National and International News Roundup: 19 November 2019

There have been diverse reactions following the decision of Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian not to run for 2020 legislative election. According to some, he has taken a republican stand for the interest of the people while others think he fears failure in his constituency in Donga Mantung. Hon. Mbaya today in Yaoundé stated that he will not risk the lives of electorates at this time of war to run for election.

The observation of some political analysts in Cameroon is that the “Social Democratic Front (SDF) has compromised her August 12th, 2019 stand taken in Douala”. The sudden decisions by the SDF has not been accepted by some of the militants. Some militants think going in for election is suicidal.

Workers of Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC) in Tiko have vowed not to relent until the cooperation pays their fifteen months’ salary arrears.  They staged a protest match to the office of the Divisional Officer of Tiko today to demand the intervention of the government.  They say their kids have been out of school partly because there is no money to pay their fees.

Given the deserted nature of government offices in Bui Division in the North West Region, the Senior Divisional Officer of Bui has launched a campaign to stop that. SDO Harry Ngwanyi has called for a compulsory census of teachers of basic education in the division. The intention is to know those that have abandoned their offices.

“The special status is a loud sounding nonsense” is a description given by the communication secretary of the Popular Action Party (PAP). According to Fabrice Lena, a total redefinition of the foundation of the form of state in Cameroon is necessary in the absence of the Biya regime. In the same vein, he thinks elections is not a necessity now and any opposition party going in for the election is just to accompany the CPDM to victory.

Opposition political parties in Cameroon say they are still facing challenges in the process of compiling documents for the twin elections next year. The situation is even critical on anglophones in francophone areas seeking to run for elections. They complain that they cannot get to their divisions of origin to obtain certificates of non-conviction.

Angry students of Government bilingual high School Jalingo in Garoua III municipality have attacked and burnt the vehicle of the school principal. They accuse the principal of being behind the death of a teacher of the school.  The teacher in question died in his room last weekend.

Two students of Government Bilingual High School Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon are currently being detained at the Gendarmerie for attacking the discipline master of their school. The duo attacked the discipline master stabbing him repeatedly on the neck. He has been rushed to the hospital.

The Divisional Officer for Kekem Subdivision is said to have severely beaten a Journalist, Gaetan Ngankam in his office today. The journalist reportedly went to collect some documents he left for the DO to sign before the incident. It is unclear what provoked the wild and brutal reaction from the administrator, but the blogger was left severely bruised from the physical assault.

Representatives of security officials of Plantation Du Haute Penja and officials of the institution have agreed to meet tomorrow November 20, 2019. The conclusion was reached at following a strike action of security officials that paralyzed activities at the enterprise today.

It is still unclear how a convicted internet fraudster in Nigeria has allegedly masterminded a “mega scam” worth at least $1m (592,075,100.00 FCFA) from a maximum-security prison. According to Nigerian anti-corruption officials, Hope Olusegun Aroke utilised a “network of accomplices” for the fraud. Olusegun Aroke is currently serving a 24-year sentence at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison after he was arrested in 2012, charged and found guilty of fraud.

A ‘Climate of fear’ appears to be intensifying in Nigeria as the crackdown on journalists has gathered momentum under the current administration. Many activists are warning that the muzzling of the press under Presidency of Buhari provides a very bad signal of a return to dark days of military rule

Kenya is creating a new ‘Climate Atlas’ that is aimed at protecting its food supply. The first localised weather modelling system which is due to go public early next year will provide key data on the likely impact of climate change on crop production across the East African nation in the decades to come. It is said that the atlas will help farmers cope with droughts and floods, the weather modelling system will be able to track temperature and rainfall by location.

Union Africaine de Radiodiffusion (UAR) has accused the management of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) of having lied concerning the live broadcast of the 2021 AFCON qualifier match between the Cameroon and Rwanda. Referring to a document signed by Charles Ndongo on 17 November 2019, the UAR said the CRTV did not pay for broadcast rights.

Results of the 6th day of play in the National elite Two Championship in Cameroon played today: – UNISPORT Of BAFANG vs RENAISSANCE of NGOUMO =1-1; -Yaoundé FOOT vs-OFTA 2-2; – AS MATELOTS DOUALA vs-FONTCHA BAMENDA =2-2; – LEOPARD DOUALA vs-DYNAMO DOUALA=1-1; -STADE DE BERTOUA vs RACING BAFOUSSAM=1-0; – NGAOUNDERE FC-AS FAP YAOUNDE =2-1

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