The President of the Cameroon People’s Party (CPP) and member of Stand up For Cameroon Edith Kah Walla, has called for a peaceful protest on Friday, October 2nd, 2020. She has started grouping together opposition politicians, opinion leaders, civil society movements, trade unions and other actors to demand the departure of the Biya regime. Protesters on that day are expected to dress in black, in solidarity with the people that were arrested during the September 22 protests.
A 17-year-old girl, Minette Fotsing has died in Bepanda Douala V Sub Division after she was presumably drugged and raped by unidentified gangsters. The victim was discovered helpless in an abandoned building closer to their residence in Logpom.
Humbert KAMGANG is no more. The politician and president of the Union of African Populations (UPA) died this Wednesday in Yaoundé following a long-term illness. He was a candidate during Cameroon’s presidential elections in 1997, 2004, 2011 and was known for his very critical stance vis-à-vis neo-colonialism, its tenets, one of them being the CFA Franc currency. Humbert KAMGANG also served as Secretary-General of the Union of Central African States (UDEAC), which later on became the Community of Central African States (CEMAC). He died at the age of 59.
Alexandre Siewe was today appointed CAF Communications Boss. He was appointed by CAF president and will be in charge of managing the image of the confederation and take it out of its recent corruption scandals.
Residents of Mile 14, Buea decry arbitrary arrest of innocent people by the military in their search for separatist fighters. Inhabitants say military men have been terrorising the population of Likumba, Mile 16 and Mile 14. To them, military arbitrary arrest has been their source of income as those arrested are forced to pay huge sums of money to ensure their release .
One dead and enormous material damages at “Sisia” quarter, Bemenda III Sub Division in the North west region. This follows a landslide last evening. The SDO for Mezam has called on people in the area to quit for safety reasons.
The President of Cameroon Football Professional League (LFPC) has refused to accept a secretary general appointed by Seidou Mbombo Njoya, President of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT). General Pierre Semengue says as the president of LFPC, he reserves the right to appoint the SG and not the President of FECAFOOT. Recently, the Court of arbitration for sports (CAS) accorded the management of local football league to LFPC and not FECAFOOT. Football lovers say the tussle between the two structures is affecting local football negatively.
Candidates of GCE Ordinary and Advance levels have been expressing frustration given the continuous unavailability of the results despite school resumption next Monday. Those awaiting Advance level results say they have lost several opportunities of writing entrance examinations into professional schools.
Two shift form of classes to be introduced in some overpopulated schools in Cameroon. Some teachers think this will affect the quality of education. They argue that the number of hours for teaching will reduce and possibly affect syllabuses covered. Meanwhile officials of secondary education say it is a crisis and the two shift classes are appropriate.
Some people in Bamenda have purchased food items today promising to spend the day of Thursday October 1st at home to avoid any act of violence. October 1 marks the independence of Southern Cameroons.
An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced six people to death for killing two policemen, the AFP news agency quotes a judicial source as saying. It relates to the murder of two policemen in the northern province of Sharqiya in 2016 where their guns were also stolen. They were alleged to belong to the moderate Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which was outlawed after President Mohamed Morsi, who hailed from the organisation, was overthrown in 2013.
Protesters in a Guinean opposition stronghold threw stones at the prime minister’s convoy on Tuesday, AFP news agency reports the government as saying. According to the statement, Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana was travelling in the Fouta-Djalon region of northern Guinea when his convoy was attacked, causing several injuries, AFP adds. The 82-year-old President Alpha Conde is running for a third presidential term in the 18 October election after he pushed through a new constitution, allowing him to reset the two-term presidential limit to zero.
The East African Court of Justice has dismissed a case which challenged the Constitutional Amendment Bill, removing the age limit to contesting the presidency in Uganda. This means President Yoweri Museveni is allowed to stand for re-election. Ugandan lawyer Male Mabirizi had petitioned the country’s Supreme Court, which upheld the amendment, after which he took matters to the regional court.
A Ugandan teachers’ union has disputed a ban on students taking public transport, reports the Ugandan newspaper the Observer. The guidelines are being brought in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus when students return to school. Schools have been closed since March and on 15 October will re-open only for final years students in primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Nigeria has developed a Covid-19 test kit that can give results in less than 40 minutes and does not need extensive training to use. Health Minister Olurunimbe Mamora said it was much faster and 10 times cheaper than the PCR testing method currently being used. The kit is yet to be approved by regulatory bodies but has raised hopes of boosting the country’s low testing rate.
A Congolese activist and four others go on trial in France’s capital, Paris, on Wednesday for trying to take an African funeral staff from France’s indigenous art museum. It was part of a protest against colonial-era plundering. Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and four others are charged with attempted group theft of a historical object and could face up to 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros ($176,000; £137,221) in fines.
Kenya’s labour court has suspended a strike called by workers at Kenyatta National Hospital – East Africa’s largest referral hospital. Justice Maureen Onyango ordered the more than 5,000 workers back to work pending a hearing. Unions representing nurses, doctors and the hospital support staff have been directed to appear in court on 6 October. The workers were protesting against delayed payment of revised salaries and allowances.