The Ministry of Defense has issued a communiqué acknowledging the fact that elements of the defence forces did torture a civilian till he lost consciousness in Ndu. The communiqué by the Communication Director for the Defence Ministry, Colonel Cyrille Serge Atonfack also revealed that the right torturers identified in the viral video are being held in custody at the Ndu Gendarmerie. In the communiqué, MINDEF condemned the actions and stressed on the need for the respect of Human Rights as soldiers carry out their jobs.
The people of Lebialem residing in Yaoundé have decided to stage a protest march against the killings of four chiefs on 13th February 2021. Lebialem people are pointing accusing fingers on “Field Marshall” for leading the killings. They plan to come out in their numbers at the esplanade of the National Museum, where they will be denouncing the actions of the separatist fighters in Lebialem. The press release announcing the march has been signed by Minister Paul Tassong of the Ministry of Planning and Regional Development.
At least thirteen people have been rescued from an Ambazonian camp in Lebialem by the military. Sources say the people were kidnapped by separatists as they set out to offer a befitting burial of four traditional rulers killed.
The gateway into the town of Foumban that went up in flames some months ago and reconstructed by the Sultan of Bamum, Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya was officially inaugurated yesterday. The ceremony was presided over by the Sultan and was largely attended by the population of Foumban. The gateway is a cultural heritage for the Bamum people as it hosts every traditional rite especially the protection of the palace.
The population of Tokombére say Maurice Kamto is a man they can trust for ensuring the safe release of their son Mamadou Mota, first Vice President of the Cameroon’s Renaissance Movement party from prison. Mamadou Mota accompanied by Maurice Kamto and other dignitaries, arrived his village yesterday. Mota spent two years in prison.
Popular sports journalist on CRTV, René Katche has received the award for the ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the National Station following an eventful year by the mediaman. René Katche is a graduate of the University of Buea, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The award was presented to him today by the General Manager of CRTV, Charles Ndongo.
Christophe Ousmanou, coach of U20 Lions of Cameroon abruptly stopped a press conference in Mauritania in protest against a question on the real age of his players. The question from a Mauritanian journalist has been rated by Cameroon technical staff as an insult. Cameroon defeated Mauritania one goal to Zero in the opening match at the U20 African Cup of Nations.
There is uncertainty if the Cameroon Football Professional League will be launched as instructed by the president of the Republic. Despite a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports suspending the administration of Seidou Mbombo Njoya at the helm of FECAFOOT, he has convened a meeting with club presidents tomorrow.
Chad has called on foreign powers to urgently increase funds for the development of the Sahel. Speaking at a summit on Islamist violence in the region, the Chadian President Idriss Deby said combatting poverty would help defeat militancy. The French President Emmanuel Macron is attending the meeting via video link. France last year boosted its deployment in the Sahel to more than 5,000 troops.
An emergency stockpile of 8,000 Ebola vaccines kept in reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used to fight a resurgence of the disease that began earlier this month. The first people to be vaccinated were health workers at Matanda health centre, where the first Ebola patient was treated. They were given the single-dose vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV – better known as Ervebo
Tributes are pouring in on social media for veteran Kenyan politician Mohamed Yusuf Haji, who has died in Nairobi at the age of 80. Until his death, Mr Haji chaired the government’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce, which is working on recommendations on how to end cyclical electoral violence. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga described Mr Haji, who also represented the north-eastern county of Garissa in the senate, as “a dedicated patriot and humble servant”.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – who previously served as his country’s finance minister before going on to become the managing director of the World Bank. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed WTO director general on Tuesday by consensus at a special meeting of the body’s General Council. Soon afterwards Nigeria’s president said in a statement that the “Harvard-educated and renowned economist takes up another onerous task of service to the world and humanity”, adding that he “believes her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind”.
An official inquiry into “state capture” in South Africa will be filing papers against ex-President Jacob Zuma for once more defying a court summons, its chairman says. Mr Zuma failed to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s commission despite the Constitutional Court ruling that he was compelled to do so. Allegations that Mr Zuma presided over a wide-ranging network of corruption while president are the focus of the inquiry. It is alleged that his allies used their close relationship to him to win lucrative state contracts, and exert undue influence over state matters.
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