National and International News Roundup: Monday 02 December 2019

Ambazonia Interim Government has threatened to shoot down any aircraft flying the airspace in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. In a statement made public by the communication secretary of the interim government, Chris Anu, says restoration forces shot down the Camair-Co plane in the North West Region of Cameroon yesterday.

The government of Cameroon has maintained that Municipal and Legislative elections will hold on February 9, 2020, in Cameroon despite agitations from some opposition parties. Territorial Administration Minister Atanga Nji Paul and Communication Minister Emmanuel Rene Sadi in a joint media outing today said a postponement of the polls is impossible given that all constitutional and legal provisions have been exhausted. They promised security on the day of the elections, urging all well-meaning Cameroonians to go ahead and participate in the polls. The government describes calls for a boycott or postponement of the polls as political one-upmanship.

Elections Cameroon, (ELECAM) is preparing for a hitch-free election next year. ELECAM is calling on political parties that deposited their candidatures for the elections to visit its Head Office in Yaoundé to choose party logos and colours to ensure the printing of campaign gadgets.

Bisingi Juliette, an internally displaced Anglophone woman in Buea, South West Region of Cameroon is blaming the government for what she says is her current predicament. She thinks the government’s inability to end the Anglophone crisis is the root cause of her suffering, as her husband has since gone missing, leaving her with sick children for many months. Haven escaped insecurity from the remote parts of the South West Region to Buea, Juliette says most of her family a still trapped in bushes.

All six members of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, (CBC), Nkambe Field, who were kidnapped in Ako subdivision over the weekend have been released. The men of God, including the CBC Nkambe Field Pastor, Rev Pastor Tantoh Joseph, Ngengeh Denis, and a famous sound technician in Nkambe went for a field conference in Ako Town in Ako Subdivision when they got kidnapped.  It is not certain the circumstances surrounding their release, but kidnappers initially demanded a FCFA 2.5 million Ransom for their release.

Kale Dante, a former influential member of the University of Buea Students’ Union (UBSU) was Sunday appointed deputy spokesman of the twin separatist movements led by Lucas Ayaba Cho, leader of the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) and the Ambazonia Governing Council (AGoC). Ayaba Cho announced the appointment on his Facebook page Sunday. He wrote: “The Communications Department appoints Kale Dante as deputy spokesperson to both Tapang Ivo and Amabo Cecilia. [He is] an ex-UB revolutionary driven patriot volunteer.”

Gender activists say Gender-Based Violence is on the rise in Cameroon, especially in the trouble hit North West and South West Regions. Speaking in Buea today, rights campaigners said most Anglophone women now suffer rape from both sides involved in the armed conflict.

Calm has returned to the Douala Central Market after youths of the Nkomondo neighbourhood went vandalising shops of suspected foreigners out of anger. The angry young men targeted friends and relatives of a Malian national who reportedly raped and killed a 9-year-old Nkomondo girl. The lifeless body of the 9-year-old in an advanced state of decomposition was discovered in the shop of the Malian National on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The Malian national is said to be on the run following the accusations of killing kids and selling their body parts. His house at Nkomondo in Douala was ransacked in search of evidence.  The man was operating a laundrette in his house.

One person killed and another wounded in Mbande village in Ako Subdivision. A suspected Ambazonia fighter identified as Nkoko Blaise Ndokoh has been shot dead. An eyewitness confirmed that a group of armed boys suspected to be Ambazonia fighters from Nzibie village still in Ako Subdivision invaded the village this evening to fight against their supposed Amba colleagues. The eyewitness recounts that the Amba boys had a disagreement over the treatment of civilians in the area.

The remains of a man shot dead at Bonanjo Quarter in Douala this morning by presumed bandits has been deposited at the morgue.  The suspected bandits are said to have trailed the businessman after he withdrew money from a financial institution. Another man on board a motorcycle was equally shot.

Cameroon Defence forces have taken the engagement to maintain security in the entire country as end of year festivities draw near, followed by elections in February.  In a security meeting presided over by the Minister of Defence in Yaoundé today, Joseph Beti Assomo says the military will defend the country while respecting human rights.

Three health workers fighting to curb the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed and four others critically injured after an attack by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. On Tuesday, the WHO said it was relocating 49 staff after crowds attacked a UN base in the town of Beni accusing UN forces of not protecting them from rebel attacks.

Heavy rains are continuing to bring death and destruction to East Africa, with entire villages swept away in floods and landslides in Kenya. At least three people have been killed in the east of the country over the past two days and seven died in Tanzania. Thousands have been displaced by the torrential rain, which experts warn will continue for another week. The UN says at least three million people across the East and Horn of Africa have been affected.

A memorial ceremony has taken place for 13 French soldiers killed in a helicopter collision in Mali during an operation against Islamist militants. President Emmanuel Macron and his Malian counterpart, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, attended the ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris. Members of the public were also allowed in.

At least five inmates of a prison in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos, are believed to have been killed in an electrical incident on Monday morning. A member of staff told the BBC that the accident was caused by a power surge in Ikoyi prison.

South African police have arrested three members of the National Christian Resistance Movement (NCRM) for an alleged terror plot. The leader of the so-called Crusaders group, Harry Knoesen, and two others were found with firearms, ammunition and explosives after a tip-off that they were about to launch a string of attacks on government buildings, shopping centres and informal settlements where most black people live. The trio has made a brief appearance in court. They were not asked to plead and were remanded in custody until their next court appearance on 21 January.

Tanzanian mothers who were thrown out of school for getting pregnant have graduated this weekend thanks to a retired teacher. Teenage pregnancy in Tanzania became a topic of international debate after President John Magufuli said in 2017 that pregnant girls should be expelled from school.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has cancelled a referendum on changing the rules around local government elections less than three weeks before the vote was intended to take place. Currently, candidates stand as individuals and it is against the rules for them to be backed by political parties.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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