Four ‘supposed” ex amba fighters have laid their arms and arrived at the Yaoundé Conference Centre for the national dialogue. After a closed-door meeting with the prime minister, one of the Generals said they still remain in control of fighters in Fako Division and will convince others to disarm if the government is serious in the process of peace.
Hon. Jean Jacques Ekindi has returned to the national dialogue. The vice president of the reconstruction commission left yesterday in anger saying peace was not the centre of the talks. He told MMI today that he has been convinced by the PM Dion Ngute to return.
A statement from George Ewane; spokesman of the national dialogue states that “the commission of decentralisation has finalised its resolutions ready to be presented tomorrow”. In a press briefing this evening the spokesman is optimistic that the resolutions will be saluted by all Cameroonians.
Dr Simon Munzu has remarked that peace must reign before any meaningful reconstruction will take place in the anglophone regions of Cameroon. The president of the commission of reconstruction and development has insisted that a cease-fire is necessary towards lasting peace in the anglophone regions. On the question of the form of state, Dr Munzu says Cameroonians should focus on the content and not the appellation of the form of state. To him, power should get to the grassroots of the population.
The chairman of the Social Democratic Front SDF – has held a closed-door meeting with the Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute. Nothing has filtered from the meeting as of now. Ni John Fru Ndi later visited all the commissions at work at the Yaoundé Conference centre. He says be reserves his comments until resolutions shall be made public.
Disarmament in Cameroon this time is focusing more on how to get fighters out of the bushes. This has been stated by the vice president of the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration commission at the national dialogue. Ngala Gerald is convinced that if fighters lay their arms it will be a major step towards peace in Cameroon. To him, the government has plans of integrating fighters without prosecution.
There is jubilation in Mbouda, West region of Cameroon, following the arrest of three young men believed to be members of a gang of thieves terrorizing inhabitants of the area and the rest of the Bamboutous Division. The armed men were arrested in a village on the outskirts of Mbouda by elements of the national gendarmerie
The Fon of Barabe village in Ako Subdivision, Donga Mantung Division in the North West region says his family and personal properties in Ako town and Barabe village have been targeted and destroyed within the context of the anglophone crisis. Speaking at the Nkambe Fons palace where he is currently seeking refuge, the traditional ruler says he wishes to return to his Barabe village but the increasing insecurity therein, is a push factor. He ran away with his wives and children.
The Nkambe Fons palace is now home to many traditional rulers who have fled insecurity in several parts of Donga Mantung Division. Beside the Fon of Barabe village and wives, the Fon of Nkambe is also hosting the Fon of Sa’ah village accompanied by two of his three wives. They have been there for close to a year.
October 1st commemoration of ‘Ambazonian Independence Day’ social media images presents a massive turnout in Fontem Subdivision, Lebialem Division of the South West region of Cameroon. Women, men and children turned out with the ‘Ambazonian’ flag to watch a parade from ‘Ambazonian’ Forces. Other images show what is said to be the ‘Bui Warriors’ in Kumbo of the North West Region, also engaged in the commemoration of the ‘Ambazonia’ day of independence. In another video believed to be from the Fako Division of the South West region, heavily armed men are seen in an engine boat sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, weaving the ‘Ambazonian’ and chanting combat songs.
A fire has ravaged over 40 stores at the Mendong market early this Wednesday morning. The damages enormous, with goods and structures, reduced to ashes though there was no loss of life. Traders have blamed the incident on poor electric connections.
The BBC has announced a new trainee scheme for African journalists with disabilities. Known as Aim High and starting in April 2020, the programme will offer three-month placements to three aspiring journalists with disabilities.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has flown out to South Africa for a three-day visit aimed at improving relations between the two nations. The trip comes at a time when relations have deteriorated following a rise in attacks on foreigners in South African cities, including against Nigerians.
Kenya’s central bank says nearly 210 million – or more than 95% – of old 1,000-shilling ($10; £8) notes have been returned in an exercise aimed at curbing corruption and money laundering. The bank said there had been about 217 million of the notes in circulation on 1 June, when the decision to phase them out was announced. The notes ceased to be legal tender from 1 October.
Five players with Eritrea’s under-20 national football squad have absconded in Uganda and have sought asylum; reliable sources have confirmed to the BBC. The players disappeared from their hotel and did not show up at their training ground, reports say. The team travelled to Uganda to play in the regional CECAFA under-20 Challenge Cup tournament.
Liberian president and former football star George Weah has expressed his reluctance to establish a war crimes court, despite widespread calls for it to be formed to try those involved in a civil war that killed up to 250,000 people. Speaking after his arrival from the UN General Assembly on Tuesday evening, Mr Weah said: “I don’t understand what you all want. Since we came to power, I have not one day called for [a] war crimes court.” To the wild applause of a group of supporters surrounding him, the ex-footballer asked: “Why now? When we have economic issues, we’re trying to develop our country, why focus on a war crimes court now?” (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)