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Akere declares assets, health report while Biya, other candidates stay mute

Akere Tabeng Muna, Presidential candidate of the Popular Front for Development(PFD) party at the October 7 election in Cameroon has unveiled his health situation and assets, while the incumbent, Paul Biya, and the other candidates remain mute about their possessions.
The PFD candidate made public his assets and health report at a press conference staged at the party’s campaign headquarters in the Elig Edzoa neighbourhood in Yaounde on Monday, September 24, 2018.
According to the documents presented to reporters at the outing, Akere has landed property at the Santa Babara and Essos neighbourhoods of Yaounde.
The same documents which the Presidential candidate brandished indicate that he has bank accounts at home and abroad.
In Cameroon, Akere has current accounts at Ecokbank, Societe Generale de Bangues du Cameroun, NFC Bank and Union Bank of Cameroon.
Out of the country, the candidate attested that he has active accounts at NATWESTBANK Camdem Town Branch and CITYBANK , New-York.

For vehicles Akere announced that, he is owner of a Toyota Land cruiser (2017 model) and a Chrysler 300 (2015 model).
On other human activities, the candidate attested that he is part of the Solomon Tandeng Muna Foundation in Yaounde and also offers support to the Muna Clinic in Douala. He is also part of humanitarian actions at home and abroad.
Besides, Akere is part of his late father’s estate and the Muna clinic.
The documents also carried a profile of different portfolios which Akere has occupied at home and abroad.
Besides stating that he owes no debts, the documents also indicate that the candidate is a judicious tax payer to the State of Cameroon.
The lawyer of international repute also presented his health report to the public to show that he is healthy and fit to run for the office of President of the Republic.
This move from one-time lawyer to incumbent President Paul Biya has generated debates. Article 66 of Cameroon’s 1996 Constitution sanctions the declaration of assets by public office holders.
The issue has been contentious within the political arena and general public for decades.
Biya who has ruled Cameroon for 36 years and still hoping to have another mandate has never declared his assets. Issues surrounding the President’s health are not known to his countrymen. But for Akere, the other eight candidates to the October 7 elections have all been silent on their assets and health situation.

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