National and International News Roundup – 8th January 2020

Eight-six-year-old President Paul who has been in power for close to four decades is preparing to receive New Year greetings from members of his government, diplomats and other Cameroonians Thursday. Mr Biya who is one of world’s longest serving presidents is due to deliver a speech to his guests and the entire nation.

China supports government’s humanitarian mission to Anglophone IDPs with goods worth 1.6 billionFCFA. The relief supplies were received Wednesday by controversial member of government, Atanga Nji Paul. The Territorial Administration Minister again contradicted himself, saying not all international organizations are fuelling the separatist conflict. Minister Atanga Nji said government will locate all internally displaced persons and refugees where ever they are, with the help of the military.

For the first time in Cameroon, concerns raised by disgruntled PhD degree holders are under discussion on the national scene. Members of a newly created technical committee for the recruitment of 2000 university lecturers are holding talks on the way forward after the latter besieged Yaounde offices for over two weeks demanding to be recruited. There are prospects another enrollment phase will begin January 16, 2020 to satisfy those excluded in last year’s list.

“Cameroonian Nchout Ajara Njoya performed better in 2019 and thus, deserves the best Female African footballer of the year award”. This has been been the argument of football pundits in Cameroon after CAF conferred the prestigious title to Oshoala Osisat of Nigeria. Cameroon’s female football team was named the best in the continent.

At least five separatists fighters are said to have dropped their arms in Kumba, Meme Division, South west region of Cameroon. Administrative officials in the Division made the announcement Wednesday.

An uneasy calm reigns in Awing Village, Santa Sub division in the North West region of Cameroon following hours of intense shootings that sent residents off the street. The violent gunshots began late Tuesday January 7 2020, till early Wednesday, according to local inhabitants who added, it was a battle between the army and separatists fighters. At the time when the gun battle ensued, elites of Santa were meeting in Yaoundé to raise funds for a hitch free twin elections in the subdivision, come February 9th, 2020.

The Mesaje ELECAM (Elections Cameroon) office in the Donga Mantung Division, has been razed by unknown individuals. Locals are suspecting separatists who have insisted elections must not hold are behind the burnings. They have vowed to frustrate all campaign and election plans throughout the restive North West and South West regions.

The quarter head in Mile 4, Limbe is now stranded after his house was today destroyed by ravaging flames. Six rooms of his apartment house were burnt. It is unclear what provoked the incident.

The auxiliary lions have intensified preparations ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament. The team had their first training session in Douala today at the Bepanda Ompnisport stadium under the supervision of head coach, Yves Clement Arroga.

The United States has imposed financial sanctions on one of the vice presidents of South Sudan for his involvement in human rights abuses. A statement from the US treasury says Taban Deng Gai arranged the disappearance and deaths of the human rights lawyer, Samuel Dong Luak, and an opposition politician, Aggrey Idry.

US President Donald Trump has said Iran “appears to be standing down” after it targeted air bases housing US forces in Iraq. In a televised address from the White House,Trump promised more sanctions on Iran, but also called for peace with those who want it.

Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab has kicked off 2020 with several bloody attacks. The group launched a brazen assault on a US military base in Kenya earlier this week and two bombings in Mogadishu since the start of the year have left nearly 100 dead.

A researcher from São Tomé and Príncipe has defended her work which found endemic levels of alcohol consumption among children and pregnant women in the country. The government has reportedly filed a criminal complaint against Dr Isabel de Santiago, calling her work “a shameful lie” which does “irreparable damage” to the country’s image.

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered all students to leave Kinshasa University after violent clashes this week left one policeman dead and at least a dozen students injured. Two days of protests in the capital were sparked by a near doubling of tuition fees. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)

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