Curious phone call between Amougou Belinga and Ambassador

COLUMN 14 Jul 2020
Curious phone call between Amougou Belinga and Ambassador

A leaked phone conversation between the director general of Group Anecdote and Cameroon’s ambassador to Central African Republic is revealing in many ways. The nearly four-minute conversation between Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga and Nicolas Nzoyoum that went viral online the other weekend, suggested officious and unorthodox dealings between the two men. But it was the tone of Amougou Belinga towards an ambassador and the claims he made which raise more eyebrows.
The media mogul who owns Vision4 television and is known to have special relationships with certain heads of state, especially that of neighbouring Central African Republic where he is understood to be executing huge contracts, practical put the ambassador on a hot seat, interrogating him over fabulous sums of money and loyalty.
Amougou Belinga wondered why the ambassador was disloyal to him even after he had ordered the payment of 400 million FCFA to him and gave the Ambassasdor’s wife a lift in his private jet. But more curious is the suggestion by Amougou Belinga that the said 400 million FCFA were paid from the state Treasury. He said he had asked the director general of Treasury to transfer the cash to the ambassador.
Thus arises the question: was it private money or state money? So, individuals, however rich and powerful, can cause state money to be used in private transactions? Also curious: the Vision4 boss threatened the ambassador he would report him to the President of the Republic. Oh! So sh*t happens, that way?
The phone conversation suggested a domination of financial power over state power, whereby a rich, well-connected individual speaks down at an ambassador, representative of the head of state in another country.
The phone leak came on the same weekend the Vision4 boss openly criticised his Beti folks as lazy, backbiters and backstabbers of their own folks who dare the shine and threatened to deal with them. He hinted on individuals supposed to be top state officials, including the Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguelle, though some observers say he also meant the Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh and the Director of Civil Cabinet Mvondo Ayolo who may have come to the defence of Ernest Obama when he was locked up by his former Vision4 boss.
That weekend, Vision4 went out of the format of its Sunday midday talk show, “Club d’Elite”, to open its airwaves for callers to come to the defence of their boss and vilify the Police chief. Jean Jacques Ze who moderated the programme, was however sacked the next day for not doing enough to join the callers to run down the police chief and defend his boss.

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