Article 1: Identity
1.1. The Ambazonia Treasury is integral to the territory of Ambazonia, including its wealth and values. It shall exist, exercise all authority and function in accordance with the provisions of this Statutes.
1.2. The Ambazonia Treasury may assume juridic personality as an incorporated entity in a foreign jurisdiction.
Article 2: Functionality
2.1. The Ambazonia Treasury shall be functionally independent of every other institution or entity involved in the Ambazonia self-determination cause, whether such entity be permanent or ad hoc.
2.2. The Ambazonia independence quest entities and the Ambazonian people at large may recommend certain actions to the Ambazonia Treasury; however, the decisions of the Ambazonia Treasury on such issues as financial disbursements and required accountability on use of funds are insolvent.
2.3. The Ambazonia Treasury shall be comprised of the Board of Directors of the Ambazonia Treasury (BoDAT), the Office of Technical Services of the Ambazonia Treasury (OTSAT), and the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Commission (ATACC).
2.4. The Board of Directors and the Office of Technical Services shall be subject to oversight by the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Commission.
Article 3: Duties and Responsibilities
3.1. Irrespective of its high degree of autonomy, the primary goal of the Ambazonia Treasury shall be the attainment of an independent and sovereign Ambazonia, and to promote the financial stability and prosperity of the Ambazonia state post-independence.
3.2. The duties of the Ambazonia Treasury are to:
3.2.1. Lead revenue sourcing for the activities of the Ambazonia self-determination cause
3.2.2. Manage the funds necessary for the Ambazonia independence cause
3.2.3. Advise the Ambazonian people and investment partners on appropriate financial actions necessary to achieve the goal prescribed in Section 3.1.
3.2.4. Formulate fiscal and financial policies of the Ambazonia state that may be adopted by the parliament of Ambazonia at the right time.
3.2.5. Assist other Ambazonia independence quest entities with periodic budgeting as may be necessary to withdraw from the Treasury and to provide accountability.
3.2.6. Ensure efficiency and accountability in the management of the finances in the Ambazonia Treasury.
Article 4: Operational Values
The operational values of the Ambazonia Treasury include: Transparency, Accountability, Fidelity, Efficiency, Integrity, and Confidentiality where appropriate (TAFIEC).
Article 5: Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for:
5.1. The daily sourcing and management of the finances of the Ambazonia Treasury
5.2. Approving budget appropriations and withdrawal of funds from the Ambazonia Treasury
5.3. Recommending reports to the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Committee.
5.4. Formulating fiscal and financial policies for the Ambazonia state that may be adopted by the Ambazonia parliament in future.
5.5. Proposing amendments to these Statutes that may be adopted by a two thirds majority of all three organs of the Ambazonia Treasury and leaders of each constituent movement of the Ambazonia self-determination entity, namely, AGC, MoRISC, RoA, APLM, SCWM, SCNC and Consortium.
Article 6: Composition of the Board of Directors
6.1. The permanent number of persons in the Board of Directors of the Ambazonia Treasury shall be seven.
6.2. No two members shall hail from the same county. Where a member hails from two counties, the maternal county shall be adopted.
6.3. At least three of the seven members shall be female.
6.4. The seven members of the Board of Directors shall be composed in the following manner
Article 7: Meetings
7.1. The ordinary meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held ones every month.
7.2. Extraordinary meetings of the Board of Directors may be convened by the Secretary of the Treasury, at the written request of at least five members of the Board of Directors submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury, or at the written request of at least three of the leaders of the Ambazonia self-determination movements mentioned in Section 5.5 submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury.
7.3. Before ordinary meetings of the Board of Directors are convened, the Secretary of the Treasury must provide at least five days written notice to all members of the Board of Directors.
7.4. Before extraordinary meetings of the Board of Directors are convened, the Secretary of the Treasury must provide at least six hours written notice to all members of the Board of Directors.
7.5. A quorum of the membership of the Board of Directors, namely, four members, shall be required for meetings of the Board of Directors.
7.6. All decisions of the Board of Directors shall be made by a simple majority vote of its membership constituting a quorum in a meeting.
7.7. Each member of the Board of Directors has a right to one vote. Voting in absentia or by proxy shall be prohibited.
Article 8: Officers of the Board of Directors
8.1. The Board of Directors shall be made up of the Secretary of the Treasury, a Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, a Comptroller of the Treasury, an Internal Auditor, a Register of the Treasury, a Treasurer General, and a Deputy Treasurer General.
8.2. Members of the Board of Directors shall elect the officers by a simple majority vote without prejudice to Section 7.3.
