Heavily armed soldiers have reportedly surrounded Mavass, one of the villages in Akwaya Subdivision, South West region of Cameroon. Sources in the area say they arrived the village unannounced at 4:00 AM Thursday, and shot four cocoa dealers dead. “The cocoa farmers were seven of them. They were on their way to Nigeria for business when the soldiers opened fire,” narrated a source in the area. (Details in the hours ahead on MMI).
A retired primary school teacher and his wife are being held captive in Kikaikom, Bui in Cameroon’s North West Region. Mr and Mrs John Kinga were kidnapped by suspected separatists on Monday, November 23, 2020. “He is a very discrete man. He was never involved in politics and his wife is just a housewife,” explained a source. The couple have spent four days in captivity already. MMI will revisit this story subsequently as details emerge.
Residents of some parts of Bamenda in the North West region say the rate of kidnappings has spared in their vicinities. Among other factors, they blame the ‘ambsenteesm’ of security forces over the weekend, leaving room for separatist fighters to carry out the acts.
President of the Popular Action Party (PAP), Njang Denise, has suggested that only a discussion of the form of state will stop the crisis in the North West and South West Regions. He maintains only a return to the 1961 constitution will work for Cameroon. He also adds that the crisis cannot be solved under the leadership of President Paul Biya.
A national campaign is underway to sensitise against gender-based violence. The campaign which will go on for 16 days was launched in Yaoundé and was presided over by the Minister of Women Empowerment, Marie Therese Abena Ondoua. During the opening ceremony, it was revealed that at least 60% of women have fallen victim of gender-based violence.
It has been revealed that the National chairman of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) opposition party, Ni John Fru Ndi is on course to chair the first meeting of the party since he returned from the USA. The meeting is convened by the party scribe, Sen. Jean Tsomelu and will bring together all SDF members of Parliament and Senators on December 12, 2020 in Yaoundé.
ELECAM has revealed that polling materials have already been deployed to all divisions of the country ahead of the upcoming December 6th Regional Elections. Many have criticised government’s insistence on carrying out the elections despite the insecurity that reigns across the country. Separatist fighters in the Anglophone Region sent out a warning that anyone who participates in the elections will be killed.
A fatal road accident occured today in Yaoundé in the Essos neighbourhood. According to onlookers, a driver aboard his vehicle reportedly lost control of their car and ran into a roadside bar. No serious casualties have been reported so far.
Cameroon’s economic growth rate is highly dependent on the strength, respect and independence of the country’s Bar Association. This is the opinion of Bar. Derick Mbah, representative of the North West Region Baristers. The lawyer says foreign investors measure the serenity of Cameroon’s business climate through the independence of the Bar and lawyers. He advocates for maximum respect of the Bar by the magistracy sector in Cameroon.
Cameroon’s National Anti-Corruption (CONAC) body has called for a corrupt-free regional elections. The chairman of CONAC, Dieudonne Massi Gams says workers of the body will be deployed throughout the national territory to continue sensitisation against corruption. He warns that corruption is punishable by the law.
Over thirty families are stranded and likely to spend the night in the open air at Ndende quarter, village neighbourhood in Douala. Their houses were demolished earlier today by workers of Douala City Council for constructing in risky zones.
The Cameroon government’s announcement that they will create 500.000 jobs in 2021 has divided Cameroonians. To some, the government has never been truthful to Cameroonians and therefore the statement from PM Joseph Dion Ngute is mere deceit with no political will attached. To others, the government is making efforts to encourage ‘Made in Cameroon’ products that will create jobs.
Model Halima Aden, who was born in Kenya to Somali refugee parents, says she is quitting runway modelling as it compromises her religious beliefs. The 23-year-old US citizen has appeared on the cover of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia and Allure. Writing on Instagram, she said the coronavirus pandemic had given her time to stop and think about what her values are as a Muslim woman.
Roch Christian Marc Kaboré has been re-elected for a second five-year term as the president of Burkina Faso. He took 58% of the vote, according to results released by the electoral commission. His nearest rival, Eddie Komboïgo of the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress, got 16% of the vote.
A group of final-year students stormed out of their secondary school in eastern Kenya on Wednesday night, saying they were tired of studying. Some 80 students left the Matungulu Boys Secondary School compound, leaving only 36 behind, according to The Standard newspaper. The school principal said the students had discipline issues that were being dealt with.
A critically ill Kenyan man, who collapsed in his house and was rushed to hospital, shocked morgue attendants after he regained consciousness as they prepared to embalm him. Peter Kigen, 32, was presumed dead on Tuesday by staff at Kapkatet hospital, in Kericho county, and transferred to the morgue, according to local media. His younger brother who took Mr Kigen to hospital is quoted by the Standard newspaper as saying that a nurse had told him the patient had died before they arrived at the casualty department.
Source Foreign News: BBC
Compiled by Mimi Mefo Info Team