National and International News Roundup – 10th January 2020

Cameroon’s Chambers of Commerce, industry, mines and craft has attributed failures of the country’s institutions in the past three years to the armed separatist conflict and insecurity in Cameroon. In the course of a 4th ordinary session of the chambers of commerce Friday, its president Christoph Eken said “Business cannot prosper amid insecurity “. The chamber of commerce looks forward to the implementation of the national dialogue outcome, to ensure brighter days for the business climate in Cameroon.

Prof. Maurice Kamto has continued his outreach with members of the executive and legislative arms of the United States government. Today the CRM leader was received by US Congresswoman, Karen Bass. Karen Bass who sits on the House of Foreign Affairs Committee as chair of the Subcommittee on Africa discussed among other things, socio-political happenings in Cameroon and human rights with Prof. Kamto. The latter earlier met with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy.

Ni John Fru Ndi says the SDF is likely to withdraw from the February 2020 twin elections in Cameroon. Speaking in Yaoundé, the SDF National Chairman said the party will pull out of the electoral process if the Government fails to fulfill conditions advanced, one of them being, addressing the Anglophone crisis.

Ambazonian commander, Field Marshall debunks death rumours. In a recent social media video, the Red Dragon armed militia group commander in the restive Anglophone region warned against individuals, planning participate in the upcoming February 9th, 2020 twin elections.

Two government soldiers are said to have died after they engaged severe gun violence with Ambazonian fighters in Wanamah, Jakiri in Cameroon’s North West region. A source in Jakiri confirmed they were in the farm when the confrontation started.

Panic in Kouchong village Noun Division in the west region of Cameroon following an attack of a gendarmerie bridgade by unknown armed men. While some villagers are suspecting separatist fighters from neighboring North West region launched the attack, others say it is criminal act.

Eighteen kids who suffered sexual abuse from their teacher have undergone medical examination at a Douala hospital. The kids aged between 10 and 14 were reportedly raped by a primary six teacher at ther school. Angered parents have called for justice. The alleged rapist is under custody.

In the next four years, Coq Sportif will provide sport accessories to the national football team and other sport disciplines in Cameroon. A contract to that effect was signed today in Yaounde between Coq Sportif and Cameroon Footbal Federation FECAFOOT.

Kenya’s agriculture minister says an invasion of locusts is wreaking havoc on food production and grazing land, describing it as an unprecedented threat. The UN’s food agency says the locust invasion in the Horn and east of Africa is the worst in 70 years.

Celebrated Nigerian author Chukwuemeka Ike has died at the age of 88. His sister, Emeka Okoli, who confirmed his death to BBC Igbo, said he died on Thursday in the eastern state of Anambra where he was the traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu community.

Mozambique has agreed to extradite a Pakistani citizen and suspected drug baron to the United States. Tanveer Ahmed, also known as “Galby”, will be tried at a district court in south Texas and if found guilty of drug trafficking could face a sentence of 40 years in prison.

US President Donald Trump seems to think that he was overlooked for last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. “I’m going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I’ll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country….” He said. Although he did not name the Nobel Peace Prize winner or the country, it is clear that Mr Trump was referring to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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