CAMEROON EXCLUSIVE: Biya Orders Investigation of the Management Accounts of Ama Muna
President Biya has instructed the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Mbah Acha Fomundam Rose to investigate the management accounts of Ama Muna, former Minister of Arts and Culture.
Ama Muna served the ministry for seven years and was sacked during the October 2, 2015 cabinet reshuffle.
It has been learned that the presidency wants the investigation not just limited to the FCFA 1.096 billion withdrawn from the Special Fund and spent under fabricated means, but that it be extended to her management of the special fund during her entire seven years stay at the helm of the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
The special fund was created by presidential decree N0 2001/389 of 5 December 2001. The decree stated that the fund had to be furnished every year with the sum of one billion FCFA with the objective to support the creation, production and promotion of arts.
The fund was also designed to be used to grant different assistance to artists, organizers of cultural festivals, literary works and musical albums.
The local French language newspaper, Le Messager reported that the order by Biya for Ama Muna’s investigation came shortly after the current Minister of Arts and Culture, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi officially wrote to the Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey requesting that management accounts of his predecessor Ama Muna, be audited.
It was gathered that Mouelle Kombi took over a ministry financially paralyzed. The ministry is reported to have debts amounting to FCFA 712 million. Mouelle Kombi in the correspondence also mentioned the fictitious management of the special fund.
We further learned that just at the time the Ministry of Finance officials were settling down to audit the accounts, President Biya ordered for the investigation of Ama.