National and International News Roundup: Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Inhabitants of Ako subdivision in the North West region of Cameroon are pleading for calm following a recent wave of violence in the area. They accuse Nigerian boys from Taraba state for invading the subdivision and causing atrocities in complicity with Cameroonians. People in Mbande village have been returning to the village after they fled when Ambazonia fighters engaged in a fight leading to one death.

Three suspected bandits have been detained at Mom gendarmerie brigade -Makak Subdivision Nyong et Kelle Division in the Centre Region of Cameroon. The presumed bandits were ambushed and taken by vigilante group members last night. They have been terrorising local farmers stealing money and material things.

An uneasy calm has returned to Nkomondo quarter in Douala after boys ransacked shops and other business centres belonging to Malians. This followed the discovery of a body of a child in an advanced state of decomposition in the residence of the presumed murderer. The suspect is still on the run.

The general manager of Cameroon Airline company (Camair Co) has appreciated the bravery and professionalism of the technical crew involved in the plane attack last Sunday in Bamenda. Louis George Njipendi Kouto received the technical crew today. The pilot successfully landed the plane at the Bafut Bamenda airport despite an attack by armed gunmen.

Living with disabilities in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon has never been as challenging as what has been experienced in the past three years of the ongoing crisis. This was an observation made as the International day of people living with disabilities was celebrated today. In the Anglophone Regions, people with physical disabilities tend to suffer more as they cannot run to safer places when violence ensues.

A bill to promote the use of two official languages in Cameroon has been described as another blow on Anglophones in Cameroon. According to Senator Kemende Henry of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the bill makes nonsense of the special status recommendation taken in the course of the national dialogue. He says opposition lawmakers from the anglophone zone are standing against the bill.

A Canadian construction company known as Magil is to complete the construction of Olembe sports complex in Yaoundé. An agreement to that effect was signed today between officials of the company and the ministry of sports. Magil company takes over from Piccini company. Piccini company abandoned the project following a constant financial misunderstanding with the government.

The sum of 51,828 billion France CFA has been allocated for the construction of the second phase of the East entryway into the city of Douala. The 8.9 km road project will be handled by the Canadian construction company MAGIL. A contract was signed today between the management of the enterprise and the Cameroonian Minister of Public Works Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi

Bamenda and Buea have been classified as the most expensive towns in Cameroon, with inflation rates of 4.8% and 2.9% respectively on basic commodities. According to a report released by the National Institute in Cameroon, prices of basic commodities in Cameroon, within the first 9 months of 2019, increased by 2.8% compared to 2018. The National Institute of Statistics warned that Cameroon risks diving into a general inflation rate of 2.9 per cent if nothing is done to resolve the anglophone crisis. The crises according to the report have negatively impacted the prices of goods in Cameroon.

The government of Cameroon in partnership with the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund are multiplying efforts to fight against child marriages and early marriages. The project that falls in line with activities marking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, target Young girls in the Northern Regions and other rural areas in Cameroon

The UPC Political Party is warning the Election Cameroon (ELECAM) against validating any UPC list other than that of the party’s secretary-general Dr Balegel Nkott. In a press conference in Yaoundé today, the UPC express preoccupations in the ongoing security atmosphere in Cameroon.

Inhabitants of the city of Douala have continued to express worries over growing insecurity across the city. They say the gunning down of a young man in brought daylight, in the heart of Bonanjo only demonstrates the rate of increasing insecurity. Local sources say, the man shot dead at close range in Bonanjo was a cashier of Santa Lucia.

At least four shops have been reduced to ashes, following a fire incident at the Bafia Market in the Mbam and Inoubo Division, Center Region of Cameroon. The shops burnt, includes a Bar, a spare parts shop, an electronics shop and a bookshop. Locals blame the ravaging flames on the absence of a fire fighting unit in Bafia

Some 100 plus IDPs have been trained in the production of local products in Limbe, South West Region. Training organisers say it is aimed at empowering the IDPs who are found wandering in different towns and Cities.

Twenty-Three people have been killed while more than 130 have been injured in the fire which swept through a ceramics factory in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. The fire was triggered after a gas tanker exploded; it has been reported.

The former chief of staff for Gabon’s President Ali Bongo has been arrested along with two other ministers who recently lost their jobs. The public prosecutor said Brice Laccruche Alihanga and the former ministers of oil and energy were taken into custody as part of an investigation into corruption.

Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has arrested 23 people undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of the country. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the suspects – aged between 19 and 35 – were being trained on how to carry out romance and trading scams, as well as identity theft.

Reports from Burkina Faso say at least 20 militants and three soldiers have been killed in two simultaneous attacks near the border with Mali. In one incident, suspected jihadists seized large quantities of military equipment after storming an army base in Toeni in the north of the country.

Liberia’s lawmakers have been asked to return from their annual break for a special session of parliament to discuss “issues of pressing national concern” at the request of President George Weah, parliamentary press secretary Isaac Redd has said. Mr Redd did not elaborate, but media speculation is that Mr Weah – a former football star who became president last year – wants parliament to hastily authorize the printing of 35bn Liberian dollars ($200m; £154m) to pay salaries to employees ahead of Christmas.

The United Nations mission in South Sudan says it has redeployed some of its troops to Aloor county to try to halt communal clashes. The UN said nearly 80 people had been killed and more than 100 injured in the past few days of fighting between the Gak and Manuer communities.

A Swiss-Cameroonian activist, Nathalie Yamb, says she has been deported from Ivory Coast after being accused of engaging in “activities against the national interest”. Ms Yamb – who is an adviser to Ivory Coast’s main opposition leader Mamadou Koulibaly and a fierce critic of France’s influence over its former colonies – tweeted a photo of herself in a plane, following her expulsion from the West African state. Ivory Coast has not commented.

Amr Fahmy, who was removed as general secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in April, has entered the race to be the governing body’s next president. His announcement comes despite the next elections for the top position, currently held by Ahmad, are set for 2021. “I will start my campaign by visiting Sudan and Ethiopia in February, I am beginning in those two countries because they along with Egypt were the first three members of Caf,” he told BBC Sport.

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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