Tension has been reported in the restive town of Bangem in Kupe Manengouba, SWR. For several hours, there have been violent gun battles between government soldiers and separatist fighters. “Shooting is going on in Bangem now, I just called my mum and she is telling me… The shooting started around 12 pm and it still going on now…” a source hinted Mimi Mefo Info. The number of casualties is unknown.
Four unidentified bodies have been buried in the presence of administrative authorities in Batoke village, Mile 10 Limbe, South West Region of Cameroon. Villagers and traditional rulers say the bodies were discovered in an advanced state of decomposition. It is alleged the deceased are not natives of Batoke village. Meantime, the dead body of a young man shot by a soldier guarding the Limbe Omnisports Stadium has been deposited at the mortuary. He is accused of stealing electric cables.
The fierce confrontation between the military and Ambazonia fighters in Kikaikom Bui Division in the North West region of Cameroon Sunday, left at least three dead, on the side of separatists with several others wounded. The battle also left General Chacha, one of the Ambazonian prominent fighters on the ground dead. The fresh fighting has further raised fears on how election campaigns will take place in the area.
Victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the Far North region of Cameroon are sending a distress call to the Yaounde central government. They say the government has abandoned them, despite their suffering and material loss, they received from members of the terrorist group.
Part of the building hosting the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa REDHAC, in Douala Cameroon has been burnt. The structure went into flames in a fire incident Sunday, February 26, 2020. Officials say office equipment in the affected section were all burnt. The exact source of the fire incident remains unknown.
Prof Elvis Ngole Ngole says youths of Kupe Manenguba division have resolved to turn their back from Violence and destruction. Speaking at the CPDM campaign launch in Bangem, the former minister says Kupe Manenguba is, and will always remain the Bastion of the CPDM party. He believes the CPDM will have a sweeping victory in Kupe Manenguba division come 9th February 2020. Ahead of the February twin elections, clashes between Ambazonian fighters and the military have still not ceased, leaving residents in fear.
Campaigns ahead of Cameroon’s municipal and legislative elections have taken off, but Yaounde is void of campaign posters. Militants of different political parties and inhabitants say election steam is absent on the ground despite lots of talking on the social media in a bid to woo voters.
Campaigning in the hinterlands of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon remains an uphill task to most politicians. After the launch of campaigns in Bamenda, politicians from all political parties are waiting for security service to get to the villages for campaigns.
At least 14 journalists are running either for municipal or legislative election in Cameroon this year. At Douala 5 municipality alone, two journalists Charles Nforgang and Kejang Henry Atembe are gunning for council seats. To Kejang Henry Atembe of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), journalists report the daily suffering of the masses and therefore can better administer the people if voted on February 9, 2020. While explaining the party’s plans for the people within the council area, Henry Kejang says the SDF has a program that squarely suits the development challenges of the people of Douala V.
Public service users in Yaounde have not been able to get signature from members of government and other high ranking officials. They have been facing the ordeal for over two weeks, MMI has learnt. Ministers have deserted their offices in search of votes in their villages. Such scenarios are recurrent during elections in Cameroon.
Barely days away to the twin polls in Cameroon, the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS and the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, UNOCA have both called for peace and understanding during the process. In a joint communiqué, ECCAS Secretary-General, Ahmad Allam-Mi, and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of UNOCA, François Louncény Fall, say they are closely monitoring the sociopolitical situation in the country. This comes after a joint visit to Yaoundé from 19 to 23 January 2020.
Prominent Tunisian blogger and civil rights activist Lina Ben Mhenni has died at the age of 36 following a long battle with the auto-immune disease, lupus. She rose to prominence in the early days of the 2011 revolution that toppled longtime autocratic ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
An Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to jail for joining or supporting the Islamic State (IS) group in the Sinai Peninsula. The jailed men were accused of planning attacks and spreading IS ideology.
A team of wildlife conservationists has flown to Sudan to look after four starving lions in a zoo in the capital Khartoum. The animals went hungry during the months of political and economic turmoil last year. They lost as much as two-thirds of their body weight. There is increasing international support for Sudan’s starving lions.
Leading rights group Amnesty International says that at least 75 supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have been arrested in Ethiopia, as a crackdown on dissenting political views intensifies ahead of general elections. “The return of mass arrests of opposition activists and supporters is a worrying signal in Ethiopia.
Aid agencies operating in the Mediterranean Sea say they are looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy for nearly 500 migrants rescued during the last 72 hours after sailing from Libya. The agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée said some of those rescued were suffering from hypothermia and dehydration.
The father of Nigerian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu, who was taken captive by militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2018, has told the BBC that he just wants her back, amid unconfirmed reports that she has given birth. “I have nothing to say, I leave everything to God. I only need my daughter, whether she is with baby or she is alone. I need my daughter only, that is what I want,” Nathan Sharibu told BBC Pidgin.
The Gambia has banned a movement opposed to President Adama Barrow’s decision to renege on a promise to call elections this year. President Barrow came to power in 2017 as the head of an alliance of parties opposed to the autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa).
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