The police today cracked down on women who were out to demonstrate against the killing of seven children in Kumba. The women were intercepted by the military today in Yaounde and even denied access into their meeting headquarters in the Odza neighbourhood. Several of such demonstrations have been taking place nationwide since the assassination of school children on 24th October, 2020.
French forward Kilian Mbappe has reacted to the killing of school children in Kumba. The influential Paris Saint Germain (PSG) forward Tweeted the trending hashtag #EndAnglophoneCrisis and joins an illustrious list of high-profile individuals to react to the incident from the football world. Cameroonians meanwhile, have continuously slammed Samuel Eto’o Fils who is equally a goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, for his silence over the issue.
Mary Nkeh, a popular Kumba-based Evangelist who challenged Minister of Territorial Administration Paul Atanga Nji’s biblical quotation is safe and sound in her home. In an exclusive interview with My Media Prime TV, the woman reiterated her point that leaders in Cameroon should rule the people with the fear of God. Sister Mary Nkeh today confirmed she is fine contrary to earlier reports that she had been arrested by the security forces after her outing against the minister. Sister Mary Nkeh said she was never arrested but was rather guided out of the town hall after her face-off with the minister.
The Network for the Defence of Human Rights in Central Africa says the government has an obligation to call for a ceasefire to end the Anglophone crisis. In a press conference in Douala, the director of RHEDAC condemned the killing of children in Kumba while calling on the government to bring perpetrators to book.
Cameroon Minister of Communication says one of those who attacked and killed students in a private school in Kumba has been killed by the military. Rene Emmanuel Sadi says the boy killed is called Wonke. He appreciated the collaboration of locals of Kumba.
Militants of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party have mourned the kids killed in Kumba. Women of the party marched to UNICEF office in Yaounde to denounce the killings. CRM Party say they will not respect day of national mourning called by president Paul Biya.
People living with disabilities in Douala have joined their voices in denouncing the manslaughter in Kumba. They marched to the governor’s office today and handed a petition to be forwarded to the president. To them, children remain their source of strength, thus should not be killed in the course of war.
A four-storey building today collapsed in the economic capital, Douala in the New Bell neighbourhood. The incident occurred today at about 7:15 am. Luckily, there were no human casualties aside from the numerous collateral damages incurred. Neighbours close to the building say occupants of the building were not in it at the time of collapse, fortunately averting a disaster that may have been fatal.
The Fire-fighters unit in Douala are calling on people living around a collapsed building at Carrefour Monkam, New Bell to quit. Following the collapse of part of the building under construction today, it still poses a threat to inhabitants. Three persons were wounded.
The Cameroon League One season is set to begin on November 1st as Cotton Sport faces Panthére Sportif de Ndé. This opening encounter will take place at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
A leadership tussle continues at the helm of Cameroon Football Professional League (LFPC). While the President, General Pierre Semengue has set the date for the resumption of the championship on the 1st of November 2020, other key members of the league say the body has been dissolved.
A British politician says the UK government “trained and supplied equipment” to Nigeria’s reviled Special Armed Robbery Squad, or Sars, over a period of four years. Labour MP Kate Osamor tweeted that the assistance was given from 2016 until this year. Thousands of young Nigerians across the country, as well as many in the UK and elsewhere in the diaspora, have protested in recent weeks against the police unit which has become synonymous with unlawful killings, torture and extortion.
Primary and secondary schools in Tunisia are to close for 12 days as part of new measures against coronavirus. A huge surge of infections over the past month has seen cases increase by more than 1,000 per day. Close to 1,000 people have died since the virus hit Tunisia in March – and most of those deaths have been in the past two months alone.
Hundreds of people have gathered in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, demanding a boycott of French goods amid a row over Emmanuel Macron’s defence of secular values. The French president was speaking after a teacher was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed – but many have said his comments were Islamophobic. It has coincided with an annual ceremony organised by religious scholars to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabawi – the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
Suspected Islamist militants have killed 18 people in the restive north-eastern Nord Kivu province, the latest incident in a region where the army and UN forces are fighting several armed groups. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were responsible for the attack in Bayeti village, Mamove locality in Beni territory, local officials said.
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has repealed a 55-year-old libel law that has been used by successive governments to jail journalists. Among other things, truth did not serve as a defence under the Criminal and Seditious Libel Law, which also allowed for pre-trial detention. Journalists in Sierra Leone have called it “a watershed moment” or even “Liberation Day”.
The police in Zimbabwe have confirmed the arrest of at least six people in a high profile gold-smuggling case. It follows the arrest on Monday of Henrietta Rushwaya, 53, the head of an artisanal miners’ association. She was arrested while carrying six kilogrammes of gold in her hand luggage at Harare International Airport as she was travelling to Dubai.
Liberian President George Weah will not seek a third term in office, his chief of staff has said. The West African country in preparing for a referendum on proposed changes to the constitution to reduce the number of years in a presidential term from six to five.
Police in Zambia have summoned two journalists from a privately owned TV station for questioning over a reportedly leaked budget speech presented to parliament last month. Diamond Television said its chief executive, Costa Mwansa, and head of news, George Chomba, have been asked to appear before police today.
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