National and International News Roundup: 18 November 2019

Cameroon government responds to US AGOA sanction, blames Ambazonian fighters for Rights Abuses. The Cameroon government has finally made an official statement in the country’s dismissal from the Beneficiary list of the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In a press conference today in Yaoundé, Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi presented the position of the state.  The 11-page document that was read by the Minister among other things, contains a long list of atrocities he says were commuted by Ambazonian fighters.

A member of the Press in Cameroon has gone behind bars again, following the arrest and detention of Vivien Tonface. The journalist practising in the city of Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon was picked up late Monday, November 18, 2019, from his residence by elements of a special unit of the National Gendarmerie force. The reason for his arrest remains unknown, and he, in a telephone chat with colleagues revealed that he is being held in an unknown detention centre in Bafoussam. He has not yet been told why he was arrested.

The governor of the North West Region of Cameroon has called on fugitive traditional rulers of the Region to return to their palaces and contribute in the process of peacebuilding. According to Adolph Lele L’Afrique, these chiefs are enjoying life in safer Francophone regions forgetting that their people need their wisdom and services to bring about peace in their villages. The governor was speaking in a security meeting today in Bamenda.

The senior divisional officer for Donga Mantung division was absent at a security meeting today in Bamenda. No official reason was stated for the absence of Simon Nkwenti Ndoh. It remains unclear if it has something to do with threats from Ambazonian fighters in Donga Mantung division.

Senator Kemende Henry has turned down an appointment to be part of a team of post-national dialogue sensitization caravan in the North West. The lawmaker from the SDF party says his place as a senator is in parliament to debate bills and not to move around preaching what was discussed at the national dialogue.  He adds that he did not attend the national dialogue and therefore cannot be part of the team to explain to the local population.

The people of Tabenken village in Nkambe central subdivision of the Donga Mantung Division in the North West region of Cameroon have exposed separatist activities in the locality in a bid to ensure the return of normalcy in the area. Speaking within the context of the sensitization Caravan of the major national dialogue, an elite, Ngala Gerard said separatists are responsible for all atrocities committed in the village. He also said collaborators of those he called ‘criminal separatist fighters’ in the village have been identified and will be fished out.

Unidentified armed individuals today attacked government high school Nlonako, Nkongsamba in the Moungo Division of the Littoral region of Cameroon. The armed men targeted the school discipline Masters who were only saved thanks to the intervention of elements of the rapid intervention battalion.

There has been widespread applause of a call by the bishop of Mamfe for elected representatives in the South West Region to resign.  Bishop Andrew Nkea at the weekend told runaway representatives of the people not to bother touring the region to preach what was discussed at the national dialogue. According to the Bishop, elective representatives that ran away have failed the people who elected them.

Christians of Saint Paul’s Parish Kikaikom in Bui Division in the North West Region of Cameroon have been thanking God for the reopening of the church. Rev. Bishop George Nkou opened the church yesterday after four months of shutdown. The Bishop shut down the church on the 9th of August following the kidnapping of a priest by armed ‘Bui Warrior’ fighters.

The body of a 34-year-old woman known as Mouna Rosaline Laure has been deposited in a mortuary. She was found, this afternoon, dead and in a state of decomposition in her room at Komba quarter in Bonaberi at Douala 4. An investigation has been opened to ascertain the cause of her death.

The trial of seven soldiers accused of Killing women and their babies in the Far North Region of Cameroon has again been adjourned to December 16, 2019. The case which opened at the military court in August is being held behind closed doors. The soldiers were reported suspected of the crime after a BBC investigation revealed the viral video which triggered domestic and International outrage was shot in 2016. Human rights organization have called for fair trial accusing soldiers of rights abuses in the Far North Region of Cameroon.

The indomitable lions of Cameroon have returned to the country after a victory recorded yesterday in Kigali. The teammates of Captain Eric Maxime Tchoupou Moting defeated Rwanda one goal to zero. The match counted for 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Cameroon former International footballer Modeste Mbami has rejected an appointment to the position of team manager of the junior lions of Cameroon. In a note signed by Mbami and posted on social media, he criticised FECAFOOT for carrying out appointments not to improve football in Cameroon but for personal gains.

Nigerian police say at least 14 people have been killed and many others wounded in an attack by armed men on a village in Nigeria’s north-western Zamfara state. Residents say the death toll was much higher with dozens killed in the hours-long attack, which began late on Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning.

South African Airways has reintroduced some international flights it had originally cancelled owing to a strike triggered by a wage dispute. Domestic flights remain grounded. Wage negotiations between the airline and the unions collapsed over the weekend. Thousands of workers promised to intensify their strike action.

Several international banks enabled widespread corruption in South Africa under former President Jacob Zuma, British lawmaker Peter Hain has said. At an inquiry hearing, he said HSBC, Standard Chartered and India’s Bank of Baroda were “directly culpable”.

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