In the middle of the clan war, Chantal Biya shines with its discretion. Nothing she thinks or does comes across, despite numerous storm warnings. The last directly affected Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, the secretary general of the presidency, reputed to be linked to the First Lady. Although being the closest collaborator of the Head of State, and holder of a permanent delegation of presidential signature, he was targeted by an arrest warrant issued by the prosecution of the Special Criminal Court, within the framework of the so-called “Covidgate”.
Certainly, Paul Biya suspended this procedure, but the damage is done. Etoudi is no longer the temple shrouded in mystery that it once was. And this pillar of the “Chantal system” felt the wind of the ball and accused the blow. And it won’t be the last. Given the age of her husband – 89 – and the prospect of opening of the succession – which whets many appetites – at the end of the current mandate, Chantal Biya will have to assist the president, but also protect herself from adversity.
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For this, she can count on dozens of politicians and senior civil servants who owe her all or part of their careers. In good place in his galaxy within the government, thus appear the Minister of Culture, Pierre Ismaël Bidoung Kpwatt, a sly politician from Haute-Sanaga, the department of origin of the First Lady, or even the Minister of Public Service Joseph Le, journalist by training, who worked in Cameroon Radio Television.