National and International News Roundup: 8 November 2019

There has been widespread condemnation of the killing of a military man today in Yoke, Muyuka in the South West region of Cameroon. In a video circulating on social media, boys who identified themselves as Amba fighters show the military man who has been identified as Ndongo Jean Ndel, naked and tied. He appeared to have been severely tortured. Some sources say he was kidnapped in the early hours of today to an undisclosed destination. The video also shows a grave being dug, which has led to conclusions that he might have been buried alive.

Lecturers of the University of Bamenda have called off a planned strike action. This follows a crisis meeting held at the campus of the university today chaired by the governor of the North West Region. The administration has promised to ensure maximum security for lecturers and students.

The national order of town planners in Cameroon has called on the government to take measures to save the lives of Cameroonians living in risk zones. In a press conference today in Yaoundé, the president of the national order of town planners in Cameroon, Yingam Moyo said the Gouache landslide in Bafoussam happened because of poor town planning.

A National Day of mourning has been declared for tomorrow Saturday, November 9th, 2019. The flag will be hoisted at half mass, citizens dress in black in honour of the 43 persons killed in a landslide at Gouache in Bafoussam west region of Cameroon. The Prime Minister chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute will personally preside over the state homage on behalf of the head of state president Paul Biya

The Wouri High Court in Douala has maintained the ban on the political rally of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement CRM Political Party billed for Saturday, November 9, 2019. After studying the appeal against a ban launched by the party, the judge decided to maintain the administrative ban, describing as valid the motive of a possible nuisance to public peace

Despite the ban of a political rally of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party that was set to hold at Douala V on Saturday, November 9th 2019, militants of the party were seen cleaning a place called “Petite Terrain Bonamousadi” where the rally is supposed to take place. In a decision, the SDO of the Wouri division had banned the rally citing insufficient space and threats of public disorder. The rally is to witness the presence of the leader of the party, Professor Maurice Kamto. There has since been a massive mobilisation of militants to attend the political rally tomorrow.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Social Democratic Front will take place tomorrow in Yaoundé. The opposition political party among other items is expected to examine the socio-political and economic wellbeing of the country. This is the first NEC meeting SDF militants will be holding following the major national dialogue.

Former Bar Council President Bar. Bernard Acho Muna will be buried tomorrow Saturday in Yaoundé. His mortal remains were removed from the mortuary today and honours accorded to the late international lawyer. Several lawyers describe the fallen lawyer as one who contributed enormously to the growth of the legal profession in Cameroon.

Three persons have been killed in a road accident Nkolmetet a locality in Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon. Locals sources say the three were on a motorbike. The victims are two females and one male.

Cameroonian born Honourable Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan African parliament says he has been vindicated of an accusation of financial mismanagement at the helm of the Continental institution. In a press conference in Yaoundé today the MP says an international audit at the Pan-African parliament found the SG of the installation guilty not him

The Under 23 Lions of Cameroon are taking on Ghana this evening in their first match at the ongoing African Under 23 championship in Egypt. The head coach of the team Rigobert Song in a pre-match press conference mentioned that the team was determined to win their first match to gain confidence.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has hit back at allegations that he spied on opponents through their phones, saying the technology needed to do so is too expensive. He told a press conference today that he wished he could afford the technology “to know more” about his enemies.

The body in charge of the public health service in Zimbabwe has said that 211 doctors have been sacked this week because of their on-going strike for better pay. The doctors were “found guilty of absenting themselves from duty without leave or reasonable cause” for five or more days, according to a statement from the Health Service Board. Doctors started the protest in September.

The UN is warning of an unfolding emergency in the aftermath of flooding in South Sudan. More than 400,000 people are thought to have lost their homes following heavy seasonal rains that have hit much of the region.

A former Congolese rebel leader known as “Terminator” will appeal against a 30-year prison sentence he was given for war crimes and crimes against humanity, the AFP news agency reports. Bosco Ntaganda was convicted on 18 counts, including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An anti-sexual harassment bill aimed at protecting university students in Nigeria has passed a second reading. Several more steps are required before the bill – introduced by the Nigerian senate in October – could become law, but the progress has been hailed by many as a positive step. Teaching staff could face up to 14 years in prison for having sexual relationships with their students. Students could also be expelled for making false accusations under the law.

The UN secretary general’s special representative for West Africa and the Sahel has called for “a national dialogue” in Guinea to end the political crisis there. Speaking to the BBC at the end of a three-day visit to neighbouring Liberia, Mohamed Ibn Chambas said there was “no alternative to dialogue”.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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