National and International News Roundup: Wednesday 27 November 2019

What concrete actions will Commonwealth, La Francophonie and African Union take to bring about peace after their meeting with authorities in Cameroon? This is the worry of some Cameroonians following the visit of representatives of these organisations in Cameroon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Louise Mushikiwabo Secretary-General of La Francophonie and Musa Faki Mahamat, Chairman of African Union Commission held talks with President Paul Biya, PM Dion Ngute and other personalities in Cameroon today. They are expected to meet with political and civil society stakeholders before their 48-hour visit ends.

How to entice foreign investors to do business in Cameroon is the focus of an ongoing forum in Douala. The Cameroon Investment Forum opened Wednesday, November 27, 2019, with the aim to showcase investment opportunities in Cameroon. The country has been witnessing a progressive withdrawal of foreign investments from the crisis-hit zone, but the government seeks to turn the tides. Experts noted at the event noted that Cameroon saw its importations tripled in 2007 and 2017, which has today contributed to the trade deficit the country is facing. Cameroon currently spent 3 thousand billion France CFA in the importation, notably of consumer goods like rice, maize and fish.

Gunshots in Bamkikaay, Kakikaikom and Kikaikilaiki in Bui Division in the North West Region of Cameroon has sent locals fleeing. The populace suggests that the shooting is to frighten armed fighters believed to have erected camps in bushes in the localities.

Some inhabitants of Bamenda were today stranded with no taxi to transport them to Bambili in Tubah Subdivision. Taxi drivers plying the road were in protest to denounce illegal multiple checkpoints mounted by security forces. The drivers believe that several checkpoints are mainly to extort money from them.

Supporters of the Cameroon Democratic Union (CDU) party in Koutaba, Noun Division West region of Cameroon have promised hell to the DO for the subdivision, if the list of their party candidates running for the municipal and legislative elections of February 2020 gets rejected by Elections Cameroon, ELECAM. They accuse the DO and assistant of receiving bribe worth 20 million France CFA from CPDM party bigwigs in the area, to eliminate the CDU party list.  On November 25, final day to deposit files at ELECAM, the CDU party file had not been signed by the DO, till 10pm

The Cameroon People Democratic Movement (CPDM) Mayor for Mayo Darle Council in the Mayo Banyo Division of the North region of Cameroon is no more. The traditional authority and mayor, reportedly died of a heart attack, after learning that his name was taken out of the list of CPDM candidates to run for the Mayo Darle municipal. The rejection of his name by party officials, mean he will immediately lose his position as mayor, once elections are organized.

Panic gripped inhabitants of Bepanda Omnisport in Douala V subdivisions today following an explosion around the football pitch.  An explosive with source still unknown detonated at one end of the football edifice, leaving part of the newly constructed wall of the stadium damaged. The sound from the explosion caused panic, with locals running in all directions, locals say.

The organising committee of African Football championship (CHAN) 2020 is bracing up for a hitch-free competition. In a meeting presided over by Narcise Moulle Kombi, Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, members of the various commissions were challenged to put the interest of the nation first for a successful tournament.

The Minister of Justice, Laurent Esso today presided over the opening ceremony of the training of trainers’ workshop for the preparation and presentation of reports to the organs of human rights and treaties.  The workshop was held at the conference room of his ministry.

UNICEF is about now hosting a gala at the Akwa Palace Hotel in Douala to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The event has as guest artist UNICEF Ambassador, Charlotte Dipanda.

An ecumenical service took place today in Kribi, South Region of Cameroon. Organised by the SDO for the Ocean Division, Antoine Bissaga, participants are praying for peace in Kribi and Cameroon in general ahead of upcoming elections.

A brawl has taken place between several young people at Ndogpassi I, a neighbourhood in the Douala III Subdivision. According to eyewitnesses, it started when two commercial motorbike riders demanded a reward from a youngster who picked up a FCFA 10.000 note not far from Carrefour Chefferie. The young man opted to hand them FCFA 1,500 but was attacked by the duo who wanted more. The boy is said to have been taken to the Logbaba District Hospital for treatment after violent altercations with other young people who got involved on the brawl.

Cameroon Karate expert, Pierre Kaleu has died at the Dja Hospital in Bandjoun where he was receiving intensive care in the emergency department. The champion became the first Cameroonian to get a black belt in judo. He did so in 1963.

Benin has expelled the European Union’s ambassador over political interference, a statement from the president’s office says. The statement said that while the country had nothing against the EU, Ambassador Oliver Nette was “harmful”.

Emotions are running high in Nigeria at the moment over two bills currently before parliament, known as the Hate Speech and Social Media bills. Activists took their objections to the National Assembly, where they are being debated. The protest in the capital, Abuja, is part of a series of rallies to be held across the country.

Tanzania’s government spokesman has issued a warning to local journalists about quoting foreign organisations and representatives in their reporting. The warning comes a few hours after American and British diplomats released a statement criticising the process of the just-ended local elections in the country.

Amnesty International has accused Egypt’s government of using a secretive anti-terrorism agency to detain government critics. In its latest report, the rights group documented more than 100 cases of activists and journalists who have been detained since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi came to power five years ago.

The electoral commission in Guinea-Bissau says two former prime ministers will face each other in a presidential run-off, after winning the most votes in Sunday’s first-round poll. The incumbent, President Jose Mario Vaz, came fourth, with 12% of the vote.

Former Cameroon forward Pierre Webo has been appointed as an assistant coach at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. The 37-year-old returns to the club he played for between 2011 and 2013 and also to Istanbul where he also appeared for giants Fenerbahce.

Some delayed matches of the National professional league One Championship were disputed in stadia across Cameroon this Wednesday, November 27, 2019 with the following scores. In Limbé, Union of Douala vs Coton Sport of Garoua =2-2; In Mbankomo, AS Fortuna vs PWD of Bamenda =0-0

(Foreign News Source: BBC Africa)

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