Two years after it was launched with the arrest of Ondo Ndong, Joseph Edou and Gilles Roger Belinga, Siyam Seiwe, Etonde Ekotto and others, “Operation Sparrowhawk”, the Biya regime's anti- corruption campaign, picked up again yesterday with the arrest of two former ministers and some of their collaborators.
Top on the list was Polycarpe Abah Abah, the former Minister of the Economy and Finance, who prior to his appointment on December 8, 2004 had served as the Director General of Taxes for over a decade. In the months following his dismissal from Government, and particularly in the past couple of weeks, the private media had been full speculation and titillating headlines announcing his impending arrest.
Also arrested was the former Minister of Health, Urbain Olanguena along with a number of his collaborators - Hubert Wang, the Permanent Secretary of the National Committee for the Fight Against TB, Maurice Fezeu, the Permanent Secretary of the National AIDS Control Committee, and Raphael Okala, the Permanent Secretary of the Malaria Control Committee. The former paymaster general of Yaounde, Etogo Mbezele is also among those arrested thus far.
Click here for Cameroon Tribune's narrative of the arrests.
Click here for the CRTV English newscast (Radio) on the arrests.
Click here for the CRTV French language TV newscast on the arrests.
Picture of Abah Abah & Olanguena courtesy of Quotidien Mutations