Amadou Vamoulke, the former CEO of the Cameroon Radio and Television Corp (CRTV) who was fired only last month, was arrested today in Yaounde, in the first indication that prosecutors believe they have sufficient information to put him on trial for suspected misuse of funds.
It did not come as a surprise. Vamoulke spent the last month leading to his firing answering questions from investigators at the Special Criminal Court (SCC). It is still unclear how much he is being accused of mismanaging during 11 years at the helm of CRTV. The SCC tries only corruption cases involving sums greater than CFA500 million.
Vamoulke is the second CEO of the state broadcaster to be arrested after leaving office. Gervais Mendo Ze was also arrested after leaving office, for charges also related to the management of the broadcaster’s resources, particularly revenue from the audiovisual tax.
It may be the beginning of a long trial, said our legal analysts, drawing from previous cases which often last more than six months or even several years.