National and International News Roundup: Monday 09 December 2019

A United Nations official says the killing of a UN Humanitarian Aid Field agent in Cameroon is a testimony of the failure of international diplomacy. Speaking in Nkambe, Mr James Nunan, head of office of the UN office for humanitarian coordination in Cameroon said thousands of villages are being burnt and destroyed in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon daily.  He fears that more aid workers will be killed in the coming days. He was speaking during the burial of Mr Pascal Ngwayi, a murdered UN aid worker.

Police in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s political capital have shot dead a man in front of the Yaoundé central prison in Kondengui. Sources say the victim came with his friends to deliver Indian Hemp to prisoners. In an attempt to send the drug in through the gate, they were surrounded by the police. The victim attempted to escape, before being gunned down by the police.

The lifeless body of a commercial motorbike rider has been taken to a mortuary in Douala after he was crushed to death by an over speeding truck. Local sources say the truck belonging to a brewery company was on top speed coming from the opposite direction at the Makepe neighbourhood of Douala V subdivision when it collided head-on with the commercial motorbike, killing the rider.

Livestock and farmlands have been destroyed and several families rendered homeless in the Logone and Chari division, Far North Region of Cameroon by floods and inundations. The destructive floods resulted from the overflow of River Logone after a heavy downpour. The floods came less than two months after a similar catastrophic disaster in October where many homes were destroyed. The Senior Divisional Officer for the Division today presided out a crisis meeting at Fotokol

Two kids of ages 4 and 5 have died in a water well in Yaoundé late Sunday, December 8th, 2019. The two reports say, went to fetch water when the well still under construction collapsed. The incident took place in the Nkometou neighbourhood in the city of Yaoundé.

The land-use plan for the Tubah municipality has been presented. This was during a workshop in Bambili. Sources in Bamenda say emphasis has been laid on the urgent need for the development of sports infrastructures.

Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) has made public, the list of political parties validated to run for the 2020 municipal and legislative elections. Among the parties is the Social Democratic Front (SDF).

Youth leaders in the North West and South West regions have decried the use of French entirely in the course of a ceremony to launch “Youth Connekt Cameroon”. They lament that most delegates from the Anglophone Regions will go back without a proper understanding of what was discussed during the opening ceremony and in the course of workshops that followed. Besides this, they complain that the “youth Connekt” project cannot be implemented when violence is still ongoing in the Anglophone regions.

Barrister Michelle Ndoki has called for a political transition in Cameroon with president Paul Biya and his government kept aside. According to the vice president of the women’s wing of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement Party, the regime has nothing positive to offer the people of Cameroon. She was speaking yesterday on Equinoxe television. This resonates with the calls that have been made by Edith Kah Walla and the Stand Up for Cameroon Movement.

Inhabitants of Mbande village, Ako Sub Division in the North West region are living in fear of the unknown. They say armed men had earlier threatened to attack the community. Last week a 69-year-old woman was tortured to near death by suspected Separatist fighters. She is said to have requested the payment of a debt owed her.

The Cameroon government’s plan to begin the process of reconstructing destroyed parts of the North West and South West Regions of the country has been described as a joke. Inhabitants of these regions say the violence in the area is still ongoing and no meaningful development can take place. They call for a ceasefire.

Dr Dieudonne Massi Gams, president of Cameroon’s Anti-Corruption organ (CONAC) says pupils and students need to inculcate values of integrity and patriotism for a corrupt-free Cameroon of the future.  He was speaking today in Yaoundé to students and pupils of some schools to mark the world day for the fight against corruption.

South Africa is the latest country in Africa to be hit with heavy rains, flooding power stations and causing massive electricity cuts. The South African Air Force helicopter was deployed to evacuate people trapped in a hotel in Centurion near the capital, Pretoria, as floodwaters rose.

South Africa’s Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been discharged from hospital in Cape Town. He had been in the hospital for the past six days undergoing treatment for a recurring infection.

Powerful quotes from Zozibini Tunzi, newly crowned miss universe: “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful. I think that it is time that that stops today.”

Tributes are being paid to BBC journalist Alex Duval Smith, who has died of cancer at the age of 55. BBC World Service Africa editor Solomon Mugera said colleagues who worked closely with Alex “can attest to her bravery as a journalist, her genuine warm nature and sense of humour”.

The son of Angola’s former president has gone on trial for corruption. Jose Filomeno dos Santos and his co-accused, former central bank governor Valter Filipe, helped loot $0.5bn (£0.4bn) out of the country during his time as head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, prosecutors say. They have pleaded not guilty.

The flamboyant governor of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of corruption, including money laundering and receiving bribes. Mike Sonko is accused of making more than $3m (£2.3m) through unlawful activities. He denied all wrongdoings.

Rwanda has launched its first large-scale vaccination campaign against the Ebola virus. At least 200,000 people will be vaccinated over the next year in areas bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda’s health minister Diane Gashumba said at the weekend.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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