National and International News Roundup: 14 November 2019

Militants of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) in Tiko subdivision in the South West region of Cameroon have criticised the Divisional Officer Cletus Asongwe for banning the party’s meeting today. Security forces stormed the Tiko council interrupting the meeting on grounds that the militants did not obtain authorisation.  The meeting was to prepare for the deposition of documents ahead of municipal and legislative elections.

The race for the compilation of documents by potential candidates for municipal and legislative elections next year is on in different towns in Cameroon. However, in Bui division, Lebialem division, Eyomojock, Ako and several other areas in the Anglophone regions, there is no activity as such. This is because ELECAM workers have long fled these areas due to insecurity.

As anticipation heightens ahead of the announced municipal and legislative elections in Cameroon, political parties of the opposition are decrying a manoeuvre administrative official to eliminate their candidates from the list. In a press release, the SDF, CRAC, and CRM party representatives in Yaoundé IV Subdivision say administrative and ELECAM officials are blocking the compilation of files by their candidates.

The Cameroon Minister of Territorial Administration has warned commercial motorcycle riders in Yaoundé to either respect the decision delimiting their area of activity or face the wrath of the administration. Paul Atanga Nji held a meeting today with leaders of the commercial motorcycle sector. Riders in the town are to work only within the Yaoundé six subdivision.

It has been estimated that 1.6 million people die of diabetes each year in the world.  Other 422 million currently live with the disease according to statistics from the health organisations to mark world diabetes day today. According to Ndakason Walters Thabeh a pathology scientist, Cameroonians need to carry out frequent physical exercises, stop the consumption of tobacco and eat a balanced diet to avoid contracting diabetes.

Most Cameroonians have saluted the tabling of a bill that seeks to stop the use of hate speech. According to most of them, the violence and tribalism springs from hate speech. The bill was tabled yesterday at the national assembly and if adopted will prohibit the use of hate speech.

There have been mixed reactions from Cameroonians following a controversial bill on tribalism tabled at the National assembly by government.  The bill suggests a prison term of up to 2 years for propagators of tribalism and tribalism tendencies on and off the social media. Some Cameroonians say the Yaoundé regime has been at the base of propagating tribalism for political gains and is not honest in this proposal

The desire for the return of normalcy in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon continues to increase as the Anglophone crisis worsens. In Cameroon some 64 peacebuilders, crusaders have been trained in Nkambe, Donga Mantung Division, North West region to champion a peace campaign in the Anglophone regions. They were trained by facilitators from the African Justice for Peace Academy (AJA), in collaboration with the United Nations Development program

There are fears of a possible complete collapse of the bridge linking Borne Fontaine Emana and Collage Deo Gracias in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s political capital. A side of the bridge got broken after a heavy downpour on Yaoundé

The indomitable lions of Cameroon leave Douala, Cameroon tomorrow for Kigali Rwanda where they will play against the national football team of Rwanda on Sunday.  This afternoon, the lions trained at the Omnisport Annexe stadium in Douala. Several football fans turn out to watch the players.

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup heroes are stripping down to their underwear on their social media accounts to raise awareness about testicular cancer. It is a challenge thrown to them by team-mate Faf de Klerk, famous for celebrating victory against England while wearing just his pants.

The High Court in Kenya has dismissed a petition seeking to increase prisoners’ wages. Three ex-inmates filed the petition four years ago, arguing that current prison laws deprived them of basic human dignity and subjected them to slavery. Kenyan prisoners currently earn less than $1 (£0.78) a year – something that has not been revised since 1979.

Ivorian photographer becomes first African to win Prix Pictet. Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali has won the prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize, making her the first African to win the award. She received a cash prize of 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000; £87,000) for her pictures in which she embroidered ornate patterns on to photographs

A Nigerian court has thrown out a case brought by a celebrity photographer who accused a flamboyant pastor of raping her. In September Busola Dakolo accused Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo from the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly of raping her twice. She said that it happened more than 20 years ago before she turned 18. Nigerian media report that another, unnamed, woman came forward alleging that Pastor Fatoyinbo raped her in 2017. He has denied all accusations, saying earlier this year: “I have never in my life raped anybody.”

Refugees who had been protesting at the offices of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, are facing a charge of trespassing. They have been camping outside the offices since 7 October, demanding to be sent to other countries because they fear xenophobic violence in South Africa. A case of trespassing was opened on Thursday after a group, some of whom say they are asylum seekers, moved into the offices of the UN agency illegally.

The Ethiopian authorities say they have detained people suspected of inciting ethnic violence in some universities which have led to the death of three students, state-linked Fana news site reports. Samuel Kifle, State Minister of Science and Higher Education did not give the number of those arrested but said an operation was continuing to arrest others.

Source: BBC Africa

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