The Minister of Transport Edgar Alain Mebo Ngo’o announced the introduction of 40 Portuguese manufactured buses for the female Africa Cup of Nations. Mebo Ngo’o (seen here with the US ambassador) signed a deal with the Portuguese firm and informed the Cameroonian people that the buses will go operational on the 30th of October 2016. 9-days to the start of the Women’s African Nations Cup (CAN) 2016 Cameroon Intelligence Report can now reveal that the vehicles are still not there.
Our cream of reporters who recently visited the the site acquired for the venture indicated that no luxury buses are visible. “The Mebo Ngo’o Portuguese buses are yet to arrive” noted one of the staff we contacted. The 40 air-conditioned buses were to ensure the fast and smooth movement of fans during the female AFCON starting on the 19th of November to 3rd of December 2016 as provided in the terms of the public-private partnership contract signed between the government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Transport (MINTRANS) and Eximtrans Africa, last August 30th.
The Prime Minister and Head of Government have been maintaining a deliberate silence on the issue. No official from the Ministry of Transport was willing at the time of filing this report to comment on this very disturbing development. We gathered that a government statement was being crafted on the subject in the Prime Minister’s office. The CPDM regime is planning to use the 13 Coaster minibus, parked at the esplanade of the Yaoundé City Council.
By Rita Akana