National and International News Roundup – 22nd January 2020

Martinez Zogo, a radio animator at Amplitude FM in Yaounde who was arrested last Friday January 17th and detained at Secretary of State Defence (SED) has been transferred to Kondengui prison. Martinez Zogo was picked up for allegedly criticising the family of Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic. A “Network of Independent Audiovisual Communicators” in Yaounde Cameroon have called for his release.

One of the cells hosting jailed Ambazonian leaders and other detainees of the Anglophone crisis in Kondengui was broken into Tuesday, January 21, 2020. The invaders, who are prisoners within the detention facility, made away with foodstuffs, money, and other items. Prof Awasum, Shufai, and Dr. Fidelis Ndeh-Che are in the cell. The incident, Mimi Mefo Info, was reliably informed has left the inmate worried for their safety. Prison authorities have maintained sealed lips over the issue.

U.S. capital, Washington DC will host an international conference on the ongoing war in Anglophone Cameroon. Described as “a broad-based consultative process with Southern Cameroonians”, the coalition for dialogue and negotiations organizing the conference says it will focus “on the escalating armed conflict” in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions.

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, has condemned a recent wave of attacks in rural areas of the North West Region. In a recent release, the PCC also notes that one of its pastors was arrested, detained and tortured in Bali Nyonga. He is now hospitalized.

Less than three weeks to February 9, 2020 elections, most ELECAM offices in the North West and South West Regions have remained closed. ELECAM workers have long abandoned their duty post amid insecurity.  It is not clear if they will be redeployed prior to polling day.

Residents in the North West have cast doubts over the 600.000 registered voters in the region announced by the President of Elections Cameroon yesterday. Critics say it is a strategy to cheat and give victory to the ruling party.

Barrister Ndille Ngwese Joseph has stepped down from February 9, 2020, municipal elections race, citing security concerns and threats from Ambazonian fighters. The candidate on the CPDM list in Muyuka says he values his life, family, and his properties. “I do not want to be politician anymore,” Ngwese said.

The Supreme Court has disqualified the SDF list for the upcoming municipal election in Yaoundé VI. The National Communication Secretary of the party in reaction says the rejection of their list is a calculated attempt to destabilize them in the Mfoundi Division, especially considering that the Yaoundé VI Subdivision is the bastion of the SDF in the Center Region.

Traditional rulers of Wouri Division are calling on their subjects to massively take part in elections next month. In a Press Conference today, the custodians of tradition in Wouri said: “voting is the only way to decide on who should run affairs at the local level”. They condemned election boycott in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.

Two days to the start of campaigns for the election, political parties vying for seats both at municipal and legislative houses have not received campaign funds. Opposition party members think the delay will affect their output.

Unconfirmed reports say the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council, Andrew Motanga Monjimba, the Former Secretary-General, Charles Arrey Nkongho, the Treasurer Chindong and business mogul Bob Diddy, have been summoned before the Special Criminal Court in Yaoundé. They are expected to appear before the court on February 5, 2020. The National Anti-Corruption Commission earlier indicted them for the mismanagement of over FCFA 9 billion.

Littoral Governor Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha has prescribed measures to prevent the spread of cholera in the region. The administrator has recommended strict hygienic and sanitation principals during this period of the dry season. Few cholera cases have been detected in the Littoral region.

A lady by name Bidja Mampouo Liliane Nelly has been arrested in the Ekounou neighborhood in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. Authorities say she had a military-style uniform, a pair of handcuffs and a toy gun.

Cameroon Employers Organization better Known by its French acronym GICAM has urged President Paul Biya to sack the Director-General of Taxation. In an open letter addressed to the Head of State, the GICAM head blames the shutting down of several companies to the poor managerial skills of the current Director-General of taxation. GICAM is also accusing the Director of Taxation of the slow delivery of key documents that has affected investments rate in the country.

The Cameroon Medical Council has created an Adhoc commission to investigate “technical and ethical failures” that led to the death of Barrister Sylvain SOUP. The 7-man Ad hoc commission is headed by Professor Emmanuel Eben Mossy, comes after MRC party leaders said his demise was masterminded. Barrister SOUP was reportedly recovering after an accident before his sudden death was announced.

The Principal of GBHS Ayos in the Nyong and Mfoumou Division in the Centre Region of Cameroon is currently detained at the gendarmerie unit after a fight with the D.O.  Reports say the D.O. made an impromptu visit to the school to control students’ attires after one of them, a female was indecently dressed. The principal was shocked by the unannounced visit of  D.O on campus attempted to stop the latter from entering the classroom.  The principal was immediately arrested.

Cameroon will be represented at the Fombina Derby International Horse Racing Tournament in Yola Adamawa State Nigeria. According to the Cameroon Horse Racing Federation, athletes left Garoua Monday, January 20, 2020, to take part in the competition that opens Friday, January 24. The international event features competitors from five different African countries.

Striking workers of the Douala City Council have criticized the Government Delegate to the Douala City Council for playing what they call “a dirty game”. Dr. Fritz Ntone Ntone yesterday issued a release formerly dismissing the striking workers after 33 months of suspension. The workers since Monday are on strike asking for their 33 months salary. A court decision ruled in their favour after the Minister of labour ordered for their reinstatement.

Cameroon football lovers are wondering if the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will overcome the elephants of Ivory Coast to qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Cameroon and Ivory Coast are in  Group D alongside Malawi and Mozambique with one team to qualify for the third round of the qualifications race.The draws were made yesterday in Cairo Egypt.

Burundi’s parliament has voted to pay $530,000 (£400,000) to President Pierre Nkurunziza and provide him with a luxury villa when he leaves office. The draft law, which has been presented to the cabinet for approval, also awards him a lifetime salary. It also proposes that Mr Nkurunziza be elevated to the title of “supreme leader” when he steps down in May.

The starving lions in a zoo in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, whose photos caused an online outcry earlier this week, are now getting treatment, news agency Reuters reports. A plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre (SWRC), and an online campaign, have resulted in help arriving for the malnourished lions. One of the lions died earlier this week.

Suspected members of the Arabic-speaking Misseriya community stormed a village near the disputed Abyei town in South Sudan, set some of its dwellings on fire and killed at least 29 people, news agency Reuters reports, quoting a regional administrator. 18 others were injured.

Authorities in northern Nigeria’s Kano state have confirmed an outbreak of Lassa fever. Four people have died from the outbreak, including two medical staff who performed surgery on an infected patient. Health commissioner Aminu Tsanyawa said 292 people have been quarantined and are receiving treatment.

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries – Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania – to its travel ban list, U.S. media reports said on Tuesday. Some countries will face bans only on some visa categories. President Donald Trump said in an interview with the Journal that he was considering adding countries to the travel ban but declined to state which ones. An announcement was expected as early as Monday. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)

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