Cameroon President Appoints New Ministers
Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has appointed new ministers into his government in a decree signed this Friday, 02 October 2015. The appointments end months of speculation by local media about a new government in the country.
Eight new names feature on the list including former governor of the Far North region, Joseph Beti Assomo who was appointed Minister of Defence. He was governor of the Littoral region prior to his appointment on Friday.
Another new name is Mbah Acha Foumunda Rose Ngwari who takes over the Supreme State Audit while former adviser at the presidency, Narcisse Kombi Mouelle takes over the controversial Ministry of Arts and Culture.
CEO of the country’s certified transport company, SOCATUR, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe will from now head the ministry of Secondary Education, while Ernest Ngwaboubou takes over the Ministry of Mines, Industries and Technological Development. Cameroon’s Ambassador to France, Lejeune Mbella Mbella returns home to run External Relations ministry.
Paul Elung Che who has managed the Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilization Fund (CSPH) in the past few years, moves over to the Finance ministry as deputy minister and Pauline Irene Nguene Kendeck replaces Catherine Mbakang Mbock as Social Affairs Minister.
Minette Libom Li Likeng substitutes ousted Pierre Biyiti-Bi Essam as Minister of Posts and Telecommunications after serving for several years as General Manager of Customs. Mounouna Foutsou, former Secretary of State in the Ministry of Secondary Education was promoted to Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education.
Some Ministers simply switched ministries. Henri Eyebe Ayisi leaves the Supreme State Audit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development meanwhile the Secretary General of the Prime Minister’s office, Louis Paul Motaze returns to his former post as Economy Minister.
Former Defence Minister, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o will take over from Robert Nkili as Transport Minister. Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi of Economy becomes Minister of Public Works while Ismael Pierre Bidoung Kpwatt comes back to head the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education from the Youth and Civic Education Ministry.
Popular names like Amah Tutu Muna, Emmanuel Bonde, Louis Bapes Bapes, Adoum Garoua, Robert Nkilli, and Catherine Bakang Mbock amongst others were floushed out of the new government.
By Blaise Whumo
Edited by Jude Fuhnwi