National And International News Roundup – 10th June 2020

Paul Chouta’s next court hearing has been set for June 24th. The jailed journalist’s case suffered another adjournment today as the court said his defense counsel failed to extract the accused. The adjournment comes at a time when attacks on the media in Cameroon are intensifying.

Fifteen employees of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT have tested positive for COVID-19. This was revealed after massive tests were conducted by the FECAFOOT medical team early this week.

Cavaye Yeguié Djibril has come under criticism on social media for remarks he made over COVID-19 preventive measures. The National Assembly speaker had frowned on Cameroonians for not respect of preventive measures. The backlash comes as a result of his non self-isolatiom after returning from a sick leave in France weeks back.

Calm has returned in Nkambe after the release of 10 boys arrested on accusation of being separatist fighters. The Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division identified the boys as peace loving individuals arrested wrongly by the gendarmerie commander of Nkambe. The boys were accused of selling illicit fuel to restoration forces. Attempts to transfer them to Bamenda met with stiff resistance from the population of Nkambe.

Circulation of vehicles has been hard around Rond Point Deido in Douala since June 5th. Many got to their destinations late following traffic congestion as road rehabilitation works is taking place. The Douala City Mayor says the work will end on June 30th.

The Senior Divisional Officer for Ngoketunjia Division has accused amba boys of paralysing business activities in Ndop. Quetong Handerson Konge says threats from amba boys since May 18th 2020 have caused all traders to keep their shops closed. He denies allegations from traders that the council is responsible for the economic shutdown.

Business persons and inhabitants of Ndop in the North West Region are bearing the brunt of the stalemate between government and separatist fighters over the functioning of business places. The fight has seen activities paralysed in the town since May 18th 2020.

Insecurity is said to have increased in Manyu Division in the South Region of Cameroon after the burial of the late Mayor of Mamfe assasinated by separatist fighters. Ambazonia boys have been targeting traditional rulers who performed rites to ban such atrocities in the area. They are reports of fears on who will take over the mayoral seat in Mamfe .

Leaders of coffin revolution movement in prison have threatened violent actions in the days ahead against boys that are using the name of the movement to commit atrocities. Mancho Bibixy Tse and Ngalim Felix Safeh have stated that the revolution was to ensure political reforms for the good of the people and not to inflict pains and suffering on innocent people.

Some 10 prominent rights groups say the UN Security Council should seek accountability for journalist Wazizi’s death. The four Cameroonian and six international organisations say the Cameroon government should ensure that the investigation into the journalist’s enforced disappearance and death in military custody is independent, effective, thorough, and impartial.

The Kumbo market in the North West Region is abandoned. Traders say soldiers sent them away after an attack on the army by separatist fighters. They added that the forces of law and order promised to keep the market closed till attacks from separatist fighters cease.

Some Sub Divisions in Cameroon now have new Divisional Officers. They were appointed in a decree today by President Paul Biya. Though not all DOs were replaced, all ten regions of the country were affected.

Georges Gilbert Baongla, self declared son of Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has been sentenced to 2 years in prison by the Yaounde Court of first instance June 10th, 2020. He is also expected to pay the sum of 25 million francs cfa as charges. He was charged for defamation by the CEO of the media group Anecdote Jean Pierre Belinga Amougou

Perpetrators of the Ngarbu massacre have been charged by the Yaounde military tribunal for committing the offences of; violation of instructions, assassination in group, arson and destruction of property in group. They include;
Sergeant BABA GUIDA, Gendarme SANDING SANDING Cyrille,1st class soldier HARANGA Gilbert, TATA NFOR Maxwell alias Bullet and 17 members of a vigilante group made up of unidentified fulanis

The Minister of Territorial Administration- Paul Atanga Nji has warned Muslim leaders against collecting money from faithfuls wishing to participate in the 2020 Hajj. In a communiqué signed June 10th, 2020, he said Hajj 2020 may be hampered by COVID-19 and the restrictions placed by countries on movements. While asking faithfuls to be on alert, the government says it is in contact with the Saudi Arabian government which will launch travel procedures when need be.

Three persons survived a road accident at the airport neighbourhood of Douala yesterday. The accident according to local sources occured when a container transported on a trailer felt off, hitting a private vehicle and a commercial motorbike. The passagers and occupants who succeeded to escape say they owe their survival to God.

Denise Nkurunziza, the widow of Burundi’s late president, returned home from receiving medical treatment in Kenya hours after the announcement of her husband’s death, the BBC has learnt. On Tuesday afternoon, the government announced that President Pierre Nkurunziza had died aged 55 after suffering a cardiac arrest. An official in the Burundian president’s office denied that Mrs Nkurunziza, who was airlifted to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on 28 May, had been treated for coronavirus.

Police have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, protesting against a new United Nations mission for the country. The protesters, who gathered near army headquarters, accused the government of bringing in occupiers. They chanted “down with the government of informants”. Last week the UN Security Council approved the Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, whose mandate is to support the country’s passage to civilian rule.

Police in Nigeria’s northern Kano state say a man suspected of being a serial rapist has been arrested. Kano police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna told the BBC that the suspect had been detained in the town of Dangora town, where there had been around 40 rapes over the last year. Victims include an 80-year-old woman and children aged less than 10, he said.

A teaching assistant in Namibia’s coastal city of Walvis Bay has been suspended after racists remarks were posted on her Facebook account. The Hillside Christian College Principal Wilma de Sousa said the teacher’s views did not represent those of the school. She said that after consulting the legal team a decision had been made to suspend the teacher. According to the state-owned New Era paper, the Facebook account has now been deleted.

At least 15 people have been killed in Kenya by police during the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew, aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, a report by the country’s Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) says. Six police officers will now be charged with murder and assault, for their alleged involvement in shootings while enforcing the restrictions, it says. A separate report by the UN human rights office has documented widespread police violence in 182 communities across the country, including beating, use of live ammunition and tear gas, sexual violence, and damage to property.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said the country is preparing to have 40,000 hospital beds to treat coronavirus patients. The president said the Ministry of Health was initially planning for 9,000 extra beds, some at Namboole Stadium in the capital, Kampala. But he said that he had told officials to organise more beds at other locations as well. Uganda has so far recorded 657 cases of Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus.

The headquarters of South African Air Force in the capital, Pretoria, has been temporarily closed after two people working there tested positive for coronavirus. The building was evacuated on Tuesday as a precautionary measure and would be closed for two days for “deep cleaning”, the military said in a statement. The two people have since been quarantined.

(Foreign news: BBC)

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