Anti-graft War: Ntui Mayor, Council Treasurer In Prison Custody
Jérôme Ondobo Mono and Zacharie Amoka Amoka Awono are accused of embezzling 105 million FCFA.
Government’s anti-graft drive continued on Friday, September 9, 2016, when an Examining Magistrate with the Yaounde-based Special Criminal Court, SCC, ordered Jérôme Ondobo Mono, the Mayor of Ntui Council in Mbam and Kim Division of the Centre Region, to be remanded in custody at the Kondengui, Yaounde Maximum Security Prison. Also detained alongside Ondobo is Zacharie Amoka Amoka Awono, the Ntui Council Treasurer. The two are accused of embezzling 105 million FCFA reportedly between 2007 and 2012.
Sources at Kondengui Prison confirmed to Cameroon Tribune yesterday, September 13, 2016, that the two officials indeed arrived in the jail on September 9, 2016, on the basis of a remand warrant signed by a judge of the SCC. According to sources in Ntui, the Mayor and the Council Treasurer are said to be held on three counts of failure to pay in National Social Insurance Fund dues deducted from workers’ wages, failing to execute a water supply project and mishandling funds intended for the payment of temporary workers.
The anomalies are said to have come to the limelight following a tipoff by some disgruntled councilors. The Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey, is said to have then ordered a forensic audit of Ntui Council accounts. The results proved that the suspects had a case to answer – thus their arraignment before the Special Criminal Court. Jérôme Ondobo Mono is said to be a Technical Adviser with the Hydrocarbons Price Stabilisation Fund, CSPH, in Yaounde where he was Director of Finance.
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