National And International News Roundup – 14th January 2020

Several persons are feared dead after government soldiers struck Kupe Manengouba Tuesday. At least 10 villages were attacked according to reports. They are: Muedibmel, Ebase, Ekanjoh, Bermin, Balock, Elah, Deck, Eyandong, Ndibe, Ntale and Bambe villages. Locals are now in fear with many reportedly on the the run. Few days back, government announced the deployment of 700 troops to the restive regions to ensure a hitch free election February. Separatists have called for a black out.

Earlier today, two civilians died under obscured circumstances in Peng, Tombel, restive South West region of Cameroon following a violent confrontation between separatists fighters and government forces. Local sources say they were killed by soldiers who tagged them as Ambazonian fighters, Monday.

Minko Willy, one of the soldiers who was guarding the Muyuka Do’s residence was shot dead Monday by suspected separatists. A military source who opted to stay anonymous told Mimi Mefo Info that: “They were posted to secure the DO’s compound in Muyuka. So they later left to a liquor (drinking spot) where they were ambushed by armed Ambazonian fighters with an AK 47”. His body has been taken to the mortuary pending burial.

Villagers in Ngemsibaa, Oku, NWR are now stranded after their house were set on fire by the military. The were seeking refuge in bushes and only returned to find their houses destroyed. ”Violence erupted yesterday, they met their houses on fire when they returned, they say government soldiers are responsible,” a source told MMI.

Fear has gripped the population of Upper Mbot, a village in Nkambe, North West Region after two bodies were found on the road today. Some sources say sources referred to them as Ambazonia fighters. Several villagers have escaped for safety.

The stabbing to death of a male teacher in Yaounde, Cameroon by a 15-year-old student has left many in shock. The incident happened Tuesday at Lycee Classique Nkolbisson in Yaoundé. Sources told MMI that the mathematics teacher, Njoni Tchakonte was trying to call the student to order when the tragedy happened. The suspected killer student, Bisse Ngosso Brice is in police custody after he stabbed his teacher with a knife. The problem of discipline in schools is now animating debates in Cameroon.
Secondary Education Minister, Nalova Lyonga was at the scene of the incident later today and has called for vigilance on the part of teachers.

Monkeypox outbreak in Cameroon’s East region has killed one person already. A statement from the ministry of public health confirmed one person has died of the disease in a locality called Ayos, in the East region of Cameroon. The population has been urged to remain vigilant.

The United States of America has tripled the amount of support usually given to Cameroon to fight against HIV/AIDS. According to the US, the aid aimed at controlling the epidemic will also go a long way to help the about 530.000 people living with HIV in the country, 42% of whom are not on antiretroviral treatment.

The president of the Confederation of African Football says only experts and technicians can determine the level of progress made by Cameroon to hosting two major football events this year and next year. After a meeting with PM Dion Ngute, Ahmad Ahmad said he acknowledges government’s commitment in the organisation of CHAN 2020 and AFCON 2021.

The so called, Islamic State’s West Africa affiliate today claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in Niger last week that killed at least 89 Nigerien soldiers. The group said in the statement that its fighters killed 100 soldiers and wounded an unspecified number of others in the Thursday’s raid. Leaders of the G5 Sahel met in France Monday to discuss ways of increasing security to combat islamist terrorism.

The United States has confirmed the death of an Egyptian-American, Moustafa Kassem, who had been imprisoned for alleged involvement in anti-government protests after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi came to power in Egypt in 2013. The US State Department said Mr Kassem’s death in custody was needless, tragic and avoidable.

More than 4,000 mass graves have been found in Burundi following an investigation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into conflicts since independence in 1962. The commission, set up in December 2018 to shed light on ethnic tensions that have plagued the nation for decades, said it had identified the names of 142,505 people killed since independence. Infamous massacres took place in 1965, 1969, 1972, 1988 and 1993.

Libya’s Gen Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting the UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli, has left talks in Moscow without signing a deal, according to media reports. Meetings involving Gen Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) began on Monday. Both Russia, which backs Gen Haftar, and Turkey, which supports the GNA, were behind efforts to reach a truce.The deal was aimed at ending nine months of fighting around the capital.

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