FEICOM today celebrates 45 years of existence with the launch of a book, “FEICOM, 45 Years at the Heart of Local Development”. The dedication ceremony of this book was done in Yaoundé and was chaired by the Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, George Elanga Obam, the Minister of Women Empowerment, Marie Therese Abena Ondoua and the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.
The trial of two suspected assassins of prison warden Florence Ayafor, has been postponed to 21st January 2021. The culprits – Innocent Akuma Niba and Edmund Ngang will have to wait longer for their fate to be decided. Following the assassination of Florence Ayafor, the two suspects were arrested and presented before the Ministry of Defense on 10th July 2020.
The Minister of Public Health has claimed that COVID-19 testing in the country is supposed to be paid for despite the President’s request for it to be free. Speaking on the controversy surrounding the decision to implement payments for tests at the airports, he said the public treasury could no longer support the expenditure and hence needed to put in some payment method.
In the fight against terrorism in the Far North Region, a suicide bomber was neutralised in the locality of Daotsaf in the Mayo Moskota Division. The worse was averted by security forces as this female suicide bomber was intercepted on 16th December as she prepared to detonate herself.
Cameroon has finished 4th in the just ended African Judo Championship in Madagascar. The four participants representing Cameroon came home with many medals from the tournament. The standout performer amongst them was Hortence Vanessa Atangana Mballa who recieved a gold medal after beating Algerian Sonia Asselah in the finals of the +78 kg category.
Few days to the celebration of Christmas, most parents in Cameroon say they are finding it difficult to meet up with basic necessities for their children. They complain financial difficulties have been further compounded by the outbreak of COVID-19 and security challenges.
Regional councillors in Cameroon have been converging in regional headquarters ahead of Cameroon’s first plenary session of regional councils tomorrow Tuesday. The session will witness the election of presidents of regional councils and other executives.
A suspected bandit has been arrested and detained at a police station in Douala II. The boy was caught at Douala central market this evening attempting to snatch a handbag from a woman who was busy negotiating a shoe purchase.
The daughter of the late former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been arrested, her mother has told the BBC. Semahal Meles was arrested in Tigray’s regional capital of Mekelle, former first lady Azeb Mesfin said. The Ethiopian authorities have not commented on the alleged arrest.
Interpol says several suspected terrorists have been arrested and weapons, ammunition and contraband fuel seized in a joint operation with the United Nations across the Sahel. It said more than 40,000 sticks of dynamite and detonator cords – used for illegal gold mining – were also taken.
South African scientists said they are working with the World Health Organization to investigate a new variant of coronavirus, currently surging in many parts of the country. The new variant known as 501.V2 was identified by a genomics team led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. It was discovered earlier this month, when scientists noticed a number of mutations during routine surveillance of the virus.
A Libyan man arrested in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing has been awarded £83,000 in damages after his details were published online. Alaedeen Sicri, 26, was held but later released without charge following the attack in 2017 which killed 22 people. He was not identified by Greater Manchester Police but the MailOnline published his name, images and other details after his arrest on 29 May.
The mayor of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, will have far fewer guests at his wedding than he had hoped for after the authorities restricted the number of attendees to only 300 to adhere to Covid-19 regulations. Miles Sampa booked the 10,000 seater Lusaka’s Woodlands stadium for the 26 December event after sending an open invitation to Zambians. Mr Sampa told the BBC he had no choice but to comply with the ministry of health’s Covid-19 guidelines but said the restrictions had put him in a dilemma about who to invite.
Foreign news: BBC