National And International News Roundup – 20th July 2020

Cameroon’s Minister Delegate for Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo will be in Equatorial Guinea for an exchange visit on July 29th. Joseph Beti Assomo will be heading for a second round of bilateral discussions over the Cameroon – Equatorial Guinea border dispute.

Some business premises have been sealed in Buea after their owners failed to operate today. The move carried out by Mayor David Namange accompanied by the forces of law and order comes as part of his strategy to combat ghost towns. Those whose shops were sealed are expected to pay the sum of 50,000FCFA for their shops to be reopened.

Mayor Mbgatta Sammy of Misaje in the Donga Mantung Division, North West Region has denied claims of his abduction. Reacting to news that he and the DO of Misaje had been kidnapped, the politician said “it is circulated by ill-intended individuals to mislead the public”.

Former Bamenda II Mayor, Balick Awah Fidelis died last night in his house at age of 70. He lost his position as Mayor on the SDF ticket during the last municipal and legislative elections wherein the SDF suffered a heavy defeat from the CPDM, the ruling party.

CRM President, Maurice Kamto has called on his party members and Cameroonians in general to do partake in the disruption of all elections until the Anglophone crisis is solved and government undertakes electoral code reforms. Noting that it is not a call to pick up arms, Kamto adds that the party holds President Biya responsible for all the incidents and violence that may occur if the regime forces to hold any election without meeting their demands.

Two persons were killed in a motor accident today morning on the Moliwe – Limbe stretch of road, South West region. The accident occurred after an 18-seater bus collided with a private vehicle. The incident is not the first of its kind on the road which has been described by users as a death trap.

The stretch of road linking Donga Mantung Division and Adamawa Region through Mbadung village remains a nightmare to passengers and drivers. With the intensification of rains in Cameroon, vehicles spend days to travel from one destination to another.

Government is yet to issue an official statement on the situation of basic education teachers demanding for integration into the public service. At the weekend, the leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party called on the Prime Minister to listen to the grievances of the teachers and ensure the recruitment of those that were unjustly sidelined in the recruitment process.

Mbangso Garbele, a custom officer in the West Region has refuted allegations that he extorted the sum of 200.000 francs cfa from a business man called Christopher Che. The custom officer says Christopher Che was fined to pay 200.000 for for insulting and threatening a custom officer. He brandishes a receipt indicating that the money was paid into the state treasury.

Donga Mantung Division plunged into total darkness for several weeks. Inhabitants say all activities demanding the use of electricity have been grounded. This is affecting mostly candidates preparing to write end of year examinations.

Candidates of Ordinary and Advance level examinations have started the practical phase of the examination today at GBHS Nkambe with the use of a generator. No electricity in the town and other areas in the division for several weeks.

Candidates of Baccalaureate and Probatoir examinations in the French sub system of education. In examination centers, examiners paid particular attention to COVID-19 measures with some candidates without face masks that were sent home to get their face masks.

A Gambian policewoman has been promoted after showing “diligence and dedication” by continuing to direct the traffic in heavy rain, Gambia’s police magazine reports. In a photo that emerged at the weekend Corporal Kaddy Jarju can be seen doing her duties having waded through the middle of a huge puddle without any boots, and with her trousers rolled up to her knees. She continued “to give signals to vehicles with unwavering passion”, the police magazine says.

A Zimbabwean journalist who recently exposed alleged government corruption involving coronavirus supplies has been charged with inciting public violence. Hopewell Chin’ono live-streamed his arrest before being told to put his phone down. An opposition politician, Jacob Ngarivhume, has also been arrested in Harare on the same charges. In a statement, Zimbabwe’s police appeared to confirm that the two arrests were connected.

The era of big gold discoveries is thought to be long gone in South Africa as mining companies are finding it harder and more expensive to mine the precious metal in the country’s old and exceedingly deep gold mines. However, in the old mining town of Barberton, local company Pan African Resources has found a rich vein of gold, so rich that it says it can be seen with the naked eye. It says that the amount of gold in the rock is many times what is normally found.

The ruling party in Ivory Coast wants President Alassane Ouattara to run for a third term after the man who was slated to succeed him died suddenly earlier this month. The executive director of the RHDP, Adama Bictogo, told RFI that Mr Ouattara was “best placed” to beat the opposition and was the “cement” holding the party together.

A Nigerian government official answering questions on mismanagement of funds collapsed on live TV while facing lawmakers. Daniel Pondei, who is the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was being questioned by a committee in the House of Representatives when he slumped forward in his chair.

Agnes Reeves-Taylor, the ex-wife of Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor, has returned to the country after a UK court dismissed war crimes charges against her seven months ago. She was charged in 2017 over a string of offences – some involving children – during the West African country’s civil war. She denied wrongdoing. Her ex-husband is currently serving a life sentence for war crimes committed in Sierra Leone.

A top Kenyan politician has apologised for flouting a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was over the weekend found drinking at a pub in the capital, Nairobi, hours past the curfew. He was briefly detained at a city police station before being released on free police bond. He is now due to appear in court on Tuesday but says he is ready to take responsibility for his actions.

Foreign news: BBC

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