Mbah Eric Mbah, the new president of Cameroon’s bar, recently appointed Yolande Ngo Minyogog as the secretary-general of the bar council. The appointee is the lawyer who came to the limelight with the second Titus Edzoa case. At the time, she was representing the state in an embezzlement case between the government and Edzoa Titus, former secretary-general of the presidency of the republic. In the first ruling, the secretary-general was condemned to 20 years imprisonment but, just months later, the condemnation was commuted, prompting the second case that brought Yolande Ngo Minyogog to the limelight.
As the secretary-general of the bar council, she will be assisted by Ernest Titanji Duga, Serges Martin Zangue, and Moussa Ganava. “The secretary-general of the bar council will organize and delegate tasks to her duties as she deems fit,” the bar president informs.
As the treasurer of the bar council, the President appointed Claude Assira, the son of a famous magistrate. He was the lawyer of former secretary-general of the Presidency of the Republic Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara in his fund misappropriation case. He is also an academic and author of “Procédure pénale camerounaise et pratique des juridictions camerounaises ” published byClé in Yaoundé.
Mbah Eric Mbah also appointed regional representatives, covering notably the Littoral and Center regions that have the largest number of lawyers. For the Center region, he appointed Adeline Fouegoum Yonta while Gabriel Kontchou will be his representative in the Littoral.
He also appointed provincial delegates and three of the opponents he faced in the June 20 election as special advisors. The three special advisors are namely Claire Atangana Bikouna, Suzanne Tam Bateky, and Philippe Olivier Memong. Some people believe that the appointment of the three special advisors is the bar president’s way of ending the disputes that arose from this year’s highly contested bar election.
Regional and provincial delegates
"The positions of regional and provincial delegates were the most sought after,” said a lawyer that supported Mbah Eric Mbah’s candidacy.
“The reason many people want the position of regional or provincial bar delegate is that they can represent the bar president in those regions or provinces in any case under his competence, except for the taxation of fees higher than XAF50 million or when public administrations are involved,” we learn.
Mbah Eric Mbah, 52, was elected president last month for a two-year term. His campaign slogan was "Ubuntu", meaning "I am because you are." The Ubuntu philosophy popularised through Desmond Tutu’s Ubuntu Theology advocates for humanism, solidarity, and unity. Shortly after he was elected the president of Cameroon’s bar, Mbah Eric Mbah explained that one of the urgent tasks on his list was the appointment he just made.
Michel Ange Nga