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Cameroon fires telecommunications regulator

The Director General of Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) Jean Louis Beh Mengue has been sacked following a presidential decree issued Thursday evening.He has been replaced by Philemon Zo’o Zame, formerly secretary-general of the Public Works Ministry after holding several positions at the presidency, notably in the field of infrastructure and economic affairs.

Beh Mengue was splashed in early 2015 by a report of the State Superior Control which attributed to him several management errors causing billions of CFA losses to the public coffers.

In recent months, he has also been involved in recurring conflicts with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, a supervisory authority that criticized him for initiatives outside his area of responsibility through the granting of operating licenses to private operators, or the unilateral grant of abatement to companies in the sector subjected to heavy fines.

He is also facing judicial inquiries over the ART headquarters construction project, which work site has been suspended on instructions from Prime Minister Philemon Yang.

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