Today Monday November 25th, 2019 is the deadline for candidates running for the mayoral and legislative elections in Cameroon to deposit their documents. Elections Cameroon (ELECAM ) personnel will stop receiving files compiled by potential candidates at midnight. Several political parties have been visiting ELECAM offices across the country few hours to the deadline.
The Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party has cited pre electoral malpractices, insecurity and the generally unstable nature of the country as reasons why it is boycotting 2020 twin elections in Cameroon. The leader of the CRM party Prof. Maurice Kamto made the announcement in Yaounde today. Militants of the party have saluted the move describing it as patriotic. So far, close to five key opposition parties are backing out of the race. They are CPP, CRM, PAP, CRP…
There have been diverse reactions from Cameroonians following the decision by Cameroon Renaissance Movement party to boycott Cameroon’s twin elections in February 2020. To some, the party of Maurice Kamto is scared of defeat in the polls from the ruling CPDM party. Others term the claims as baseless, saying no responsible political party will accept to run for an election when parts of the country are in chaos. The English speaking regions of Cameroon have for three years now been crumbled by an armed conflict.
The SDF divisional organising Secretary for Donga Mantung division in the North West region has accused his party hierarchy of receiving billions of francs CFA from the government to run for elections next year. Shewa David in a three page document published this day says the 1st vice president of the party Hon. Joshua Osi and other party hierarchy are manipulating party Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi to take decisions against the wish of the people. He has given Ni John Fru Ndi 48 hours to reverse the decision for the interest of the people. He has however not specified what he will do if the chairman fails to respect the order. The party has not reacted to the claims.
There have been a significant surge in insecurity in Donga Mantung Division, North West Region of Cameroon. At least three people have been killed in Nkambe sub division in less than a weeks while houses have been set ablaze in a quarter in Tabenken village. Inhabitants accuse politicians for ‘inciting’ them to defy orders of restoration forces.
Rising insecurity in Cameroon has been a major concern as the country’s ten regional governors began meeting today in Yaounde. It was revealed, the North West, South West, Far North, Adamawa and East regions are plagued with ‘varied forms of violence’. The Minister of Territorial Administration said cyber criminals will be brought to book. Paul Atanga Nji insisted that violence will not be tolerated before, during and after election year’s elections.
Over 900 thousand FCFA go missing in a church in Cameroon’s Littoral Region. The amount is said have been stolen from a church in Dizangué in the Sanaga Maritime division of the Littoral Region. The alleged bandits reports say also made a way with important church materials including machines belonging to the sisters of the parish.
The Minister of Decentralization and Local Development, George Elanga Obam today presided over the third session of the inter-departmental committee of decentralized cooperation. This comes at a time when several measures regarding decentralization are expected to be implemented through his Ministry following the major national dialogue resolutions. The policy introduced over two decades ago has never been materialised and has been described by opposition as a political scam.
The National Communication Council is hosting an international seminar on the fight against piracy with focus on audio-visual content. The meeting held at the conference room of Mont Febe in Yaounde. The economic fallout of piracy in the golf of Guinea has been least topic reported on local media. Lack of resources is said to be a factor.
Under the co-sponsorship of the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development, Camtel is organizing a meeting with stakeholders in the electronic communications sector. The two-day event started today at the Yaounde Conference Center under the theme “Camtel at the service of operators and for the digital transformation of Cameroon”.
The minister of secondary education today chaired, a meeting between Cameroon authorities and a delegation of Japanese teachers on mission in Cameroon. The Japanese team is expected to stay till November 28, 2019.
At least 56 people have died in landslides caused by torrential rain in Kenya’s West Pokot region on Saturday. Hundreds of families have been made homeless and are sheltering in churches and schools, and desperately need food, water and other supplies. Thirty other people are still missing.
Residents of the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set fire to the town hall after a fresh militant attack overnight. Eight civilians are reported to have died in the attack, by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia
Votes are being counted in Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election, with the incumbent Jose Mario Vaz facing stiff competition after five years of political and economic turmoil. Polling day was calm despite outbreaks of violence in the lead-up to the election. A total of 12 candidates ran for the election. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)