“It is hot here in Bamenda,” is the message Mimi Mefo Info received from Bamenda residents this night following violent gunshots in the town. Just after locals had thought they could finally go about their normal activities after spending the entire day indoors in respect of the ghost town, the firing started. It began a few minutes after 8:00 PM and lasted for over an hour, locals said. This chaotic atmosphere is not new in Bamenda where an armed conflict has broke out over three years ago.
Minister Paul Antanga Nji says Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, OCHA, RHEDAC and International Crisis Group are working to destabilize Cameroon.
During a press conference in Yaoundé, the Minister said Equinox, STV, Radio Balafon and Le Jour newspaper are under scrutiny for propagating false information from NGOs paid to destabilize Cameroon.
General Manager of Equinoxe TV, Séverin Tchounkeu has said the media outlet and its team are professional and will remain so. “Relaying a report from an international organisation does not make you a partisan, the role of the media is to set the record straight and give the platform to everyone, which is something Equinoxe TV has never failed to do,” Séverin Tchounkeu said on Equinoxe TV after today’s outing of Minister Atanga Nji. Minister Atanga today accused the media house, local and international organisations of destabilising Cameroon. “I wonder what is government’s definition of patriotism, but we will keep relaying the facts in strict respect of the ethics and deontology of the profession,” Tchounkeu said.
Dr Christopher Fomunyoh says the international community is following the evolution of the Anglophone crisis more than Cameroonians know and will bring perpetrators of crimes against humanity before the ICC sooner than most people think. Speaking during the program “La Verite En Face” on Equinox TV, the African Regional Director of the National Democratic Institute for International affairs in the US said the international community gets so emotional whenever they talk about the killings in the British former Southern Cameroons. He regrets that the government has settled on a battle of statistics with NGOs on how many people have been killed, instead of engaging meaningful solutions to curb the many human losses incurred on a daily basis.
Minister Paul Atanga Nji has given 60 days for NGOs in Cameroon to submit their situational report on Cameroon between 2016 and 2018. The documents, the minister says should be submitted at the political affairs office of the Ministry of territorial administration.
Eighty-year-old Cavaye Yeguie Djibril is reported back to Cameroon, less than 24hours to the March session of Parliament. He recently got re-elected as MP for Mayo Sava in the Far North region and has been the Speaker of the National Assembly for 28 years. However, it is not certain if he will be maintained as House Speaker as he almost got sidelined by the CPDM investiture committee, prior to the February 9th 2020 twin elections.
Two persons have died and three hospitalized in a hospital in Yaoundé after an accident that occurred this evening at Nomayos, a locality on the outskirts of Yaoundé. Sources say there was a head-on collision between a truck transporting cement and a private car.
Most inhabitants of Bamenda are yet to fully put into practice messages from the administration for them to violate Monday traditional ghost towns. The governor of the North West, Adolph Lele L’Afraque led a sports walk today in some parts of the town calling on people not to respect ghost towns in the town and region.
Five billion francs CFA is the sum the Minister of territorial administration says some NGOs and human rights groups in Cameroon have received in exchange of producing unfounded security reports on Cameroon. Minister Paul Atanga Nji today in a press conference in Yaounde equally warned some media houses in Cameroon with heavy sanctions if they continue propagating information from the NGOs.
The trial of Paul Chouta will take place on the 13th of April 2020. A court of appeal in the Centre region postponed the trial today in the absence of the Web journalist Paul Chouta has been in detention for 10 months on accusation of defamation and the propagation of fake news against a female writer Calixth Beyala.
Ambazonian restoration forces in Ndop- North West region have been displaying weapons seized from the Cameroonian military. In a short video making rounds on the social media, the boys say weapons, military uniforms and a motorcycle were taken from the military in an area they have refused to mention. The video comes 72 hours after armed men attacked Galim in the West region making away with weapons and scores human casualties.
Cameroon’s Intermediate Lions started training today behind closed doors ahead of the African Football Championship (CHAN) in April. Ahead of the tournament, the Confederation of African Football CAF says Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in the course of CHAN in Cameroon.
Paul Achobong Tambeng- Bamenda City Mayor has called on the people of Bamenda to uphold environmental and personal hygiene to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other diseases. He led a clean-up campaign exercise today at Bamenda 1. The move was equally to fight against ghost town in Bamenda which has plagued the Region since 2017.
Some individuals are circulating tracks in Bamenda in the North West calling for an end to Monday ghost towns and lockdowns imposed by Separatist fighters. The tracks decry economic hardship as a result of lockdown and ghost town. The identity of those distributing the tracks is not known.
Three more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Tunisia, taking the total to five. Health officials say the latest confirmed infections on Monday are in the northern port city of Bizerte, the southern resort town of Mehdia, and in the capital Tunis – they did not specify which countries they had travelled from. The first two had travelled from Italy.
More than 29 people have died in Ghana after a vehicle carrying vegetables crashed into a bus. The accident happened on the Kintampo-Tamale Highway in the early hours of Monday morning. The bus caught fire and all the passengers were burnt beyond recognition, according to officials involved in the rescue. Six survivors have been rescued from the vehicle which was carrying green peppers and tomatoes. They are currently receiving medical care
A Thai person has left a hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare before being tested for the coronavirus despite suspicion they may have the virus, according to Zimbabwe’s state-run newspaper The Herald. The suspected patient had gone to a local hospital and had been referred to the Wilkins Hospital for further tests, the Voice of America reported on Sunday. Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday that the country has still not had any confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Authorities in Rwanda’s capital Kigali have banned concerts and public gatherings because of fears of the coronavirus.
There is no confirmed case of coronavirus yet in Rwanda. The BBC reports that residents are divided on the new measures. Some have turned to social media to applaud the preventive move, but others see it as heavy-handed given Rwanda doesn’t have one single coronavirus case at the moment.
The mayor of Zambia’s capital Lusaka has banned handshakes in his house and replaced them with shoulder bumps in a bid to fight the coronavirus. Zambia has not recorded any case of coronavirus with all the 24 cases that were investigated testing negative, according to Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya, the BBC states.
The government in Burkina Faso says at least 43 people have been killed during an attack on two villages in the north of the country. It has announced two days of national mourning in response to Sunday’s attack in Yatenga Province, close to the border with Mali. The area has witnessed jihadist attacks as well as violence between rival ethnic militias.
Rights campaigners have called on the Ethiopian government to restore internet and mobile services that have been cut off since January in parts of the country’s largest region, Oromia. Human Rights Watch said restrictions violate multiple rights and should be lifted immediately, as many have been unable to reach their relatives in the area. Ethiopia has blocked the internet at least eight times since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.
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