8.3. The Secretary of the Treasury shall be chosen by secret draw from the members of the Board of Directors who submit their candidacy for the office at the end of their resume, and shall then after moderate the election of all other officers of the Treasury. If no officer submits his or her candidacy, then the Secretary of the Treasury shall be drawn from all members of the Board of Directors.
8.4. All officers shall serve a one-year term of office renewable.
Article 9. Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of the Treasury shall:
9.1. Be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
9.2. Convene and chair meetings of the Board of Directors.
9.3. Convene and chair join meetings of the Board of Directors and the Technical Office of the Ambazonia Treasury, and where necessary including the leaders of those movements specified in Section 5.5. of their representatives.
9.4. Have no veto power over decisions of the Board of Directors
9.5. Ensure the Ambazonia Treasury is fulfilling its duties and responsibilities as specified in Article 3.
9.6. Develop and propose financial policies
9.7. Oversee the activities of the Ambazonia Treasury but shall have no powers over the decisions of the Ambazonia Anti-Corruption Committee.
9.8. Validate or seal final decisions or recommendations of the Ambazonia Treasury
9.9. Be the financial agent of the Ambazonia Treasury
9.10. Digest and prepare plans for the improvement and management of the revenue, and for the support of credit.
9.11. Present the budget and financial condition of the Ambazonia Treasury as needed and necessary.
9.12. Design, propose and ensure the effectiveness of the forms of keeping and availability of the revenue in the Treasury
9.13. Authorize financial disbursements directly or indirectly through other officials of the Ambazonia Treasury as may be necessary in cases of emergency, but not without notifying the Comptroller of the Treasury. In this case of emergency, the Secretary of the Treasury shall be required to present a full account of the authorized disbursement to the Board of Directors no more than twenty-four hours after issuance of the written emergency disbursement approval decision. This shall be executive privilege and responsibility. The Board of Directors has the powers to recall the funds and thereby override the Secretary of the Treasury if it deems necessary for reasons it shall specify in its decision.
9.14. Have exclusive powers to draw warrants from the Ambazonia Treasury. In the absence of the Secretary of the Treasury, this power may be exercised only by the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury provided the warrants are always countersigned by the Comptroller of the Treasury.
Article 10. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
10.1. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury shall not hail from the same Ambazonia Region, that is, the Southern Region and the Northern Region.
10.2. The Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury may preferably not be of the same gender.
10.3. The Deputy Secretary of the Treasury shall advise and assist the Secretary of the Treasury in the supervision and direction of the Ambazonia Treasury and its activities
10.4. Succeed the Secretary of the Treasury in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability.
10.5. Ensure the regular and timely collections of all revenues to the Ambazonia Treasury.
Article 11. Comptroller
The Comptroller of the Treasury shall:
11.1. Superintend the adjustment and preservation of all accounts of the Ambazonia Treasury
11.2. Examine all accounts settled by the Treasurer, and certify the balances arising thereon to the Register of the Treasury where there are any discrepancies.
11.3. Countersign any warrant drawn by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury as the case may be, equal to or exceeding five thousand USA Dollars.
11.4. Review financial agreements of the Ambazonia Treasury for accountability, integrity, and compliance with fiscal policies.
11.5. Work with the Secretary of the Treasury to resolve disputes and claims both on behalf of and against the Ambazonia Treasury
11.6. Promote policies that enhance the Ambazonia Treasury’s commitment to efficiency and integrity
11.7. Monitor the flow of funds to and from the Ambazonia Treasury.
11.8. Receive accounts of the Ambazonia Treasury from the Treasurer General and after
examining them, certify the balance and transmit the vouchers and account statements to the Register of the Treasury for the records.
Article 12: Auditor
The Auditor shall:
12.1. Provide proximate oversight to the Ambazonia Treasury budget and fiscal condition, subject to remote oversight by the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Committee
12.2. Ensure the highest standards of accountability in all financial transactions of the Ambazonia Treasury
12.3. Conduct ad hoc performance and financial audits of all financial transactions of the Ambazonia Treasury as he or she deems necessary.
12.4. Initiate investigations on any financial transactions and assemble the preliminary facts. Where there is probable evidence of fraud, transmit the preliminary investigative findings to the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Committee, and recommend a full investigation and decision thereto.
12.5. Conduct at least a monthly generalized (as opposed to detailed) audit of the financial transactions of the Ambazonia Treasury and submit his or her report to the Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Committee. This brief report must be completed and submitted between the tenth and the fifteenth of each month.
12.6. Act in the interim for the Comptroller of the Treasury in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability.
