National And International News Roundup – 27th July 2020

Despite threats from the Limbe city Mayor to punish business persons who will continue to respect Monday ghost towns,
most business places remained closed today across the city. Business persons in Limbe advanced fears of separatists to justify staying home. The council sealed some of their shops today.

Elements of the National gendamerie have intercepted some men of the underworld who stole a grader belonging to a Chinese road construction company in Bangante in the Nde Division of the West Region. They were caught at Obala in the Center Region, transporting the machine to Yaounde. The road construction machine went missing Sunday July 26th 2020.

Less than two weeks after the declaration of the first COVID-19 cases in Nkambe, the chief town of the Donga Mantung Division, the number of cases has soared. Misaje Sub Division has announced its first Covid-19 cases at the Misaje health district. Sources say the cases are a man and women in their late 60s.

The announced Coronavirus in Misaje has created panic amongst Misaje inhabitants. To limit the spread, the Member of Paliament for Ako/Misaje special constituency Hon. Abe Michael has offered anti covid-19 kits to the population. The kits comprise of 2000 face masks, 10 cartons of soap, 30 buckets with tap.

The President of the Cameroon Athletics Federation has announced the resumption of outdoor activities of the federation by August this year. According to Emmanuel Motombi Mbome, the move is to enable the athletes prepare for the African games and the Olympics coming up next year.

A new building is to be constructed to host the national treasury in Yaounde. This was announced by the pay master general of the treasury today. Eluweh Emmanuel mentioned that following damages caused by a fire incident at the treasury at the weekend. Work resumed in the office today.

The Divisional Officer of Lokonje Sub Division in the South Region of Cameroon is still in detention in a gendamerie brigade . Frank Eyono Ebanga is accused of shooting his girl friend to death at the weekend.

A 70 year old, Severin Nvogo is in detention at the Okola gendamerie for stabbing his son Nkoa Nvogo to death. This happened in Metack village, Lekie Division in the Center Region of Cameroon.

How to compel people in Bamenda and the rest of the North west region to respect COVID-19 preventive measures preoccupies the administration. At the weekend, Governor Adolf Lele L’Afrique sealed some business places for non respect of these measures.

Government has promised a positive response to demands made by the Cameroon Employers’ Trade Union, GICAM on how to ameliorate the economic situation crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. This, PM Dion Ngute stated today in a video meeting with officials of GICAM.

Cameroonians working at Sinomach company in Bachenga, Center Region decry what they call “technical dismissal” method put in place by the company. The workers say they have been on technical leave for four months while 50% of their salaries promised to them while on leave has not been paid. Officials of the company have not reacted to the accusations.

Officials from the European Union have declared Uganda’s parks as officially open to tourism after making symbolic visits at the weekend. The Ugandan tourism industry is now hoping the government will open the country’s airspace soon, to allow flights carrying foreign visitors. Tourism, which earns Uganda $1.6bn (£1.2bn) a year, has suffered huge losses since the country was shut down in March to contain coronavirus.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has unveiled a locally-assembled electric car from Marathon Motor, a joint venture between Korean auto giant Hyundai and Haile Gebreselassie, most famous for his achievements as a long-distance runner. The prime minister’s office said that the project came about after Mr Abiy convinced Hyundai’s CEO to establish an electric car assembly plant. The plant, which opened in March, has a capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended a nationwide night-time curfew for a further one month following a surge in coronavirus cases in the country. He also announced a ban on the sale of alcohol in all restaurants while bars will remain closed indefinitely. He made the announcement after meeting regional governors on Monday to assess the country’s Covid-19 response.

Police in Nigeria say they have dropped the investigation into a rape allegation made against popular Nigerian musician D’Banj. “[It] was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” Police spokesperson, Umar Sanda, was quoted as saying by local media. D’banj, whose real name is Oladapo Oyebanjo, was accused by a woman, Seyitan Babatayo, of raping her in 2018 in a hotel in Lagos.

A Tanzanian football club has sacked its Belgian coach over alleged indecent and discriminatory remarks directed at the club’s fans. Young Africans Sports Club, locally known as Yanga, said it was disturbed by the comments attributed to its coach Luc Eymael. His sacking took effect on Monday and the club said it will ensure he leaves the country immediately, according to an announcement posted on Twitter.

Foreign news: BBC

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