Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute has reminded Cameroonians on the necessity to uphold measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to remaining vigilant, he said numbers in public gatherings should be limited to 50 persons, and sanctions reinstated against defaulters.
Some secondary school students in Cameroon are skeptical about carrying out COVID-19 tests. The Minister of Secondary Education this evening made COVID-19 tests compulsory for all students and teachers. The measure is to detect carriers of the virus for treatment to save others.
The Government has launched an appeal to religious, traditional, administrative leaders and opinion leaders to champion the sensitisation for the respect of COVID-19 preventive measures, in all places and at all times. PM Dion Ngute made the appeal today while outlining measures to be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Indigenes of Nwa Sub-Division, Donga Mantung Division in the North West region have called on the government of Cameroon to shoulder her responsibility and protect people subjected to Fulani brutality in recent times. This follows another attack in one of the villages today causing many to flee.
Commercial activities are witnessing a significant drop in Tiko town, South West region following the partial shut down of plantations in the area. Principally an agricultural town, former workers of Cameroon Development Coopération (CDC) say the administration is owing them months and years of unpaid salaries. Worst still, they decry the fact that CDC-run credit union has not paid them the money they saved.
The rest of Local Professional Football Championship (LPFC) day one matches will take place this weekend in stadia in Cameroon after the kick-off last week. In the meantime, a section of football administration led by Senator Albert Mbida continues to contest the legitimacy of Seidou Mbombo Njoya’s FECAFOOT to organise the championship.
Local reports indicate that three rappers and activists have been arrested in Senegal’s ongoing protests against the detention of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. The three arrested are Thiat, Kilifeu and Samba Loum. Reports say they were taking part in demonstrations in Dakar.
France’s admission about the abduction and murder of Algerians during the war of independence is a big step but it is not enough, according to French historian Fabrice Riceputi. It is a huge moment for the grandchildren of lawyer Ali Boumendjel, who were received by French President Emmanuel Macron to hear the truth about the assassination of their grandfather. His widow Malika Boumendjel, who fought for decades for the truth about her husband’s disappearance rejecting the French official account of suicide, passed away last year aged 101 without hearing the acknowledgement she waited for all her life.
Election campaigns have begun in Congo-Brazzaville ahead of the presidential poll in just over two weeks’ time. The incumbent, Denis Sassou Nguesso, is seeking a fourth term. Apart from a five-year period he has been leading the country since 1979 and will face six opposition candidates. These include two former ministers, Mathias Dzon and Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, who have become fierce critics of the president.
The World Health Organization has warned there is a “very high risk” that an Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea could spread to neighbouring countries. “As of yesterday a total of 18 cases were reported:14 were confirmed, including 4 deaths. This gives a case fatality rate of 44.4%,” says Dr Georges Alfred Ki-Zerbo, the WHO’s representative in Guinea. The global health body says some neighbouring countries are yet to prepare any vaccination campaigns. So far more than 1,600 people have been vaccinated against Ebola in Guinea.
Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda have begun coronavirus immunisation programmes under the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative, becoming the latest African countries to do so. Health workers will be among the early beneficiaries of the AstraZeneca jab in all three. In Nigeria, Cyprian Nyong – a doctor who has been taking care of Covid-19 patients since March last year – was the first to get the jab at a hospital in the capital, Abuja.
Foreign news: BBC