Several persons have been arrested at Mile 4, Limbe in the South West region. The soldiers, locals say brought a truck in which those arrested were taken. The move comes amidst increased security ahead of the African Football Championship, CHAN.
On the continuous deteriorating conditions of the health system in the country, kidney patients in the town of Maroua took to the streets in protests today against the lack of dialysis machines in the town. The patients said they were distressed and felt the government cared little. They also alerted that they risk dying sooner if the machines are not provided in their hospitals.
Some families have been rendered homeless following the demolition of houses at New Town Airport in Douala. The decision of the Douala City Council is to keep the airport free of congestion ahead of the start of the African Football Championship. To the victims, the government has said nothing on how to resettle them.
Voluntary fan clubs from different higher institutions in Douala have paraded the city today singing and dancing as part of activities for the African Football Championship . The boys and girls say they will continue with the animation till the end of the championship.
Gendarmes have carried out unannounced arrests of suspected criminals in some quarters in Yaoundé. The measure is part of preparations to keep the city free from men of the underworld as various delegations enter Cameroon for the African Football Championship.
The president of CAF, Constant Omari arrived Cameroon yesterday January 12th 2021 to speed up preparation for the CHAN. He was received by FECAFOOT president, Saido Mbombo Njoya, at the Nsimalen International Airport. The African Nations Football Championship is set to kickstart in approximately 3 days. The CHAN will be the biggest continental tournament since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Gilbert Tsimi Evouna has been sworn in as the the pioneer president of the Regional Council Assembly. The former Government Delegate to the Yaoundé Urban Council is expected to use his experience to champion decentralisation in the Centre Region of Cameroon.
Four persons accused of selling and buying of babies have been arrested in Yaoundé. Two women who sold their kids of less than five months revealed to the gendarmerie that they did so just to have money for their other relatives’ upkeep. The suspects have been detained while four babies have been taken to the Chantal Biya Foundation.
A gang of six suspected child traffickers was today arrested in Yaoundé by the Yaoundé 3 Gendarmerie. Reports say these six criminals had organised themselves into a cartel wherein they sought for possible targets, as well as potential buyers of these stolen children. During the operation, there was equally the liberation of 4 children who were in their keeping.
A newborn baby was today discovered abandoned by its mother infront of a gate in Kougouo, Bafoussam. It was the cry of the baby that alerted some passers-by who then called for help. The baby was found with his umbilical cord still attached to him.
Lesotho’s Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro has imposed a 14-day total lockdown following a rise in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country, the government website has reported. Mr Majoro said it would mean the complete restriction of movement except when accessing essential services. The lockdown comes into effect from midnight on Thursday.
Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, is in danger of running out of intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients, a top health official has warned. Ussrne Isse, who heads medical care in the health ministry, said private hospitals in Maputo already had no beds left to care for Covid-19 patients. The isolation ward at the public sector Polana-Caniço Health Centre was already 90% full, he told state broadcaster Radio Mozambique. An extra 200 beds could be added to Polana-Caniço and the Maputo Military Hospital, he said.
Police in Uganda have said that officers will be deployed to high-rise buildings in the centre of the capital, Kampala, as a security measure as voters go to the polls on Thursday. The run-up to the election has been marred by tension and deadly violence. Analysis of CCTV footage of the protests in November, which following the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine, had shown that those commanding the protesters were operating from rooftops, a statement from the Kampala Metropolitan Police said.
Fifteen women and six children kidnapped by Islamist militants in the gas-rich northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado have been rescued by the army. Most of them had been abducted from the island of Matemo last week, police chief Bernardino Rafael said. Recent fighting meant the security forces knew where the militants were located, so with the assistance of helicopters they were able to track down and isolate the abductees, he said. They will be taken back to Matemo, which has suffered militant attacks since October.
The cash-strapped government in Liberia has introduced the use of personalised number plates for vehicles. Dubbed “vanity” or “luxury” plates, they will cost between $1,000 (£731) and $1,500 annually. The annual fee for regular plates is usually around $100, depending on the vehicle. Those willing to fork out money for a more personal touch would be able chose which characters and numbers appear their plates, official said.
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