Cameroon’s Minister of Post and Telecommunication has stated that the misuse of internet services in Cameroon is not helping in the advancement of the country. Minette Libong Li Likeng was speaking in Douala today. She stated that Cameroonian youths should use the internet profitably and not for slandering and sharing of unfounded rumours.
Despite widespread condemnation, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) has congratulated itself for a successful organisation of Cameroon’s first regional elections. In a meeting today in Yaoundé, Enow Abrams Egbe, board chair of ELECAM says the body demonstrated professionalism.
The spread of COVID-19 in Cameroon has frustrated plans of several schools to organise Christmas parties for pupils and students. Contrary to other years, most primary and secondary schools in Douala will share end of term report cards to children without celebration. The intention is to respect physical distancing and avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Cameroonians have taken to social media criticising the fact that HRH Ewome Eko John alias Moja Moja of Bwassa village in Buea Sub-Division has not been arrested three days after he carried out xenophobic actions against the people of the North West Region. They blame the PM Dion Ngute for granting audience to someone they say ought to be in detention.
Cotton Sports of Garoua will play against the Green Eagles of Zambia next Wednesday December 23rd in Lusaka. The Garoua boys left Garoua today to Douala en route to Zambia. The match is part of CAF CUP. A return leg match will take place in Garoua on the 5th of January 2021.
PM Dion Ngute officially inaugurated the Douala Grand Mall. During a grandiose ceremony today, the PM after a tour of the mall and its facilities, gave the mall’s owner, a medal of recognition urging him to work harder for the development of the nation.
Some members of Cameroon’s elite Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) are nursing their injuries after a road accident in Muea, South West Region. Reports quote an eyewitness saying the military truck in an attempt to dodge a herd of cows on the road, hit six of the animals, killing them on the spot.
The mayor of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, has stirred a bit of controversy by planning to hold his wedding in a stadium in the city while the coronavirus measures say weddings should be limited to 50 people. But Miles Sampa defended his decision on BBC Focus on Africa radio by saying that it wasn’t his choice but “the people of Lusaka told me that they wanted to attend the wedding”. His said that a pre-wedding event at his home was mobbed by hundreds of people.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has said he intends to pardon all prisoners who have served at least half their sentences and have shown “exemplary behaviour” while in prison. The leader will also pardon the elderly prisoners and those who are chronically ill. President Nyusi on Wednesday said that although some of those previously pardoned had gone back to committing crime, it was no reason to deny pardon to those who have shown good behaviour.
Police in Ghana have used water cannon to disperse opposition supporters who are contesting the result of the recent presidential election. They had gathered outside the headquarters of Ghana’s electoral commission in the capital, Accra, where tyres were set on fire. The NDC’s candidate, former President John Mahama, lost to the incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo who got just over 51% of the votes.
A video has emerged, reportedly from the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, showing dozens of young boys in a forest begging for the Nigerian armed forces to stop looking for them. Boko Haram released an audio message earlier in the week saying they were behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolboys in north-western Nigeria. A website with links to the group says the latest video is of the pupils taken from Kankara school last Friday.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that millions of Zimbabweans face hunger in the coming months due to a prolonged drought, economic instability and the effects of Covid-19. The warning comes as Zimbabwe’s government says at least 7.6 million people – that’s about half of the population – have fallen into poverty this year. An economic crisis that government critics blame on poor policies has pushed inflation to its worst level in over a decade.
Kenya expects to receive its first batch of a Covid-19 vaccine next month, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has been quoted by Nation Africa newspaper as saying. Mr Kagwe said that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be made available. He added that the vaccine was far cheaper and easier to store when compared to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. But the Oxford vaccine has not yet been approved for emergency use in any country.
Foreign news: BBC