Cameroon has registered 254 new coronavirus cases under 24 hours on June 1st 2020. According to the Ministry of public health, 51 recoveries and 2 deaths were recorded on the same day. The country now counts a total of 6397 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3629 recoveries and 199 deaths.
Prof Maurice Kamto has once again raised the issue of succession at the helm of Cameroon. In a statement to his followers, Kamto says no form of mutual succession of the president will be accepted. For this to be possible, he says a solution must be provided to the Anglophone Crisis and government must revise the electoral code.
The SDO for Ndian has asked the Divisional Delegates to send in names and matricule numbers of teachers that did not come to school this first day. Forwang Laurence said the names must be forwarded for the absentee school teachers to be sanctioned for going against President Biya’s instructions.
The Ndian SDO, Forwang Lawrence was speaking in Mundemba during his field visit to Schools in his area of command
While school gates flanked open at Group Scolaire Monde Uni in Makepe Douala V Sub Division, learners were denied acccess into the school campus by disgruntled teachers. Teachers of the school blocked the entrance, demanding the payment of months of unpaid salaries owed by management. They say they have not been paid since the outbreak of COVID-19
Schools in the North West regional chief town Bamenda witnessed a timid turn out this June 1st 2020. Reports say some schools registered a zero turn out without even an administrative staff present on day one of school resumption. Beyond the COVID-19 that mared back to school accross the entire country, school resumption in Bamenda was handicapped by ghost towns
There was a timid school resumption today in Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon. Many teachers, students and public stayed home respecting Monday traditional ghost town. There are hopes that pupils and students in examination classes will effectively resume tomorrow Tuesday.
Students of Form five preparing to write Ordinary level examination are expected to resume school this Thursday June 4th 2020. According to the Minister of secondary education, the progressive reopening of school is to ensure effectiveness.
No basic education teacher was recruited from Ako Sub Division in the recent recruitment of 3200 teachers by the Ministry of basic. The Sub Division in the Donga Mantung Division has 48 primary and 10 nursery schools. Insufficient teachers remains a major challenge over the years in the area. The Mayor of AKO council, Nkwai Godlove Nkanya has condemned that while calling on authorities to redress the issue.
Authorities in Kumba – South West Region have not sealed shops in the town today despite an effective respect of Monday ghost town by traders. All markets and business places remained close throughout the day despite threats last week by authorities to seal shops that will not open. Amba boys are reported to have killed a commercial motorcycle rider at Kossala quarter for disrespecting their orders.
Christians of Presbyterian Church Kumba Town in Meme Division are mourning the death of Elder Akwo Gabriel Makia. He was shot dead yesterday between Kumba and Mamfe while travelling to Batibo, North West for his traditional wedding. He was a victim of Amba/military confrontation.
Kumba and some parts of the restive North West and South West Regions had no classes today as residents observed the traditional ghost town. This was despite planned resumption for examination students. The streets remained empty and most people in their homes.
Bamenda based journalist, Jean Marie Ngong Song is still receiving treatment. The Deutsche Welle correspondant in the restive North West Region was beaten by government soldiers on Sunday. The Cameroon Community Media Network says the act is “highly unacceptable and the perpetrators should be called to order with accompanying sanctions.”
A man was shot this morning in Kossala – Kumba in the South West Region. Sources say the victim who was a commercial motorcycle rider was returning home after night duty when he was shot and his leg chopped off. He died after excessive bleeding.
There was a protest today by teachers of the Monde Uni group in the Makèpè district, Douala. Using today’s school resumption to call on school authorities to pay their salaries, they said they had gone without pay since March 17, 2020 when government closed down schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five members of the Cameroon armed forces are said to have been gunned down in an armed confrontation with separatist fighters. Reports say they were killed after the Mayor of Eyumojock organised a football cup using it to call for a return to normalcy. Government is yet to comment on the incident.
Mozambique’s government says 78 Islamist insurgents have been killed in fighting with the security forces over the past few days. The army launched an offensive after the jihadists seized Macomia in the north of the country, the third town to be overrun by the militants in recent months. Defence Minister Jaime Neto said two ringleaders were killed, both of them Tanzanians.
Rwanda is banning the use of charcoal for cooking in the capital, Kigali, and restricting supplies to the city from rural areas. The ban is aimed at protecting forests by clamping down on the illegal trade in charcoal. In future people will be encouraged to use gas. Rwanda follows Kenya and Uganda in taking action to discourage the use of charcoal, which is blamed for causing breathing problems for tens of thousands of people every year.
New cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said four people had died from the virus in the western city of Mbandaka, which has a population of about a million people. It is more than 1,000km (about 600 miles) from the centre of the current outbreak in the east of the country. DR Congo was poised to declare an end to the second largest Ebola epidemic on record in April, but a new chain of infections was found.
Twelve men have been arrested in Nigeria, accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl over a two-month period. Police in the north-western state of Jigawa were alerted to the alleged crime when they received a complaint about a man in his 50s luring the girl to a hidden place so he could have sex with her. During a police interview the girl said that 11 other men had also raped her. She is now in hospital and police have told the BBC there is medical evidence of rape.
Two Ugandan MPs have been arrested after leading a demonstration calling for the closure of the border with South Sudan in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Daily Monitor newspaper reports. Gilbert Olanya and Samuel Odonga Otto want the Elegu border post, in the northern province of Gulu, to be closed because of the increasing cases of lorry drivers arriving with coronavirus. The two lawmakers are being held at Gulu central police station, the paper says.
A recently conducted poll has shown that 81% of Malawians are not afraid of coronavirus and are more concerned about hunger. Those aged above 55 are least afraid of the virus despite them being at higher risks than the younger population. About 60% of those polled are more concerned about the collapse of the healthcare system. Another 76% say they are afraid of stigma if they catch the virus.
(Foreign news: BBC)