National and International News Roundup: 6 November 2019

Cameroon President Paul Biya’s 37th anniversary in power today coincides with the first year of his 7th mandate. According to critics, his mandate is marked by socio-political and economic tension in Cameroon that is almost fragmenting the country. They point at numerous sanctions from world powers on Cameroon, noting that the country has lost credibility at the international level.

The Section President of the Cameroon People Democratic Movement for Mezam Division says president Paul Biya is the only one that can take Cameroon to her destiny. Paul Atanga Nji was speaking in Bamenda today to mark the 37th anniversary of President Paul Biya’s stay in power. Militants of the party that turned up for the celebration mostly avoided Cameras for fear of attack by Ambazonia restoration forces.

Several members of government and other top civil servants were absent from their offices today in Yaoundé.  They abandoned their workplaces to celebrate the 37th anniversary of President Paul Biya’s stay in power. Those who sought the services of these administrators say the practice has been going on for over thirty years.

Despite security threats, CPDM militants turn out in some places in the conflict-hit North West and South West Regions of Cameroon to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the ascension to power of President Paul Biya. In Nkambe, Donga Mantung Division of the North West Region, CPDM militants called on their national President and the Head of state Paul Biya, to hasten the implementation of the resolutions of the major national dialogue that ended one month ago

CPDM supporters in the Wouri II section of the party says President Paul Biya should be accorded the Nobel peace prize.  In a motion of support at the end of the 37th-anniversary celebration of the ascension to power of President Paul Biya, the militants say the implementation of the resolutions of the major national dialogue is key to end the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon

Maurice Kamto of the Cameroon renaissance movement political Party is expected in the West Region of Cameroon tomorrow Thursday, November 7th, 2019. The CRM National President is heading to sympathise with victims of the Bafoussam landslide

An uneasy calm now reigns at Government Bilingual High School Ebone Moungo division in the Littoral Region. After the attack of the school principal that led to teachers’ strike, the Minister of External Relations and a native of Moungo Division Le Jeune Mbela Mbela visited the area to calm the situation.

Armed bandits today robed a man of a huge sum of money in broad daylight at a place known as Carrefour de Eglise Evangelic du Cameroon in Douala II municipality.  The men of the underworld benefitted from traffic congestion, shot at his vehicle and taking away two bags of an undisclosed sum of money. They shot several times in the air before finally getting away. Locals say they were armed with sophisticated guns.  Police officers arrived late

The population of Maroua II municipality have fallen out with their mayor. They accuse the mayor of haven abandoned them in terms of development all through his mandate. They today chased a bulldozer sent by the mayor to grade some stretches of road in their municipality

Coach Libii Thomas of the U17 national football team and the entire technical bench have been dismissed. The decision was signed today by the president of FECAFOOT. A reason has not been stated but football commentators say it is linked to the poor performance of the U17 lions during FIFA Under 17 world cup.

The Under 23 lions of Cameroon are preparing to start the U23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt on the 11th of November.  The team coached by Rigobert Song is already in Egypt for final preparations.  Cameroon is drawn in group A alongside host country Egypt, Ghana and Mali

Nigerian parents are sending their children with autism to religious rehabilitation centres known for torture, a special needs specialist has told the BBC. Parents send their children to be cured of autism, director of Dewdrops community centre for special needs, in Abuja, Omolola Aneke, said.

Mozambican police have detained the head of an elite unit allegedly involved in the murder of a prominent poll observer in the run-up to elections last month. Anastacio Matavel, 58, was shot dead as he left an election training session in the southern Gaza province just days ahead of October’s elections.

Togo’s national assembly has voted to allow Togolese people living abroad to vote in the upcoming election. The changes to its electoral code come a few months before presidential elections are due to take place. The diaspora’s right to vote has been one of the opposition’s demands.

Civil service leaders staged a brief march in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Wednesday to demand a big rise in wages. A small group of workers marched to present a petition to ministers.

Talks in Washington about Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the River Nile, are not negotiations, the Ethiopian government says. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have all been invited to the meeting hosted by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated his support for Burundi amid intense scrutiny of its human rights record. Last week, Russia sided with Burundi at the UN security council, where the country denied accusations of torture made in a UN report.

Mozambique’s government plans to appeal a South African court’s decision to revoke the planned extradition of their former finance minister, according to a letter seen by Reuters news agency. Manuel Chang is wanted in both Mozambique and the US over his alleged involvement in a $2bn (£1.5bn) debt scandal.

A top UN official in Malawi has called for religious tolerance in the country after two girls were prevented from attending a school in Balaka town, about 206 km (128 miles) south-west of the capital Lilongwe, for wearing a hijab. United Nations Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres said Malawians should “respect each other’s religious beliefs and engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve:”

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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