As the weekend draws near, here is what is making news in Cameroon today….
Prominent award-winning Cameroonian writer Djaïli Ahmadou Amal has received a congratulatory message from the Head of State, Paul Biya for her recent exploits in the authors’ world. Minister of Arts & Culture Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mpkatt conveyed the message to Ahmadou Djaïli in an event organized at the National Museum on December 17, 2020.
Cameroonian International Elections Observer and Regional Director for NDI, Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh has laughed off claims that he was arrested in Ghana during an election observation mission. In an interview with ‘Le Jour’ Newspaper, he called the claims ‘fake news’, propagated to smear his image.
Cameroon Indomitable Lions’ goalkeeper and former player of KV Ostende has vowed to take his former club to court over the cancellation of his contract. The Belgian Club sacked Fabrice Ondoua for organizing a house party, an activity the club said put teammates and neighbors at risk of contracting Covid-19. Ondoua has however called the sacking unfair and has promised to launch a legal battle against the club.
Just as many had predicted, former CRM party member, Celestine Djamen has stated that he would accept any nomination from the Head of State if he were called to serve. Djamen points out that even Maurice Kamto who is now head of a political party was once a minister for the regime. He said he would take office if appointed as it would be a public service and not for personal gains.
The hearing of the three security personnel who were directly involved in the Ngarbuh massacre incident has been adjourned to January 21, 2021, by the Military Tribunal in Yaoundé. These three individuals including the fourth who is on the run were the main orchestrators of the macabre incident that sent shockwaves in Cameroon and the international community. Twenty-one people lost their lives including 13 children and a pregnant woman.
One week to the celebration of the feast of Christmas, parents are caught between making decisions for their kids on which type of toys to buy. To some parents, toy guns, and other aggressive toys that can instill violence in kids are not permitted. They recommend toys that motivate children to learn information communication technology.
How Cameroonians intend to fight against COVID-19 without respecting physical distancing and washing of hands remains a mystery. While the government calls for the respect of physical distancing, the organization of weddings, musical concerts, and other ceremonies out rightly violate COVID-19 measures with impunity.
A bridge over Sanaga River linking Bachenga and Ntui has been inaugurated. Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Minister of Public Works has called on inhabitants to maintain the bridge.
Youths make the commitment to bar the way against COVID-19 during a period of two weeks. The ceremony today in Mbankomo- Yaoundé witnessed the launching of the campaign that entails sensitizing people to respect COVID-19 preventive measures.
How to combat urban disorder and the filthy nature of places in Douala and other parts of the Littoral region is under scrutiny. A competition for the cleanest town in the region has been put in place. The Minister of Housing And Urban Development speaking today in Douala says the intention is to ensure a clean region before the start of the African Football Championship (CHAN) on the 16th of January.
Frequent blackout in several parts of Cameroon during this end of the year has become a thing of concern. Cameroonians are questioning the importance of several hydroelectric dams launched by the government that is not seemingly benefitting the population. Students in some parts of Buea have been in the dark for over three months – a similar problem is faced by their peer in Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon.
The Senior Divisional Officer of Wouri has called on inhabitants of Douala 5 to scrupulously pay their taxes to permit the council to ameliorate living conditions by providing services. The 2021 budget of Douala 5 stands at three billion nine hundred million francs CFA. A greater part of Douala 5 is an enclave and in need of good roads and potable water.
Have a pleasant weekend ahead 🤗🤗🤗