National and International News Roundup – 01 August, 2019

  • Killings and burnings in Otu village.
  • A hospital burnt in Akwaya.
  • Curfew imposed in the East to curb insecurity.
  • Sadou Hayatou Ex Prime minister dies at 77.

1 Metuge Victor Kalle has been beaten to dead by separatist fighters in Ekona Banjoh village Baghem Sub division in Kupe Manenguba Division of the South West region of Cameroon. The 84 year old man has been tortured for several weeks by the boys on accusation of killing two of his nephews using witcraft.The fighters turned down all requests by the family to pay for his release. Metuge Victor Kalle denied all allegations of killing the children to no avail.

2 There is fear and uncertainty of what will become of the population of Akwaya after the partial setting ablaze of a health centre this morning. Gun men invaded the place committing the act.Patients and health workers escaped for their dear lives.

3 Ten million francs cfa is the ransom demanded by unidentified men for the release of Chief warrant officer Christopher Gwain Amangeh. He was kidnapped around his Ntamulung residence in Bamenda in the North West region of Cameroon on the 19th of July 2019.Solidarity efforts by family members have amounted to over 500.000f but the kidnappers have turn down the sum insisting to have 10 million.

4 A midnight to 6:00 AM curfew imposed in the towns of Bertoua and Manjou in the east region of Cameroon enters day two tonight. This follows a decision signed yesterday by the Governor of the East region. Gregoire Nvogo states that the decision follows rising insecurity in the region with acts of killings committed mostly at night.The east region for over two weeks today has been without electricity with many pointing that as one of the factors encouraging insecurity.

5 Shooting continued in Kikaikom, Bui Division in the North West region of Cameroon. Villagers spent the night in the bush under the rain. They ran away from their village for safety. Earlier yesterday the fighting registered casualties on both sides of the fight. 

6 There are possibilities that corpses littered in Otu village will decompose in an open air.Several residents in Otu are now seeking refuge in bushes after government soldiers invaded the village last evening. Otu is a border village with Nigeria is in Eyumojock Subdivision, Manyu, South West Region. Unconfirmed reports say many houses were set on fire.

7 Cameroonians have been paying homage to one of the country’s ex Prime Minister. Sadou Hayatou died today.He served as Prime Minster in Cameroon from the 26th of April 1991 to April 9th 1992. During this period, he is credited to have played a leading role during political crisis in Cameroon in the 90s. Born in Garoua in 1942, Sadou Hayatou died at the age of 77.

8 A death has been announced of Cameroon’s leading wrestler Super Makia. The prominent figure in the world of sports in Cameroon died this day in Yaounde after a brief illness.

9 Douala city dwellers using the stretch of road from village to Yassa neighborhoods have been complaining of unnecessary traffic congestion during this raining season. Commuters sometimes use more than four hours to cover a distance of less than three kilometers. They blame a road construction company working at a portion of the road for interrupting the free circulation of vehicles.

11 After several hours of rain in Douala,some quarters experienced flood. In Mabanda, foret bar, Bois de Cinge ,Makepe Missoke and a greater part of Douala three, rain water flooded into some homes.Victims say poor drainage system and careless dumping of wastes are responsible.

12 Rwanda has reopened its border with DR Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people in the past year.The border was closed for several hours after the confirmation of a third death from Ebola in the Congolese city of Goma.At least 2,700 people have been infected in the worst Ebola outbreak in the country’s history.

13 Zimbabwe’s government has repealed legislation which give Zimbabweans the right to take over and control foreign-owned companies.The indigenisation law requires all companies to be at least 51% controlled by black Zimbabweans.KillingsLast year, in an effort to attract foreign investment, the requirement was removed from the mining industry in all but the diamond and platinum sectors.

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