Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie dead”.  Today, I am tempted to say here that: “Go tell Etoudi, stranger passing by, that here I am a prisoner for obeying its Royal Instructions.”

 And long live Justice, long live the Republic, Long live Cameroon!

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