Questioned by the National Assembly on the fate of the investigation opened in the wake of the October 2016 Eseka rail drama, Prime Minister Philemon Yang asked parliamentarians to be patient.
He told them that “the President of the Republic will give the results of the investigation in due course“, but that already “the Government has proceeded to the withdrawal of the failing wagons“. Eseka’s derailment on October 20 had caused 79 deaths, official sources said.
On October 25, 2016, the President of the Republic Paul Biya set up a commission of inquiry with the mission of determining the causes of this railway accident and proposing measures to limit the risk of such a catastrophe in the future. The results of the work of this Commission of Inquiry have still not been made public.
In December 2016, Mediapart revealed that the first investigations established the failure of trains operated by Bolloré: “Two months after the railway disaster of 21 October 2016 in Cameroon, which caused the death of 79 people and injured several hundred others , The judicial inquiry is still not completed and complaints continue to be filed in Cameroon and Europe. However, elements relating to the circumstances of the accident are already available and are not good for CAMRAIL, the railway company, controlled by the Bolloré group at 77.4%, the Cameroonian state at 13.5% , The Total oil tanker at 5.3%, and the Thanry forestry group at 3.8%: they show that the train causing the tragedy was the subject of several serious failures “.
The latest information concerning this case concerns an investigation opened in France on 13 March 2017 by the dean of the investigating judges of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Créteil, Nadine Berthelemy-Dupuy, after a complaint against X for attempted murder.
“The document confirms the initiation of an investigation following a civil party complaint lodged against X on 17 February 2017 by the Committee for the Liberation of Political Prisoners and the Professional Union of Train Drivers of Cameroon on behalf of ‘A victim of the derailment of Eseka residing in Créteil, in the suburbs of Paris,‘ we learn.
According to the same source, French justice should look at the heads of “attempted murder“, “manslaughter“, “endangering others“, “involuntary injuries“, “not assisting anyone in danger“. The instruction should also address the terms of the concession granted in 1999 to Camrail and its main shareholder, the Bolloré Group, on railway activity in Cameroon.