Four political parties will be represented in 10 regional councils in the next five years. With all the results declared in the country, Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) has the highest number of seats. Beside the CPDM, UNDP, FSNC and CDU parties equally have seats. Fourteen political parties participated in the elections.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ said it will release results of its 2020 census of journalists imprisoned worldwide on December 15. The census, the Committee added, will list pressmen jailed as of midnight on December 1, 2020, and indicate the country where they are being held, the charge, and medium of work in each case.
Four suspected bandits all originating from the North West Region of Cameroon have been presented to the press at the Infantry Motorised Gendarmerie (GMI) in Bonanjo. The boys are being accused of stealing and raping a woman at the Logbessou neighbourhood in Douala. The boys confessed that they are from the North West Region of Cameroon.
Pierre Flambeau Ngayap has applauded the performance of his UNDP party. The Secretary General of the party had a press conference today in Yaoundé. UNDP has a total of 80 regional council seats in the entire country distributed in Adamawa, North and the Far North regions. Commentators question if UNDP can play any significant role in the councils given the numerical strength of CPDM councilors.
The UEFA/CL game that was suspended yesterday between Paris Saint German and Istanbul Besaksehir because of racist slurs towards Cameroonian assistant coach, Pierre Webo, will be played today. Players of Istanbul Besakhsehir and Paris Saint German stormed out of the field when they got heed of the fact that one of their managers had been referred to by a UEFA referee as ‘Negru’ a Romanian word for Black.
Over six stores have been razed to the ground in Cow Street Bamenda. No lives were lost during the incident but there were huge material losses incurred. Amongst the shops burnt were a tailoring workshop and an electronic shop. It has not yet been established what the cause of the fire was, but many speculate it was a short circuit.
Workers of Public Hygiene company, HYSACAM are planning a nationwide protest to demand for months of unpaid salaries. The workers have promised to go on a public strike if the management of the company does not pay them their two months pending salaries. The strike is an initiative of the Cameroon Workers Inter-regional Union of Sanitation, Cleanliness and Related Activities.
More information concerning the 14-year-old student who was raped to death in Baganté revealed that the student had gone to the teacher’s house to do some house chores for him. This is what he had often done and then he expectedly stayed longer than usual. When his parents went to find out why he had not returned, the teacher replied saying he had left already. He was later found hanging on a roof dead.
Details have emerged of an agreement between Khartoum and Moscow for Russia to establish a naval base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast. The deal, signed last week, will allow Russia to keep up to four navy ships, including nuclear-powered vessels, in Port Sudan for the next 25 years. Analysts say the move is part of Russia’s attempt to reassert its geopolitical influence.
Human Rights Watch has called on the UN Security Council to continue watching the security situation in Burundi. The call comes just days after the council called for the termination of regular assessment reports on Burundi, citing the “improved security situation” under new President General Evariste Ndayishimiye. The move follows attempts by “Burundi and its allies on the Council… to quash much-needed scrutiny of the situation in the country”, according to Louis Charbonneau, HRW director at the UN.
Ethiopia’s main opposition party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has called for the release of its jailed leaders, saying it was difficult to prepare for elections without them. In a statement, the party also demanded its closed offices be opened and for the right to freely campaign across the country before the elections. The general election had been planned for August but was postponed to next year but a date has not been announced.
Uganda has reportedly allowed Chinese nationals living in the country to import Covid-19 vaccines on “compassionate grounds”. According to the Nile Post website, Uganda has allowed the importation of 4,000 doses of Sars-Cov-2 inactivated vaccine (VeroCell) to be “strictly” used by the Chinese community at Kapeeka Industrial Park in the central Nakaseke district. The Chinese nationals had reportedly requested Uganda to help them import the vaccines from China.
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has warned his new cabinet against the “strange sickness” of leaking confidential official communications on WhatsApp groups. President Magufuli also warned ministers against taking “selfies” while on duty, saying their work will be “visible” through results achieved. He made the remarks on Wednesday at an event to swear in ministers and their deputies in the capital, Dodoma.
China’s Supreme Court has hired Uganda’s former Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, as a member of its expert committee on adjudication of international commercial disputes. Justice Katureebe will sit on the committee for the next four years. He retired from Uganda’s Supreme Court in June after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
A Tanzanian MP nominated for a government post has been dropped and replaced after he hesitated and struggled to take the oath of office. Francis Ndulane, who was to become assistant minister in the mines ministry, attempted to say the words several times before being asked to take a seat as other nominees were called to take their oath. A video of the event attended by President John Magufuli has been shared on Twitter.
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