National and International News Roundup – August 19th 2019

  • US Senate urges separatists and military to respect human rights
  • Lawyers defending Sisiku and co say trial is bias
  • Two kidnapped Kumbo priests released
  • Al-Bashir “admits” to corruption charges

1 There are celebrations in Kumbo. Bui Division in the North West Region following the release of two Catholic priests. Rev. Fathers Franklin Banadzem Dindzee and Patrick Atang were set free this evening. Circumstances leading to their release have not been made public. The two priests were kidnapped by gunmen on Thursday the 15th of August 2019 on their way to Oku Bui Division in the North West.

2 Parents in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon say there have been getting conflicting campaigns ahead of school resumption this September. Many of them say continues insecurity does not provide a favourable situation for schools to resume.

3 The US senate has called on Cameroon government forces and separatist fighters to stop the violation of human rights in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. In resolution 292, the US senate calls for a ceasefire and the start of inclusive dialogue towards ending the war. The resolution accuses both the separatist fighters and government troops of committing atrocities. The US Senate has requested the collaboration of the Cameroon government in finding the killers of Charles Wesco; a US missionary who was shot dead in Bambui in the North West Region last year.

4 Clandestine primary and nursery schools in the Littoral region have been warned not to open their doors for the 2019/2020 academic year. KOUMBOU Mpessa Yvette, the Littoral Regional Delegate of Basic Education in a preparatory meeting in Douala reminded owners of private schools of the necessity to regularise their documents ahead of school resumption on the 2nd of September 2019.

5 Formers customers of MIDA, a defunct micro finance institution in Yaoundé, Cameroon have today begun receiving the second instalment of the payment of their money. Paul Naseri Bea, Governor of the Centre region of Cameroon while launching the second phase of the payment process of over eleven thousand customers today, says the process will end this Friday.

6 Yves Michel Fotso has arrived Morocco to receive medical attention. The prisoner and former general manager of defunct Cameroon Airline – CAMAIR, recently became critically ill in his prison cell in Yaoundé. This prompted the president of Cameroon to authorise his evacuation for intense medical attention. Yves Michel Fotso is currently serving two sentences that were handed down in 2012 and 2016, following the fallout from the purchase of a presidential plane and the management of CAMAIR respectively.

7 Barrister Fru John Nsoh, former lead lawyer of Ayuk Tabe Julius Sisiku has called on the government of Cameroon to start thinking of building a Cameroon without president Paul Biya. In a video message circulating on the social media, Bar Nsoh says he is in the US and will only return to Cameroon when the environment is conducive. He fails to mention what prompted his abandonment of the Ayuk Tabe and Co case taking place in Douala.

8 Members of the defence Counsel of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and co say the trial of the Ambazonian leaders is bias and unfair. At press time, the case was still ongoing at the military court in Yaounde.

9 A detective has told a court in Sudan that former President Omar al-Bashir admitted to receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. Mr Bashir appeared in court on Monday to face corruption charges, which his lawyers say are baseless. He was ousted in April after months of protests, bringing an end to his nearly 30 years in power.

10 The 12th All African games has been officially launched in Rabat Morocco. Over 6000 athletes, will for two weeks, be tussling to harvest medals while competing in twenty-nine sporting disciplines. The games will take place in Rabat and Casablanca.

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