BANGUI (LNC) – A part of the Centrafrican political class starts looking at what is already, the corruption scandal shattering Touadera’s initial term of office: serious cases of flagrant corruption of a large majority of deputies of the CAR Parliament by Karim Meckassoua.
It is entirely understandable that centrafricans want to turn a page on the recent nightmarish past. But, this cannot be done at any price, by neglecting delinquent activities committed by the new politicians, supposed coming to assist them to obtain closure.
Karim Meckassoua the happy briber
Evidence to be introduced in the Meckassoua’s damning file, this extensive inquiry of our colleague and partner “Corbeau News Centrafrique”, who gave another testimony about the scale of corruptions committed by the new Speaker.
A Member who did not voted for Karim Meckassoua, said, under cover of anonymity: « that was not a credible election, but rather a demonstration of the range of his financial, material and logistic resources by Mekassoua. He corrupted quite each of all members of parliament with his money and promising many things like vehicles and appliances. This is a step backwards for our democracy, and those corrupted members of Parliament demonstrated their political immaturity».
“That was how, Karim Meckassoua, clearly with support of several arabic countries, support of TOUADERA and the Republic of Congo (specifically his President Denis Sassou NGuesso), hosted more than 100 members for a working dinner. Meckassoua took the opportunity to grant each member with 1 million CFA F, with many others stuffs, showing evidence to buy a Toyota brand Pick-Up truck BG 80 for each of them.”
“Having an eye on election campaigning by the candidates for the Parliament’s presidency, we had noticed, some days ago, that the rules were not respected, and Members of parliament were only considered like goods put up for auction. So, the interests of the people of CAR, that should be a priority, have simply been overlooked by those Members.”
“Before campaigning to be the Speaker, Meckassoua had spent already more than 9 billions CFA F, out of his promise to offer vehicles to the all 139 members of parliament.”
Politicians’ voices against corruption
That was Gaston N’Guerekata, President of the Party of Renewal of Centrafrafric (PARC) who first started the ball rolling of public denunciations on May 13, stating his point of view on the RJDH :
“You talk me about suspicions of corruption, but Me, let me tell you, there was corruption before and during the entire electoral process for the Bureau of the National Assembly. Karim Meckassoua gave money to one of my Parliamentarians, in the aim to leave me and follow him; that is a clear act of bribery. There were also numerous meetings in restaurants in Bangui, when money was distributed to Members, with in addition, pledges to offer cars. […] Such facts are dishonourable to a country which regain democracy. Perpetrators must be punished to fix these types of behaviours.”
The day after, on the same Mass media, it was the turn of Eddy-Symphorien Kparékouti, the President of the Unity and Reconstruction Party (PUR) to assess the same issue:
” Truth must be established about these allegations before taking appropriate measures. I think at this stage, that the new Power has to keep the public informed about this case, by opening official inquiries to let us know about what really happened.
If those facts are confirmed, I believe that will be a grievous blow for the rebirth of this democracy, conquered with sufferings, tears, spilled blood, hard efforts, by the Central African people. That will be a highly reprehensible fact. It is not acceptable to see individuals mandated by the people, following shameful paths of bribery, motivated by narrow and self-serving political goals and interests. Once again, if the facts were confirmed, perpetrators must be named and severely punished.
Members will be called to control the exercise of power by the leaders in place, in this country who remains in crisis. If they are themselves, corruptors or corrupted, I fear that the boat is taking the water, even before being launched; and necessity to think to now, rescue it by sanctioning perpetrators of, and accomplices involved in loathsome offences of this type. These anti-republican activities degrade the Parliament, and the Centrafrican people who elected it.
Today the Central African Republic does not need a radio-controlled National Assembly, easy to handle with hard cash. Profile of such Parliament is a real time bomb. Troubled history of political instability of this country is there as reminder. this must stop, if alleged accusations are true, because it is a breach, and if not stopped, if not not punished; it will become a bad example in the Parliament, to ruin all the efforts of the Centrafrican people on their way back to Democracy.”
Led to an investigation?
In areas of the Head of State, choice is to drop back 10 yards. What else could be expected?
The Head of State himself being deeply merged in the heart of this scandal.
On the eve of the election of the President of the Assembly, about 100 people came out on the morning to the Faustin Touadera home, in order to receive his guidance: “I prefer to work with Meckassoua rather than with Ziguélé.“
Things will shift the good way the day after. Vast majority of corrupt members, unscrupulous will vote for Meckassoua.
Central African Republic is a place where institutions are in fact corrupt, and where justice is quite clearly hit and miss, more miss than hit. Where, in addition, there are no safeguards to avoid and control undue distortions of political power; the dismal reputation to be one of the world’s most corrupt countries is not an illusion, but a sad daily reality.
It is obvious that Faustin Touadera cannot ask Justice to investigate dubious conditions ending up with Meckassoua as Speaker. That would mean unveiling his own complicity in the trick. He will not make that decision.
In United States, this kind of Political scandal would lead to the impeachment of the president. But that takes place in a country without law and order of tropics.
Touadera who, in his inauguration statement pledged to fight against corruption under his mandate, for sure made an empty promise.
So, Eddy-Symphorien Kparékouti who calls for a judicial inquiry into the case, in order to gain a more objective overview; would be like shouting for the forest.
A good habit in this country, consists in believing that the best strategy is to lay low and wait, until the storm is over, and people to forget!
Denis Sassou N’Guesso as leading expert of trickery used to say while laughing: “black Africans still have short memories.”
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May 2016 LAMINE MEDIA