According to a study conducted by an agency of investigative journalists in partnership with Transparency International, reported by the BBC, in 35 years of rule, the Cameroonian president would have spent about 90 billion francs CFA only for his travels .
According to the document published by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Paul Biya’s favorite countries are from 1982 to 2017, Switzerland, where he spent 650 days, then France, 372 days, and the United States where he was during 301 days in private stay.
A day of the Cameroonian president and his delegation usually consisting of at least fifty people costs on average 20 million CFA francs to the Cameroonian taxpayer.
Between 1982 and 2017, Paul Biya spent 1,645 days outside Cameroon, which cost $ 32.5 billion excluding entertainment, aircraft rental costs and five-star hotels including the Intercontinental Hotel at exorbitant prices estimated at 62 billion CFA francs.
The figures were more glaring between 2006 and 2009 when the president spent one-third of the year out of the country. The salary of the president is only 200 euros per month, one imagines how much the Cameroonian taxpayer has suffered.
Cameroon is also ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world, ranked 145 out of 176 in the latest corruption perception index of Transparency International agency.
The case would not have aroused so much interest if at least the trips significantly impacted the performance of the Cameroonian president in carrying out his tasks.
For the time being, the Cameroonian authorities have not yet reacted to the findings of this investigation. But the question many are asking is whether the travel costs amount to 90 billion CFA Francs, how much could one estimate the costs of health care and others?
However, it should be noted that the publication of this survey in the run-up to the next presidential election is not likely to settle the Biya regime which already has a large number of opponents.