The National Executive Committee meeting of the SDF party will be held in Yaounde tomorrow. Ahead of the session, Him Osih Joshua a d Hon Jean-Mitchel Nintcheu have been tipped as possible too succesors for the party Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi. According to a survey by SDF Germany, Osih is most likely to get the position
A fake money doubling insurance scheme known as Global Insurance Company in Mokolo-Yaoundé has shut its doors. The company closed its doors whilst owing thousands of investors whom they had duped with the promise of giving a 40% interest in 5 days. The restless and frustrated investors have tabled the matter to the National Gendarmerie.
An increase has been registered in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nkongsamba, Moungo Division in the Littoral region of Cameroon. One nurse has been reported dead in the town as a result of COVID-19. In the meantime, over 1300 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in the national territory.
Local printers in Cameroon are to produce 50% of books approved by the state. The decision has been taken to generate income for local printing presses in Cameroon. Before now, most books were printed abroad with all sorts of inconveniences.
PM Dion Ngute has called on the Ministry of Public Health to intensify COVID-19 tests for Cameroonians to know their status and take drugs if tested positive. This was during a meeting today to evaluate progress made in the fight against COVID-19.
In her quest to ensure that students in all secondary schools across the country take the Covid-19 tests, Minister of Secondary Education Nalova Lyonga, today, publicly took a test herself in front of the students in Yaoundé. She recommends all students take it as it has become vital for all pedagogic institutions to limit the spread and avoid hindering activities further.
Cameroon football icon, Samuel Eto’o Fils has sent his congratulatory message to the new CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe. The new CAF boss was elected rather unopposed in the CAF elections, as now former boss Ahmad Ahmad tried in vain to table in his candidacy, given his suspension from all football-related activities was only reduced from 5 years to 2 years, and not granted the complete exonoration he hoped for.
Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, Minister of Transport, has noticed how measures he prescribed days ago for drivers and passengers to respect and curb the spread of COVID-19 are not being respected. This was during the course of a surprise visit on the streets inspecting taxis and travel agencies in Yaoundé.
The winner of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope Men’s category has presented his trophy to the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi. During his visit to the Minister, Ali Muhammadou was all cheers for his triumph and urged all minority groups in the country to shake up the shackles of fear and participate more in opportunities just like him.
Late Barrister Charles Tchakoute Patie will be laid to rest tomorrow in the West region of Cameroon. The judicial family accorded him judicial honours at the Supreme Court in Yaoundé.
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has appointed Maj-Gen Cristovao Chume as head of the army, in a reshuffle of his security chiefs, amid an Islamist insurgency in the north of the country. The former heads of the army and air force have been demoted. Ex-army chief Maj-Gen Ezequiel Isac Muianga is now the army inspector, a more junior role, and ex-air force chief Maj-Gen Messias André Niposso now heads the Mozambican Civil Service.
The man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about the Rwandan genocide has said he will not appear again at his terrorism trial. “Because the court denies me my rights in this trial, I am not expecting justice here, so I will not appear in this trial again,” Paul Rusesabagina told the court in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Earlier during the hearing on Friday, he had asked the court for six months to prepare his trial – and to be able to choose his own defence team, including his Belgian lawyer. But the court rejected his request citing non-reciprocity between the Belgium and Rwandan bars, and “denying right to timely justice” to the 20 other suspects on trial with him.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended the nationwide 22:00-04:00 curfew by 60 days. He has also banned all political gatherings for 30 days and put further restrictions on weddings and funerals. It has been close to a year that Kenyans have had to stay indoors overnight, but the president said the extension was needed because of a surge in infections. In January there were less than 100 new infections a day, but in March the numbers rose to as high as 750 a day.
Turkey has resumed the diplomatic contacts with Egypt it broke off after the Egyptian military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the foreign ministries and intelligence agencies were back in touch. Turkey’s own Islamist government was supportive of Mr Morsi. Turkey and Egypt have also been at loggerheads over their backing for opposing sides in Libya’s civil war, and over mineral rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has announced an eight-day mourning period, starting on Friday, following the death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko. In a statement on Thursday night, President Ouattara said flags would be flown at half-mast throughout the country and its embassies abroad. The prime minister died of cancer in Germany. His body is expected to arrive in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Saturday. His burial is scheduled for Friday 19 March, official sources said.
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