In the Atangana Kouna case, the state coffers have just been bailed out by a large sum of money. In fact, accused of misappropriation of 1,736 billion FCFA, Jacques Massart, president of Aspac International, a company under Belgian law, left last Wednesday the Special Criminal Court (SCC), after haven paid a few days before, the amount previously mentioned. This sum, we learn, concerned the execution of projects for the rehabilitation, strengthening and extension of drinking water supply systems in 52 localities in Cameroon. Even if he rejected the charges against him, the expatriate agreed to reimburse the body of the offense, plus the payment of 10 million FCFA for other suspicions of conflicts of interest relating to the rental of construction vehicles, in order to continue the supervision of this work, one can read in the daily Infomatin of Monday, April 16, 2018.
But before leaving the premises of the SCC, the Belgian entrepreneur wanted to make a certain “update” as to the facts of which he was indexed. Indeed, in one of the complaints filed against the former Minister of Water and Energy (MINEE), Basile Atangana Kouna had been accused of being one of Aspac’s bosses of the subregion and whose parent company in Belgium was entrusted with the construction of the drinking water works. Charged by William Sollo who at the time, was at the head of the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (CAWATER).
For his part, Jacques Massart wished to recall that Aspac CEMAC enjoys a credibility acquired for years, hence the confidence placed by the Belgian government in this company. He has also held to clear the old MINEE, which anonymous letters have presented as the boss of the Belgian company. And to emphasize that this case has irritated to the highest point the development partners as well as the Government of Belgium, furious to note how the intrigues between Cameroonians have almost drag their reputation in the mud, indicates the daily newspaper.