President Paul Biya has ordered an immediate payment of FCFA 6 billion unpaid allowances to the 1300 soldiers who served in the Central African Republic under the United Nations Peacekeeping mission. Some 200 angry soldiers of the 1300 soldiers stormed the street yesterday September 9, 2015 to express their grievances. Yet Communication Minister Isa Tchiroma Bakary declared in an emergency Press Briefing in Yaounde that the African Union has been slow in disbursing the allowances as agreed. He said the soldiers were informed about the proceeds but wonders why the soldiers ignored their duties of patriotism and fidelity. Tongues are still waging in the nation's capital, Yaounde as to how 200 soldiers safely staged the demonstration without the military intelligence being aware.
However, it is not yet clear whether the soldiers could face the anti-terrorism law for storming the street. Heads are expected roll given allegation abound that some military superiors have been blocking these allowances. (a suivre)
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