Five houses in the town of Nkongsamba were today completely consumed by wild flames, leaving the occupants stranded and without further solutions as all their belongings were consumed by the flames. It is reported that the fire easily spread to other houses due to the lack of water. The cause of the fire is remains unknown.
President Paul Biya was unusually absent from the graduation ceremony of fresh cadets from the Combined Services Military Academy, EMIA today. Unlike in previous times, the President was represented by Defence Minister, Joseph Beti Assomo.
The United Nations Development Program, UNDP launched it’s accelerator laboratory, Acclab in Cameroon today. The initiative is set to tackle global development challenges as well as encourage youth innovations in the country. The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Vocational raining, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
The Mount Cameroon race of hope takes place in Buea tomorrow. Unlike past editions, this year’s race will see the competitors in different categories take off at different times as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. This year’s race will also be marked by intense security measures due to rising insecurity in the South West region.
Cameroonian artist, Salatiel has released his maiden album, Africa Represented. Despite having produced several hitsongs for many artists, he was yet to release a full project. His album features a number of local and international acts including Teni, Sauti Sol and Stonebway.
A group of nine gang members was today arrested and presented to the public in Bafoussam by elements of the Gendarmerie. They were reportedly carrying their operations in the Menchum Division, North West Region where they committed acts such as kidnapping and asking for ransoms.
A 30-years old man in the town of Maroua is reportedly battling for his life as he was stabbed during a scuffle. The stab wound on his collarbone may prove deadly in the long run to his health. The fight is said to have arisen from an argument that somehow turned violent.
Lawmakers in Senegal have voted to lift the immunity of leading opposition MP Ousmane Sonko, who has been accused of rape – allegations he denies. Mr Sonko finished third in the 2019 presidential elections, and is considered a strong future presidential contender in the West African state, the AFP news agency reports.
The house of RFI’s correspondent in Niger was attacked and burnt amid tensions about the results of a presidential run-off held on Sunday, the French broadcaster said. Moussa Kaka was targeted on Thursday because he was a journalist, the French radio station said, condemning the attack. Former Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling party’s candidate, was declared the winner, which opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane is contesting, alleging fraud.
Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus jabs as part of the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax. Half a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from a plant in India. Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé welcomed their arrival, saying the fight against the pandemic must be done democratically.
judge in Paris has ruled that the corruption trial of a leading French industrialist should go ahead, despite his guilty plea. The court decided that the case against Vincent Bolloré was so serious that it should not be settled, as agreed with prosecutors, with a $450,000 (£323,000) fine. Mr Bolloré and two others had already accepted their guilt in bribing an official in Togo to win a contract to run the port of Lomé a decade ago.
Rwanda’s high court has rejected a request by the man portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the Rwandan genocide to move his trial on terrorism charges to Belgium. Paul Rusesabagina had said at the opening of the trial earlier this month that he was being held illegally as he was Belgian, and no longer held Rwandan nationality. But the court in the capital, Kigali, has ruled that Mr Rusesabagina did not legally renounce his Rwandan nationality, it does not view him as a “Belgian hostage” and so the trial should continue.
Foreign news: BBC