The National Anti-Corruption Commission, CONAC has named 11 government ministerial departments that deliberately refused to contribute to its 2015 Report. CONAC published its report on the situation of the fight against corruption in 2015 on the 29th of December 2016 and also stated some of the difficulties the body encountered in the course of producing the document. According to François Anoukaha, the Vice President of CONAC, “despite the participation of their representatives in the workshops organized by CONAC, some government departments did not feel they had to send their contributions to CONAC.”
The ministries included Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Defense, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development and External Relations. A detailed list released by CONAC carried equally important departments such as Transport, Water and Energy, Land Affairs, Sports and Physical Education and Social Affairs. More surprisingly, in this category of ministries boycotting the anti corruption body is the Ministry of Communication headed by Issa Tchiroma, spokesman of the Government.
Vice President Francois Anoukaha, however observed that these government buildings had representatives at the two workshops organized for the final drafting of the report. As a result of these workshops, CONAC granted them a deadline on the 5th of September 2016 to send their various contributions. It was never done. The fight against corruption in Cameroon is optional. It is a strong commitment only when it concerns highly placed government official seeking regime change in Yaoundé and consequently the various segments of the Cameroonian society as a whole care less about its implementation.
By Sama Ernest