All of Cameroon’s ten regions will now be autonomous in terms of testing for the coronavirus. Minister Manaouda Malachie says this is thanks to the purchase of 100,000 rapid antigen tests, in addition to the 45,000 molecular tests available throughout the country. Cameroon currently has over 5,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
1.5 billion francs CFA alongside medical and health kits have been donated to the Ministry of public health in Cameroon for the fight against the coronavirus as of May 29th 2020. The minister Dr. Manaouda Malachie made public a list of individuals, groups and companies that have offered assistance.
Schools have resumed today in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon for examination students. Yesterday, students and teachers respected Monday traditional ghost town. Administrative authorities visited some schools today to monitor the resumption.
Lectures have started at the University of Buea in the South West Region. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Horace Manga took time to educate students on how to stay safe from coronavirus at the Open Amphitheatre .
Cameroon’s Minister of sports, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi has embarked on an inspection of football infrastructures in the West Region. His first stop was the Bafang municipal stadium. It is not clear when the African Football Championship (CHAN) will take place in Cameroon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A body of a presumed bandit has been deposited in a mortuary in Douala. He was shot dead while in an attempt to attack a business man in a hotel at Bonamousadi. Elements of the gendarmerie launched an attack against the gang of three killing one and capturing two others.
“Buea High court has been rendered helpless in the face of the trial of Samuel Wazizi”. That is a declaration of Bar. Nkea Emmauel, lead lawyer defending journalist Samuel Wazizi. The lawyer says the defense team is considering seeking the assistance of the United Nation’s human rights committee. The trial of Wazizi comes up on the 9th of June in Buea.
The head of the discipline, cultural and educational activities department of the Bafoussam prison has been dismissed. Reports say he was sent packing due to the May 13th, 2020 escape of Inès Laure Kamto who was serving a sentence for theft. The lady in question escaped from the Bafoussam regional hospital where she was hospitalised.
At least three people have died in a motor accident along the Limbe road – South West Region of Cameroon. The accident that occurred around Moliwe yesterday led to the burning of two of the three vehicles involved in the accident.
The dead bodies of five Cameroon soldiers have been taken out of the border locality of Otu in the South West Region. They were taken out with the help of a military helicopter due to the numerous roadblocks set up by separatist fighters.The soldiers are said to have been killed after a football game organised by the Mayor of Eyumojock that outraged Separatist fighters.
A suspected thief is in hospital in the Douala V district after a mob beat him to near death. Their action came after he was caught stealing at the Cité Sic neighbourhood last night. He was almost lifeless and had broken legs when the angry mob let him be taken to the hospital.
Patients and staff of hospitals in Kumbo in the North West Region don’t know when next they will get supplies from out of the town. This is as a result of a prolonged road blockade by separatist fighters in Ndop. The separatist fighters extended a lockdown they imposed after council authorities sealed shops that were not opened during the last lockdown. Over the weekend, videos on social media showed some desperate individuals walking to Bamenda due to the lack of adequate transportation means.
The Governor of the South West Region Bernard Okalia Bilai has revealed that seperatist attacks are in an exponential rise in his Region. According to blogger Boris Bertold, the Governor made the revelation in a very confidential letter addressed to the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon. While demanding military reinforcement in the area, the Governor said the increased attacks have been favoured by the withdrawal of the BIR from Konye, Big Banjo, Balangi in the Meme and Ekona in the Fako
Several items have been taken away from the Moudalifa Mosque in the Douala II Sub Division following a robbery attack. According to officials of the Mosque, the robbery took place on the night of Monday June 1st, 2020. Items taken include: money, a Koran and other valuables.
Maurice Kamto of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party says he and his supporters will fight the scheme to unconstitutionally and undemocratically transfer power at the helm of Cameroon even with their lives. In a message to his supporters and sympathisers, Maurice Kamto called on Cameroonians to be on high alert, and ready to fight any attempt to transfer power at the helm of the country. He says they have information that a scheme is being prepared to twist the constitution to favour an undemocratic transfer of power.
US president Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell protests in some parts of the country. This comes after some protests turned violent with stores looted. The protests erupted days back after a black man, George Floyd died in the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis.
Zimbabwean troops and police have blocked thousands of people from entering central Harare because of a spike in coronavirus cases. Buses, trucks, and private cars were held up and only essential workers such as health workers were allowed to proceed. Shops in the central business district were ordered to close. No similar action was reported in other urban centres. Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC party said the government was using the measure to inhibit opponents.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been named as one of the countries which lost the most primary rainforest in the world in 2019. The DRC lost 475,000 hectares of forest, second only to Brazil, which lost more than a million hectares of forest in the Amazon, according to Global Forest Watch. The report said that most of the primary forest loss in the DRC “still appears to be in cyclical agriculture areas which typically feed local populations, but there is emerging evidence that some may be tied to large-scale commercial logging, mining and plantations”.
Poachers have killed at least six elephants in just one day at Mago National Park in southern Ethiopia. The park’s warden described the incident as a “massacre”. The poachers used more than 30 bullets on just one elephant, Ganabu Balmy told the BBC. All of the elephants were from the same group who were drinking at the Omo river when they were attacked. They were found with their tusks missing.
Ethiopia’s attorney general has said the authorities there are preparing an investigation after human rights group Amnesty International released a report saying security forces were involved in extrajudicial killings. Among the accusations in the report, which it released on Friday, was that 39 people were shot dead by security forces in Oromia regional state in 2019. Attorney General Adanech Abiebie declined to issue a specific response to the report, instead saying that the authorities still need to look into its veracity.
Health officials in Mozambique say there’s growing discrimination against people suspected of being infected with coronavirus. In the central city of Beira, there are reports that those infected have been threatened with lynching. This led to a fall in the number of people going to clinics to report flu-like systems. Health workers are trying to convince communities to seek medical help when needed.
The Rwandan government has denied reports that it expelled 18 Chinese nationals for making employees work long hours. The reports circulating online said that President Paul Kagame had ordered for the deportation. However, the ministry of foreign affairs tweeted that the reports were “fake news”.
The two main sides of Libya’s civil war have agreed to resume stalled ceasefire talks on how to end months of fighting, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has said. The UN mission in statement on Tuesday urged both parties to “commit to fully authorising their representatives in the negotiations to enable them to complete the ceasefire agreement”. Libya’s conflict pits the UN-backed government against forces loyal to Russian ally Gen Khalifar Haftar. Gen Haftar walked out of the initial talks held in Moscow in January without signing a deal.
A Kenyan boy is among this year’s recipients of state commendations for his invention of a handwashing machine. Nine-year-old Stephen Wamukota used wood to suspend a jerrycan of water and create a pedal to be used to dispense water and soap and avoid contact. He had told his mother that the available hand-washing facilities in his hometown in western Kenya were exposing people to coronavirus through contact. His father, who is a carpenter, helped him build his handwashing machine.
(Foreign news: BBC)