National And International News Roundup – 22nd July 2020

Lawyers defending Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius are calling on other colleagues in Cameroon to join them in a peaceful protest in Yaounde to denounce the decision of the penitentiary administration and the justice system to deny them access to talk to their clients. The lawyers say the government is violating the law that permits lawyers to see their clients at all times.

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) party has condemned the fact that their leader Prof. Maurice Kamto was denied access to visit militants of the party detained at Kondengui prison. The S.G. of the CRM party says the administration had earlier given an access card but later refused on instructions of their hierarchy.

The First School Leaving Certificate examination ended today in Cameroon. For the past two days, there has been a timid participation in the Angloohone regions of Cameroon, partly due to the crsis. Education stakeholders focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the course of the examination.

One person is missing off the shore of Idenau after a boat was capsized yesterday. This happened as several persons dived into the sea to rescue goods swept away by strong waves. The boat left Calabar in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and failed to anchor properly as the engines automatically stopped working.

The government of Cameroon says it has provided 10% of the close to 90 billion francs needed for the reconstruction of the North West and South West regions. PM Joseph Dion Ngute has therefore launched an appeal for friends of Cameroon to assist financially. He held a meeting with diplomatic representatives in Cameroon.

The Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda says all 4000 bags of rice removed from the ORCA warehouse in Yaounde were distributed to the 10 Regions of Cameroon through their Governors. Reacting to social media accusations that he and collaborators diverted the stock of rice when the warehouse was tipped to be transformed into a COVID-19 treatment center, the Minister denies any wrong doing.

Seven alleged armed bandits have been presented to the public by elements of the national gendermarie in Nkapa in the Moungo Division, Littoral Region and in Mbouda in the Bamboutos Division of the West Region of Cameroon.
In Nkapa, the bandits were presented as individuals who robbed and raped two women in front of their husbands in Souza two weeks ago. Those presented in Mbouda are said to be individuals accused of terrorising the population.

Inhabitants of Kolofata Sub Division of the Mayo Sava Division of the Far North Region are said to be returning home five years after they fled Boko Haram atrocities. During an installation ceremony in Kolofata, the new Mayor of the council promised to galvanise resources to help the government reconstruct the war ravaged locality.
Kolofata Sub Division is one of the hardest hit localities in the region.

Over 35 famers from Tabinken and Nkambe have received skills on how to produce and multiply the production of banana suckers from the Nkambe Council. As part of the Nkambe Council’s economic growth plan launched two weeks ago, the famers received practical training on macropropagation of Banana/Plantain suckers. The Nkambe council officials say the banana and plantain sector in the municipality was handicaped due to the inadequate propagation techniques.

Hon. Harouna Bougue, CPDM member of Parliament for the Mayo Louti Center in the North Region of Cameroon has died.
He died in a ghastly motor accident this morning, July 22nd 2020 on the Garoua -Ngaoundere highway. He was traveling to Yaounde, from his Mayo Louti constituency.

Hopewell Chin’ono, an award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and government critic, has bee charged with incitement to violence in a magistrates’ court in the capital, Harare. He did not enter a plea. Prosecutor Whisper Mabhaudhi accused Mr Chin’ono of inciting Zimbabweans to join a planned anti-government protest during the coronavirus outbreak, which showed “no regard for human life”, news agency AFP quoted the prosecutor as saying. Mr Chin’ono’s lawyers complained about the circumstances of his arrest on Monday and his stay in custody.

The governor of Nigeria’s south-western Ekiti state says he has tested positive for Covid-19. Governor Kayode Fayemi, in a tweet, said he had handed over power to his deputy to manage critical tasks. He added that he would self-isolate at home for treatment.

The mayor of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare has been arrested over allegations of land scams and abuse of office. Local media reports that Hebert Gomba, a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested by officials from the anti-corruption body. Mr Gomba is being held at Rhodesville police station. The MDC has called his arrest “unconstitutional” and promised to challenge it.

Liberia’s President George Weah has lifted the state of emergency he declared in April to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. He has ordered soldiers who were deployed to enforce the restrictions to immediately return to barracks. The controversial restrictions came to an end on Wednesday, days after the president told worshippers at his private church that he could not continue to keep the country in lockdown.

Officials at some hospitals in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, are warning that their facilities are overwhelmed following a recent spike in Covid-19 cases. The minister for health has written an open letter to aid agencies asking for equipment like testing kits, respirators and protective equipment for health workers, to help fight the pandemic. At one government hospital in Antananarivo, the director says they are already treating 46 patients and only have space for four more.

Ethiopia’s national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, has said investigations are under way to determine the cause of a fire that consumed part of one of its cargo planes at China’s Shanghai Pudong airport on Wednesday. A statement from the airline said that the cargo flight was “on a regular service” from the Chinese city to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Foreign news: BBC

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