National And International News Roundup – 28th July 2020

International Container Terminal Services (ICTS), a Filipino company will for the next 25 years run the Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT) at the Kribi Deep Seaport. A convention for the management of the multipurpose Container Terminal of the Kribi Deep Seaport was signed by Patrice Melom for the Port and Kathy Magne for ICTS in Cameroon today.

Foka Lawrence, has given up the ghost at the Banso Baptist Hospital. He was held by separatist fighters and was released few days to his demise. He was allegedly tortured while in captivity, worsening his condition. Sources say following media outings of the Fon of Babessi, there has been a rise in tensions between separatist fighters who declared a two months ghost town and the armed forces.

Goods worth over 10 millions have been lost as a boat sank off the coast of Idenau in the South West region of Cameroon. The cargo boat left Calabar Nigeria to Idenau in Cameroon before the unfortunate incident.

The sum of 11.6 million francs cfa that disappeared from the Divisional Delegation of basic education in Meme Division has been found. The Delegate of basic education, Mukwelle Beatrice who has been in detention is said to have handed the money to the SDO for Meme. The Delegate, before candidates could write First School Leaving Certificate and Common Entrance Examinations announced that the money was taken away by amba boys. It remains unclear how she got the sum.

Irate workers of Cameroon airline company  (CAMAIRCO) say they won’t relent in demanding for the payment of their four months salary arrears. They have been staging peaceful protests in front of the company’s office in Bonanjo, Douala.

Banditry and armed robbery are gaining grounds in Nkambe – Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region. At least 10 shops and business centers have been attacked and goods taken away in less than a week. Victims are pointing accusing fingers at members of the vigilante group in Nkambe.

There have been diverse reactions from Cameroonians following a viral video released by a US based primary care physician. Dr. Stella Immanuel says she has treated over 350 COVID-19 patients. She concludes that COVID-19 has a cure contrary to the general believe. Some Cameroonians think COVID-19 is politically motivated for the interest of a few people.

Dr Eugene Ateh says the trip to Buea should not only be viewed as the restoration of the statehood of the former independent British Southern Cameroon, but also as the seat of the federated State of West Cameroon. Speaking on Equinox television, he said Buea which was and will remain the capital of West Cameroon, should be used as a venue for Anglophone Separatists, Confederalists Federalists and Unionists to meet and agree on a common position.

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, Ni John Fru Ndi says Anglophones must reconcile themselves and look towards the same direction or fight to lose. Speaking from the United States of America, the Chairman asked Anglophones to stop and restrategise in the fight for their rights.

Two teenagers have died in Kossala II, Kumba in the Meme Division of the South West Region of Cameroon after consuming porridge, a dish made out of Irish potatoes. Local sources say Achamo Perry and Achamo Junior died shortly after consuming the food with their elder sister Achamo Blessing. Achamo Blessing is currently hospitalised in a critical condition.

Indigenes of Koutaba in the Noun Division of the West region of Cameroon have expressed discontent over the abandonment of the Koutaba airport. Constructed and abandoned in the ‘bush’, the Koutaba airport has been invaded by wild and domestic animals, grass and rust. They say the airport lacks a rescue or fire fighting unit, and in case of an accident, the entire structure with its aircrafts will be burnt down completely.

Two percent of Cameroon’s population live with hepatitis B and three percent with hepatitis C. These patients according to health officials spend 50 000 to 250,000 frs monthly for treatment, which is far above the monthly income of an average Cameroonian. With the border closure within the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials say the cost of hepatitis treatment has increased, raising fears that many patients will not be able to afford treatment.

The International Federation of Journalists has called the repealing of Sierra Leone’s criminal libel law “a great victory for freedom of information”. The law, which meant people could be jailed for libellous statements, was repealed on 23 July. Before that, people could be jailed for up to three years, whether or not what they wrote was true.

Three Sudanese migrants were shot dead on Monday night after their boat was intercepted by the Libyan coastguard and they had been returned to shore. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says that the local authorities opened fire when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point at Al Khums. The migrants were among 70 disembarking from a vessel that was intercepted and sent back by the Libyan coast guard, reports Reuters news agency.

Nearly 45 million people in the southern Africa risk going hungry as a result of drought, floods and coronavirus, a regional bloc representing 16 nations says. Coronavirus has hit the urban poor especially hard, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) says. Restrictions on movement make it difficult for them to go out to trade. Unemployment is up, businesses have been forced to close and remittances have decreased.

Zimbabwean police say they are searching for 14 opposition officials and activists for questioning ahead of Friday’s planned anti-government protest. An opposition politician who is organising the demonstration was arrested last week and charged with inciting violence. A freelance journalist is facing similar charges for encouraging Zimbabweans to take part in the protests. The police’s list released to the state media includes opposition MP Job Sikhala, a trade union leader, opposition youth leaders and political activists.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has faced criticism after listing only one woman in the renaming of railway stations. On Monday, Mr Buhari named 23 train stations after “deserving Nigerians” seen to have contributed to the progress and development of their communities and the country. Among those named were former Nigerian leaders, serving ministers and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $4.3bn (£3.3bn) loan to South Africa to help it deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the economy. South Africa is the hardest hit country on the continent with nearly 450,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. This is the first time in its history the country is receiving an IMF loan.

Foreign news: BBC

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