The regme of Paul Biya has been known for corruption, winning the Global Gold medal for it twice. The same regime has been known for different strategies of rigging elections among which has been the use of dead persons on electoral registers. Biya has been found on a number of occasions to have appointed dead persons to public positions.
In the wake of Biya’s regime’s monstrosity being exposed by videos of soldiers carrying out extrajudicial killings, his spokesperson Issa Tchiroma Bakary has been under pressure to show the world that something was being done about the situation. Further videos have since emerged of Cameroon soldiers killing unarmed civilians and burning down their homes.
Despite the initial denials by Tchiroma, credible evidence from Amnesty International indicated that the videos were actually from Cameroon and that the soldiers were of a special unit of the Cameroon military.
Tchiroma has in the characteristic manner of the Biya regime released a dubious Communique indicating that the regime has now arrested some of the perpetrators of the heinous crimes.
This would have been welcome news, but for the fact that it has been uncovered that the very first name on the list of soldiers arrested belongs to a man who died in 2017. Fobassou Ettienne apparently died in 2017 but Tchiroma’s communique dated 10 August 2018 lists him as one of those arrested for crimes committed a few weeks ago.
While there is the possibility that more than one person can have the name Fobassou Ettienne, the Yaounde Regime’s history of making such gaffes in appointments, makes it plausible that they could do the same in such a situation.