1 The 7 Kata Ambazonian group of Bafut, has condemned an attack on the Bafut palace. The attack which happened today, the group says, was carried out by the Cameroon military.
The attacks it said left a Prince shot and several others beaten. Doors of the palace’s queen mother’s were reportedly smashed and food and property destroyed. Government has so far not made any comments on the accusations. The attack it should be noted comes at a time when consulations are ongoing in view of a grand national dialogue.
2 Meantime, an uneasy calm has returned in some parts of Bafut in the North west region of Cameroon after a tense atmosphere characterised by shooting in the afternoon. Military men are reported to have invaded the village and even the fon’s palace was not spared. The whereabouts of the Fon of Bafut remains unknown.
3 Oppinion leaders in Anglophone Cameroon say the population need assurances that the Grand National Dialogue will be genuine and inclusive. The message was echoed by Barrister Akere Muna, Eric Chinje and members of the South West North West Women’s Task Force as they met the Prime Minister today, September 24, 2019. “It is very difficult to imagine the holding of dialogue its nature is being put to question. There are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled before we sit on the table,” Akere Muna said. “We have to take a look at the cause of the Anglophone crisis,” said Manka Tabuwe of the Women’s Task Force.
4 North West/South West women’s task force demands for a presidential clemency to permit all political prisoners to be part of the national dialogue. Received by the Prime Minister today, the women say women and girls are enduring the greater part of the suffering of the war in the anglophone regions.
5 Ace Journalist and CEO of African Media Initiative, Eric Chinje has said outcome of the National Dialogue must be historic, though it is also a Cameroonian problem. “There is Anglophone crisis, it is also a Cameroonian crisis, let the outcome of this dialogue be historic,” he told reporters in Yaounde after presenting his proposals to the Prime Minister, Dion Ngute.
6 At least five persons have been wounded at Marche Congo in Douala particularly at a place called anciene triozieme as police men and agents of Douala city council clashed with traders in the market. The security service was in the market to supervise the demolition of a storey building that used as a commercial centre in the area.
7 The prime minister has dismissed information that the government is currently receiving financial contributions from the public to sponsor the organisation of the national dialogue. In a release, PM Joseph Dion Ngute restated that the national dialogue website is for the public to forward proposals. No contact or account has been given for contributions he said.
8 There are mixed feelings in the minds of students and some lecturers of the University of Buea. This follows a close door meeting held earlier today by lecturers originating from the south west region. They put together proposals ahead of national dialogue. The unanswered question now is what particular issues are affecting lecturers from the South West and not those of other regions?
9 People living with physical disabilities in Cameroon have called on the government to ensure they are included in decision making processes in the country. At the Prime Minister’s office in the course of consultation today, they equally noted that those with physical disabilities are more exposed to attrocities committed in the anglophone regions of Cameroon .
10 Major activities have been paralysed in a locality called Namba situated around Nkongsamba in the Moungo Division in the Littoral region where for over two months there have been no electricity. Inhabitants say workers of the lone electricity distribution company say a technical fault in the locality will not be repaired soon because they did not vote for the ruling party during the 2018 presidential election.
11 President Paul Biya of Cameroon is not attending the 74th session of the United Nations General assembly in New York. He is represented by Le Jeune Mbella Mbella, minister of external relations. US President Donald Trump while addressing the UN general assembly today said US’ increase in military expenditure is yielding fruits of peace.
12 The Nigerian authorities have charged a political activist with money laundering and insulting the president. Omoyele Sowore was arrested last month after organising street protests against the government. A few hours ago, a court in the capital Abuja ordered his immediate release.
13 Former Nigeria coach and player Samson Siasia says he is still in the dark as to the whereabouts of his abducted mother. Mrs Ogere Siasia, 76, and two others have been held captive since they were seized in Bayelsa, southern Nigeria ten weeks ago. But Siasia says the police are no closer to finding her.
14 57-year-old Portuguese born trainer, António Conceição da Silva Oliveira has officially signed his contract as new coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, in what many have termed a scandalous scene.
Pictures have emerged with the slippers-wearing trainer and Cameroon’s Sports and Physical Education Minister, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi fidgeting with some papers on a hotel room table, pens in hand. Many have cast doubts over the efficiency of the new coach, saying appointing a national was the best option.
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