National And International News Roundup – 27th May 2020

Catholic Universities in Cameroon will not resume lectures come 1st June.
According to a communiqué signed by the Archbishop of the Douala Metropolitant Diocese Mgr Samuel Kleda and some other Archbishop’s of different Regions, students of Catholic Universities will not resume school due to Covid-19. The Archbishops added that the situation of the pandemic is not yet under control in the country, so they won’t risk the lives of their students by asking them to resume lectures. The students were asked to stay home and keep on revising their notes while waiting for a resumption date.

The National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms in collaboration with the UN Development Program and the Cameroon National Youth Council have handed protective kits to the Yaounde Principal and Central prisons. The sanitation kits handed yesterday are to enable them maintain COVID-19 prevention measures.

A group of young people and some children at the Ambas bay neighbourhood in Limbe, South West Region have asked God to eradicate the Coronavirus so that they can go back to school.
On their own without the consent of their parents, the kids came together to pray to end COVID-19, so that learners, especially those in the Anglophone Regions can go back to school after over three years without school.

The member of parliament for Bamusso Sub Division in the Bakassi peninsular says people in bushes should be at the centre of the goverment reconstruction plan in the war hit North West and South West Regions for peace to be achieved. Honourable Ngale Daniel Etongo was speaking in Bamusso during his come home to thank those who braved death threats, came out and voted him during last February 9 elections

Inhabitants of Ndop, Ngoketunjia Division of the Northwest Region have expressed worries over a decision taken by local administrators to lock businessess. According to the angry inhabitants, a decision from the Senior Divisional Officer suspended the circulation of commercial Motorcycles, taxis and business activities for an indefinite period. The inhabitants believe they are being punished because they respected ghost town.

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) Ni John Fru Ndi says his party will come stronger, to the surprise of those who think the party should be forgotten. In his SDF 30th anniversary declaration, Ni John Fru Ndi said the SDF among other things brought democracy to Cameroon with six of its members paying the ultimate price. He says the SDF remains the only genuine opposition in Cameroon

Cameroon’s former Minister of Public health Andre Mama Fouda is back into government after over two years of unemployment. Mama Fouada has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of CHRACERH (the Hospital Center for Research and Application in Endoscopic Surgery and Human Reproduction)

The University of Buea asserts it is ready for school resumption come June 1st. The Vice Chancellor of the University today inspected newly installed devices in the school’s student restaurant.

21-year old Mbun Desmond from the North West Region has launched an appeal for funds to assist him with his engineering work. With several works to his creation, he says he desires to build a prototype human carrier electric car. “I need components or materials to put them together. I have many other projects on my mind but can’t afford materials or working tools like hand drilling machine, welding machine and others” he explains.

Residents of Nkolbisson, around the Catholic University in Yaounde were left stranded today as parts of the area were flooded. Road users were forced to either brave the floods and walk through the dirty water filled with all sorts of things or be ready to pay 500frs to be transported.

Six persons have been arrested in Yaounde for theft and aggression. The key actor has sent some young men to attack rearers and bring their animals to him. The young men were however apprehended and revealed that they had been promised pay to do so..

The final list of three thousand basic education teachers has been published. The Minister of basic education in a press conference this afternoon said the selection process was transparent. Laurent Serge Etoudi Ngoa remarked that the recruitment is part of the measures to address teachers/pupil ratio in government nursery and primary schools in Cameroon.

Two bodies have been discovered at the banks of a river in Batoke -Limbe in the South West Region of Cameroon. Witnesses say five Muslim faithfuls drowned in the river at the weekend and three were rescued.

To get pupils and students of examination classes prepared to start school next week is pre occupying the government. The Minister of scientific research and innovation has handed over face masks and sanitisers to the three ministries of education.

Some teachers’ trade unions in Bamenda, North West are criticising government plans to reopen schools next Monday June 1. Afuh Stephens, speaking to Canal 2 TV said children of school going age are adventurous and cannot strickly follow COVID-19 preventive measures. He fears that government might be exposing the students during this period of a health crisis.

Samuel Wazizi, a Buea journalist is expected at the Buea High Court tomorrow. His defending lawyers filed a habeas corpus application for the second time. He was arrested in August 2019 and since then has been held incommunicado.

The UN says at least 38 people have been killed by an armed group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They were killed in a series of attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. A local monitoring groups says nearly 500 civilians have been killed by the ADF since the launch of an army offensive against the group in November.

Félicien Kabuga, who was detained earlier this month on charges relating to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has called the accusations against him “lies”, the Reuters news agency reports. Mr Kabuga was one of the most wanted people accused of being involved in the slaughter. He is alleged to have been one of the main financiers of ethnic Hutu extremists who killed 800,000 people. They were targeting members of the minority Tutsi community, as well as their political opponents.

Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan and a co-accused have been freed on bail after being charged under the Electronic and Postal Communications Act. He was detained by police after a video of him laughing at an old photo of the president was widely shared. Sultan is accused of using someone else’s Sim card while his his co-accused has been charged for failing to report the change of the Sim card possession.

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has tested positive for coronavirus, making him the second cabinet minister to have Covid-19. Information Minister Dora Siliya went public about her test results last weekend in order to fight the stigma associated with the virus, she told the BBC. The health minister’s test results were announced at a press briefing updating the nation on the latest figures. In the last five days, Zambia has recorded 137 new cases, bringing the new total to 1,057.

The rights group Amnesty International is calling on the Tunisian authorities to halt the prosecution of blogger Emna Chergui, whose trial is set to begin on Thursday. The 27-year-old blogger is being prosecuted for sharing a satirical post about coronavirus on her social media account that looks like a verse from Islam’s holy book, the Koran. If convicted, Ms Chergui could face a prison sentence of up to three years.

The council of Burundi’s Catholic bishops says its observers noticed irregularities in last week’s general election that put the reliability of the results into question. In an audio announcement, the council said its more than 2,700 observers deployed to polling stations around the country witnessed incidents of multiple voting, voting for dead people and refugees, voters being forced to choose certain candidates, unauthorised people involved in vote counting. On Monday, the electoral commission announced that Evariste Ndayishimiye of the governing CNDD-FDD party won the presidential election.

(Foreign news: BBC)

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