News in brief
- Friday 21 July
2017 La Francophonie games kicks off in Abidjan- 11h07
The town of Abidjan in Cote d’ivoire has gradually become one of the busiest hubs in the African continent as it gets ready to welcome over 4000 athletes this Friday 21st July 2017 for the start of the 2017 La Francophonie Games.
The games also known as VIIIèmes Jeux de la Francophonie (8th Francophone Games) will be the third international competition held in Abidjan after the 2013 World Cup Taekwando team championships and the 2013 AfroBasket.
The various competitions partitioned in three different zones,with a total of 77 participating member countries will be hosted at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan Cote d’ivoire.
Bamenda’s airport receives first Camair-co’s flight- 11h04
The Bamenda Bafut Airport in the North West Region of Cameroon has officially been opened to air traffic. The airport received its first passengers from Cameroon’s lone airliner Camair-Co M60 plane on July 20.
The plane which took off from the Yaoundé Nsimalen international airport at about 12:20 pm local time for Bamenda in a flight that was scheduled to last one hour, had on board Transport Minister, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo, some top government officials and business persons.
- Thursday 20 July
Bishop Bala’s funeral fixed for August 2- 11h30
According to a communique signed by the President of the National Episcopal Council, Samuel Kleda, the funeral of the late Bishop of Bafia has been scheduled for the 2 nd and 3rd of August 2017 in Bafia.
According to the communiqué His Lordship Samuel Kleda, Arch Bishop of Yaounde, Jean Mbarga, BishopApostolic Administrator of Bafia who is also Bishop of Bafang, Abraham Kome, have been to the Yaounde General Hospital Mortuary, to receive the body of the deceased.
Catholic Faithful Nationwide have also been called upon to pray for the bereaved Bafia Parish and for the repose of the body of the dead bishop whose dead was tragic after his disappearance in June.
The catholic church says, they are bent on intensifying investigations after his burial. They have decided to hand over the matter to a college of lawyers who will continue investigations on the cause of the Bishop’s death.
Nkam’s new Divisional officer takes office- 11h22
Franciose Amougou, the new senior divisional officer for the Nkam division has been handed the baton of command at the helm of the division.
Franciose Amougou was installed during a ceremony presided over by the Governor of the Littoral, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua at the Yabassi ceremonial ground.
Installing him, governor Ivaha Diboua prescribed neutrality especially in party activities, steadfastness and urged him to oversee economic and development activities in the division.
It was also an occasion to laud the outgoing Senior Divisional Officer Felix Bilonougou for the seven years he spent at the helm of the division ensuring peaceful coexistence among others.
2019 AFCON : Sports Minister assures stakeholders of Cameroon’s readiness- 10h54
Bidoung Mpkwatt, Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, has assured stakeholders in a media outing on July 18 that Cameroon will be ready for the 2019 African football tournament.
He stated that all sports facilities to be used during the competition will be constructed and renovated in conformity with the African Football Confederation,CAF standards and, on record time.
The Sports Minister gave the assurance a day after the Italian Ambassador and other officials involved in the construction of the Paul Biya stadium in Olembe took to the media rustrom to announce that the facility will be delivered in October 2018
Its worth indicating that matches for AFCON 2019 will be fielded in other stadia in Limbe, Douala, Yaounde and Bafoussam.
- Friday 14 July
Cameroon to upgrade tourism sector- 12h32
The government of Cameroon says it is putting place more resources into the tourism sector to make the country a safe haven for tourist.
This is the outcome of the 16th session of national tourism board that was presided by Philemon Yang, Cameroon’s Prime Minister.
During the session, stakeholders in the country’s tourism sector took turns to highlight various security measures, and infrastructures, government plans to establish in order to ensure the protection of tourists in the country.
Yaounde to host dance festival in August- 12h22
The first edition of the Cameroon music and dance festival will take place from the 2nd to 6th of August in Yaounde.
Prior to the event, a preparatory meeting has been scheduled for today July 15 at the national museum in Yaounde. It will be presided over by Arts and Culture Minister, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.
- Thursday 13 July
B/H suicide bomb attack kill 16 in Waza- 09h30
At least 16 persons have been killed in a boko haram bomb attack in Waza today.
- Wednesday 12 July
Nigerian Vice President’s letter to G20 summit champions African development- 16h07
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo sent a letter to the G20 summit that held in Germany between world leaders last week.
In the letter, Osinbajo urged world leaders to prioritise the development of Africa by tackling its economic and political challenges.
He asked that world leaders move beyond words about helping to develop the continent and start acting towards that commitment.
Two Cameroon Fons die in car crash- 11h20
A fatal road accident on Saturday July 8, have claimed the lives of two Fons.
