The international community continues to pressure the Yaounde government to conduct an independent investigation and ensure that killers of women and babies in Ngarbuh, North West region of Cameroon are brought to book. Former Ambassador, Assistant Secretary of State, Herman Cohen has challenged the International Criminal Court to investigate the “Paul Biya regime for crimes against humanity. Cohen has been closely following happenings in Cameroon and has on several occasions criticized the government of rights violations in the troubled regions, calling for genuine dialogue.
The minister of defence says a soldier has been arrested for gunning down a driver in Bamenda. The driver minister Joseph Beti said in a press release was trying to evade the soldiers at a security checkpoint. Relatives of the driver, however, contradict government narrative, saying he was killed for transporting a wounded person.
The French Ambassador to Cameroon has faced criticism on social media after extending his condolences to families who lost members in the Ngarbuh Massacre in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. Social media users say, Christopher Guilhou’s statement failed to mention the number of persons killed or even the name of the village they were killed in. The outing of the Ambassador has been termed as hypocritical.
The SDO of Donga Mantung has told the population of Ngarbuh that separatists massacred the civilians and not the military. Simon Nkwenti Ndoh visited Ngarbuh in Ndu subdivision today Wednesday, four days the widely condemned manslaughter. The population is questioning why the SDO is telling them who killed civilians contrary to what they saw.
The minister of communication says enemies of the state who hide behind opposition political parties and human rights groups to attack Cameroon should refrain or face the music of the law. Rene Emmanuel Sadi in a press briefing Tuesday in Yaounde, Cameroon’s political capital said five civilians were killed by a fire incident in Ngarbuh as separatists battled with the military. He denied reports that soldiers are responsible and that 35 people were killed.
Priests in Cameroon have been urged to pray for victims of the Ngarbuh massacre. At least 35 people were killed there by government soldiers on Valentine’s Day. The Bishop of Kumbo has since declared Friday 21st February 2020, a Day of Prayer for the victims of the Ngarbuh-Ntumbaw killings.
Officials of Cameroon supreme state audit are training sub managers of Cameroon Water Utility cooperation CAMWATER. The aim according to Rose Mbah Acha, minister in charge of supreme state audit is to prevent lapses that result in water shortage in the country and boost supply.
The national vote-counting commission is due to hand over complete documents of their work to the constitutional council this Friday, February 21st. The commission’s 46 members completed the process today. This is a step towards the proclamation of results of the legislative election which held on February 9th, 2020 in Cameroon.
The German embassy in Cameroon has announced that it will no longer give visas to Cameroon students. Published on its official site Wednesday, February 19th 2020, the German embassy in Yaounde Cameroon said much demands have been received from Cameroonian students, and no other demand will be received for category B for the semester 2020.
Graduates of the Advanced School of Midwifery Bonadale in Douala have addressed a petition to the minister of higher education. They are demanding their end of course diplomas from the school. They say the absence of their diplomas has hampered chances of carrying out an internship or gain employment.
Cameroon’s former national football legend, Samuel Eto’o fils has denied rumours of a planned visit to the conflict-hit North West and South West regions. Speaking during a visit to Equinoxe Television in Douala, Samuel Eto’o said he can, and will travel to the Anglophone regions anytime he wants to do so. The players came under fire in 2018 when he threw his weight behind President Paul Biya and described the 87-year-old as an ideal leader for a united and peaceful Cameroon
Less than 72 hours to the kick-off of 2020 Mount Cameroon Race in Buea, inhabitants of Buea say there are little organization and preparation for the event. To others, several lockdowns and ghost towns in Buea have killed the fanfare that characterized the sports competition before.
Cholera has been reported in the Littoral and another Division in the South West region of Cameroon. In the South West region reports talk of suspected cases registered in Tiko in the Fako Division, after the deaths recorded in the Ndian Division of the same region. In the Littoral region, suspected cholera cases have been recorded in the Targal and Laquintinine hospitals
After rumours of the presence of Coronavirus, COVID 19 in Cameroon, the Ministry of Public Health is putting Cameroonians on high alert. In a press release Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, Dr Manaouda Malachie said Cameroonians travelling abroad, especially into countries affected by the virus should identify themselves to competent health authorities for monitoring. The Public Health boss further called for maximum vigilance on the part of Cameroonians. He said two suspected cases in Yaounde recently were all tested negative
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the person diagnosed with coronavirus in Egypt is no longer carrying the virus. He was on his way to recovery but would remain in quarantine until the 14-day period was over and would undergo further tests to ensure he had fully recuperated, WHO spokesman Tarik Jašarević said. Last week, Egypt’s health ministry described the person as a foreigner, without disclosing his nationality.
An anti-malarial drug widely used in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s has been found to be effective on coronavirus patients, according to China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Chloroquine phosphate has been “unanimously” approved by experts in China to be used in the fight against the deadly Covid-19 virus, the state-run China Global Television Network reports.
Hundreds of motorcycle taxi riders in Kenya have protested after one of their colleagues was shot dead at a hospital, allegedly by a police officer, as he helped a seriously ill toddler. Daniel Mburu, 24, had taken the child for treatment after being saved from drowning, in the capital, Nairobi. He was accosted by guards for riding his motorcycle to the emergency sector.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that the South African government’s plan to expropriate land without compensation will be “disastrous” for the economy and the nation. Mr Pompeo made the comments in Ethiopia, the final leg of his visit to Africa.
South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa Matlala have threatened to sue a governing party MP for defamation if he fails to retract allegations that Mr Malema abused his wife. Mr Malema said he had “never laid a hand on any woman, my wife in particular, including all children”.
A leading opposition figure in Benin has been barred from taking part in any election over the next four years and ordered to pay a fine of $8,200 (£6,300), for overspending on his 2016 presidential election campaign. Lionel Zinsou will not able to stand in next year’s presidential election as a result, unless he successfully challenges the court of appeal’s verdict.
Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu broke down in tears and fell to her knees as she appealed for an end to a spate of mysterious gas attacks that have spread across the country. Police have been unable to catch those who have been targeting homes and schools by spraying victims with a gas that leaves them unconscious. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)
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