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National And International News Roundup – 15th September 2020

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The Minister of territorial administration says no manifestation next week will be considered a non violent one with defaulters to face the wrath of the administration. In a release signed by Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi, he says the manifestations are unconstitutional.

Militants of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement in the North West threaten to order for the arrest of any journalist who dares to cover a process of selecting candidates for municipal election. The meeting chaired by Philemon Yang is taking place at the moment at Ayaba Hotel

Operation “Bamenda Clean” enters the second week with the inhabitants of Bamenda decrying military harassment. Besides, victims say military men practically extort money from them by demanding receipts for all valuable items in their houses.

The Divisional Chairperson of the CRM party in Yaounde was today arrested and detained in SED as he went to declare a public manifestation for September 22 at the DO’s office. Government authorities across the country have been putting together measures against the upcoming protests scheduled for September 22, 2020 as Maurice Kamto says would be a peaceful protest meant at demanding the president to step down from power.

The Divisional Officer for Maroua II has not issued an official response following a letter of declaration of protest deposited by militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party. To militants of the party, the main aim of the protest next week is to flush the regime of President Paul Biya and put in place a transitional government. To them, the regime has failed Cameroonians at all levels since 1982.

Jean Marc Bikoko of the civil society has stated that there cannot be a change of leadership at the helm of Cameroon through the ballot box but through a political transition. Speaking on Canal 2 international this evening, he endorses the call made by Prof. Maurice Kamto for Cameroonians to come out at mass to force Paul Biya out of power.

Cameroonians in the Philippines today mourn a fellow compatriots, Bobga Daryl, 23, who was today discovered dead in his room in the Philippines Capital, Manila. Bobga Daryl was found dead while seated on a chair by his room mate as he returned from work. The Philippines police have now taken custody of the young Cameroonian’s body for an autopsy to uncover cause.

The National Weather Observatory has predicted bad conditions for the South West, Littoral, North West and West regions in the coming days. Their recent reports have predicted a plethora of natural disasters like floods and landslides caused by rains which will pour from September 11-20

The President of the National Episcopal council has expressed worries over the present Socio-politocal climate with heavy criticisms on the electoral code. Mgr. Abraham Kome said that the government’s unwillingness to revise the electoral code and grant a voice to opposition parties that cry foul is rather making things more tensed particularly with the upcoming regional elections.

The the deputy Secretary General of the CPDM party, Gregoire Owona has responded to Romeo Dika’s accusations of the CPDM and President Paul Biya. He called them lies and a desperate attempt to spread the hatred to the Cameroonian people. Romeo Dika had some days earlier publicly accused the President of owing him unpaid benefits worth 90 million FCFA.

The former president of Mali, Moussa Traoré, has died at home in the capital, Bamako. He was 83. Mr Traoré took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991. He has played the role of elder statesman in recent years, advising the younger generation of Malian politicians.

Four men have been arrested by police in Somalia after a teenage girl was raped and murdered. Police say that on Friday the teenage girl was sexually abused by a gang and then thrown from a six-storey building in the capital, Mogadishu. The incident has sparked outrage with hundreds of women taking to the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest and demand justice.

One of Nigeria’s main labour unions, the Trade Union Congress, has threatened to shut down the country if the government fails to reverse the hike in the pump price of petrol and the electricity tariff. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the union issued a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands or witness indefinite industrial action and national protests. This is the first major reaction from a labour union to the tariff hikes in two key sectors introduced by the government last week.

More than half a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Ethiopia, with some places recording the heaviest rains in a century, the minister for water and irrigation Seleshi Bekele has said. About 200,000 have been left homeless by the floods which have swept through at least five of Ethiopia’s 10 regions, he added. The floods have killed livestock, destroyed crops and damaged homes and public infrastructure to an extent not seen in decades.

An Algerian journalist convicted of undermining national unity has had his prison sentence reduced to two years on appeal. Khaled Drareni was originally sentenced to three years in jail – he’s been detained since March. He runs a news website and is also a correspondent for French TV5 Monde.