National And International News Roundup – 30th July 2020

Lawyers defending Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and other Anglophones say the superintendent of Yaounde Central prison has been violating the rights of prisoners. In a statement to the press today, they say one of their clients in the prison, Nganyu Thomas Tangem has been chained in his hospital bed on the instruction of the prison administrator despite his deteriorating health.

The Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung Division, Dr Dooh Simon Nkwenti has reiterated that separatists who escaped from a neighbourhoring Division and are hiding in his Division will be identified and flushed out. Speaking in Nwa, the SDO said Donga Mantung is not a conquered territory for separatists and will not be a hideout for them.

The fifth military regional hospital in Bamenda, North West region is said to be in urgent need of infrastructure. Apart from the old and delapitated structures that host the health unit, officials say the hospital is in urgent need of personel and equipment. The challanges were revealed during the visit of a representative of the Director of military health to the health facility.

The Divisional Officer for Nkambe says school doors in his area of command that were closed last academic year must be reopened for the 2020/2021 academic year, come what may. Speaking while launching a back to school campaign at the Nkambe Town Hall, Mr Ngidah Laurence Che said separatists provoked insecurity that grounded schools in some parts of the Sub Division, has been tackled.

Cameroon as of July 30th 2020 has registered 17,255 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 15,320 have been treated and discharged from the different hospitals, while 387 have died of the pandemic. Out of 1548 active cases, 155 are hospitalised, 9 under oxygen according to the Ministry of publc healh. A total of 149,000 tests have been conducted so far.

An ecumenical service has been organised at Finexs Interurban Transport Agency in honour of gendarmerie officer, Amel, killed at the agency few days ago. During the ceremony, the CEO, Mr Felix Etoundi condemned the killing of the officer and called on his workers to collaborate with the gendarmarie core in the course of their investigation.

An uneasy calm has returned in Nkwen, Travellers and Ngomgham quarters in Bamenda after several gunshots today. At least one person is reported to have died as gunmen battled with the military men.

Many Cameroonians have applauded the communiqué reminding travel agencies that their toilets should be free for all passengers. The Minister of transport declared this after the killing of a gendarme officer at Finexs travel agency on the 22nd of July 2020.

Muslim faithfuls have intensified preparations at home ahead of the celebration of their religious feast tomorrow Friday. Some however complain of the economic impact of coronavirus pandemic that has drastically affected their sources of income.

The Islamic Cultural Association of Cameroon has called on children of less than 15 years and women not go for prayers tomorrow in Mosques to mark the feast of sacrifice. The decision is to reduce the number of people in a Mosque and stop the spread of coronavirus. The association equally called on faithfuls to respect COVID-19 preventive measures while celebrating at home.

Two members of Mozambique’s riot police have been arrested for the murder of a police officer in the northern city of Nampula, according to the newspaper O Pais. Selemane Momade Hassane was shot in the chest when he was outside his house on Tuesday, the paper adds. It says that he was parking his car but the riot police allegedly intercepted him at his gate. It goes on to say that he brought out his wife and son to vouch that he lived there.

Women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have told Human Rights Watch (HRW) about their experiences of being kidnapped for ransom by criminal gangs. Many of those detained over the last three years were seized from fields where they were working and forced to walk several hours to Virunga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, where they were held and beaten. Their families were then called to raise a ransom for their release.

The UN food agency has appealed for $250m (£190m) of extra funding to avert what it describes as a humanitarian catastrophe in Zimbabwe. The World Food Programme (WFP) said nearly two-thirds of the population will need food aid by the end of this year. The country is suffering from a poor harvest, rampant inflation and a growing coronavirus problem.

Unidentified gunmen have killed 14 villagers and injured six others in an attack in central Nigeria’s Kogi state. Eyewitnesses say the attackers appeared in Agbudu village on Wednesday evening and fired sporadically. Local police say 13 of the dead were from the same family, which now has only one surviving member.

Anti-riot police and armed soldiers have been sent to Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, ahead of anti-government protests planned for Friday by opposition groups. The government accuses Western embassies of sponsoring the protests in attempt to topple President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration. In recent weeks the organiser of the protest, Jacob Ngarivhume, was arrested and charged with inciting public violence, a freelance journalist was given similar charges, and at least 14 activists were being pursued for questioning by police.

Kenya is sending a team to Lebanon to investigate the alleged mistreatment of Kenyan citizens at the Beirut consulate. This comes after a CNN investigative report into allegations that Kenyan women working in Lebanon as domestic workers had been exploited or assaulted by Kenya’s honorary consul and his assistant. Dozens of women interviewed by the US broadcaster and other non-governmental organisations in Beirut claim they were beaten, verbally abused, overcharged for consular fees and even told to go into sex work to get money to help with their repatriation.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) President Ahmad Ahmad says he is undecided about running for a second term in office next year. Caf’s next poll is scheduled to take place in March 2021 in Ethiopia, where the Malagasy stunningly dethroned long-standing leader Issa Hayatou in 2017.

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