1 Cameroon’s President Paul Biya’s conspicuous absence at the 7th Tokyo International Conference for African Development in Japan has raised fresh questions about his whereabouts. On a family photo taken after the official opening ceremony of the conference Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Paul Biya’s representative and Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations could be seen at a tiny angle. The event that opened Wednesday, brought together Heads of State and Heads of Government from across the African continent.
2 An impostor has been arrested in Eshimbi Pendamboko in the Moungo Division, Littoral Region of Cameroon. The young man was arrested while three of his accomplices managed to escape and are still on the run. Residents say the boys pretending to be elements of Ambazonia forces attacked people in a plantation making away with money and foodstuffs. People living in Pendamboko say they have been frequent attacks in the area by boys pretending to be Ambazonian fighters.
3 The National Peace Initiative conference billed for Douala this Thursday, August 29th, 2019 did not hold. Members were denied access to the venue, the Douala Salle de Fete following a last-minute decision from the Divisional Officer to ban the gathering. According to one of the organisers, former MP Jean Jacque Ekindi National President of the Progressists Movement Party, the last-minute decision of the DO did not give a comprehensive reason why the meeting was banned. The main organiser also confirmed that authorization had been obtained from the Divisional Officer of Douala 1, many days ahead of the event but were informed at the last minute that the meeting cannot take place. He says their strategies on how to promote peace and effective back to school will continue. The gathering brought together participants from all over Cameroon.
4 The Center Court of appeal has this Thursday, August 29, 2019, rejected the appeal of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement Political Party against the trial of its militants and allies by the military Court. According to Olivier Bibou Nissack, spokesperson for Maurice Kamto, the presiding judge at the Center Court of appeal Gilbert Schlick, declared the appeal file is not receivable. The CRM Party now plans to take the appeal to the Supreme Court.
5 Houses are reported to have been burn in the village of Bongom near Tabenken Nkambe Centre subdivision, Donga Mantung in the North West Region of Cameroon. It is alleged that the military attacked the village believing that it was a hideout of Ambazonia fighters.
6 Eleven people arrested in Ewelle village in Eyumojock subdivision in the South West Region have been detained in the Regional headquarters, Mamfe. Residents say military men attacked the village killing one person and wounding another. The attack followed rumours that Ambazonian forces were living there.
7 Uncertainty remains in the minds of many in Ako town Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region. This follows fresh confrontations between the regular military and Ambazonia forces. Early this week three Ambazonian fighters and another man believed to an informant were killed in a confrontation. These events have scared many inhabitants who have sought refuge in the forest and neighbouring Nigeria.
8 Religious leaders in Mbouda, West Region of Cameroon have condemned what they qualify as the exploitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the conflict-stricken Anglophone Region by landlords. Speaking during a special church service organize in honour of IDPs, the parish priest of Saint Anne Parish Mbouda said some unscrupulous landlords in Mbouda have taken advantage of the influx Anglophone into Mbouda to fix exorbitant sums as rent. The number of IDPs into Mbouda has been increasing at a disturbing rate, locals say.
9 Internally displaced Anglophones in Baham, upper plateaux division of the West Region of Cameroon say they suffer extortion from school authorities. An Internally displaced Anglophone parent who spoke to Mimi Mefo Info on condition of anonymity said he and friends were asked to pay extra 25 000 FCFA for each child registered, by authorities of a Bilingual Public School in Baham. He said Francophone parents are not charged the same for the registration of their kids. Mimi Mefo Info is yet to get comments from the school authorities.
10 Part-time teachers of secondary schools in the Ndian Division of the South West Region of Cameroon have said they will not go to school come September 2019, because of over Four months of unpaid salaries and other allowances They say the government of Cameroon owes them five months’ salaries and four months’ allowances and the money must be paid before they can go to teach come September 2019. It remains uncertain if schools will resume effectively in the war-torn North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
11 The main organisers of Anglophone General Conference (AGC) have held talks with Cameroon Prime Minister and head of government Joseph Dion Ngute. Led by His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, the organisers discussed ways of bringing about peace in the North West and South West regions of the country. The AGC since its conception has not succeeded in organising a conference for anglophones to examine the problem and propose solutions.
12 Inhabitants of Mabanda neighbourhood in Douala say students of Government Bilingual High School Mabanda will face enormous difficulties to use the street leading to the school. Stagnant water, mud and potholes have made the roads unusable.
13 Following the indictment 80 people for fraud and money laundering offences amounting to $46m (£38m) by US Officials, the Nigerian federal government has urged the international community not to let a minority of individuals tarnish the reputation of the country. This comes after it has been revealed that a high-profile financial crime investigation by the US government was underway. Nigerian authorities however, further warned its nationals across the globe that they will not impede the course of justice being administered on anyone who breaks the law in other countries.
14 An Ethiopian National has been sentenced to four months in prison in Kenya for making a joke about a bomb onboard a Kenya Airways flight, Mimi Mefo Info has learned. Chifraye Bekele cracked a joke that culminated in the cancellation of a flight bound for Johannesburg last April and resulted in a three-hour shutdown of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The sentencing magistrate Christine Njagi found Bekele guilty of “imperilling the safety of aircraft and persons on board”.
15 Relations between Nigeria and South Africa are turning increasingly sour following an increase in xenophobic attacks. The situation has taken a turn for the worse following the demands by an influential Nigerian student body that all South African-owned businesses leave Nigeria. The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has been picketing branches of South African telecommunications giant MTN, and Shoprite supermarket chain, forcing many customers and staff to turn away. This recent spate of protests has been sparked by the alleged strangling of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, a Nigerian woman in her hotel room during a visit to Johannesburg in South Africa.
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