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National And International News Roundup – 11th September 2020

Inhabitants of Bamenda are today more than ever skeptical over what will become of the military operation called “Bamenda Clean”.This follows the killing of three civilians today by suspected military men at a place called mile 90. The three were in a vehicle as they left Batibo and were returning to Bamenda.The military has not reacted to the accusation.

The Governor of the North West region of Cameroon says security service has a major challenge of maintaining peace in the region for the interest of all. Adolph Lele L’Afrique made the statement in a coordination meeting today in Bamenda. This follows operation ‘Bamenda clean’.

Police dispersed indigenes of villages in Bonanjo, Bali, Youpwe and Bois de Singe in Douala as they protested against the appointment of chiefs that are not from the land. Last week, the people of Bonasama carried out a similar protest.

A 46 year old man is in detention in Douala following accusations of raping his step daughter. Witnesses of the incident at New Bell recount that the mother of the 14 year girl raised an alarm claiming to have caught them red handed.

Results of the Baccalaureate exams have been published this evening. Candidates are to get their results from sending an SMS on 8070 in any network.

Cameroon’s intermidiate Lions will stay a joint training session till 15th of September. The team will participate at the African Football Championship (CHAN) from the 16th of January to February 7th 2021. In a decision from CAF, the name of the Championship remains CHAN 2020 despite the fact that it will take place in 2021.

Floods, coming from exceptional rainfall, have killed more than 200 people and affected over a million more, in a band of countries from Senegal to Sudan, AFP news agency quotes the UN as saying. Julie Belanger from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is quoted by AFP as saying that, in 11 countries in West and Central Africa, 760,000 people have been impacted and 110 killed, “and the rains are not over”. A further 103 people have died in Sudan, AFP quotes the country’s civil defence organisation as saying.

An expert in using satellites to monitor farming – including the breeding of locusts – is one of the winners of the 2020 Africa Food Prize. Ugandan Dr Catherine Nakalembe was awarded the prize alongside Dr André Bationo of Burkina Faso who works on improving fertiliser technology. Dr Nakalembe won the award for her research into promoting food security in Africa.

South Africa’s rail freight company Transnet has suspended business dealings with the Chinese train manufacturer CRRC, over contract disputes, but it may have to reverse that ban to get its locomotives repaired. Transnet is taking legal action against the Chinese company to enforce payment on penalties levied against the company for cost overruns in a contract to supply hundreds of locomotives. CRRC, which is the world’s biggest train manufacturer, owes at least $3bn (£2.3bn), because of problems over a contract shared by four companies, to supply 1,064 locomotives to Transnet.

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has announced the reopening of schools and bars as Covid-19 cases begin to slow. Addressing parliament in Lusaka on Friday, Mr Lungu said schools, colleges and universities would now reopen between 14 and 23 September. Only students in examination classes had been attending classes. Mr Lungu said bars would partially open on a pilot basis while observing precautionary measures such as social distancing and sanitising of hands.

Students in the Nigerian town of Chibok have been taking secondary school exams there for the first time since more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Parents and staff in Chibok have told the BBC they were happy that their children could take their exams closer to home. For many years local students had to travel to major northern cities, including Maiduguri and Jos, to sit exams. This often meant travelling long distances across bad roads.

The Senegalese army says about 100 of its soldiers from the peacekeeping mission in The Gambia have tested positive for coronavirus. The military contingent composed of 600 soldiers was returning home. They have been quarantined in Toubacouta, on Senegalese territory near the border with The Gambia, as a precautionary measure. Those who tested positive are asymptomatic. More tests are being done.

Foreign briefs: BBC