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National And International News Roundup – 9th September 2020

Streets of Bamenda have remained empty for a second day in a row today. Following a restriction on operation by commercial motorbikes, separatist fighters have imposed a ban on the movement of vehicles, leaving most of the town in fear. Reports of the shooting of a suspected separatist fighter did not make the situation any better.

Bamenda City Mayor says the population of should adapt to the inconveniences of the decision and learn how to live with it. Paul Achobong Tembeng stresses that the decision has been taken in good faith to ensure peace in the town and not to deprive people of their source of income.The city Mayor accepts that they are a few military excesses but people cannot live in Bamenda without the patriotic efforts of the military and the police.

Two students arrested in connection to Baccalaureate exam leakage and detained at Kondengui prison have been released. The students spent several days in detention for sharing leaked exam questions on social media.

The marking of GCE Ordinary and Advance levels examinations has started in the South West region of Cameroon. 14 marking centers have been put in place. The Governor of the South West Benard Okalia Bilai says the examiners should be vigilant given the high level of insecurity in the region.

A Bipartisan resolution has been signed by 13 US Senators calling for a ceasefire and dialogue to resolve the Anglophone crisis. Jim Risch, a Republican Senator from Idaho is leading the delegation of his colleagues. To him, “the international community must do more to speak out against the atrocities of this conflict, and engage all sides to pursue an inclusive and constructive path towards peace and stability”.

Speaking in a press conference today, the party leader, Cabral Libii said the process is “a great moment for Cameroon.”

Artist and politician, Romeo Dika has tendered his resignation from the ruling CPDM party. In a letter today, he said he was no longer going to demand the 90 million FCFA owed him by the party. He also promised to militate for another party in the days ahead.

The Bamenda City Mayor has addressed the status quo of the town. Prohibiting the circulation of motorbikes in most parts of town he says, the move is for the security of the population. “It will not be easy to commit a crime while in a taxi and go without being apprehended by the military. This is not the case with motorcycles where defaulters and criminals can easily escape” he said.

Spokesman of the MRC, Olivier Bibou says now is the time for collective action to oust President Paul Biya. In an address today, he said “it is now a collective effort of all patriotic and Republican Cameroonian to initiate the process of change to the country.”

Prof. Michael Aletum Tabuwe, former Professor of Sociology at the University of Yaounde is dead. He died Monday September 7 at the age of 86 in Washington, USA. He reportedly died due to medical negligence. The late Professor was a lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences and the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Yaounde II and at the African University. He taught for close to 40 years.

At least three people have been killed and seven injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, news agency AFP reports. “The target of the suicide bomber was civilians sitting at the [ Blue Sky] restaurant. He walked [among] them and detonated himself killing three civilians and wounding seven others,” Information Ministry spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar said. Witnesses said security forces cordoned off the scene after the blast.

Liberia’s President George Weah has sacked the head of the National Public Health Institute, Mosoka Fallah, who had been suspended for an investigation into his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. His dismissal was recommended by a committee. He had served in the position for less than four months. Dr Fallah has not commented on his sacking.

Somalia’s attorney general has appointed a special prosecutor for crimes against journalists. The prosecutor will probe and prosecute “those who carried out killings and maiming of journalists,” Dr Suleiman Mohamed Mohamud said in a statement. He added that perpetrators would face the full force of the law. This comes four months after the Banadir regional court directed the attorney general’s office to investigate allegations of killing of journalists in the country.

The naming of a Chinese man as “developmental chief” in Ghana has elicited mixed reactions on social media. Sun Qiang was named Nkosuohene – which means developmental chief – at Kwahu Abetifi, a town in the eastern region of Ghana. The title is given to non-royals whose efforts are deemed to have had a positive impact to the society.

Rwanda genocide suspect Charles Ndereyehe has been released after he was arrested on Tuesday evening at his house near Netherlands capital, Amsterdam, his political party has said. The Rwandan government had in 2010 issued an international arrest warrant for Mr Ndereyehe on charges of organising killings in the genocide. His release has been confirmed by leader of the foreign-based opposition party FDU-Inkingi, Justin Bahunga.

A special court in Sierra Leone has rejected a bid by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor to be moved from a British prison citing coronavirus risk, AFP news agency reports. Taylor had said the coronavirus pandemic in the UK was a big threat to his life and wanted to be moved to a “safe third country”, the agency reports. The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone said he had not specified which countries he considered safe.

The United Nations has warned that the humanitarian situation in Sudan is worsening with further heavy rain and flooding expected in the coming days. The government has already declared a state of emergency, and the UN says the supplies needed to respond to the crisis are running out. Weeks of torrential downpours have led to flooding in all but one of Sudan’s 18 states.

Foreign news: BBC