National and International News Roundup – 27 July, 2019

  • CRM VP tortured and wounded in detention.
  • 9 shops torched at Douala market
  • Government wages war against roadside drugs
  • Zimbabwe’s minister of tourism arrested.

1 An uneasy calm reigns in Banga Bakungu Meme division in the South West region of Cameroon after yesterday’s confrontation between amba boys and the military that resulted to several casualties. An ambazonia commander was killed in the battle.

2 The first vice president of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party has been decrying torture meted on him by the military. Lawyers finally met Mamadou Mota yesterday over 72 hours since he was taken out of Yaounde central prison on Monday night.He sustained injuries and an arm fracture according barrister Crepin Ndjodoh.

Mamadou Mota (source: Le Jour)

3 Victims of last night’s fire disaster at Citè de Palmier market in Douala have been decrying enormous damages incurred. In a visit to the market this afternoon, the D.O of Douala 5 was told that the fire broke out at about 3:30 am this morning. At least nine shops have been burnt down. This is the second fire incident in the market in less than six month. Traders are pointing accusing fingers at poor electrical connections.

4 Some Cameroonians think one of the glaring hallmark of the 37 years regime is corruption. Global Corruption Barometer Says Cameroon Is Fourth Most Corrupt In Africa In its 2019 report, Global corruption Barometer says Cameroon is the fourth most corrupt country in Africa, considering the rate of bribery in public services. The study reveals that the police, the judiciary and other related public institutions are the most corrupt sectors in Cameroon, with a leading bribery index.

5 A greater part of activities in Abobang in the East region have been paralyzed as a result of prolonged power shortage. The population says foodstuffs have been decaying in fridges and all other activities that depend on electricity to function remain on a standstill. Note that a power electricity dam, lom panga is situated just three hundred kilometers from the town.

6 The fight against the commercialization of roadside drugs in Cameroon starts at the level of sensitization.Workers at the delegation of public health in the east region have visited some markets in Bertoua explaining the dangers of selling roadside drugs to the people. They explain the poor exposure of drugs and the sale of expire ones that causes more health issues with consumed.

7 Members of FECAFOOT are mapping strategies of how to fight corruption in the football association. At the opening session of the general assembly today in Yaounde, the president of FECAFOOT Seidou Mbombo Njoya appreciated legal instruments put in place by the normalization commission and called on members to work to implements for the good of football in Cameroon.

8 The government of Saudi Arabia has issued a decision not to give visas to muslim faithful from DR Congo wanting to enter the country for pilgrimage this year.This decision follows the declarations made by the world health organization saying ebola outbreak in DR Congo is a public health emergency international concern.

9 Zimbabwe’s tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira has been charged with abuse of office in an apparent new crackdown on corruption. She is the first serving minister in President Mnangagwa’s government to be arrested. The charges relate to her previous role as minister of labor and social welfare responsible for a state pension fund. Mrs. Mupfumira denies the charges.

10 Former Sierra Leone Football Association official Abu Bakarr Kabba has become the latest person to be sanctioned by Fifa.He has been banned for five years and fined $50,000 (£40,000) for violating Fifa’s Code of Ethics.

11 The Kenyan authorities will include an intersex category, along with “male” and “female”, in the section on gender in next month’s census, an official from the statistics bureau has confirmed.It will form part of efforts to gather data on the number of intersex people in the country.

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