National And International News Roundup – 25th June 2020

The call by a separatist leader for the kidnap and murder of Women’s Task Force members has met with backlash from civil society organisations and the general public. The orders were dished out on Tuesday in reaction to a SNWOT communiqué made public on Monday. In the dispatch, Sally Mboumien, General Coordinator, South West North West Women’s Taskforce (SNWOT) said the civil disobedience strategy of imposing lockdowns and ghost towns only drowns an already very feeble people into the rivers of pain and misery.

A top CRM party official risks a death sentence at the military tribunal in Yaounde Cameroon. Accused of arms trafficking, rebellion, insurrection and armed rebellion, Engelbert Lebon Datchua is being tried at the military tribunal in Yaounde. He has pleaded not guilty, while his co-accused is detained

A certain Mahop is being hunted in Douala for raping his biological daughter. The man in the Douala III Sub Division is said to have transformed the daughter into a sex machine since she turned 9 years. 15 today, the daughter victim, says the father lured her into his room and forced himself into her when she was still a virgin at 9. She had continuous sex with her father for six years, before revealing to her aunt.

The Minister of public health says after crossing the 10.000 number of COVID-19 treated cases in Cameroon, the country has now entered the third phase of the pandemic.  Dr. Manaouda Malachie says the respect of COVID-19 measures is necessary with Cameroonians encouraged to go for voluntary coronavirus tests.

Soldiers destroyed crops of farmers today in Kumbo in the North West Region. According to victims, the soldiers say restoration fighters planted an local bomb in the area that destroyed a military vehicle. Local farmers say they have been punished for no reason.

The role traditional medicine can play in Cameroon’s health sector was examined today at the National Assembly. Tradi-practitioners explained the necessity for the recognition and empowerment of traditional medicine in the treatment of diseases. Producers of local coronavirus medicines equally gave an explanation to law makers.

Class six pupils in the English sub system of education and their counterparts of the French system have intensified studies ahead of the writing of Common Entrance examination into Form one next Tuesday June 30th.The exam has been postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute says the coronavirus pandemic should be used as a spring board for Cameroon to relaunch it’s industrialisation process by producing and consuming local products. In a cabinet meeting today, he gave instructions to ministers to champion local production.

A huge consignment of illicit drugs has been intercepted by costom officials in the Far North region of Cameroon Thursday June 26th 2020. According to Mefo Jude, the head of the customs unit in the fight against illicit drugs in Caneroon, the seizure was made following a tip off. The drugs including cartons of tramadol, transported in cartons of matches into Maroua

The Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Division – South West Region says contractors who abandoned their projects will soon return to complete them. Threatening defaulters of his call, Ntou’ou Ndong Chamberlain said those who took contracts in Meme, knew the security atmosphere and should not complain. He made the declaration in Kumba, on one of the uncompleted stretches leading to his residence.

Dr Joseph Mofor says internally displaced Anglophones have been forgotten, as private and public energy is directed towards fighting COVID-19. The Anglophone elite and traditional ruler who is playing host to over 300 IDPs in Douala, regrets that the government could not give special COVID-19 aid to IDPs. He says aid is no longer coming and one of the IDPs died as a result.

Tomato vendors in Douala – Cameroon say the closure of borders by neighbourhoring countries to fight COVID-19 has had devastating impact on their business. They say their inability to export the perishables to neighbouring countries has pushed them into dumping in local markets

The outgoing United Nations resident Coordinator in Cameroon says the UN will continue to support Cameroon’s efforts towards development and peace. Allegra Maria Baiochi was speaking during an audience granted by Prime Minister Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, while announcing the end of her stay in Cameroon.

Close to 100 assistant lecturers of the University of Buea have been suspended. Part of the special recruitment of 1000 PhD holders in state universities by the government, the institution says they are still on the official payroll of their former ministries and will only be lecturers when they must have been released by their various ministries.

Students sitting for end of course examinations in Cameron’s secondary schools now have access to revision material online for practical sessions. Advising them to utilise the resources ahead of their upcoming examinations, the Ministry of secondary education says it was done in collaboration with; the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, UNICEF, UNESCO and CRTV.

France says it has spent 200 million FCFA in humanitarian aid for Cameroon’s conflict-hit Anglophone regions. The French Ambassador to Cameroon, Christophe Guilhou today announced that his government will assist the reconstruction project in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon with an additional 40 billion francs CFA.

Madam Eposi Mbwaye Florence is the new mayor of the Limbe One Council in Cameroon’s South West region. She was unanimously elected by acclamation this afternoon during an extra ordinary council session today. She takes over from late Mayor Rodanny Mbua Mokako.

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“The government should scrupulously respect the Cameroon criminal procedure code, and articles 5 and 7 of the African Charter for human and Peoples’ rights”. This is the wish of human rights group, RHEDAC which has criticised the arrest of Vision 4 journalist, Ernest Obama, terming it “abusive”.

The Yaounde – Sangmelima stretch of road in the Center Region was the scene of an accident that left a lady dead earlier today. Eyewitnesses say seven others were also injured in the accident blamed on over speeding.

The Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan has told the BBC that 47 of its staff members have tested positive for coronavirus with one person having died. It comes as the number of cases in the country nears 2,000 – including at least 10 government ministers. With only 10,000 tests having been carried out so far, health experts have warned that the true number of cases is likely to be much higher.

A mass grave with the bodies of Islamist militants has been discovered by Mozambican security forces in the northern Cabo Delgado province during recent operations against insurgents, a defence ministry press release says. It is assumed that the bodies belong to insurgents killed by government forces in March, when the group first invaded Mocimboa from the beach. The government statement says that in addition to the discovery of the mass grave, soldiers killed six militants and recovered weapons, including a firearm, ammunition and medicines.

A medical charity says thousands of people have fled into the bush following an upsurge of fighting in the east of South Sudan. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has had to suspend activities in the town of Pibor as most of its staff have run away. Fighters from different communities are killing people, raiding cattle and burning homes.

The deputy prime minister of Mauritius has been sacked after the publication of a report into an alleged corruption scandal. The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption of the African Development Bank investigated allegations surrounding a project to install four turbines and develop a thermal power plant. At a press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth described the findings as “very serious”.

A group of young Nigerian filmmakers praised for recreating scenes from the multi-million dollar movie Extraction has been invited to the premiere of the sequel. The Ikorodu Bois have hundreds of thousands of followers online, and have been praised for their work by Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth, who stars in the Netflix film.

Five mixed-race – or métis – women who were taken from their mothers during the colonial era by force in Belgian-Congo are taking the Belgian state to court for crimes against humanity. The five women, all in their 70s, were born to Congolese mothers and white settler fathers in the 1940s and were brought up in the first years of their lives in a convent in the centre of the Belgian colony, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reports. In all about 20,000 children are believed to have been similarly affected. Most fathers refused to acknowledge the paternity of their children.

Foreign news: BBC

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