This Week in Retrospect

Welcome to another week in retrospect as we look back at some of the major news happening of the week. We heard in the course of this week that over 700 Nigerian refugees have fled ethnic and religious violence in Taraba state into Nwa subdivision of the Northwest region with many housed in schools of the area and in urgent need of assistance. Five settlement camps have been set up but these camps lack basic facilities like toilets and portable water raising concerns of a possible cholera and polio outbreak if there is no immediate external assistance.

This week also started with bad news for the people of Kai and Mbengwi villages. The fons of these villages disappeared on their way to Yaounde for a meeting. Their disappearance immediately kicks start mobilization in these villages to bid theme farewell.

The Mayor of Tubah Council, Tanjong Martin stole the news limelight on Wednesday when he called on the state to do more to ban the production of plastic papers and containers in the country so as to protect the environment for the future generation. He made the call during the end of the first phase of a one month holiday job program for student and pupils in his municipality. Over 150 youths are taking part in the exercise which entails the collection of plastic paper and container waste from the streets of the municipality for recycling to be use as manure and pavement bricks for construction.

Holiday markers stuffing bags of plastic waste from the streets of Tubah

Officials of the regional delegation of commerce Northwest continued with their drive to fish out illegal and contraband goods that could be harmful to the consumers from the market . Trade officials say the operation has exposed a lot of illegal goods like toilet tissues, canned foods, table oil, soft drinks and beers in circulation.

Early on in the week, some 80 Catholic Archbishops and Bishops from the Central African Sub-region converged on Yaounde. This was for the 11th Episcopal conference of Central Africa Bishops which opened on Monday. A message from Pope Francis at the opening urged Christians, Muslims, political leaders and the civil society in Africa to pray, work and live together.   Their coming to Cameroon also coincided with the release of a communiqué  by the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon in which the Bishops of Cameroon say they still maintain that the Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Benoit Bala was assassinated and refused to accept the findings of the Attorney General of the Centre Region, Jean Fils Ntamack concluding that “drowning was the most probable cause of the Bishop’s death. They also maintained that the body of the late prelate has not yet been handed to them by the. The NECC once more called on the authorities to clarify the circumstances and motives of the assassination of the Bishop and for the culprits to be brought to justice. It should be recalled that the Attorney General of the Centre Region, Jean Fils Ntamack had issued a press release on July 4, 2017 that concluded that after two post-mortem examinations on the late Bishop’s corpse by two local doctors and a team from INTERPOOL on the 2, 22 and 29 of June, it showed that he had died from drowning and that the corpse has been handed over to the catholic church for burial.

Bishops of Cameroon

It was also announced this week that the Franc CFA would not be devalued. The Governor of the bank of the Central African States BEAC.Abbas Mohammed Tolli, made the assurances on Wednesday at the bank’s head office in Yaoundé. He presented statistics to compare the economic situation now and 1993 before the CFA was devalued which confirmed that the economy of the sub region despite a slowdown is still far better off.

Two, nurses in Meiganga District Hospital in the Adamawa region of Cameroon made their way into the news headline. They were detained by the police in a case involving the death of a new born baby. Reports from that part of the country says a lady by name Ayisatou came into the hospital under labour and was handed over to the two nurses on duty who assisted her through the process. She was later informed that she gave a still-birth. The remains of the baby was handed over to her family for burial. It was during the burial that the family discovered that one of the baby’s leg was missing. They return to the hospital and raised an alarm. After a heated argument, the nurses produced the other leg which was wrapped in toilet tissue.

On Thursday Cameroonians woke up to a sad news when 14 Cameroonian lost their lives in Waza far North region with another 30 wounded in a twin suicide bomb attacked blamed on Boko Haram.

In what could developed into a diplomatic row, Nigeria’s ministry of Foreign Affair this week summoned Cameroon's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassodor Abbas Salahedine, to give explanations on the alleged maltreatment and killing of Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula by Cameroonian Gendarmes. The ministry through it's acting spokesperson, Mrs Jane Adams, expressed dismay over the incident which was said to have been occasioned by alleged non-payment of taxes on fishing activities. The ministry  instructed the Nigerian Missions in Yaounde and Buea, to investigate the report with a view to confirming their veracity and inform headquarters immediately

Out of Cameroon, Ghana this week became the pride of Sub Sahara Africa when it successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing 30 million FCFA. We hear the satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology. Still in the West coast of Africa, Nigeria's first lady this week warned the her husband’s opponents whom she refered to as "hyenas and jackals" in a face book comment that they will be banished. Aisha Buhari's comments seem to be directed at powerful ruling party politicians that appear to be suspected of manoeuvring for presidency or deputy presidency while her husband is in the hospital bed in London.

Kenyan MPs, this week receive cold news when they were informed that they will get a pay cut intended to reduce the public wage bill.  Kenyan MPs who are amongst the highest paid lawmarkers in the world earned about 4.4 Million FCFA monthly. The new salaries will be effective after August  8, 2017. The review will affect pay and allowances of national and county government officials, including the president, whose gross salary has been reduced from 9.6 million FCFA  to 8.5 million FCFA. The lawmakers blocked previous attempts to tax and/or cap their pay, saying that their constituents depended on the MPs to help them financially. We remained in the horn of Africa where a fleet of Chinese Ships carrying Chinese troops set out for Djibouti to set up Beijing's first overseas military base. China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia. It will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions. The base is widely seen as a move by China to stake its military presence in the region. The US, Japan and France also have military bases in Djibouti

This week we also heard about the escape of four male lions from the Kruger National Park on Sunday. A frantic search effort was launched to track them before the kill. By Thursday Park authorities confirmed that a farmer had killed one, wounded another when they fugitive lions brought down his cow. A search party of rangers decided to put down the wounded lion and the one which had escaped the farmer.

Players of Yosa and SYNAFOC members

Yong Sport Academy of Bamenda gave sports fans in the region enough reasons to smile when they launched the week with a 2-0 victory over Union on Sunday to line a 4 match winning streak but this could not last the entire week when the same yong Sport Academy slumped to a zero to two defeat to the last team on the Table, Lion Blesse of Foutouni. Between this contrasting fortune was another news that ignited hope in the fans and supporters of PWD of Bamenda. They met in an adhoc meeting on Tuesday to sort out their difference for the interest of the team. A series of resolutions where arrived at to help maintain the oldest team in the region in the MTN Elite two championship, amongst which was the appointment of a team Press Officer in the person of Abongwa Fozo.

Compiled by Eben Franka M for City FM Radio

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