Thursday 26 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Cameroon's newly-appointed Interior Minister Paul Atanga Nji said on Tuesday he was bringing a "message of dialogue" to the restive southwest anglophone region, where the army is fighting separatists. Atanga Nji, himself an anglophone, told state radio he was in the region to "bring a message of dialogue, a responsible dialogue, a dialogue with those who know that Cameroon is one and indivisible". He also said he was there to "convey the thanks of the head of state (Paul Biya) to the administrative authorities and defence forces for the professionalism they have shown during the disturbances". Before his visit to the southwest, Atanga Nji visited the northwest anglophone region in mid-March, where he had called...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
Senate elections took place in Cameroon Sunday, as tensions continued to soar in the French-majority country's anglophone regions where separatist rebels have been fighting government forces for several months. Senate elections do not take place by universal suffrage in the West African nation. Some 10,000 municipal councillors across Cameroon are voting for 70 members of the upper house for a duration of five years. Appointees to the 30 remaining seats will be named later by President Paul Biya. His party, the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC), already holds a large majority in the Senate...
(AFP (eng) 03/23/18)
A government official was killed and a district administrator wounded Thursday in an ambush blamed on anglophone separatists in western Cameroon, a human rights activist said. The attack hit a convoy carrying a government official responsible for land ownership issues in part of the Southwest, who was killed. The area's prefect survived the attack but was injured, the activist said. The report was confirmed by sources in the security services, but the government in Yaounde would neither confirm nor deny it. Unrest blamed on armed separatists has increased in recent weeks in the Northwest and the Southwest, two English-speaking territories that became part of the mainly French-speaking country...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/18)
Suspected separatists abducted a top civil servant Saturday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon while security sources said four people were hurt in an attack on a ministerial convoy, adding to months of recent unrest. Ivo Leke Tambo, recently-appointed chairman of Cameroon's anglophone educational board, GCE, was abducted just outside the southwestern town of Lewo. A video was later circulated by sources close to the secessionists showing a partially clothed Leke Tambo sat on the ground in the bush. Authorities did not immediately confirm the abduction of Leke Tambo, the latest in a slew of abductions in recent weeks.
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
Cameroon's long-ruling President Paul Biya on Thursday convoked a rare cabinet meeting and vowed to push ahead with a military crackdown on English-speaking separatists in the francophone country. The west African country has had a tortuous colonial history that saw it pass from German rule to French and British hands and the anglophone minority complain of being marginalised by the French-speaking elite. "The efforts (of the security forces) must be continued, especially to ensure a return of normal economic and social activity," Biya told the first cabinet meeting held since 2015. On October 1, separatists declared two regions as the self-proclaimed republic of "Ambazonia"...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/18)
A soldier was killed in an attempted kidnapping by militants of students from a school in one of Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions, a minister said Friday. "During an attack with weapons of war, a Cameroonian soldier lost his life and three students were wounded," the minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji said in a statement read on state radio. Separatists targeted the school in the town of Batibo in the northwest region on Wednesday with the "clear objective of...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/18)
Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday said a Cameroonian journalist was stripped, slapped and forced in to a dog's kennel at the house of a former minister. The journalist visited the home of ex-transport minister Alain Edgard Mebe Ngo'o on Saturday, the day after the politician left the top job. "After reporting to a guard at the entrance of the residence, the journalist was arrested by the minister's police service, then undressed, violently slapped, put inside a cage for dogs and sprayed with water," the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. Accused of espionage, he was interrogated for several hours...
(AFP (eng) 03/05/18)
Drivers in one of Cameroon's restive English-speaking provinces have been banned from driving at night for a month, as tensions run high between government forces and separatists. Vehicles in five of the Southwest Region's six districts are not allowed on the road between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am (1800 GMT and 0500 GMT) with the exception of ambulances as well as state and police cars, according to an official statement seen by AFP late Friday. The renewable ban, which entered...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/18)
YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of thousands of people who sought shelter in Cameroon after fleeing violence will go hungry unless funds are made available, the United Nations deputy emergencies chief said. Ursula Mueller said donors had provided just 5 percent of the $305 million needed for Cameroon this year. “Given the magnitude of the crisis of displaced people ... no country can cope with the influx of so many people,” Mueller told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Sunday...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/18)
Cameroon's veteran opposition leader and perennial presidential hopeful John Fru Ndi said Thursday he will not challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in this year's elections. Fru Ndi, 76, hailing from the troubled anglophone west of the country, has lost to Biya three times -- in 1992, 2004 and 2011 -- and boycotted the vote in 1997. Speaking in the western town of Bamenda at the party congress of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) he founded in 1990, Fru Ndi...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/18)
Separatists in Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions have faced a violent crackdown since declaring the creation of "Ambazonia", a self-proclaimed republic independent from the majority French-speaking country. The violence has helped fuel support for a growing separatist movement, including armed groups, who in turn have carried out a string of attacks on police and the military. Dozens on both sides have died, and tens of thousands have fled into neighbouring Nigeria. The political drive for the separatist cause began in 2016 after police broke up demonstrations by English-speaking lawyers and teachers...