HRH Thaddeus T Njokom, Fon of Mbengwi, current President of Meta Fons Union and HRH Akam Thomas Fon of Kai, President of Momo Fons, perished in a fatal accident on their way to Yaounde to attend a special Meta Cultural and Development Association, (MECUDA) meeting to be hosted by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit.
His Royal Highness, Fon Njokom of Mbengwi was a reputed building contractor while the Fon of Kai, HRH Professor Akam Mac Thomas, is a retired professor of Chemistry who taught in ENS Yaoundé, the University of Buea, and the Cameroon Christian University CCU in Bali.
Cameroon to boost electricity supply in Yaounde- 11h17
Cameroon’s electricity company has installed a 70 mega volts transformer in Yaounde aimed at boosting electricity supply in the capital city.
The A70 mega volt amp transformer was installed on Monday 10 July at the Oyomabang electricity distribution Centre.
- Tuesday 11 July
Volleyball World Grand Prix : Cameroon lauded for organisation- 12h43
Gilles Thibault, French Ambassador to Cameroon, has lauded Cameroon for successful organising the 2017 volleyball world Grand Prix competition.
The competition which brought together the best teams in world both in the men and ladies categories enabled Cameroon to be permanent in the international scene.
6 arrested for allegedly killing a pharmacist in Douala- 12h31
The 6 suspected bandits, heavily armed and all dressed in a uniform of a private security company had broken into the Nkoto residence of one Mrs Arrey Frida Egbe, a pharmacist by profession who owns a pharmacy at the Ndokoti roundabout in Douala.
In the absence of her husband the lady and her children were tied up. This prevented them from breathing freely. After taking away various valuables, Mrs Arrey Frida reportedly died from shock. The suspects were arrested after investigations and intense manhunt by Cameroon’s security forces.
Newly installed university officials challenged to deliver- 12h29
Some newly installed officials of the University of Dschang have been challenged to consolidate and improve on the achievements of the university
Appointed by the President Biya last June 27 to the university Dschang, the officials comprise of two vice rectors, a secretary general and a technical adviser.
While commissioning the officials, the rector of the University of Dschang, Professor Roger Tsafack Nanfosso, exhorted the officials to help the build the university in the domains of research, promotion of bilingualism. For this goal to be attained, the rector prescribed team work, commitment to serve and equally
Catholic bishops urged to promote peace in Cemac region- 12h24
Central Africa religious leaders have been urged to see how ecumenism can be used to bring about lasting peace in the central African sub region.
The call was made by René Emmanuel Sadi, Minister of territorial administration and decentralization during the opening ceremony of the 11th plenary assembly of the episcopal conference in Yaounde.
Minister Sadi, tasked the bishops to take a leading role in ensuring that the people of central Africa live at peace with each other and that peace and unity should triumph over war.
The spiritual assembly brought together over 80 catholic bishops, imams, and a delegation from the Vatican.
- Wednesday 05 July
B/H terrorists kidnap Cameroonian businessman in Karena- 16h53
Boko haram terrorist have reportedly kidnapped Alhaji Musa, a Cameroonian busisnessman in Karena.
Going by reports, the terrorist dressed in military uniforms and using vehicles in Cameroon army colours abducted Alhaji Musa and his family in Karena.
Alhaji Musa is a very rich Cameroonian businessman in Darak subdivision in Far North Cameroon.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5.
- Tuesday 04 July
chimpanzee trafficking network uncovered in Douala- 15h32
A chimpanzee trafficking network in Douala has been uncovered by the Littoral Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife
The forestry delegation in collaboration with the Judicial Police and the Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) made the discovery at the entrance of the Shipping Terminal of the Douala Internatnal Airport where they arrested two people with two adult chimpanzees.
It is worth indicating that chimpanzees are amongst protected animal species in the country.
Government, through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife and other competent services, has stepped up its measures to fight against the trafficking of this and other protected animal species.
Cameroon Diaspora give gov’t 10 Million to fight boko haram- 11h36
Cameroonians living in the United Kingdom have given the sum of ten million FCFA to the government of Cameroon for its fight against Boko Haram.
The donation handed over to Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister delegate at the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization on July 3 comes in less than one week after the first ever Cameroon Diaspora forum in Yaounde.
Boko Haram has continued carrying out sporadic attacks in Cameroon’s Far North, despite claims that they are being contained.
- Monday 03 July
Cameroon’s hemodyalysis centres will soon be equipped-Health Minister- 17h26
Andre Mama Fouda, Cameroon’s public health Minister has said government has taken all measures aimed at restoring the country’s hemodyalysis centres with necessary equipments.
