“GAME OF THRONES” AT ETOUDI (3/3). “I don’t know if Paul Biya likes to govern, but he is a master in the political game, analyzes an intimate of Etoudi. He maintains several clans around him, giving them and taking away prerogatives, and ensuring that none can claim to be all-powerful. Ferdinand’s “omnipotence” Nah Is Ngoh therefore a mirage?
Cameroon: with Paul Biya, it’s “Game of Thrones” in Etoudi
In any case, the secretary general comes up against a family pole represented, in Etoudi, by Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, Franck Biya, son and adviser to the president (who has an office at the Palace and has several loyal to the government, health, Economy or Agriculture), and Pierre Meba, younger brother of the Head of State. “As for Joseph Fouda, he is closer to this so-called southern clan than he is to the one that unites around Chantal Biya and Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh”, continues our interlocutor.
“Biya’s technique is to maintain a climate of distrust”, summarizes a diplomat in Yaoundé. One area illustrates this game of the president: intelligence. Placed under the supervision of the General Secretariat of Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, the General Directorate of Foreign Intelligence (DGRE) of Léopold Maxime Eko Eko, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) of Martin Mbarga Nguelé and his inevitable second Dominique Baya, and Emile Bamkoui’s Military Security (Semil) are required to send out a daily or weekly bulletin to help the president take the pulse of the army and the population. Only, there too, the clans have done their work.