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Councilors decides, Fear grips Bangem, Belinga’s lions roar as Atanga Nji handclaps elections transparency: 5 things to know this Monday

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Like most weekends, the last one was busy with news making events. Politically, it was the week of historic second senatorial election across the county. From the ballot box to the football field, we got the weekend all covered.

Over 1000.councillors voted during the week

In an election which interior minister says the transparency is irrefutable, over 10 000 councilors from across the country took to the polls to vote the country’s 70 senators

7 per region will be voted to give 70 at the upper house while the president is expected to appoint the other 30 to give the 100 threshold according to the country’s constitution.

According to Chapter 1, Section 3 of Law No 2006/005 of 14 July 2006 to lay down conditions governing the election of Senators, “(1) Each region shall be represented in the Senate by 10 (ten) senators 7 (seven) of whom shall be elected by indirect universal suffrage on a regional basis and 3 (three) appointed by decree of the President of the Republic.”

Over 9 political parties are taking part in the election with the ruling CPDM dominating all 10 regions in terms of number of councilors given the prospect of a sweeping victory which could reduce the senate to a one party house

Fighting in Bangem

Reports from Bangem yesterday Sunday says the country’s military engage gunmen in a heavy battle as they try to stop elections. Our sources says over two gunmen were killed while no security officer was hurt as reports says election went successfully across the country without any major incident

Indomitable lions and African champions beat Kuwait in a friendly

The match, who took place at the Jaber alAhmad International Stadium in Kuwait, saw the African champions humiliated Kuwait 3:1 in their home turf under their new boss, Cameroonian born Alexandre Belinga

Goals from Vincent Aboubakar and brace from Christian Bassogog help the lions see of their counterparts from Kuwait.

Minister Atnaga Nji says “elections transparency is irrefutable

Speaking in organized news conference, the minister of territorial administration Paul Atanga Nji sys the Sundays’ senatorial elections were transparent and

Minister Atanga Nji says the election took place in peace transparent and calm atmosphere in all 56 divisions across the country.

He was speaking in press conference organized yesterday march 25 in Yaoundé.

Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo beat Davido, Emmanuela,wizkid,Diamond to be named ‘Favorite African Star’ by Nickelodeon

Ugandan entertainer Eddy Kenzo has scooped a second international award in one week, following his win at the 2018 Kid’s Choice Awards organized by Nickelodeon.

Eddy Kenzo was announced winner of the ‘Favourite African Star’ category beating off stiff competition from South Africans, the rapper Cassper Nyovest and athlete Caster Semenya, Nigerian entertainers Davido and child comedian Emmanuella (Nigeria), and Tanzanian pop star Diamond Platnumz. Read More

 

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French embassy protest: Paris strikes back, raid home of Cameroon minister

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Reports from French capital says French police have reportedly raided the home of labour minister and CPDM bigwig Gregoire Owona

It is not yet clear why the minister’s home was raided by law enforcement officers in Europe but the incident happened today February 24th 2020.

The incident is happening same day as Cameroonians in the nation’s capital demonstrated infront of French embassy, condemning President Macron for interfering in Cameroon internal affairs

The protesters carried banners with messages which accused France of supporting terrorism in Cameroon among other things

It is however not clear if the raid is related to the Yaounde protest

On Saturday February 22nd 2020, BAS activists Calibi Calibri confronted French President Macron during an international Agricultural show in France

He asked the President if he was aware of the “genocide” ongoing in Anglophone Cameroon and the silencing of dissenting voices in the country.

The French President said he was aware of the Anglophone crisis, promised to call Biya about the killings and adds that he was the one who pressured Biya to release opposition leader Kamto

His reaction was not well received by regime supporters who say Cameroon is an independent state and doesn’t take orders from Paris

France is the former colony of East Cameroon- the 8 French speaking regions of the country and the European nation continues to play a very heavy hand in the political affairs of all its former colonies in Africa including Cameroon

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Protesters storm the French embassy in Yaounde

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At the French embassy in Yaounde now, scores of cameroonians are currently staging a protest over the “insulting and unacceptable outing” of President Emmanuel Macron’s on Biya of Cameroon in Paris last Saturday.

The action comes following President Macron’s impromptu exchange with Calibri over the weekend in which he spoke on Cameroon and president Paul Biya.

The protest has reportedly been organised by supporters of the Yaounde government.

In a country where any form of protest against the regime is met by crackdown on the basis that they did not receive permit, many are asking if these protesters are permitted to take to the streets

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Biya supporters roast Macron on social media for belittling the strong man at Etoudi

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In a series of Facebook posts, supporters of president Biya have accused France of colonial mentality and says Macron is frustrated because Biya did not renew the colonial agreement which was reaping the country’s economy

They also pointed to France’s long history of supporter wars and coups in Africa especially Ivory Coast, Central Africa Republique

“Macron May be a fool to think he can ordered Biya around” one social media user wrote

The backlash comes after a video of Macron telling an activist that he will call Biya about killings in Anglophone regions.

The French President also boasted that he ordered Biya to free Kamto and took names of political prisoners which he promised to give Biya a call for their immediate release.

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