Minister André Mama Foua reassures the public that the GThus, parallel with a major consignment by sea, a delivery by air should, within a week, carry tons of components of dialysis kits to all centres in Cameroon. Pending the arrival of this air delivery, the Minister of Public Health has instructed the movement of component cessions between the centres so that patients can have access to a number of complete kits and benefit from at least one dialysis session.
- Friday 30 June
Bill against military protests adopted- 14h36
Cameroon’s law makers have adopted the bill to lay down the code of military justice in Cameroon.
The bill, which was carved following the recent protest by military officers in Far North Cameroon, lays ground principles on the rights of detainees and atrocities caused by military officers. It was alongside that which punishes offences against Civil Aviation safety, defended by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge Defense Joseph Beti Assomo, and the Minister of State Minister of Justice and Keeper of the seals Laurent Esso.
Joseph Beti Assomo said justice, equity and discipline are the military’s priorities. He explained that government is bend on increasing performance and targets the recruitment of 5000 soldiers and 2500 Gendarme officers in the days ahead.
Cameroon warned against forcing refugees back to Nigeria- 14h20
The United Nation, has warned Cameroon against forcing refugees back to northeast Nigeria.
An upsurge in Boko Haram attacks and returnees from Cameroon are reportedly stretching camps for those made homeless by the conflict to breaking point.
- Thursday 29 June
Ayah Paul hospitalised on birthday- 15h01
Ayah Paul Abine, former Advocate General at the supreme court, has been rushed to a hospital in Yaounde.
The former Advocate General was rushed to the emergency section of certain hospital on his birthday today June 29, his son Ayah Ayah reports.
Ayah Paul was detained on January 21, 2017.
Refugee crisis: Cameroon solicits assistance- 13h59
Cameroon has called for more support in managing its high refugee influx.
Rene Emmanuel Sadi , Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation said the refugee situation in Cameroon needs urgent solution stating that there are 350, 000 refugees in Cameroon.
While defending government’s position on refugees in parliament, Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi revealed that there are 360, 000 from the Central African Republic and 94,000 from Nigeria, all in dire need of sanitation and education.
- Friday 23 June
Chinese mining operators jailed in Bertoua- 15h39
Some Chinese mining operators in Bertoua have been jailed for violating environmental norms during mining operations.
According to All Afrikan Network, the national gendarmerie in Bétaré-Oya, arrested and detained the operators at the Bétaré-Oya gendarmerie brigade. Another charge on their legality, reports say, has equally been brought before the Bertoua Court of First Instance.
Terrorists strike again in Far North Cameroon- 12h03
Terrorist sect, boko haram have struck Cameroon’s Far North region again.
Reports say, two children were killed by exploding a bomb they took for a toy, while a suicide bomber was spotted and shot down at Kolofata.
- Thursday 22 June
Cameroon-Tunisia business forum slated for June 28- 17h05
Cameroon businessmen will meet with their Tunisian counterpart next week June 28.
The business forum announced by Louis Paul Motaze, Cameroon’s Minister of Economy will be aimed at identifying cooperation possibilities, establish a framework for partnership, sign agreements to market services, study possibilities for investment, and joint-venture and financing for mutually beneficial projects.
- Wednesday 21 June
Mine explosion kills Cameroonian soldier- 10h45
A mine explosion which occurred yesterday June 20, along Gouza Vekret-Zamga in Cameroon’s Far North region has killed a Cameroonian soldier.
The soldier whose name Journal du Cameroun got as Amougou, was killed while on a foot patrol not far from the Nigerian border. According to online news reports, the explosion also wounded a second class soldier that was rushed to the Maroua regional hospital by a military plane.
Many suspect the explosion was planted by Boko Haram militants.
- Tuesday 20 June
Cameroon Makossa icon, Liza T dies- 14h50
Cameroonian makossa singer, Elise Tchuissa popularly known as Liza T is dead.
She reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday, June 20, after a protracted illness.
According to sources close to the “Associe” singer, Lisa suffered from heavy depression and died at her Douala residence
Camair-Co announce flights to Bamenda- 13h04
Cameroon Airlines Corporation, Camair-Co has announced plans to begin flying its planes to and from Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon. The flights to begin July 20 will be three times a week.
- Monday 19 June
Cameroon entrepreneurs win first two spots in Paris tech forum- 15h49
Two Cameroon entrepreneurs on June 17 won the first and second place in the Africa’s pitch of the Paris technology forum.
Cédric Atangana of WeCashUp won place first while Patricia Monthe of MedxCare Cedr won the second position.
The Viva Technology forum in Paris is an innovative event which brings together start-ups, executives, investors and opinion leaders from around the world in Paris to invest, collaborate and exchange ideas.
The forum gives opportunity for start-ups to meet investors and large groups in the bid to build strong and lasting relationships while co-innovating and growing businesses.