National And International News Roundup – 17th June 2020

The crisis at the Catholic University Institute of Buea, CUIB is taking another turn. The institution’s Board of Trustees has hit back at the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Michael Bibi. Siding with Barrister Sobe as CUIB counsel, they say the Administrator had failed to honour all their invitations since his appointment and official installation.

A protest by Teacher Grade I certificate holders at the Ministry of basic education entered day two today. They have been decrying alleged irregularities in the recent integration of 3,000 basic education teachers into the public service.

The United Nations has called on the Cameroon government to account for Wazizi’s death. UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, said it is necessary for the Cameroon government to investigate his death in detention, noting that he was “deeply concerned”.

Seventeen students of the University of Buea have been sanctioned for exam malpractice. All from the faculty of law and political science, they were suspended for a year after being caught with prepared materials and others for using their phones during the first semester exams of the 2019/2020 academic year.

A bike rider today lost his life on national road No. 4 around Ebebda in the Center Region. The incident occurred in the morning when the victim collided with a 70 seaters bus that left Yaounde for Bamenda.

Nexttel has taken drastic measures to address the complaints of its protesting workers. Nexttel lays off protesting workers. The telecoms company’s Human Resource Director, Ahmadou Malike and Director General, Haman Oumar claimed the workers’ strike action was illegal.

Government has given a longer time period for COVID-19 related funerals to permit families burry their loved ones with dignity. This was contained in a decision by health Minister, Manaouda Malachie who gave a maximum of 48 hours for COVID-19 corpses to be buried.

Prof. Samuel Tita Fon says he remains the leader of Cameroon People’s Party (CPP) despite a verdict from an administrative court in the Center Region cancelling a decision of the Minister of Territorial Administration that appointed new leaders of the CPP in 2018. Prof. Tita adds that Edith Kah Wallah had long been dismissed from the party by the restructuring committee.

Bamenda/Mamfe road users decry military harassment. Business men say elements of the military ask them huge sums of money for using the road. Brigadier General Nkah Valere, Commander of the 5th military legion in Bamenda says he has given instructions for such a habit to stop. He promises to sanction defaulters.

Today was a tragic day in Noun Division – West Region. Lightening strike in a village in Bangourain caused the death of six members of a family. The victims were all internally displaced people from the North West Region of Cameroon.

The kingdom of Morocco has offered stock of anti COVID-19 preventive kits to Cameroon. The gifts were received at the Nsimalen airport in Yaounde today by the Secretary General at the Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.

Three bodies have been retrieved following a landslide in Foumban in the West Region of Cameroon. Reports indicate that the landslide covered a family compound.

After months of wrangling and internal disputes, cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) finally has a business rescue plan, but it’s going to cost the state nearly $600m (£475m) for the plan to work. The funds will cover creditors along with voluntary severance packages. Under the terms of the plan, which government and creditors are yet to approve, only a quarter of the airline’s more than 4000 staff will be retained.

The US has condemned the recent spate of “senseless and  brazen killings” in northern Nigeria. Dozens of soldiers and civilians were last week killed in twin attacks by Islamist militants in north-eastern Borno state. Days earlier some 20 people were killed and 20 injured during an attack in north-western state of Katsina by bandits who are often accused of involvement in cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom.

Inflation in Zimbabwe has risen to 785%, which makes it the second highest rate in the world after Venezuela. It follows a steep rise in prices and the collapse of a local currency introduced last year. “This means that prices as measured by the all items Consumer Price Index increased by an average of 785,55% between May 2020 and May 2019,” Zimbabwe’s state-run Chronicle paper quotes the statistics agency Zimstat as saying.

Eight men have been arrested in South Africa, accused of involvement in one of the country’s most notorious corruption scandals – the looting and eventual collapse of VBS, a provincial bank that served poor communities. The VBS scandal is alleged to have involved senior politicians, bankers and government officials in a giant web of corruption. The suspects were arrested in a series of co-ordinated, early morning raids and include senior officials at VBS Mutual Bank, and an auditor from the international accounting firm KPMG.

Former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said he is being treated in a way no white coach in Africa would be as he awaits salary arrears totalling nearly $200,000 from his time in charge of the Black Stars. Appiah’s second spell in charge of Ghana, which started in April 2017, ended at the turn of the year. The Ministry of Youth and Sports says it will pay the money “soon”, blaming the delay on the coronavirus pandemic

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has announced that opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé, who was kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants in March, is alive, the AFP news agency reports. The president is quoted as saying in a speech that the government had proof that Mr Cissé was still alive. “We know who his captors are. And if it pleases God, he will come back soon,” he said.

Sudan’s authorities have formed a committee to investigate the discovery of a mass grave in a south-eastern district of the capital, Khartoum. It is thought to contain the remains of conscripts who were killed in 1998 as they attempted to escape from El Elafon military camp to join their families for Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. The military camp was used to train conscripts during the rule of ex-President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown in April 2019.

(Foreign news: BBC)

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