Le Front, a biweekly French-language newspaper, has published what it describes as the ""Hit Parade of Billionaire Civil Servants" in Cameroon in its February 9, 2006 issue (no. 065). According to the newspaper, the names, banks, and accounts of the civil servants involved were revealed by "American financial networks" who have traced the bulk of the accounts to banks in Spain, South Africa, Portugal, Switzerland and Monaco. Le Front claims to have obtained the list from “most reliable sources at the very top of the Cameroonian State.”
According to the paper, it is publishing the list in order to bring back the focus on issue of corruption in high places which was placed on the backburner thanks to the list of homosexuals that was “maliciously” served to the public as a distraction.
It is worth noting that Le Front also publishes the names of 17 “rigorous and incorruptible/honest” top government officials "by order of merit".
According to the BBC, "copies of Le Front sold out quickly on Friday morning, as everyone was keen to see the millionaire list, which has become the talk of the country".
So is this another bloody chapter in what increasingly appears to be a "war of clans" currently taking place within the Biya regime where rivals are destroying each other by proxy, or is the list for real? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, Scribbles from the Den has obtained a PDF version of the much-sought after issue no. 065 of "Le Front". Read the report accompanying the lists to decide if this is another hoax or the real deal.