The Swiss Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (CH) has said it remains at the disposal of the parties to the conflict in Cameroon’s North West and South West Region to contribute to a peaceful settlement. In an official statement today, December 20, 2019, CH, said information circulating that it was withdrawing from mediation role, was incorrect.
The Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) is yet to get another militant to replace Herve Emmanuel Nkom as a legislative election candidate in Wouri East. Mr Nkom was disqualified by the Constitutional Council yesterday on account of dual nationality.
After consuming a poisonous substance in an attempt to commit suicide, Dr Lekane Mvomo Brigette has joined her colleagues in front of the Ministry of Higher Education in protest. She regrets the act she committed but says the protest to see them recruited into the public service must continue.
The Minister of Public Health has not issued any official statement concerning a protest action by kidney patients in Yaoundé and other towns. Dr. Manaouda Malachie was in Douala today to celebrate excellence at the Laqantinie Hospital.
The Cameroon Media family has been hit by another death. Francis Wache died Friday in Buea. The Publisher/Executive Editor of The Post newspaper, a source said, was visibly in good health at the beginning of this week but later complained of stomach issues and was rushed to the hospital. Despite receiving treatment, the doctors were unable to save him.
At least ten persons have been severely wounded in a collapsed story building in Yaoundé precisely around the municipal lake in the Biyam-Assi neighbourhood. It remains uncertain what provoked the collapse of the building. Locals say the building was under construction. The SDO for Mfoundi, Governor of the Center Region and elements of the army rescue unit went to the site of the incident. Meanwhile, Mariatou Yap, director of civil protection at the ministry of territorial administration says the non-respect of norms of construction is responsible for the collapse of the building.
Few mattresses have been removed from a warehouse at the Mfoundi Market, after a disastrous fire incident on Thursday, December 19, 2019. According to the firefighting unit of the Cameroonian army, the fiery fire incident broke out at about 2:00 p.m., and it took over 8 hours to be put off. The Yaoundé Etoudi firefighting unit says the inaccessibility of the area hindered the extinguishing process, provoking reinforcements from the Mimboman, and the Mvan rescue centres.
The South West Regional Delegation of Public Health has handed accreditation to health centres selected from and around Fako Division for their quality services. Dr Ebongo Zachaus Nanje congratulated the various district medical officers for braving the threats and gunshots to deliver health services. He encouraged the selected health centres to keep up in line with the Performance Base Financing (PBF) project.
The National Organising Committee of the upcoming African Championship in Cameroon has announced the official mascot of the soccer jamboree will be known soon. In an official statement today December 20, 2019, COCAN said it had received enriching contributions from Cameroonians and plans to reveal the official mascot in the days ahead. However, some Cameroonians hold that the committee has only decided to change the CHAN Mascot following public criticism.
Award-winning actor Idris Elba has been given citizenship in Sierra Leone. The movie star, who was named People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” in 2018, is best known for his featuring in Marvel films, including the Avengers, as well as for the lead role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He says the citizenship is the ‘biggest honour’ he could get from his country. Elba’s parents are from Sierra Leone, but this is the first time he is visiting the country.
Ethiopia has launched its first satellite into space with the aim of monitoring climate change and facilitating research in agriculture and drought readiness. The satellite, known by the code name ETRSS-1, was launched from China today Friday, December 20, 2019. The launch was watched from the Entoto Space Observatory in the capital, Addis Ababa by government officials, led by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
Guinean President Alpha Condé has revealed a new draft constitution which is likely to pave the way for the 81-year-old to run for a third term as president. This move comes at the heels of huge protests in the country over the last two months. While Mr Conde did not specifically mention in the speech his intentions to run in the next election at the end of 2020, many commentators suspect, that this is part of the reason behind the new draft constitution. The draft constitution is expected to be presented to the Guinean public for approval but there is no clarity on whether that would happen.