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Basile Atangana Kouna, former Minister of Water and Energy, victim of a “serious” malaise in the central prison of Yaoundé

A source close to this prison speaks of a general fatigue of the prisoner.

In the night of Saturday to Sunday Atangana Kouna, former Minister of Water and Energy, was the victim of a “serious” malaise in his cell in the central prison of Yaoundé, we read in the daily Infomatin of Monday, April 16, 2018. Charging widespread fatigue in recent days, the detainee had not been out since last Friday, says a source close to the penitentiary.

According to the newspaper, the inmate’s daughter, a doctor by profession, rushed to his father’s bedside and gave him first aid after the prison infirmary was warned about his health. Even if the situation seems to have stabilized, a family relative evokes a “worrying state” that requires a significant charge.

Would this discomfort be the consequence of the pressure suffered by Atangana Kouna in recent days? Which can be possible, if one sticks to the multiple charges which weighs against him. Indeed, the one who until then was the boss of energy in Cameroon, has recently been brought to justice on the basis of a complaint filed in early February by his successor of the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (CAMWATER), Jean William Sollo. In the said complaint, Atangana Kouna is charged with embezzlement of public funds, forgery in private and commercial transactions, embezzlement of loans. In fact, following a financial audit conducted in 2003-2004 of the defunct National Water Company, it was found that “the financial statements produced at this time leave no doubt about the desire to conceal the accounting reality of the time, but especially to establish a false balance sheet in an unacknowledged design, “reads the newspaper.

While waiting for his sentence to be pronounced on his multiple charges, the former MINEE continues to languish in the back of his cell in Yaounde Central Prison.

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