National and International News Roundup: Tuesday 5 October 2019

Tomorrow November 6, 2019 marks exactly 37 years since President Paul Biya ascended to the supreme magistracy in Cameroon and 37th CPDM party anniversary. Party officials say the new deal government has recorded enormous successes worth celebrating. President Biya came to power on the 6th of November 1982 following the resignation of Cameroon’s first president Ahmadou Ahidjo. After thirty-seven years in power, some Cameroonians say the regime has plunged Cameroon into total chaos.

Teaching and learning came to a premature end at Government High School Bokova in Buea subdivision South West Region of Cameroon today. The school was attacked by unidentified armed individuals who got teachers and students well beaten in the early hours of the day. The attackers succeeded in scaring away learners before the arrival of security officials.

The Cameroonian defence and security forces say they have ‘neutralised’ some seven separatist fighters in Muyuka subdivision in the South West Region of Cameroon. In a social media report, the soldiers say the fighters were ‘neutralised’ on Monday, November 3, 2019, during an operation in a locality known as Pete

Calm has returned to Government Bilingual High School Bonassama in Bonaberi Douala IV subdivision after a tensed atmosphere caused by an attack on some staff members by a Gendarmerie officer. The law enforcement officer got the Vice Principal and discipline master brutalised on accusations that they punished his daughter. The school hierarchy has condemned the violence on the staff, insisting that the child was only asked to run; which a disciplinary measure applied to all latecomers in the school

Workers of the Banana and Cocoa research centre in Njoumbe in the Moungo Division of the Littoral Region of Cameroon have vowed to disrupt any activity at the site until their salary arrears are paid.  The workers say they have gone for months without pay

The Divisional Officer for Yaoundé I subdivision today banned the planned press conference organized by Christian Penda Ekoka, Leader of the AGIR movement and an Ally of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement Political Party. The Muna foundation where the event was scheduled to take place, was surrounded by soldiers.

Christian Penda Ekoka, leader of the AGIR Movement and ally of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement political party has stated that governance is meaningless when the aspirations of people are not met. He has also endorsed federalism to be a form of governance in Cameroon. The former adviser at the presidency of the Republic declared this at his residence today in Yaoundé after his planned press conference was banned by the DO of Yaoundé 1. Penda Ekoka was detained for close to nine months alongside leaders of CRM party.

The remains of a commercial motorbike rider have been ferried to the Bafoussam regional hospital mortuary following an accident that abruptly took away his life this evening. The bike is said to have been crushed by a heavy-duty truck

Victims of the Gouache landslide in Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon have received material assistance from the government of Cameroon. Presiding over the distribution process today in Bafoussam, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji said the gifts are separate from the 200 million FCFA promised by the president of the Republic.

Hundreds of people turned out this day in Bamenda in the North West region to welcome Abdul Karim Ali. Many of them described the Muslim scholar as a freedom fighter that has always stood for the right course.  Abdul Karim was released from prison last Friday after over a month’s detention in Yaoundé. He has been critical of the regime’s handling of the anglophone crisis.

A girl is under detention in a gendarmerie brigade in Mbouda in the West Region of Cameroon, accused of throwing her new-born baby into a pit toilet.  According to the lady, she mistakenly gave birth and the baby fell into the toilet and died. The remains of the baby have been retrieved and buried while investigations have been opened.

Work has resumed at Efoulan district hospital at Yaoundé 3 municipality. The workers earlier today observed a strike to denounce the brutality meted on a medical doctor by some individuals. The people had accused the doctor of manhandling their patient.

One month after the major national dialogue organised to resolve the anglophone crisis, insecurity remains rife in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. The killings, torture, kidnappings and total insecurity persist while the implementation of recommendations is still being awaited.

Water and Energy Minister, Gaston Eloundou Essomba today presided over the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on the protection and use of trans-border rivers and international lakes. The workshop is holding at the Yaoundé Hilton Hotel.

The French Institute of Douala today hosted a round table discussion that focused on the Woman in the cultural milieu. With the theme “Women and Development: Combat and Development in the Workplace” it had in participation among others, women entrepreneurs and artists.

Unidentified individuals are said to have stolen a piece of art erected in honour of former Douala V Mayor, Francois Foning. The symbol was inaugurated last Thursday by the Government Delegate to the Douala council.

A new report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) warns of a growing gender gap in internet access in Africa, with women increasingly having significantly less access to the internet than men. It says that 33.8% of men use the internet compared to 22.6% of women in Africa. And the difference between male and female use has increased since 2013, the ITU adds.

Liberians have been stuck in long queues at cash machines as many have run out of banknotes. Customers trying to get money at bank counters have also complained they can’t get Liberian dollars. The ministry of finance says there is not sufficient money in the vaults of commercial banks because people are keeping money at home – something observers say is motivated by a lack of confidence in the banks.

A major aid effort is underway to assist victims of flooding in Somalia where 370,000 people have been displaced and 10 have died. One of the worst-hit areas is Beledweyne, close to the border with Ethiopia, where videos show some residents neck-deep in water or clinging to roofs, with entire villages submerged.

France has announced the launch of a new joint military operation with Burkina Faso, a country suffering from nearly daily terror attacks. The French and Burkinabe soldiers are to be deployed in the coming days at the border with Mali and Niger, where several militant groups have been operating.

The president of Mali has urged people to unite behind the country’s army and not to undermine its morale following the jihadist attacks that have killed around 50 soldiers over the last week. Commenting for the first time since a military camp was overrun by jihadists on Friday, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita said the stability and the very existence of the country were at stake.

A court in South Africa has lifted a ban on the naming of a suspect accused of raping and killing 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana. Luyanda Botha, a former post office worker, is accused of committing the crimes in August. He has not entered a plea yet.

More illegal detention houses uncovered in Nigeria. Nigerian police in south-western Oyo state have rescued 259 people from an illegal detention centre in a mosque in Ibadan. Most of those freed by the police raid were chained up within a mosque compound, police spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi said.

Talks between the two sides of the South Sudan conflict that were meant to happen on Tuesday have been postponed for two days, according to a UN-owned radio station. The postponement comes a week before they are due to form a coalition government on 12 November following a peace deal.

A major innovation in Tanzania’s parliament has taken place. The country’s MPs will start using tablets for official parliamentary business as the law-making body goes paperless. The MPs were issued with the gadgets on Monday ahead of the sessions on Tuesday afternoon in the capital Dodoma.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has made major changes to his cabinet and security establishment, appointing a new army chief and dropping a minister who has not been seen in public for months. Maj Gen Jean Bosco Kazura has been promoted to a four-star general and appointed the chief of defence staff, taking over Gen Patrick Nyamvumba who is now the new minister of internal security.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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