23, April 2017
Another CPDM-style scandal has rocked the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation. In this new Francophone scandal, two lists were released and reportedly signed by the Minister. The first list was published on the 18th of January 2017 and the second on the 10th of April. Both lists have different names of successful candidates recruited to join the work force of the ministry.
On April 10, 2017 Madeleine Tchuente, the Minister of Scientific Research made public a list of 220 researchers recruited in her ministerial department for the fiscal year 2016. The Francophone Minister said her department no longer recognized the first list she herself had published on the 18th of January 2017 by joint decree MINFOPRA (Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform ed.) and the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation, MINRESI, for the same purpose.
Cameroon Concord News understands that Madeleine Tchuente’s new list contains twelve new names while thirteen others were removed from the first list. The names of Hassan Mahamat, Tchoudjin Gertrude Loveline and Wanko Kebebou Jean Olivier that appeared in the first of 39 recruits from the Agricultural Research Institute for Development (IRAD) have disappeared from the second. In addition, the names of Ngo Béa Cornelie Raphaëlle and Yebga Matip Guy Albert appeared on the waiting list when they were not listed in the first document published on the 18th of January.
Some of the new names on the new list have contradictory information on their diplomas and other documents of identification. In many of the cases, the ages had exceeded the required limit by the Cameroon public service law. Our Yaounde city reporter, who contributed to this report, hinted that the first list was jointly signed by the Minister of Scientific Research and the Minister of Public Service while the second list carried only the signature of the Minister of Scientific Research.
The head of the communication cell at the Ministry of Research blatantly refused to comment on the matter. Paul Zébazé told newsmen to go directly to the minister. However, another official of the same ministerial department revealed that Minister Madeleine Tchuente was simply implementing the policy of regional balance.
By Chi Prudence Asong
Cameroon Concord News Group