Cameroon: Top Military Official Barred From Entering The United States Over Wildlife Trafficking Allegations

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
Washington DC - 10-Jul-2019 - 11h11   2970                      
Secretary Pompeo bars Colonel Ango Ango from entering the US Twitter
A release from the office of Michael R. Pompeo, the US Secretary of State has publicly designated a top Cameroonian gendarmerie officer for his alleged involvement in "significant corruption".

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the office of the spokesperson of the US Secretary of State published  a media note titled, "Public Designation, Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, of the Republic of Cameroon’s Jean Claude Ango Ango."

The release states that: "The Secretary of State is publicly designating the Republic of Cameroon Inspector General of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie, Colonel Jean Claude Ango Ango, due to his involvement in significant corruption related to wildlife trafficking.

"This designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6) (“Section 7031(c)”). Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

"The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the designation of Mr. Ango Ango, the Secretary is also publicly designating Mr. Ango Ango’s spouse, Ms. Engono Akomo."

The Spokesperson to Secretary of State Pompeo says Tuesday's action "sends a strong signal that the United States is committed to fighting corruption and combating the transnational crime of wildlife trafficking to preserve our world’s iconic species."

Colonel Jean Claude Ango Ango was appointed Inspector General at the National Gendarmerie through Decree No. 2019/111 of March 5, 2019 signed by Cameroon's Head of State, commander-in-chief of the defense forces, President Paul Biya.

On July 3, 2019, the Secretary of State publicly designated Mr. Uladi Basikolo Mussa, the current Malawian Special Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs and former Malawian Minister of Home Affairs, "due to his involvement in significant corruption. Mr. Mussa engaged in and benefited from public corruption in relation to his official duties while Minister of Home Affairs."


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