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Biography of Akere MUNA

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Barrister Akere MUNA, was born in August 1952 in Ngyen-Mbo, Mbengwi Central Sub-division, Momo Division of the North West Region Cameroon. He is the last but one child and the last boy of late Elizabeth Fri MUNA and Solomon Tandeng MUNA.

His father was a former Minister of Telecommunications, former Prime Minister of West Cameroon, former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, former President of the National Assembly of Cameroon from 1973 to 1988, the year he retired.

The first of the MUNAS’ was Late Dr Daniel MUNA, former President of Cameroon Medical Council, followed by Barrister Bernard MUNA, former Deputy Prosecutor of the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Mr Humphrey MUNA, former Financial Director of Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (ASCENA), Prof. Walinjom MUNA, President of the Pan African Society of Cardiology, Mr George MUNA, former Consultant World Bank, Ms Ama Tutu MUNA, Minister of Culture of Cameroon. Akere MUNA got married in 1978 to Berverly Lydia Bird from Antigua and Barbados Island whose father was a Prime Minister.

Their union gave them two daughters; Lydia the first, 27 years …. and Kandi …. B) Education Akere MUNA started primary education in Cameroon Baptist Mission Schoolin Bamenda from 1958 to 1960. He later continued in the Basel MissionSchool – Buea Town following the transfer of his father where he passed his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) and later on, the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level in 1970. While in Yaounde, following the transfer of his father, he was admitted in the first batch of students in Collège Bilingue d’Application.

In 1968 after his father was made Prime Minister of West Cameroon, Akere left Collège Bilingue d’Application in 4ème (Form 3) for Buea where he obtained his BEPC in French in the year 1969 and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level in 1972 at the Lycée Bilingue Buea. He then enrolled in the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the University of Yaounde which he abandoned three months later and left for Washington DC School of International Service.

Three years later, he obtained a degree in Business Science in International Studies in 1975. C) Professional Life In 1978, he took the oath and enrolled in the Bar of England and Wales(Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn). In the same year, H.E. Akere MUNA took another oath in London and was among the first batch of Lawyers trained in European Business Common Law in England. After his trainings, he had many interesting offers but decided to return home following the wish of his father that their first service should be for their fatherland.

While in Cameroon, he was forced to undergo another probation period but this time under the watchful eyes of his elder brother Barrister Bernard MUNA who had already established a Law Firm in Yaoundé called Mbo Chambers. After his oath-taking in 1982, both Akere and Bernard MUNA decided to create a Professional Civil Society organization called Muna, Muna Cabinet & Associates and ten years later, Akere MUNA became it’s Managing Partner.

This was the departure point for the young, brilliant and ambitious Akere. Burning with the desire to serve humanity, H.E. Akere MUNA was behind the putting in place of a judicial newsletter “Le Monde Judiciaire” in 1987 whose principal objective was to clarify citizens on their rights and obligations. He was its Editor-in-Chief for eleven years. From 1993 to 1995, he lectured Law at the Cameroon National High School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in Yaoundé. Since 1994, he is a member of the National Criminal Procedure Code Commission.

All of these were a build-up to a challenging course Akere MUNA was going to embrace; beginning with his sweeping victory at the helm of the Cameroon Bar Association in 1997 after having been member and representative of the President of the Bar in the Centre, South and East Regions (formerly Provinces) in Cameroon.

As President, he led the association for five (5) years during which, the Bar was given a facelift and respectability. His quest for justice and transparency in the management of public affairs, pushed him in 2000 to initiate the creation of the Cameroon Branch of Transparency International (IT), a German based Non-Governmental Organization whose prime mission is to fight against corruption in all its facets. After serving as Pioneer President, four years later, Akere MUNA was voted Vice President at the international Head Office in Germany and was reelected its Vice President in October 2008. In 2005 he was voted as the President of the Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU) in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia and three years later, he was reelected by plebiscite by his peers in July 2009 at the helm of PALU.

He has been member or president of many commissions or specialized organs that have something to do with his profession. For instance, the National Commission for the fight against Fiscal Fraud, the National Ad-hoc Commission for the fight against Corruption, The Coalition of African Chapters of Transparency International, the Ethics Committee of Transparency International, as well as the International Anti Corruption Council (IACC), the High Level Panel on the Audit of the African Union, the Commission for implementation of the Principles of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Cameroon, Commonwealth Observer in Elections and the Interim Standing Committee of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union.

His constant fight for the voiceless and social justice; alongside other African colleagues convinced the African Union to create the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). ECOSOCC is an advisory organ of the African Union consisting of civil society organizations representing the Africapeople that are involved in a wide range of activities to foster the development and goals of the African Union.

Akere MUNA was unanimously elected Presiding Officer of the First Permanent General Assembly of ECOSOCC in September 2008 and was sworn in by H.E. President Jakaya KIKWETE of the United Republic of Tanzania, Chairperson of the African Union. Akere has an extensive engagement with civil society and the advancement of the Pan-African cause that dates back to his early years as a student. H.E. Akere MUNA has grabbed many awards; including the very prestigious “La Nouvelle Expression” 'Man Of The Year' Award for 2005.

Last update : 04/29/2010

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