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Fru Ndi’s Controversial Lunch Haunts GCE Board! 

*Staff Arrested After Registrar Hints Of ‘Time Bomb’

*House Searched To Determine Source Of Exam Leakage

*Registrar Plays ‘Pontius Pilate’

By Nester Asonganyi & *Jude Ntam Ngong

Frontline opposition leader, Ni John Fru Ndi still went ahead and gave teachers that were marking this year’s General Certificate Examination, GCE, in Bamenda for his traditional lunch treat, despite objection from the Board Registrar, Humphrey Ekema Monono. As if to call the Registrar’ bluff, the lunches were laid for the teachers for three days running, as opposed to the “one off” of the previous year that incurred the Registrar’s wrath.

Last year Monono sanctioned some of the teachers for daring to have a bite at the Chairman’s residence without his permission. The sanctions ranged from dismissals from the marking centre to suspension from marking the GCE for three successive years.

But the luncheon date was just the tip of the iceberg. Allegations of massive leakage of this year’s examination were rife, with the Registrar making press statements to the effect that this was untrue; that the exercise had been carried to the end without hitch.

The issue assumed a different tone when, on Monday, July 20, a certain Kingsley Akebegho, a staff of the Board was picked up and compelled to spend at least one night and a full day at the Buea Judicial Police. He was a suspect in an alleged leakage, which the police are “currently investigating”. Sources informed The Post that Mr. Akebegho’s home was thoroughly searched during the time he was in detention, although this claim could not be confirmed as at press time.

According to another source who sought anonymity, and who claimed to have received a call from the President of the Teachers Association of Cameroon, TAC, Valentine Fon Tameh;
“Humphrey Ekema Monono, Registrar of GCEB had called to hint that there was going to be a ‘time bomb’ which would have something to do with examination leakage.” He said that, Tameh had asked the Registrar what leakage he was talking about, when he (Monono) was in Bamenda some weeks back, and stated that there was no leakage this year.

He narrated that, the TAC President also told him, Monono’s call came through, a few hours before Akebegho’s arrest.

The Post called Tameh and he confirmed having had this telephone exchange with the Registrar.
Subsequently, The Post gathered, the Police approached Akebegho at his home, promptly arrested and held him in their cell.

Our source went into a rather lengthy narrative of how Akebegho’s arrest was likely to be related to a number of factors, including a tribal scuffle between a top cop and a former top notch of the GCE Board on the one hand and the surreptitious trend towards handing over the administration of the examination outfit to a French-speaking lady from Yaounde.

According to him, the purported leakage could have been a strategy to smoothly see this scheme through to its logical expectation. Akebegho, on the other hand, would be the smokescreen, the fall guy as would justify a crucial leak that may have been only a figment of some political interest and imagination. Our source named Monono as being privy to the surreptitious plot at “handing over the Board to vested interests”.

The Post also learnt that while he was cooling his feet at police detention, Akebegho’s home was combed with a fine tooth by among others, Achille Ebola, a computer programmer at the GCEB and Stephen Kanjo, Deputy Registrar of Technical Service, DRTS at the Board. When we later on called Akebegho after his release to confirm or deny this, we perceived palpable cowardliness and panic on his part.

He would not vouchsafe a clear-cut answer; neither did he pick our later calls put later on to him, nor show up as promised at The Post newsroom for his part of the leakage yo-yo.

Contacted at his office, Board Registrar, Monono was very polite and welcoming. But it stopped at that.
“Go to the Police and get your information right. The GCEB has nothing to do with the matter. I don’t have the right to know why he is arrested, until they finish. I cannot interrupt justice. Why do you hurry with a story that is not yet clear? I cannot interrupt justice,” Monono advised.

*(UB student on internship)

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