The last time relatives of Mr Ntah Peter Engwo who hails from Batibo, North West region of Cameroon saw him was on September 18 2020. He had no plans to travel – he had scheduled a meeting with one of his brothers who never heard from him till date. “We checked his room, all his belongings are there, no item was taken away, but we have not been able to get to him on phone, this has been devastating to the entire family,” reveals the brother to MMI. MR Ntah Peter was a head teacher at the Benita Bilingual School Nkolfulu in Yaounde. His relatives say they will not give up until he is found.
After four days of campaigning for the regional elections, the government has disbursed part of the funds for political parties running for the election. This has been announced by the Minister of Territorial Administration today. Earlier, candidates complained of financial difficulties during campaigns.
How efficient can weekly public wailing by women help to resolve the Anglophone Crisis? A question many are asking as some women gathered and prayed for peace today in Bamenda. To some critics, without concrete actions by the central government to resolve the crisis, other measures are mainly cosmetic.
2,500 billion francs cfa is the sum CEMAC member states have raised, to finance some key eleven intergrated projects within the sub-region. The huge financial package is expected to boast infrastructural and human development in CEMAC member countries.
Militants of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party, are criticising Cameroon’s judicial service for placing the president of the women’s wing of the party on six-months pre-trial detention. Awasum Mispa Fri has spent her first night in prison .
Eight suspected bandits have been apprehended in Garoua III, Sub-division. Security forces say the process was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the population. Television sets, computers, laptops, phones and other electronic gadgets have been retrieved. The suspected bandits have been terrorising inhabitants of Garoua of recent.
Cameroon truck drivers say they have been stuck in Chad for about a month now. “Since we reached here with the containers we carried from the Douala seaport, Chadians who are owners of these goods have been striking, reason being the increase of the levy they used to pay for a container previously” narrates one of the drivers.
Cameroon football star Samuel Eto’o has paid tribute to deceased president of the Ivory Coast Football Federation, Sidy Diallo. The president was announced dead by the Ivorian Football Federation some days ago, of COVID-19. Samuel Eto’o in his tribute said Mr Diallo did everything within his power to improve football in his country, with great success.
Vietnamese companies exploiting timber in Cameroon have been accused of tax fraud. According to a survey conducted by the Centre for the Environment and Development (CED) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), these companies have often concealed their business transactions and their turnover to by-pass the Cameroonian tax administration.
FIFA Women World Cup: a Cameroonian referee has made the list for the 156 pre-selected referees to officiate the tournament. Carine Atezambong, a referee with the Elite One Championship is one amongst the 19 referees from the African continent approached for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
On security, the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) has inaugurated a third base along the Cameroon – Central African Republic border. The new base has been opened at Gbatoua-Godole, in the district of Meiganga in the Adamawa Region. The ceremony was chaired by the D.O for Meiganga, Max Mbella Edjenguelle.
South African comedian Trevor Noah will host next year’s Grammy awards, the organisers have announced.
Harvey Mason Jr, the chair and interim president of the Recording Academy, said Noah was the “best choice” as host.
Kenyan nurses have issued a 14-day strike notice to the government, citing the lack of a safe working environment. Eighteen nurses have died from Covid-19 after treating patients with the virus, the nurses’ union Secretary General Seth Panyako said. He added that once the strike notice lapses, the healthcare workers will not return to work unless their issues are addressed. They also want the government to declare Covid-19 an occupational hazard and to be provided with comprehensive medical cover.
The authorities in the Tunisian city of Sousse are investigating the death of a woman who fell into an open manhole following heavy rains. Myriam Dhahbi was walking home from work when the incident happened. The 20-year-old died before arriving at hospital, the civil protection brigade which conducted the rescue said.
The leaders of Ethiopia’s Tigray region are using the ongoing conflict to seek international sympathy and to get pardons for their past crimes, the country’s former prime minister has said in an article in the Foreign Policy Magazine. “The key problem in the international community’s approach to Ethiopia is the assumption of moral equivalence, which leads foreign governments to adopt an attitude of false balance and bothsidesism,” said Hailemariam Desalegn, who led the country from 2012 to 2018. The African Union and a growing list of countries around the world have called on the government to hold talks with Tigray leaders to end the conflict which has entered its third week.
One of the most prominent pro-democracy activists in Egypt has been put on a terrorism list, along with more than 20 others, accused of having joined the Muslim Brotherhood. Alaa Abdel-Fattah was one of the key figures in the uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011. He has since served a five year jail sentence and is currently back in detention after being re-arrested in September as the authorities mounted a new campaign in response to small-scale government protests.
A Liberian senatorial candidate in the upcoming polls is promising to free former president Charles Taylor from prison if he wins the election. Menikpakei Dumoe hails from the central Bong County, where Taylor lived when he was a rebel leader in the 1990s. A UN-backed court convicted Taylor of war crimes over his support for rebels who committed atrocities in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war.
Ethiopia’s Letsenbet Gidey and Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir have both been named among the final five nominees for the Female Athlete of the Year award for 2020. The sports’ governing body World Athletics, which was formally known as the IAAF, reduced the nominations from 10 down to five on Tuesday. Three other African athletes missed out on the final list, with Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh alongside Kenyan duo Faith Kipyegon and Hellen Obiri having been among the original 10.
Foreign news: BBC