“I Have Gone 10 Months Without Salary” – Ayah Paul
Former Member of Cameroon’s National Assembly and now Secretary General of People’s Action Party (PAP), Ayah Paul Abine, has disclosed that since losing his parliamentary seat last year, the state has refused to pay his salary.
Speaking to the Recorder Newsline recently, Ayah who is also a Magistrate of exceptional class explained that as a matter of law, when one leaves a ministerial department for parliament, he is said to be on detachement-translated by some quarters as secondment. And, that at the end of the detachement you are automatically supposed to go back to your Ministry of origin. Ayah said but when they stopped his salary some 10 months ago from the National Assembly, he compiled a file and submitted to the Minister of Justice, saying his mandate is over in the National Assembly, and by law he is supposed to come back as of right to his ministry since he hasn’t attained the age of retirement. “But the Minister has been silent since then and I don’t regret it, because my children have made up their minds that I must be happy. But the truth is that for ten months in my own right I have not had a Franc as salary, contrary to the provisions of the law,” he regretted. He said he hasn’t got any unofficial reason from any authority why he has not been receiving his salary for almost a year, but disclosed that he has been invited to Yaoundé on about three occasions regarding the issue. “Some people tried to prevail on me to go back to the CPDM or to join the Presidential Majority or to accept a ministerial post, but I made it clear –I said this even on TV, that I cannot serve under Mr. Biya,” he maintained. “I am talking with my lawyer about the situation and we may eventually go to court. Let the court determine whether I constitute an exception. For now, we have just been discussing; we have not yet taken any concrete step,” he concluded.