National and International News Roundup – Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Calls have intensified for the release of Martinez Zogo, a radio animator at Amplitude FM in Yaounde. Martinez, who is about spending his second night at the Kondengui prison was arrested last Friday, January 17 and detained at the Secretariat of State for Defence (SED) before being transferred to the Kondengui prison. Reports say he is held for allegedly criticising the family of Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic.

Ahead of a planned conference on the armed conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiation’s Co-Chair, Judith Nwana has met with former Ambassador, Herman Cohen. Mrs Nwana specifies that she spoke with the former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs on the “pathways to a permanent negotiated solution to the escalating armed conflict in the Southern Cameroons.”

The Ministry of Public Health has confirmed a cholera outbreak in the Littoral Region of Cameroon. According to the ministry, one person has died of the disease in the Manoko health district. Suspected and positive cases have also been recorded in the Nylon and Deido health districts.

The Centre Regional Delegate of Secondary Education has ordered the release of a teacher tortured and jailed yesterday by a Divisional Officer. Orders were also given for the purchase of new uniforms for students who’s trousers were cut or destroyed. Despite the move, many have maintained calls for the lady DO to be sanctioned or laid off.

According to the latest ranking from the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International, Cameroon occupies 153rd position of 180 nations ranked in its 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. The country’s ranking illustrates that corruption is now a way of life. As compared to 136th out of 175 countries in 2018, Cameroon is more corrupt than Ghana and Nigeria combined. Cameroon maintained a score of 25 with zero for highly corrupt and 100 least corrupt on the index.

The Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms has extended the deadline for the submission of applications for the recruitment of 100 staff for translation and interpretation services. The move comes three weeks after the initial announcement of the recruitment. Under 50 applications have been received this far. The new deadline is February 28, 2020.

The South West and North West Womens Task Force, SNWOT has urged some major powers and institutions to enable kids to return to school by seeking solution to end of the war in Cameroon’s English speaking regions. Marking the International Day of Education today, SNWOT tasked the UN Secretary General and the leaders of the UK, US, France, Canada, the Commonwealth and the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security to act on the Anglophone Crisis “so that approximately 800,000 children and youth can return to school”.

“General Nambere”, a so-called former separatist fighter was reportedly beaten by inmates at the Yaoundé central prison in Kondengui Thursday. Reports say Nambere was on a visit to the detention facility when he was attacked by the inmates but managed to escape with injuries after penitentiary officials intervened. He is accused of betraying the independence struggle of Ambazonia.

Cameroon’s Minister of Water and Energy Resources, Gaston Eloundou Essomba today chaired the annual conference of his ministry’s central and decentralised services. The conference was held under the theme “Issues, challenges and prospects of the Water and Energy subsector in the era of decentralization.”

President Paul Biya will preside over the graduation of the ‘Major General Kadodji Jacob’ batch of the Combined Services Military Academy in Yaounde. The six-hour event takes place at the ceremonial ground of the Brigade Headquarters in Yaounde. Tomorrow’s graduation ceremony will be one of the very rare public events attended by the Head of State.

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, CHRDA has launched a project to educate combatants in the Anglophone regions on International Humanitarian Law in times of conflict. To be done with the use of pamphlets, CHRDA says it “stands to sensitize combatants to these illegal acts, and thus diminish the human rights violations they commit”. The center says the pamphlet, containing ten question-and-answer scenarios will be translated to Pidgin and French and also produced in audio format in order to extend the campaign across all warring parties.

Two persons are reported killed by a falling tree in Ngoudi, East region of Cameroon. Reports say the died Wednesday January 22,2020 in the heart of Ngoundi 2 village near Gari Gombo in the Boumba and Ngoko Division.

The teacher of Government Bilingual High School Ayos, in the Nyong and Mfoumou Division, detained on orders from the Divisional officer for the area has been released. This follows the timely intervention of the centre regional delegate of secondary education, after due consultations with local administrative officials. Local sources say the regional delegate who traveled from Yaoundé to Ayos today, also facilitated the acquisition of new uniforms for kids who had their uniforms thorn by the D.O.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the principal leader of the Church of England, has visited Kiburu Boys Secondary School, a school he taught at in central Kenya. During his visit, the archbishop said it was the Kenyan school where he first learned about salvation and God.

Zimbabwe has only a month’s worth of grain, according to Agriculture Minister Perence Shiri. The cash-strapped and impoverished southern African country has only 100,000 tonnes of grain in its strategic reserves, he said. Maize harvests halved last year and as a result, more than half the population faces food shortages.

Tanzania’s president has sacked his home affairs minister for allegedly mismanaging a $453m (£345m) fire department contract. The deal was for the purchase of fire-fighting equipment.

Suspected Islamist militant fighters killed six soldiers and wounded several others in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army has said on Twitter. Mali has suffered violence since 2012 when Islamist militants took over the north.

A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Local media quoted police as saying Mr. Da Cunha had already attempted to kill himself this month and had been suffering from depression.

The Guinness World Records has dismissed reports circulating online and on social media claiming the organization had recognized Kizza Besigye as the “world’s most arrested man”. The story, which alleged that the Ugandan opposition leader had been listed in the latest edition of Guinness Book of Records, had been published on low-key blogs. Guinness World Records said the person with the record for most arrests is Tommy Johns of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia almost 3,000 times. (Source Foreign News: BBC Africa).

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