Article 13. Register
The Register of the Treasury shall:
13.1. Keep all accounts of the revenue, receipts, expenditures, receivables, payables and of all debts due to or from the Ambazonia Treasury
13.2. Receive from the Comptroller the accounts which shall have been finally adjusted as may be necessary and preserve such accounts with their vouchers and certificates.
13.3. Prepare and present a quarterly financial report of the Ambazonia Treasury at the Quarterly Assembly that shall comprise of the Board of Directors, the Technical office of the Treasury, the Ambazonia Treasury Ant-Corruption Committee and the leaders of the movements listed in Article 5.5.
13.4. Succeed the Auditor in tempore in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability.
13.5. Be succeeded by the Comptroller in tempore in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability, while the Board of Director elects a new Register within thirty days of vacancy.
Article 14. Treasurer General
The Treasurer General shall:
14.1. Receive and keep the funds of the Ambazonia Treasury in the Treasury
14.2. Record all warrants for the receipt or payment of monies at the Treasury, certify the same thereon, and transmit copies of the balance adjusted to the Comptroller
14.3. Ordinarily, disburse funds from the Ambazonia Treasury upon warrants drawn by the Secretary of the Treasury and countersigned by the Comptroller, and thereafter recorded by the Register after deliberation and approval by the Board of Director. Without the warrant so drawn and registered, the Ambazonia Treasury shall not acknowledge the withdrawal or disbursement of funds from itself.
14.4. In extraordinary circumstances or situations of emergency, the Treasurer may make disbursements as requested by the Secretary of the Treasury, but not without sending information on the disbursement to the Comptroller of the Treasury. After such disbursement, the Treasurer must within 48hours submit all evidence to the Comptroller who shall examine, report to the Finance Department, and upon validation, submit to the Register for the records.
14.5. At least once bi-weekly, on such day established by the Secretary of the Treasury, provide to the Board of Directors the total of revenue generated, expenditure made, and balance in the Treasury.
14.6. At any time requested, submit to the Secretary of the Treasury and Comptroller, or either of them, the inspection of the monies in the Treasury.
14.7. Be succeeded by the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in tempore in his or her absence, sickness, or unavailability, while the Department elects a new Treasurer from among its other non-officer members within thirty days of vacancy.
Article 15. Deputy Treasurer General
The Deputy Treasurer General shall:
15.1. Assist the Treasurer General in the exercise of those duties specified in Sections 14.1 to 14.7.
15.2. Deputize in the absence of the Treasurer General
Article 16: National Treasury
The funds of the Ambazonia state shall be in the National Treasury, also referred to as “The Treasury”. All persons in custody of the funds or signatory to the Treasury shall hold them in trust under the authority of the Treasurer General and shall make no disbursement without authorization by the Treasurer General except that in cases of emergency, disbursements may be made based on warrants drawn by the Secretary of the Treasury to the Deputy Treasurer General.
Article 17: Request for Funds
17.1. Request for funds shall be made ONLY by those leaders of movements specified in Section 5.5 or their representatives authorized in writing to the Board of Directors. The National Treasury shall not attend to request for funds from any other person or entity.
17.2. Request for funds shall be made to the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the absence of the Secretary of the Treasury.
17.3. All requestors shall submit requisitions for a once in a month deliberation, approval and disbursement of funds.
17.4. All submissions shall be made no later than the tenth of the month.
17.5. The Board of Directors shall decide on each requisition no later than the fifteenth of the month.
Article 18. Responsibilities of the Office of Technical Services
The Office of Technical Services of the Ambazonia Treasury shall be responsible for:
18.1. Technical papers and designs associated with the work of the Ambazonia Treasury
18.2. Technology funding platforms
18.3. Publicity and marketing
18.4. Selecting and maintaining financial softwares and hardwares of the National Treasury
18.5. Technological security
18.6. Legal counsel
Article 19. Relations with the Board of Directors
19.1. The Office of Technical Services shall exercise quasi autonomy from the Board of Directors under the proximate supervision of the Director of Technical Services.
19.2. The Office of Technical Services shall function in collaboration with the Board of Directors, and shall be answerable to the Secretary of the Treasury in all matters
Article 20: Staff of the Technical Office of the Ambazonia Treasury
The Technical Office of the Ambazonia Office shall comprise of a Director of Technical Services, Director of Technology, a Director of Marketing and Publicity, a Marketing and Publicity Associate, a Director of Technological Security, a Financial and Fiscal Affairs Adviser, and the Attorney of the National Treasury.
