National and International News Roundup: 1 November 2019

The CRM Party rally scheduled for the Stade Koovos-the Ebolowa municipal stadium in the South Region of Cameroon did not hold. Individuals identifying themselves as sons and daughters of the South Region blocked access to the venue for CRM party supporters and sympathisers. Some CRM militants like Sam Severin Ango was drenched in dirty water poured by the so-called sons and daughters of the South who say the Region has only one party, the CPDM

The Cameroonian authorities have banned two rallies organised by opposition leader Maurice Kamto that were to be held this month in the capital, Yaoundé, and the country’s largest city, Douala. The rallies were supposed to be the opposition leader’s first public appearance following his release from prison last month, along with dozens of his supporters, where he was detained for organising protests in January against the result of last year’s presidential election.

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party has criticised a ban of their political rally today in Ebolowa in the South region of Cameroon. Armed security men denied access to militants of CRM party to Ebolowa. Prof. Alain Fogue an official of the CRM has stated that the South is governed as a separate state with no respect of laws applied in the national territory.

Cameroon will no longer benefit from a trade pact between the US and sub-Saharan African countries because of “gross” human rights violations against its own citizens, US President Donald Trump says. President Trump cited “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture” in his statement issued on Thursday, adding that Cameroon will be officially excluded from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on 1 Jan. Experts say the move is in response to extrajudicial killings and rights abuses committed by government soldiers in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. The decision has been described as unjust by the Cameroon minister of communication.  The decision will have economic setbacks on Cameroon.

Some 3,000 people have been killed in violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone region over the past three years, according to a group of 65 civil society organisations who this week called on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to address violations in the country.

Calm is yet to fully return to Nkoulouloun, Camp Yabassi and Quartier Haussa neighbourhoods in Douala II subdivision. Armed young men today created panic in the area causing people to run for safety while traders locked up their shops. Security sources say the guys were mainly from New Bell Haussa. Local sources say the armed young men were on a mission to revenge a previous attack on one of their friends.

Several persons have been wounded by armed young men in Bepanda in the Douala V subdivision. The group of furious young me attacked inhabitants of Bepanda destroying their properties and wounding several others. The guys who came from New Bell in Douala II subdivision call themselves “microscopes”.

Cameroon Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji is in the South West Region of the country. The minister is headed to hand over governments humanitarian assistance to some internally displaced persons.

The minister of territorial administration has stated that the security situation in the South West is under control.  Paul Atanga Nji stated that this day in Buea at the end of a security meeting he presided. This week a health centre was set ablaze in Tole; a village in Buea subdivision, an action that has been attributed to Separatist fighters by the ministry of defence.

Paul Atanga Nji has dismissed claims that the population and the military are in opposing sides.  The minister of territorial administration mentioned that today in Buea while pointing at restoration forces as the common enemy and not the military.

The new Divisional Officer for Santa in Mezam Division of the North West Region of Cameroon has been installed. Commissioning him to office, the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam Division urged him to tackle insecurity and disorder in the commercial motorbike sector

A statement Abdul Karim Ali posted on his Facebook page this evening read: “Southern Cameroonians God have answered your prayers. I am free”.  He has been in detention at SED in Yaoundé since the 25th of September 2019. The Muslim scholar was arbitrarily arrested and detained.

An uneasy calm has returned at Douala 2 after at least five boys have been arrested. Two gangs of bandits from Ancien Etage and Camp Yabbasi engaged in a fierce fight.  The violence that started yesterday Thursday saw innocent civilians brutalised and wounded. A mixed contingent of policemen and gendarmerie elements were deployed to maintain peace.

The U17 Lions of Cameroon will play their last group stage match against Spain at the ongoing U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The boys have recorded two defeats. Football critics say the team lacks the basic competence to win the upcoming fixture.

Heavy flooding caused by torrential rains has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left more than 180 dead across Africa in October. We asked the meteorological experts at BBC Weather to help us understand the situation.

Eritrea says it has uncovered evidence of a 2011 US plot to overthrow the government in Asmara. A statement released by the ministry of information also accuses Israel of helping to demonise Eritrea in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Unusually hot temperatures of more than 40C in Malawi have forced lawyers to abandon a tradition of wearing wigs and gowns in court. The country’s main opposition party are currently challenging the results of May’s presidential election at the Constitutional Court in the capital, Lilongwe.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday to congratulate him for his recent Nobel Peace Prize and to discuss domestic and regional issues. “They also discussed recent violent protests in Oromia and the need to peacefully address the challenge of ethnic conflict,” a statement posted on the State Department website said.

Police in Nigeria has opened investigations after they rescued 15 people detained in a prayer house in the main city of Lagos. The male and female victims, who were between ages of 19 and 50, were in chains, Bala Elkana, the police public relations officer in Lagos state, said in a statement on Thursday. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)

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