Cameroon Journal brings an exclusive details of the First Family money spending while most Cameroonians wallops in poverty. Cameroon Journal in their introductory note wrote: ” It is essential that we make this distinction with utmost emphasis and clarity – that though Brenda Biya, teenage daughter of Paul and Chantal Biya is the object of this story, she isn’t by any stretch of imagination, the target of the story. Rather, President Biya and wife, Chantal, are the target that this story sets out to expose to the disenfranchised Cameroonian taxpayer. The story is about the recklessness and callousness with which President Biya and wife spends Cameroon’s tax payers’ money on a kid who by virtue of the extravagance with which she spends the money, barely appreciates what money’s worth is..”
Considering that the details of the story released by Cameroon Journal is exhaustive, BaretaNews shall bring to you 10 most interesting lines to understand the depth of the analysis done by Cameroon Journal.
- The house is worth 13,000.000 (thirteen million) CFA FRS a month. Brenda Biya moved into this house late 2014 after it was advertised for lease. She was looking to being a student at the University of California, Los Angeles,UCLA and needed a house and Chantal Biya – the mother, we gathered, solely approved of this mansion for Brenda. The gated mansion, sitting on number 505 N. Elm St. Beverly Hills, CA, isn’t just a house or mansion, it’s the equivalent of a warehouse. The only difference is that whereas warehouses are typically used for storing large consignment of inventory, in this case, the only inventory is a teenager called Brenda, the dogs and the friends she invites occasionally.
- The monthly lease or rent was $26,000.00 (twenty-six thousand dollars). Our source disclosed that because Brenda was new in the US at the time of the lease and had no credit history for pre-approval, the agents for the house demanded that she put down a year’s rents in a holding account to guarantee the landlord will always get his money in a timely manner. Of course Chantal, not Brenda, put down the money. It added up to $312,000.00 (three hundred, twelve thousand dollars). When you convert that amount into CFA FRS, you’re talking about 156,000.000 MCFA FRS. (One hundred and fifty six million francs CFA). In the essence, that is the approximate amount of money that Cameroonian tax payers have to pay for only one of President Biya’s many children’s housing every year.
- This amount doesn’t include her feeding, nor does it include her Mercedes-Benz G-Class that would normally sell for over $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars). In CFA FRS, that’s a little over 50million FRS. The recklessness with which the Biyas fiddle with Cameroonians tax payers’ hard earned money is further illustrated in the children’s penchant for ostentatious and luxurious shopping.
- Brenda who never replied to a mail Cameroon Journal sent questioning her extravagant life style finally replied through an unusual source – the daughter of Prince Ndedi Eyango, Mina Eyango, a very close friend of Brenda. Since Mina wrote to us using the same subject tag we had sent to Brenda, we knew that Brenda forwarded the email she received from us to Mina. In the characteristic ignorance of the teenager that Mina is, she picked up a quarrel with theCameroon Journal, accusing us of trying to pervert Brenda’s right to enjoy the wealth of her parents. Mina Eyango wrote demanding to know why we’re in the habit of constantly stalking “an 18 year old girl? Do you think it’s normal to publish articles like this when there are bigger issues occurring in Cameroon every single day?” She asked. Then she arrogantly ranted in Brenda’s defense; “Taxpayers’ money? Every single day you guys say the same thing, she’s using Cameroon’s money for taxis, she is using taxpayers money on clothes, she is eating our tax payers money, please get over it- she is the president of Cameroon’s daughter and she was born into that position, her living a wealthy lifestyle was inevitable.” Mina wrote.
- Mina was right, there are bigger issues in Cameroon to deal with than putting so much ink on paper or talking about little Brenda Biya and her follies. And that’s why we stated from the onset that this piece isn’t about her but about the recklessness and callousness of her parents who happen to be eternal leaders of Cameroon. Issues like the horrible road network that President Biya has presided over for over three decades. Issues like the fraud and corruption that has become a characteristic feature of President Biya’s 34 years regime. Issues like Biya’s inability to provide jobs for the youth of Cameroon. Issues like the need to get rid of a regime that survives through clamping down on the opposition and discouraging dissent. Issues like the lack of affordable medical care for Cameroonians. In fact, if President Biya was sane and conscientious, taking care of these issues, there will be no way he spends such an amount of money every month on the teenager called Brenda Biya.
- This story is about the recklessness of President Biya and the wife. Their children of course, deserve the best housing and education that money can afford. It isn’t Brenda’s fault she was born the President’s daughter. But there ought to be some form of restraint when it comes to spending for children of a leader of an impoverished country like Cameroon. Consider that in Cameroon, civil servants, especially teachers graduating from Teachers Training colleges teach for three years without salary. Consider that here in Washington DC, Cameroon Embassy staff go for months without pay. Consider that the same Embassy has a structure of its own that the Cameroon gov’t has not been able to finance to completion for years running.
- Consider the fact that in Cameroon, people die because of inaccessibility to doctors or medical care. Consider the Cameroon Army that has to literally stage revolts before they are paid for defending the country. Yet, $26,000.00 is being paid out at the same time every month for the house of the President’s teenage daughter, and she lives in it with dogs. Doesn’t this suggest that dogs deserve better than the hard working tax paying Cameroonian?
- Just imagine for a moment if any cabinet minister in the country was caught spending such outrageous amounts of money for the house of his/her 19 year old, won’t an inquest be launched for him by the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde and perhaps get him ultimately landed in Kondengui?
- The money that is spent on Brenda Biya isn’t President Biya’s money. He will not spend his own pocket money or pay check that recklessly – he’s not that stupid. That money is Cameroon tax payers’ money and that is the more reason why a regime change remains inevitable in Cameroon.
- Brenda Biya deserves a $5,000.00 house and a $40,000.00 modest car, not a $26,000.00 warehouse and not a $100,000.00 car. It’s an insult to the suffering Cameroonian youth who has no job and no future for no fault of his own.
All information culled from the Cameroon Journal.
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