(AFP (eng) 02/17/18)
For the first time in his life, Victor Obi believes that the only way to win freedom in Cameroon is with a gun. "I don't want to die, but the only future is our independence, and they will not give it to us," said the student, whose name has been changed for his own safety. The 25-year-old is camped out in a small Nigerian village just kilometres from his home in Cameroon where authorities have launched a crackdown on English-speaking...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/18)
Cameroon's army said on Monday that it was continuing to search for a local official after separatists in a restive English-speaking region claimed to have captured him. Namata Diteng, the deputy head of the anglophone Batibo district, has been missing since Sunday, when his burnt-out car was found in an isolated area. He had been meant to preside over local festivities for Cameroon Youth Day, a controversial day in the country's two anglophone regions -- in the northwest and southwest -- where dozens of people have been killed since October after a violent crackdown on protests against the mainly French-speaking...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
President Paul Biya of Cameroon celebrates his 85th birthday on Tuesday after 35 years at the helm of a country that today faces daunting problems, including a separatist revolt. "The Cameroon of tomorrow, which is developing before our eyes, will have little connection with the Cameroon of yesterday... Let us seize the chance and take up the challenge," Biya on Saturday said in a speech on the nation's youth. Three-quarters of Cameroon's population, according to the most recent available statistics...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Cameroon's national youth holiday was marred by violence on Sunday, with three soldiers killed and a local official feared kidnapped by suspected separatists in the country's restive English-speaking regions. Dozens of people have been killed in the west African country's two anglophone regions since October after a violent crackdown on protests against the mainly French-speaking government. Authorities imposed a week-long curfew in the troubled areas on Saturday, citing fears of an "imminent" attack by separatists after numerous online threats. Army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck on Sunday said the three soldiers were killed in the southwestern village of Kembong, adding that there had...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Cameroon imposed a week-long night curfew from Saturday in its restive English-speaking west citing fears of an "imminent" attack by separatists but long-serving President Paul Biya claimed the volatile situation had "stabilised". Dozens of people have been killed in the two English-speaking regions since October after a violent crackdown on protests against the mainly French-speaking government. Many English-speakers have accused the Francophone majority of discrimination and that has fuelled a separatist movement. Army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said the curfew...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/18)
The Cameroonian army on Friday denied its troops were responsible for alleged atrocities against separatists in English-speaking regions after unverified footage apparently involving soldiers was posted online. "These accusations of atrocities are dreamt up. We are victims of disinformation and fake news," army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck told AFP, just days after the appearance of the latest of a string of grisly video clips. None of the clips could be independently verified by AFP, with Badjeck insisting the army had...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/18)
(Reuters) - Daniel was in his home in the village of Bole in Southwest Cameroon on Feb. 2 when he heard gunfire and a commotion. Moments later, his house was ablaze, flames licking the walls. Despite the fire, Daniel dared not leave. Outside, dozens of Cameroonian soldiers charged with putting down a separatist insurgency had descended from trucks, opened fire on fleeing residents and set buildings alight, he said. Daniel’s brother Ekoda, who was outside the house, said he saw seven dead bodies. Army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said claims that houses were burned and people shot in Bole last week were “totally false”...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
The European Union has called on Cameroon to ensure its security forces use "proportional force" in the country's restive English-speaking west. "Resorting to violence cannot be a means of achieving political ends," said EU foreign affairs spokesperson Catherine Ray in a statement Wednesday. "It remains crucial for the security forces to be proportionate in their use of force while carrying out their duties." Dozens of people have been killed since October in a violent crackdown on protests against the mainly French-speaking government. Many English-speakers have accused the Francophone majority of discrimination...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
The African Union's chairman dismissed during a visit to Beijing on Thursday a French newspaper report alleging that China had spied on the continental body as "lies" intended to derail cooperation. The report published by Le Monde in January claimed technicians at the AU's Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital discovered last year that the contents of their computers had been regularly copied to servers in Shanghai since 2012, citing unnamed AU sources. "I don't see it is in the...

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