The national and international media and by extrapolation public opinion is now gripped by what is referred to as the ‘Maraleaks’. The media in Cameroon is upbeat about the Marafa letters that are making headline news, but most importantly is the fact that the regime is equally bent on stifling the publishing of the letters or discrediting the information therein as mere farce. This wish by the regime and the zeal expressed by the public to continuously savour state secrets being put in the market place of ideas by a former state functionary is sending jitters and hot sweat down the spines of many government barons. It is not the letters per se that makes news but what is hidden behind those letters and what may come next. Actually, in journalism like in public writing, the writer is supposed to be able to draw a line between what the public wants to know and what the public needs to know. This is so because the public is always anxious to know much or everything including the functioning of the state, something which is often considered a preserve of a few. And all along, it has been so until Marafa Hamidou Yaya ripped open the Pandora Box and state secrets are in the open.
Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General at the Presidency, former Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization who belonged to the chosen few that were privy to state secrets has decided to become the latest prolific writer in prison, dishing out calculated dozes of state secrets to the admiration of the public and the chagrin of government. When Marafa Hamidou Yaya who was arrested along side former Prime Minister, Chief Ephraim Inoni fired his first salvo by writing an open letter to the Head of State in which he made incriminating revelations about his dealings with the Head of State and the functioning of the state, many ministers started trembling. This was so because many of them who equally had some dealings with Marafa when he was in government did not know how far he could go in his letters. AS Secretary General at the Presidency and former Minister of State, Minister of Territorial Administration, Marafa had a lot of influence and connections with a network that the regime does not clearly master. Many of those serving in government and in many duty posts in the administration are Marafa’s men. What they have in store nobody knows reason the regime is trembling because if they are still loyal to Marafa, they can destabilize the state. And while the regime was yet to digest the first letter and look for means to counter it, Marafa pumped another letter that was considered very disastrous to the regime as it picked holes in the promulgated electoral code. This is where Marafa has drawn sympathy from the opposition political parties that boycotted the voting of the promulgated electoral code. Equally, this can compromise funding of the electoral process by foreign donors not to talk of the international recognition of any election emanating from such an electoral code. These are issues the regime does not like and Marafa knows that, reason he is only targeting issues the government has never wanted to be in the open.
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