National and International News Roundup: Thursday 05 December 2019

The government of Cameroon has called on international donors to assist in the reconstruction of war-ravaged North West and South West Regions of the country. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute received diplomatic representatives and other international organisations today. Reconstructing the two regions, it should be recalled, is part of the recommendations taken during the major national dialogue.

The fight against urban disorder has been rekindled in Douala. The Senior Divisional Officer for Wouri has launched a campaign confiscating commercial motorcycles that operate in neighbourhoods like Bonanjo and Bonapriso. BENJAMIN Mboutou says the decision is to reduce insecurity in these residential areas of Douala.

No classes have held at Manne private secondary school situated at Mboko in Douala 3 since Tuesday this week as the students and teachers are on strike.  While the teachers are demanding the payment of two months’ salary arrears, students are striking against inadequate computers for practical lessons, among other issues.

The unidentified body of a woman has been deposited in a mortuary at Douala 3. The lady was knocked down to death by a speeding vehicle this morning at Entree BIR Ndogpassi in Douala 3. The body of the woman remained in the middle of the road for several hours given that she had no identification documents nor a telephone on her.

The Cameroon National Reconciliation Party says it is still awaiting the electoral council to confirm if 15 additional days will be given to them to complete compilation of documents to run for the February twin elections. The leader of the party Cabral Libii has waved aside a response by members of the government stating that the electoral code does not provide room for that. The party had earlier demanded for 15 days to regularise its documents or it will boycott the elections.

A Habeas Corpus in favour of Mamadou Mota, 1st National President of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) political Party has been rejected. The Habeas corpus was rejected by Justice Ekodek in Yaoundé, according to Bibou Nissack Olivier, spokesperson of Professor Maurice Kamto. The party describes the rejection as unfair.

Some four suspected bandits are currently being detained by the judiciary police in Bonanjo Douala, after being accused of stealing money from women who participated in the just-ended Ngondo festival. Reports say most of them were involved in snatching handbags from female participants. The bags were later sold to a retailer at the central market where police officials began their investigations. The suspected bandits were presented to the population today.

Lecturers of the University of Bamenda were on day Two of their sit-in strike action today. They decry the continuous kidnappings, harassment, killings and violent attacks on their colleagues despite security promises from the administration.

The Director-General of Elections Cameroon, (ELECAM) has warned political party representatives and politicians against paying money to unscrupulous ELECAM officials and demanding money under the pretext of getting their documents validated. The officials have been accused of collecting money from some candidates to get their files validated ahead of the 2020 elections.

The Mayor of Pouma Council has refuted allegations that he used the influence of government Minister Jean Ernest Massinah Ngale to get himself at the top of the list of CPDM party candidates for the upcoming municipal elections in Pouma. In a press briefing today, the mayor said his challengers only failed to respect the directives of the CPDM national President, HE President Paul Biya.

The 2019 Batch of student elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, commonly known as BIR, have officially graduated as commandos of the elite force. Out of 2500 recruited, 2205 succeeded. The graduation ceremony took place at the Man “O” War bay in Limbe and was presided at by General Philip Nkpai commander of military training centres in Cameroon.

Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants abducted 21 people in the north of Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, local officials and police told the AFP news agency. Four of those taken managed to escape and the security forces are now searching for the 17 others, an official quoted by AFP said.

In South Sudan, 29 people with bullet wounds from communal clashes have been flown by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) to the capital, Juba, for treatment, the organisation says. Earlier this week, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan redeployed some of its troops to the affected area, about 500km (310 miles) from Juba, where it said 80 people had been killed.

The main opposition party in Botswana, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), says it has proof that October’s general election was rigged. Party leader Duma Boko told a press conference in Johannesburg that the High Court in Botswana has been petitioned and that a hearing would take place in the next few days.

The death toll in eastern Uganda following the landslides caused by heavy rain on Tuesday has risen to eight as two more bodies have been recovered from the mud and debris. The number of those missing has been revised down from 50 to 40.

At least 18 people have died in clashes between Islamist militants and the country’s defence and security forces over the past five days in Mozambique’s gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado, media reports say. Twelve of the dead are reported to be insurgents, one was a member of the defence forces and the other five were civilians.

The confederation of African Football CAF has made public a list of nominees for the 2020 CAF award due to take place in Egypt. Goalkeeper Andre Onana and Eric Maxime Tchoupou Moting are in the category of Best male footballer, Tchout Ajara Njoya and Gabriel Aboudi Ongene are in the female Category while coach Alain Njeufack is in the category of the Best female team coach. The Award ceremony will take place in Egypt in January 2020.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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