The Kye-Ossi community is very resentful after the discovery of false birth certificates made years ago, by an officer said to be competent in the district of Olamze.
Most children born in Kye-Ossi in the year 1990 to 2000 have been victims of a fraudulent act from an authority whom according to them was a worthy person.
Kye-Ossi is found in the South region of Cameroon. The boundary separating Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. At that time it was just a small village with no city council. As such the closest council was located at the Olamze subdivision.
The city of Olamze is 44 kms from Kye-Ossi. According to the inhabitants it seemed too far for some of them so they preferred to stop at Meyo-nkoulou, a small village before Olamze. Where lived the late chief of first order, Officer Ondo Messa Marcel. Of which conferring to the law, he had the authority to certify or sign documents.
According to parents of victims, these birth certificates were done for the sum of FCFA 10,000. “At that time it was very difficult for us since we had no city council in our area and Officer Ondo Messa was a high
authority and used to accomplish this particular task, we trusted him and confide our documents to him,” explained a parent.
Many years after, the birth certificate holders begin to face difficulties with the none possibility for them to write competitive entrance exams, obtain a job or even travel abroad because the authenticity of their birth certificates are not valid.
This is due to the fact that, the founders of their do not exist in the archives of the Olamze city council. Meaning that the officer never made the origins of their certificates.
The world Today got in touch with some of the victims. “I was asked to make a certified copy of the origin of my birth certificate but when I went to the Mayor’s office, they could not find it”. A statement made by so many youths whom at this moment have no identity.
Giving that officer Ondo Messa died many years back, there is no way to engage a lawsuit against him.
However, the Kye-Ossi council proposed that, the only solution for this situation is to get the power of attorney from a judge before a new and authentic birth certificate can be reproduced.