Article 21: TheDirector of Technical Services
Article 22:Director of Technology
Article 23:Director of Marketing and Publicity
Article 24:Marketing and Publicity Associate
Article 25:Director Technological Security
Article 26: Financial and Fiscal Affairs Adviser
Article 27: Attorney of the National Treasury
Article 28: Identity
28.1. The Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Commission (ATACC) shall have financial, political, administrative and judicial autonomy to implement a robust three-prong anticorruption strategy on the investigation, prevention, and community education on anti-corruption financial and fiscal anti-corruption issues associated with the Ambazonia Treasury. ATACC shall have draconian powers to investigate all corruption and economic crimes and ensure that culprits face trial per the legal system where the crime is committed.
28.2. Financial freedom implies that ATACC shall have the right to raise funds independently and/or to use funds in the Ambazonia Treasury as reasonably and conservatively acceptable to fulfill its mission as specified in Section 28.1.
28.3. Independence from various political, military and civil leaders and entities will allow ATACC to investigate issues of funds associated with the national Ambazonia Treasury without favor for personalities or group affiliations
28.4. This Statute, fulfilling the role of an antitrust act, empowers ATACC to use all legal means within human reach to investigate and sanction corrupt officials, leaders and executives of various entities, Civil Society organizations, Activists and program directors.
Article 29: Responsibilities of the Ambazonia TreasuryAnti-Corruption Commission
The Ambazonia Treasury Anti-Corruption Commission shall have the following responsibilities:
29.1. Produce and adopt the ATACC Operations Guidelines
29.2. Educate the Ambazonian people and the general public on financial anti-corruption issues
29.3. Ensure accountability in the Ambazonia national Treasury.
29.4. Investigate all matters of financial and economic fraud associated with the National Treasury whenever it believes there is probable cause to initiate such investigations.
29.5. Advise entities that withdraw funds from the Ambazonia Treasury on measures that can be taken to avoid fraud and corruption.
29.6. Require, review and approve anti-corruption policies and mechanisms that each entity intending to withdraw funds from the National Treasury must first submit to it and receive approval. Such document shall be valid for six months renewable or amendable, and shall consider public safety, moral fiduciary responsibility, and accountability.
29.7. Advise the Board of Directors on measures that must be taken to prevent financial fraud from the Ambazonia Treasury
28.5. Take all measures as necessary and feasible, including demanding the recall of appointed corrupt officials in the National Treasury, to sanction corrupt officials, individuals, leaders and executives of various entities, Civil Society organizations, Activists and program directors.
28.6. Rely on the legal counsel of the Attorney of the National Treasury as may be necessary.
Article 30. Membership of ATACC
30.1. ATACC shall comprise of six members. Each of those organizations mentioned in Section 5.5 shall appoint one competent member into ATACC.
30.2. The list of appointees shall be reconciled to ensure that all members of ATACC hail maternally from a county different from all members of the Board of Directors.
30.3. Members of ATACC shall serve a one-year term renewable once.
Article 31. Officers of ATACC
31.1. ATACC shall comprise of six officers: a ATACC Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent, Chief of Operations, a Corruption Prevention Advisor, and two Citizens Advisors.
31.2. Officers of ATACC shall be elected from among its membership. Members may opt to assume specific offices for which they are competent, but assumption of duty shall require a confirmatory vote from the membership.
31.3. Although members of ATACC shall hold different offices as specified in Section
31.1, they shall as one team in the accomplishment of its mission.
Article 32. ATACC Superintendent
The ATACC Superintendent shall:
32.1. Oversee the general work of the ATACC
32.2. Convene meetings of ATACC as necessary, including a compulsory monthly meeting.
32.3. Advise the Secretary of the Treasury on policy matters to ensure accountability in the activities of the Ambazonia Treasury
Article 33. Assistant Superintendent
The Assistant Superintendent shall:
33.1. Assist the ATACC Superintendent and the Corruption Prevention Advisor in their duties
33.2. Deputize in the absence of the ATACC Superintendent
Article 34. Chief of Operations
The Chief of Operations shall:
34.1. Oversee all National Treasury internal investigations to ensure accountability
34.2. Receive the reports of the Internal Auditor and recommend courses of action to
Article 35: Corruption Prevention Advisor
The Corruption Prevention Advisor shall:
35.1. Receive complains from the general public, work with the Assistant Superintendent to complete preliminary assessments, and together recommend courses of action to
35.2. Propose Anti-corruption policies based on the assessment of complains from the public
Article 36: Citizens Advisors
ATACC shall have two Citizens Advisors who shall:
36.1. Formulate and recommend to ATACC the citizens’ education strategies on anti-corruption measures
36.2. Lead the education of the public on financial anti-corruption issues