Cameroon joins the rest of the world to celebrate the UN International Day of Rural Women tomorrow. First established in 2008, the day recognizes the role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
Father Ludovic Lado continued his march today, calling for an end to killings in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. He was arrested around Edea yesterday and briefly detained. He however continued his march to Yaounde after his release.
126 illegal African migrants amongst them 81 Cameroonians arrived Douala international airport this afternoon from USA. Since arrival at 2:00 p.m., the illegal migrants are still at the airport with security forces saying instructions from hierarchy is for them not to be seen. The Cameroonians are said to have used the Anglophone crisis to seek asylum in US. The government is yet to make any formal statement about the deportees, some of whom are believed to have abandoned duty posts as teachers, doctors and soldiers.
Some police officers and health workers have been deployed today to receive the group of 81 Cameroonians deported from the USA. The Cameroonians expected back were all arrested entering into the US illegally via some neighbouring US countries. They has hoped to settle and seek asylum on the pretence of being driven by the war in the North West and the South West Regions.
Hon. Nourane Fotsing, an MP for the PCRN opposition party, has been at the centre of controversy today. This was after the politician in a live Facebook video criticised state broadcaster, CRTV, asking it to work on its content. Many have criticised her for the approach noting that there were better ways of expressing her discontent.
The Minister of Secondary Education, Dr. Nalova Lyonga is on a working visit to some secondary schools in the city of Douala. Her main mission is to assess the organisation and readiness as well as the difficulties encountered by secondary schools, within this first week of schools reopening, post the lengthy Coronavirus break.
Exactly ten days after the official start of the academic year in Cameroon, universities are set to follow suit tomorrow October 15, 2020. The reopening of universities tomorrow, is expected to be in strict compliance to the barrier measures instituted by the Ministry of Public Health to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
A HYSACAM truck has crushed two people to death in the city of Douala. The truck is said to have reversed into a mother and her son on a bike just behind it, as it tried to make a turn. The accident left many onlookers incensed, who issued threats of burning down the truck, after the careless accident.
Members of the Brigade Anti-Sardinard (BAS) yesterday vandalised the Cameroon Embassy in Berlin, Germany. The walls of the embassy were scratched and painted by the BAS group. The actions were preceded by calls by the group demanding president Paul Biya step down from power. So far, no public authority in either Cameroon or Berlin has reacted to the actions of the BAS.
Students and lecturers of the University of Buea are poised for school resumption tomorrow Thursday, 15th October 2020. Despite this, the list of newly admitted students has not been published. Yesterday was the deadline for the submission of application files.
The government of Cameroon is finalising plans for the implementation of the newly announced phone tax, from tomorrow 15th October. In a press conference yesterday, the Interim Director of Customs, Konneth Gaspar Neba said implementating Article 7 of the 2019 Finance Law, will ensure the use of quality phones in Cameroon. He failed to explain the relationship between quality phones and imposing a 33.05% phone tax on Cameroonians. Consumer groups in Cameroon have condemned the move with some developing and propagating ways to evade the tax.
Men, women and children rescued in the course of a military operation, in Lebialem Division in the South West Region, are said to have reunited with their families today in Kumba. They were ferried from Wabane Sub-Division, Lebialem to Kumba in Meme Division in a military helicopter. The operation witnessed the killing of the prominent Ambazonian commander, General Ayeke.
The Sudanese authorities have imposed a curfew in the towns of Port Sudan and Suakin following protests over the sacking of the governor of the state of Kassala. The curfew – from 12:00 until 04:00 local time – comes after roads between Port Sudan and the capital Khartoum were blocked. On Tuesday Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok fired Governor Saleh Ammar whose appointment had sparked ethnic protests that prevented him from reporting to work.
The Ugandan politician and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has told the BBC that documents needed to secure his nomination to run for president are missing from his offices following a raid by security forces on Wednesday afternoon. One of the requirements for candidates is to hand in signatures of support from 100 registered voters from at least two-thirds of Uganda’s districts. Bobi Wine says his team had already collected six million signatures but that these are now missing.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says kidnappings in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea have risen significantly and now account for almost 95% of global kidnappings at sea. This year, 85 seafarers around the world have been kidnapped from their vessels and held for ransom, according to the IMB. All but five of these were in the Gulf of Guinea, where there have been 14 reported attacks.
A Congolese activist has been fined for stealing an African artefact from a museum in France. Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza said he took the 19th Century Chadian funeral staff from the Quai Branly museum in June as part of a protest against colonial-era plundering. Mr Diyabanza intends to appeal against the 1,000 euro ($1,200; £900) fine, reports AFP news agency. He is quoted by AFP as saying that the “judges of a corrupt government” had no moral right to prevent him “going to get what belongs to us”.
Kenya’s public prosecutor has approved murder and assault charges against MP Aisha Jumwa. The charges are related to the fatal shooting of a person during a by-election in October last year in the coastal region. Several others were also injured. She will be charged alongside her aide Geoffrey Okuto Otieno. The MP is accused of storming the home of one of the candidates in the by-election where a meeting was taking place and confronting those in charge.
Zambians online are criticising a “Covid-19 sensitisation rally” slated for Saturday terming it “extravagant”. The rally has been organised by Zambia’s ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF), and will feature South African artists. Musician Master KG of the famous Jerusalema hit and artists Mafikizolo are expected to perform at the event.
Ethiopia has “temporarily” suspended plans to partially privatise its flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines, following a review of its performance during the coronavirus pandemic. It is one of the biggest companies the Ethiopian government pledged to partially open for privatisation. The idea was part of the economic and political reforms ushered in after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
Foreign news: BBC