National and International News Roundup – 23rd June 2020

Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya has in a decree on Tuesday suspended a second grade police inspector Mr. Mbiye Essoke Raymond. He is being accused of compromising the image of the police force by extorting money from road users. Inspector Raymond was caught in the act on the 27th of December, 2018 while on duty.

Dr Sango Martin Ndeh, sacked University of Buea lecturer has described his dismissal by President Biya as abusive. The former lecturer says he failed to go school during 2018/2019 resit exam because of insecurity at Mile 16 where he lives. This contradicts the reason advanced in a Presidential decree that announced his dismissal on Monday.

Some inhabitants of the North West and South West regions say the reconstruction plan in the restive regions is not feasible with the current state of insecurity. Recalling the attacks recorded in the regions on day one of the visit of the PPRD caravan, they say much energy should be directed towards peace before reconstruction.
The North West regional head quarter- Bamenda will for 5 days host the national coordinator for the reconstruction and development plan.
The awareness and sensitisation mission is aimed at helping the economy of the region bounce back after years of continuous violence.

Former Director of the Advanced School of Mass communication (ASMAC) has died at the Yaounde Central hospital after a a brief illness. He was the Director of ASMAC for over 14 years and also served as one of the pioneer editors in chief of the national bilingual daily newspaper, “Cameroon Tribune”. He retired from active service in 2014 while he served as technical adviser to the rector of the University of Yaounde II.

Cameroon has this Tuesday registered 229 new cases of COVID 19 bringing the total number of infected persons to 12270. Meanwhile, 7774 persons have been recovered with 313 deaths according to the Ministry of Public Health. Cameroon by these figure has surpassed the 12000 mark of COVID 19 infections. The ministry is challenging the public to continue to respect the barrier measures of the regular washing of hands with soap and running water, physical distancing and the putting on of face mask in public places or stay home to be safe.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Theophile Baoro says “Cameroon loses more than 2000 trillion FCFA to exports annually”.
Speaking on the occasion of the first ever edition of the Day in Economic patriotism today in Yaounde, he called on the youths in Cameroon to start prioritizing the consumption of home made products, stressing it was a means of showing patriotism for one’s country. His statement was boosted by Minister of Youths and Civic education, Mounouna Fotsou who stated “Our patriotism is based on what we consume”.

The government has been under increased pressure to provide the corpse of Buea based journalist Samuel Wazizi. The Journalist was declared dead by mainstream media on June 2, 2020 and four weeks on, his corpse has not yet been accounted for by the government. The journalist is said to have died due to the tortures he received at the hands of the government forces. Government however refutes these claims, saying he died of a severe sepsis

A 25 years old man is currently on the run after being accused of raping a 4 years old girl in Logbada-Douala. The criminal who is currently wanted by the police in the region is said to have escaped with the complicity of his mistress. She is currently under police custody for further investigations.

Two (2) persons have died in a ghastly motor accident in Koutaba, West Region. The accident happened last night as a bus with over 100 passengers returning from a dowry ceremony lost control and rolled over. Two of the passengers died on the spot while several others sustained serious injuries and are currently undergoing intensive medical care at a local health facility.

Two University dons dismissed from the University of Buea in less than two months. They are Dr Sango Martin Ndeh of the faculty of Arts and Bar. Agbor Felix Balla of the department of law. Critics think there is complicity to keep aside lecturers that do not necessarily agree with government’s handling of affairs.

Militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) in Idenau – South West Region have denounced the attitude of administrative officials for banning their activities. The President, Eyifi Valentine elected recently says this has to end.

Some journalists have recommended government’s decentralisation of communication process in the fight against coronavirus. At the end of a two days seminar held in Douala on reporting coronavirus, the media men regret that government officials sometimes give conflicting information on coronavirus that casts doubts in the minds of Cameroonians.

The national communication officer of the Popular Action Party (PAP) has rubbished government`s reconstruction plan for the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Fabrice Lena in a video released today states that no reconstruction plan to be executed in the present context of insecurity. To him, it’s a government scheme to squander tax payers’ money.

The chairman of the reconstruction plan, Paul Tasong and his Vice, Njong Evaristus entered day two of their sensitisation visit to the North West Region of Cameroon today. The officials held in-camera meeting with representatives of divisions in the region.

Should government temporarily keep aside the handling of other societal issues like; problems of international displaced persons, war in the anglophone regions, water shortage and many others? Kiven Fonyuy Timothy, programme officer of UNICEF in Central Africa sub region says all societal issues be handled collectively to effectively bar the way against coronavirus.

Some five corpses of Cameroonian nationals have been abandoned in a mortuary in Malabo, capital of the neighbourhoring Equatorial Guinea. Following a communique released by Cameroon`s Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea- Lazare MPOULE BALA, the five corpses have been abandoned at Malabo regional hospital mortuary. They were identified as Marisol SIAFA SUAGULU, BEYOME MAKA, MARIE JEANE, ADAMAU ISSA and Honorine DJAUNCUN

CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad says it’s executive committee is yet to decide whether the African Nations’ Championship will hold or not. “There is no need for speculations, ” says Ahmad after reports of how the CHAN competition was annular due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cameroon is host of the games.

A Kenyan policeman has been charged with the murder of 13-year-old Yasin Moyo, who was shot as he stood on a balcony in March watching police enforce a night-time curfew. Duncan Ndiema pleaded not guilty.

Niger’s state prosecutor says there is evidence that the country lost almost $50m (£40m) through a military procurement scandal. A preliminary audit had found more than twice as much money had been lost.

Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown.
From the end of March the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the mill in the northern city of Kano.

The human rights campaign group Amnesty International has called for the end of impunity for rapists in Sierra Leone after the death of a five-year-old girl. The girl, known just as Khadija, died on 17 June from complications after she was raped.

South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased to 30% as the country continues to battle the biggest Covid-19 outbreak on the continent.
The figure reflects the first three months of the year, before the country went into lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Meantime, the health authorities in South Africa are scrambling to contain a coronavirus outbreak at a school in Eastern Cape province after about 180 pupils tested positive.

The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has cancelled an arrest warrant against South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma after his lawyer handed in a doctor’s letter confirming his ill-health.
The arrest warrant was issued in February after Mr Zuma failed to appear in court for a hearing.

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