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National and International News Roundup: 9th October 2019

The new Senior Divisional Officer of Lebialem has dismissed claims and social media rumours that he has turned down an appointment and promotion as SDO of Libialem. The former Divisional Officer of Melong has been expressing gratitude following his appointment while looking forward to his official installation.

The Social Democratic Front, SDF Germany branch has condemned the arrest and detention of its militant Paddy Asanga in Yaoundé Cameroon today. Paddy Asanga who has now been released, was under detention at the gendarmerie headquarter known by its French acronym as SED. The SDF in a communique called for his release. No official reason was given for his arrest. He arrived Cameroon two weeks ago on the invitation of the government and participated at the recently concluded national dialogue.

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party says over two hundred of her militants are still under detention in prisons across Cameroon. According to Bar. Sylvain Suoup, the militants need to be released because they were arrested for the same reason as those that have been released; that is for protesting electoral fraud. It should be noted that 10 other militants of the party have been released today in Yaoundé. Their provisional release was as a result of a correctional hearing that was held at the Administrative unit of the Court of First Instance in Yaoundé. The released militants were some of those arrested during the MRC party’s January 26th protest. Their release comes just days after that of Kamto and others.

Cameroonian International footballer Chout Ajara Njoya has condemned the brutal killing of Florence Ayafor in the North West Region last week.  After scoring the lone goal yesterday against the DR of Congo that takes the Lionesses to the next stage of the competition, the footballer dedicated the victory to Florence Ayafor while calling for an end of brutality on women and girls in the course of the war.

There is uncertainty on the health situation of Abdul Karim Ali; a Muslim scholar and activist arrested on the 25th of September 2019 in Yaoundé. He has been denied access to food and water at the gendarmerie headquarters – SED in Yaoundé. Lawyers of Abdul Karim say an application of habeas corpus filed at the Mfoundi High Court has not been given a positive response.

Three teachers are said to have been kidnapped from St Joseph Catholic College in Bamenda. They were taken yesterday when gunmen reportedly stormed the institution firing several shots in the air.

The trial of former CRTV Director, Amadou Valmouke for embezzlement has resumed. Today’s hearing at the Special Criminal Court (TCS) in Yaoundé was the 23rd hearing in the trial. Reporters Sans Frontières has denounced the process calling it a “political” trial.

President Paul Biya and wife Chantal are currently taking part at the 6th International Conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Brigade Anti-Sardinade (BAS) has promised to hold protests wherever they find him.

Youth and Civic Educational Minister, Mounouna Foutsou has led a delegation to the 3rd Africa Youth connect summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting which seeks to offer professional opportunities to the continent’s youth ends on Friday, October 10, 2019.

Following a decree by the President Paul Biya, Cameroon is set to get a Consulate in Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea.  The new consulate will operate under the jurisdiction of the Cameroon Embassy in Equatorial Guinea.

Two Ghanaian lecturers who were secretly filmed sexually harassing undercover BBC reporters have been suspended pending an investigation. University of Ghana lecturers Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor propositioned journalists posing as students for a BBC documentary. Both Professor Gyampo and Dr Butakor denied any wrongdoing.

Jailed Tunisian presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui will be released imminently, days before the second round of the presidential election, slated for 13 October, his lawyer says. A court decided to release Mr Karoui, accepting an appeal lodged by his legal defence team, the privately-owned Mosaique FM website reported.

A row between Egypt and Ethiopia over the damming of the River Nile has escalated after recent talks between the two countries failed to make any progress. In parliament, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry accused Ethiopia of ignoring an agreement and going ahead to fill up the Renaissance Dam, which he described as an unacceptable move that would affect the stability of the region.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has said the country exported goods worth $74m (£61m) to China in the first six months of 2019 compared with $43m worth of goods exported during a similar period last year. Kenya has been conducting an aggressive trade and marketing campaign targeting potential Chinese buyers.

Ugandan musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine has been giving a press conference hours after police stopped him from holding an Independence Day concert. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has said he will run for president in 2021 and challenge Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.

Sierra Leone has been ordered by Fifa to play their next official match behind closed doors following “a number of incidents” linked to the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liberia last month. In a statement, Fifa said it found Sierra Leone’s Football Association guilty of breaching its security code after incidents including “the invasion of the field of play, the throwing of objects and a lack of order or discipline observed in and around the stadium.” (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)

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