Marafa Hamidou Yaya, who is serving a sentence of 20 years in prison on charges of embezzlement, revealed in the letter that the dignity and emotion of a nation requires the chief executive to visit the site of the accident. President Biya’s former secretary general at the presidency of the republic argued that the commission set up by the head of state on October the 25th and composed solely of members of the government cannot guarantee impartiality, independence and transparency. Marafa Hamidou Yaya, recognized as political prisoner by the US State Department in 2012, suggested that the president should learn from the tragedy of October 21 and provide the country with modern infrastructure in the transport sector. Biya has a track record of not visiting areas in the country rocked by disasters. He shied away from the Lake Nyos gas disaster, the Nsam Efoulan fire accident, the Mbanga Pongo plane crash and recently the Eseka train derailment.
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