Cameroon: Former Director Of Civil Cabinet At The Presidency, Martin Belinga Eboutou Dies In Switzerland

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The former Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, Martin Belinga Eboutou has died today May 8, 2019 in Switzerland at 79 after a protracted illness.

In an official communiqué signed by the present Director of Civil Cabinet at the presidency Samuel, Mvondo Ayolo, the Presidency has confirmed the death of the former Belinga Eboutou. The Communique added that he passed away this Wednesday at 1:30 PM local time.

It is alleged that prior to his demise, some Cameroonians in the diaspora were mobilizing to invade the hospital premises where he was admitted after a recent top secret document leaked on social media instructing the Minister of Finance to pay the bills of the former Director of Civil Cabinet. According to them, public funds should not be disbursed to pay the bills of someone who is no longer in active service.

Belinga Eboutou was removed from government and replaced by Samuel Mvondo Ayolo during the March 2, 2018 cabinet shakeup.

He was born on February 17, 1940 at Nkilzok in the Zoetele subdivision of the Center region of Cameroon.

He was Director of State Protocol and then Chief of State Protocol at the Presidency from September 1996 to December 1997.

He was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations in March 1998, a position he held cumulatively with the post of Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the Permanent mission of the UN until December 2007. In December 2007, he was appointed Special Adviser to the President of the Republic.

In June 2009, Mr. Biya appointed Belinga Eboutou to his former post as Director of civil cabinet of the President. He served in that capacity until 2018.

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