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National And International News Roundup – 10th September 2020

Cyril Sam MBAKA has resigned from the Cameroon Democratic Union (CDU). The politician has served as the vice president of the CDU for close to three decades. Commentators say his decision follows the non respect of party discipline by Patricia Tomaino Ndam Njoya, President of the party.

The Sub Divisional Officer for Lokoundje Sub Division, South region has been transferred. This is contained in a Presidential decree signed yesterday. Eyono Ebanga Franck Derling is accused of killing his girl friend Lydinne Solange Taba few weeks ago. The family of the girl says she’s been denied justice.

Following the launch of a military operation code named “Bamenda Clean”, people are reluctant to travel to Bamenda .Travel agencies in Douala transporting people to Bamenda remain scanty. To workers of these agencies, the fact that commercial motorcycles have been banned in many places in the city makes transportation within the town difficult.

The Governor of the Littoral region says inhabitants of the city of Douala that would not comply with sanitary measures will face sanctions. Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboa visited different quarters in Douala today. He appreciated people at Nkolmitag, Douala II for cleaning gutters to reduce the risk of flood.

One year after the announcement of grand national dialogue by the President to discuss the process of peace in the North West and South West, the situation of insecurity remains bad with killings taking place on daily bases.

As part of the fight against Coronavirus,  the Ambassador of China to Cameroon Wang Ying Wu  has offered medical and protective equipments to the Cameroon police. The consignment was handed over to the General Delegate for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguélé yesterday September 9, 2020.

A staff of the University Of Yaounde II Soa,  Orlan Emmanuel Abodo Epse Ndoumou yesterday lost her life in a tragic car accident in Mvan-Yaounde. Witnesses say she was driving almost alone on the road when she was put off to confusion by a loud horn from a heavy truck. She reportedly tried to clear to the side of the road when her vehicle lost control.

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be held in Cameroon now has an official date. The football jamboree will take place across Cameroon from January 16 to February 7, 2021. The competition was due to take place in April 2020 but was pushed forth to 2021 due to the. Outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A young boy today almost drowned in Douala after he tried to recover a lady’s purse which contained money. Witness say the woman promised the young 14 year old boy an amount of 100,000FCFA if he recovered her purse which contained 350,000FCFA. the boy threw himself into the drain to recover the purse but was himself trapped and needed a collective effort to help him out.

Rwandan opposition figure Paul Rusesabagina has been able to talk to his family for the first time since being detained on terror charges 10 days ago. His daughter Carine Kanimba told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that he “sounded very strange”. Mr Rusesabagina is best known for his role in saving hundreds of Tutsis from the 1994 genocide, in which about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

Police in Morocco say they’ve broken up a network of Islamic State group militants who were planning to carry out suicide bombings. Five arrests were made in simultaneous raids in the city of Tangiers and the Rabat region. Explosive belts and other equipment were seized. The suspects were said to be plotting attacks that aimed to destabilise the country. No details were given as to what the targets might have been.

Police in Nigeria have rescued five of the 10 people kidnapped from a suburb of the capital, Abuja. Gunmen attacked the area of Tungan Maje in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to residents, the attackers started shooting sporadically as they came into the area. The police say they responded swiftly to a distress call and engaged the attackers in a fierce gun battle. They then managed to rescue half of those who had been taken.

A group of Ethiopians who have just been flown back from Saudi Arabia have been speaking about their harsh treatment there. On Thursday, Ethiopian officials welcomed 147 women and children from a flight paid for by the Saudi authorities. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia began deporting thousands of undocumented Ethiopian migrants, who had gone there looking for work.

Mauritius’ fisheries ministry has banned the sale and consumption of fish and seafood caught in a south-eastern lagoon after samples from the area returned positive tests for traces of hydrocarbons. About 1,000 tonnes of oil spilled into a sanctuary for rare wildlife after the Japanese-owned ship MV Wakashio struck a coral reef on 25 July. The National Coast Guard and the Fisheries Protection Services are working together to ensure round-the-clock surveillance and make sure that no fishing takes place in the affected area, the ministry said.

Prosecutors in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, have filed terror charges against prominent opposition figure and journalist Eskinder Nega, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports. Mr Eskinder was among the thousands arrested following the violence that caused the death of at least 170 people after popular musician Hachalu Hundessa was murdered in late June. His lawyer, Henock Aklilu, told the BBC that he has not been formally informed of the charges and that he heard the news on state media.

A three-day national consultation on the make-up of Mali’s transitional government begins on Thursday in the capital, Bamako. The talks come ahead of a deadline given by West African leaders for the appointment of civilian leaders by 15 September. This follows consultative meetings held last weekend to agree on the “terms of reference” for Thursday’s talks.

Some of South Africa’s biggest retailers have removed products made by TRESemmé following a row over an advert that has been condemned as racist. The original advert for a TRESemmé product that was promoted by retailer Clicks had pictures of African hair labelled dry, dull and damaged, while an example of white hair was described as fine and flat. Clicks responded to protests by apologising, pulling the advert and removing TRESemmé products and now other companies have joined in.

Foreign briefs: BBC