The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, has embarked on a tour of stadia around the country inspecting the demolition of COVID-19 tools. The minister was in Douala today where he visited the Mbape Leppe Stadium, the Bepanda Stadium, the Bonamoussadi Stadium and the Japoma Stadium. The inspections of the stadia by the Sports Minister is related to the upcoming African Nations’ Championship (CHAN) to be hosted by Cameroon in 2021.
Cameroon football superstar, Samuel Eto’o Fils was today granted an audience by the President of the Republic of Tchad. He was on invitation to the Central African nation by President Idriss Deby Itno, to brainstorm on ways of developing the local football in Chad. Samuel Eto’o has been at the centre of now successful Cameroonian professional footballers.
Former presidential candidate of the PURS party, Serge Espoire Matomba, has criticised the Cameroon government and the West, for acquisition of simple gadgets like cell phones. The young politician suggested that it was time for the government to put in place measures to start producing its own smart phones instead of always importing from other countries and imposing taxes on them.
The Centre Region Governor, Naseri Paul Bea, has suspended the activities of online trading company and crypto currency dealer, MEKIT INVEST. He has equally demanded all subscribers into the company withdraw all their investments. His declarations came after many subscribers complained of not receiving their expected bonus for over a period of two weeks.
Flames have engulfed the Gendarmerie office at Up Station in Bamenda. Videos show occupants of the office running out when the fire incident started at the last floor of the building, this evening.
Insecurity remains the order of the day in Kikaikom village, Bui Division, in the North West Region of Cameroon; despite a traditional cleansing carried out this week. Military and/or separatists confrontations are still ongoing.
Clients of Cameroon Airline company, CAMAIR-CO, have been recovering money of tickets they purchased before CAMAIR-CO cancelled resumption of flights program for earlier today. The company’s general manager in a late night press conference in Douala, postponed the start of activities to 18th October, citing the problem of insurance, as a major hindrance. This is the second postponement of resumption of activities by CAMAIR-CO in less than a week.
The University of Buea (UB) is gathering facts to drag to court individuals invading into the university land. The Vice Chancellor of the university has called on the university community to remain calm despite the destruction of farms of students of the Faculty of Agriculture. UB administration says with the help of security men, those encroaching on the land carried out their operation during holidays.
The Minister of Secondary Education has supervised tree planting exercises in some schools in Limbe; South West Region of Cameroon. Pauline Nalova Lyonga has appreciated school resumption while laying emphasis on the respect of COVID-19 measures.
There are threats of food scarcity in some parts of the North West and South West Regions, that have been active scenes in the secessionist war for the restoration of Ambazonia. Inhabitants of these places say insecurity have scared them from their farms thereby exposing them to hunger. Today is World Food Day with many Cameroonians in rural areas saying food stuffs get rotten in farms because of bad roads linking the farms to urban centres.
Tension is rising in Guinea, following the killing of senior army officer Col Mamady Condé. It comes just two days before a presidential election in which President Alpha Condé is running for a controversial third term. Armed men shot Col Condé dead in the early hours of Friday at a military camp in Kindia, 130km (80 miles) north-east of the capital, Conakry.
The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, says it has resumed evacuation flights from Libya to Niger for refugees and migrants, which have provided a crucial lifeline out of dangerous conditions. The resumption following a seven-month suspension of the programme due to flight restrictions and health protocols imposed because of the threat of coronavirus. Refugees and migrants stuck in Libya have in the past been flown to transit camps in Niger where they then waited for a chance to be resettled elsewhere by the UNHCR.
French investigating magistrates have issued a fourth charge against ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy for allegedly accepting Libyan cash to fund his 2007 presidential campaign. He is accused of “membership in a criminal conspiracy”, in the long-running investigation. The charges could lead to a trial. After four days of questioning he rejected all the charges in a Facebook post. He was also questioned last year.
Details have emerged from Tanzania about an attack on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen at a village on the border with Mozambique. Local media say more than 20 people were killed during the attack at Kitaya, which is located on the Rovuma river separating the two countries. Houses and vehicles were reportedly torched; among the buildings targeted was a house belonging to a candidate in elections due later this month.
Nigeria’s government has ordered the setting up of judicial panels in all the 36 states to investigate allegations of police brutality. The panels will receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, including those linked to the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as Sars. The panels will also investigate incidents of police using excessive force against protesters since demonstrations started last week.
Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda about the 1994 genocide, has written a letter from prison on his choice of Rwandan legal representatives, according to one of the chosen lawyers who is based in Belgium. Up to now he has been represented in court by two lawyers who his family said were picked by the prosecution. Mr Rusesabagina has been charged with terrorism and murder among other 13 counts. He has not yet entered a plea.
The Zanzibar Electoral Commission has barred an opposition presidential candidate from campaigning in the Tanzanian elections for the next five days. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island within Tanzania. Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad of ACT Wazalendo party becomes the second opposition candidate in the country to be restricted from campaigning by the electoral body. He was accused by a rival party, Demokrasia Makini, of violating electoral regulations. He can appeal against the ban.
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