Issa Tchiroma denies claims of street protest in the North


The government of Cameroon has refuted news paper allegations that, there have been streets demonstrations in the Northern part of the country calling for the release of imprisoned former interior minister, Marafa Hamidou Yaya.

Issa Tchiroma, communication minister, was speaking over state radio Wednesday, following reports carried by several newspapers.

“They were completely wrong; they gave a bias report against the truth, against our constitution” said the government spokesman.

M. Tchiroma said the Far North and North regions are at peace and there are no signs of violence or street protest. He said he had met opposition party leaders in the region who also came to the same conclusion.

M. Marafa was tipped as president Biya’s likely successor in a leaked US diplomatic cable.

Marafa Ahmidou Yaya was arrested April 16, 2012 for his alleged role played in the purchase of the ill-fated presidential jet “Albastross” that almost claimed the life of the first family in its maiden flight.

At that time he was Secretary General at the presidency. He is presently in pre-trial detention.

Since his arrest, there have been several reports of looming street protests in native Garoua to press for his release.

Some four senior former members of government, including a former prime minister are in detention over the affair.

by Abongwa Fozo