National and International News Roundup – 19 June 2020

Cameroon’s Public Health minister, Manaouda Malachie has reiterated that Covid-19 treatment is free of charge. This follows reports of how some medical personnel were taking of the prevailing health situation to extort money from patients and citizens. On a tweeter post on Friday, Minister Manaouda said: “It occurred to me that some of our staff or hospitals still charge for the screening tests, especially rapid tests, which were made available to them. I remind everyone that the COVID test is free, as is the treatment. I count on you for the denunciations”. “I have just set up a mixed brigade (DGSN-MINSANTE) to track down all the people and structures that will continue to surf on the plight of Cameroonians to make money,” Manaouda added.

There are now over 10.638 registered coronavirus cases in Cameroon. Health authorities say 7,058 patients have been treated and discharged from the different hospitals while 282 persons have died from the virus. The government has urged the population to continue to respect safety measures in place.

At least 4000 Camroonians die of sickle cell each year. Public health ministry outing on Friday said it is a genetic disease that is passed on from parents to children. It also affects and destroys the blood cells. The day for the fight against sickle cell disease is being observed today.

55-year-old Ashuh Egbe, a Douala-based survivor or sickle cell has advised would-be couples to go for screening before marriage. He is now advocating for ways to prevent and live with the disease.

The press today mourns the demise of veteran journalist and Editor of the Star Newspaper, Chief Paul Nkemanyang. He died on Thursday night of a brief illness. The deceased journalist was equally the President of the Association of Commonwealth Journalists. Chief Paul Nkemanyang was lastly publicly seen when he led Anglophone journalists in Buea to see the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, for the accountability of late journalist Samuel Wazizi.

Associations and trade unions of journalists in Cameroon are seemingly indifferent to the arrest of the former director of Vision 4 television. The journalist, Ernest Obama has spent 24 hours in detention. No official reason has been issued for his arrest but social media posts point at dubious financial dealings when he was the director of the local television channel in Yaounde – Cameroon.

The family saga over the burial modalities of business tycoon, Fotso Victor has finally been settled at the Nanterre High Court in Paris. The court is said to have ruled in favour of Laure Toukam Fotso, Mayor of Banjoun and daughter of late Fotso Victor in the case relating to the burial of her father – authorising her, to proceed with the burial of her father. His last wish was to be buried on the land of his ancestors, according to the culture of the Bamileke people. The family has been divided on the subject.

The farming sector has been negatively impacted by the Anglophone crisis and the coronavirus pandemic. Farmers in the restive regions are facing difficulties having access to farmlands as a result, forests are being destroyed to create farming fields. Farmers in the North West Region have been cautioned on best practices to protect the environment while ensuring food availability. This was during a ceremony to hand fruit and water friendly trees to farmers from the 7 Divisions of the North West Region.

Some teachers have abandoned classes in Mundemba in the Ndian Division of the South West Region of Camerooon. This came barely a month after school resumption, as the country eased lockdown measures.
In an impromptu visit to the area recently, Forwang Lawrence, SDO of Ndian Division says teachers must resume classes or have their salaries suspended.

The Mayor of Idenau Council says threats from separatists and the deadly coronavirus pandemic will affect the local council’s budget this 2020. He made the revelation during a council session evaluate the administrative, management and stores account of that council in 2019.

A fatal traffic accident in Mokolo-Maroua in the Far North Region has left one person dead and three others seriously injured. The accident occurred when a motorcyclist, aged 16 collided with a moving truck on the road. The boy died on the spot, while three others injured victims are currently being treated at the Maroua Regional hospital.

The director of the disarmament committee centre in Bamenda says an additional “thirty two ex amba fighters formerly at the disarmament demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) centre in Bamenda have been reintegrated into the society”. Gapsa Sixstuse adds that more than 125 ex-Amba fighters have dropped their weapons and surrendered themselves. Critics have cast doubts on the figures saying the war is still very much alife.

It has been a sad day in the media family in Cameroon following the death of Chief Nkemayang Paul . The publisher of The Star newspaper died last night in Limbe. According to a source at The Star newspaper, Chief was fine until his sudden death.

Cameroon Makossa musician popularly known as Longue Longue and the national treasurer of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party have held talks on happenings in the Country. Prof Alain Fogue Tedom says they focused on the need for the respect of human rights and change of regime.

A man confirmed dead and a commercial motorcycle rider in a critical health condition at the Laquintinie hospital in Douala. The two were hit by a speedy care at a tunnel around the air port in Douala. The area is noted for several accidents especially during rush hours.

Road construction works ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Bafoussam on a halted. With 59 percent completion rate by the companies in charge. Cameroon is expected to host the biggest tournament of African football in not less than six months from now. Cameroon was stripped off of hosting rights to the 2019 AFCON because the Confederation for African Football body (CAF) assessed Cameroon not ready to host the tournament. The companies in charge of construction have however said that work has been stopped because of financial problems.

A landslide in the outskirts of the capital of Ivory Coast Anyama has killed 13 persons. The landslide which is said to have been caused by heavy rains which made the drainage system to burst open, forcing the soil beneath to give in. The land slide covered and destroyed over 20 houses. There are currently rescue missions ongoing at the site in a bid to save survivors of the disaster. 10 persons rescued from the operation are receiving intensive medical care.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Seyitan Babatayo, a woman who accused Nigerian musician of rape, have complained to police about what they say was her unlawful arrest on Tuesday.
Earlier this month Babatayo alleged that in 2018 she was raped by singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, known as D’banj. Mike Ozekhome, a lawyer acting on behalf of D’banj, says that his client denies the charges and has written to Ms Babatayo informing her that he will take legal action unless the allegations are withdrawn.

Kenya was elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday after defeating Djibouti in a run-off vote. The east African nation will replace South Africa in the non-permanent seat. It received 129 votes against Djibouti’s 62.
Niger and Tunisia are currently the other representatives of the African continent on the council.

A post has been circulating falsely claiming that 2018 Nobel laureate Dr Dénis Mukwege resigned from Covid-19 response teams in DR Congo because he had been ordered to declare illnesses and deaths to be coronavirus-related even when they were not. “I cannot in any case dirty my Nobel Peace Prize for money, we had been ordered to declare any illness to be coronavirus and any death,” the post claims he said.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Seyitan Babatayo, a woman who accused Nigerian musician of rape, have complained to police about what they say was her unlawful arrest on Tuesday.
Earlier this month Babatayo alleged that in 2018 she was raped by singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, known as D’banj. Mike Ozekhome, a lawyer acting on behalf of D’banj, says that his client denies the charges and has written to Ms Babatayo informing her that he will take legal action unless the allegations are withdrawn.

Officials in Kenya say that there has been a significant rise in teenage pregnancies, especially since the start of Covid-19 restrictions in March.
Data released by the health ministry show that in just one county about 4,000 teenage girls have become pregnant since the start of the year.
Schools were closed nationwide in mid-March as part of safety measures announced by government.

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