Two teenagers are being detained by security officials in Garoua. They were caught with human skulls suspected to be for rituals. The 19-year-olds say they were obliged to carry out the act.
Cameroon’s Minister of public health says the country has signed a partnership contract for the implementation of universal health coverage. Many say the move which minister Manaouda Malachie described as historic should have come a long time ago, facilitating access to health care services.
Bamenda residents have been urged by veterinary officials to be mindful of what they eat. This comes after an infection was noticed in a slaughtered cow today at Mendankwe. The carcass was buried after being declared not for consumption.
Some 15 equipped modern houses in Yaounde and 7 others in Douala have been officially handed to players of Cameroon’s Italia’90 football squad. This was in a ceremony chaired by sports and physical education Minister, Narcisse Kombi Mouelle. The squad was the first ever African side to reach the world cup quarterfinals.
Stephen Eta Tataw, former Captain of Cameroon national football team begins the journey to his final resting place tomorrow. His remains will be removed from the mortuary tomorrow Friday and will be buried on Saturday in Yaounde.
Officials in the border town of Ekok in the South West region have held a security meeting after 15 workers were kidnapped by gunmen today. The kidnappers, reports say have demanded a ransom of 5 million FCFA to secure their release. Ekok is a border town with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
China-based Cameroonian students on scholarship have raised worries over the treatment they receive from government. Among other duties, they say the Cameroon government is supposed to pay them stipends monthly but has been failing to do so. Embassy officials remain mute over the allegations.
Subcontractors of electricity distribution company, ENEO have threatened to embark on a two-week strike for unpaid bills. They say their strike action will start on August 31 as they accuse ENEO body of owing them some FCFA 6 billion.
Canada has assisted the Cameroon government with the sum of 400 million FCFA to fight COVID-19. To be channelled through UNICEF, the aid is expected to be used during the resumption of the 2020/2021 school year.
Members of the national commission for the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism have been visiting ministries in Yaounde emphasising the importance of the use of two official languages. They acknowledged the fact that most official documents in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon are published only in the French language.
Liberia’s President George Weah has come under criticism for not personally receiving a petition from protesters campaigning for anti-rape laws to be strengthened. This follows a rise in attacks with close to 1,000 rape cases reported since January. For three days hundreds of people have marched through the capital, Monrovia. Some are angry that Mr Weah has not spoken out on the issue – especially after he pledged to guarantee women’s rights and has even described himself as Liberia’s “feminist in chief”.
The Egyptian authorities say they’ll refer more than 50 million voters for prosecution, because they failed to cast their ballots in a recent Senate election. The electoral commission’s decision was a response to the poor turnout. Only 14% of voters took part.
Togo has become the first African country to eliminate sleeping sickness as a public health problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It received “validation” of the sickness’ elimination after not reporting a single case in the past 10 years, the WHO added. “Togo is a pathfinder in eliminating sleeping sickness, a disease which has threatened millions of Africans,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa.
A Kenyan governor and four of his children have been arraigned in court over the alleged embezzlement of public funds amounting to 73m Kenyan shillings ($675,000; £511,000). Governor Okoth Obado of Migori county in western Kenya is accused of indirectly receiving the money through his children – who received multiple payments from companies trading with the county government.
Mali’s coup leaders say that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been released from detention, and is at his home. He was arrested during last Tuesday’s military takeover and hours later announced his resignation as president. The coup came amid growing dissatisfaction over the government’s handling of the economy and the jihadist conflict in the north.
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