This Week in Retrospect.

 

Every weekend, Bamenda Online in partnership with one of Bamenda's leading independent radio stations, City FM Radio 88.9 MHz brings to you "This Week in Retrospect" a snippet review of the week's major news highlights as seen by it reporters and broadcast over the weekly news magazine program "News Globe" on Saturday as from 8 am.

 

 Welcome to another week over City FM Radio as we take a look of some of the major news worthy activities across the region, Cameroon and the world. This week saw the launch of the 2017 top cup competition on Tuesday  July 4th at the Big Mankon Cathedral School Field Bamenda with some 130 kids taking part, sub divided into 8 teams of sixteen players each. The tournament involves kids of 12 years and below. The event that brought together parents and guardians of the participating kids was launched by the Assistant D.O for Bamenda II, Yinka Daniel Benka.

Still on Tuesday, the population of Boyo, Ngoketunjia, Menchum, Bui and Donga and Mantung divisions were greeted by a presidential decree appointing new administrative heads to lord over them.  Only Momo and Mezam remained on touched by the decree with Tegni Fidele taking over from Oum II Joseph in Boyo, Mooh Emile was appointed SDO for Bui in place of Nziki Theophile who bows out of service to take his place in retirement. In Donga Mantung, Dode Messape Bernard moves out to make way for Nkwenti Simon Doh and in Menchum, Kamga Charles was appointed the new SDO. He takes over from Emvoutou Mbita who moves over to Ndop in same capacity to replace Kuela Valery Nobert.

Cameroon Airline Corperation Camair-co will soon start regular flights to Bamenda, The  test flight was conducted in the course of this week. The first commercial flight from Douala is due on July 20th 2017.  there would be three regular flights a week.

Still in the course of this week, the French Ambassador to Cameroon came visiting. He used his stay in the region to inaugurate the extended health complex of the Mbingo Baptist Hospital annex in Bamenda constructed with French financial assistance in the form of a long term loan.  Gilles Thibault also visited the Bafut Palace, the IRAD potato production farm and the Franco-Camerounaise alliance in Bamenda. He also visited the site at Bamendakwe to host the Up Station Motor Park to be constructed with French aid.

On the National scene, the PM and Head of Government, Philomon Yang took part in the 29th summit of the African Union head of state meeting in Addis Ababa Ethopia where he represented the head of state Paul Biya.  It also emerged this week that the late Bishop of Bafia, Jean Benoit Balla may not have been assassinated. The Attorney General of the Centre Region in a communiqué made public on on july 4th said the autopsy report conducted on the late prelate by a group of doctors and forensic expert from interpool showed that he had died from drowning but that investigations would still continue to determine the cause of his death. The corpse was finally handed to the National Episcopal council for burial, though the burial date is yet to be fix. Still inside this week, the president of the republic signed another decision suspending a fourth grade magistrate for extortion. The decision however stated that Pascal Magnaguemabe would  be entitled to his pension.

We also learned this week that  The recent disturbances in telephone connectivity in Bamenda and the rest of the country is due to a saturation of the network. Telecommunication regulatory authorities say the saturation was prompted by numerous publicities by telephone service providers and the breakdown of a transmission line in Mbankolo, in the out skirt of Yaoundé. Government we hear is working to mitigate such failures in the future with the putting in place of a 11000 km of aptic fibre lines in the country.

Heavy torrential rains early in the week caused untold destruction in Douala flooding several neighbourhoods and disrupting circulation and economic activities on some major streets. Several residents in Makepe-Missoke reported losing their furniture, electrical appliances and other valuable to the flood water.

Still in the course of the week, we heard that a chimpanzee trafficking network was busted in Douala following the arrest of two people with two adult chimpanzees. The chimps were about to be illegally exported through the Douala international airport. The suspects aged 56 and 37 were arrested shortly after they arrived at the entrance to the cargo terminal of the airport with the animals loaded behind a pickup truck.

The arrest that took place at about 6 pm on June 30 was carried out by wildlife officials working in collaboration with the judicial police. They were technically assisted by The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA). The chimps were locked inside cages which apparently were too small for their sizes – an expert later estimated the chimps were over 15 years old.

On the international front, this week saw Saudi  Arabia and there other gulf states extending the deadline for Qater to accept a series of conditions or risk further sanctions. Amongst these demands was the call for Qater to shut down the Al Jazeera News Network which is seen as promoting dissent and revolutions in some of these Gulf States.

Tension between the US and its allies and North Korea soared to new heights with the US calling for an urgent meeting of meeting of the UN security council to discuss the North’s new missile provocation. The North successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile which US officials fear can hit targets up to Alaska.

We also heard how eight people – including seven children –  died in a stampede ahead of a football match in Malawi. The stampede happened as thousands of people rushed for seats ahead of a friendly between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers

 Niger's army this week mistakenly killed 14 civilians who were mistaken for militants of the Islamist group Boko Haram in the remote southeast. The victims, all unarmed farmers, were in a restricted zone around the village of Abadam, next to the Nigerian border. Two were from Niger, and the rest were from Nigeria.

The World Health Organisation – WHO release what could be considered a bombshell when it said Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread fast. WHO warns that if someone contracts gonorrhoea, it is now harder to treat, and in some cases impossible. The sexually transmitted infection is rapidly developing resistance to antibiotics. The World Health Organization analysed data from 77 countries which showed gonorrhea’s resistance to antibiotics was widespread with three cases of untreatable gonorrhea – in Japan, France and Spain the report also noted that worryingly, the vast majority of gonorrhea infections are in poor countries where resistance is harder to detect and that gonorrhea contracted through oral sex remains in the throat and turns into a super gonorrhea which is becoming impossible to threat.

Finally in Sport, struggling PWD of Bamenda picked up three precious points in the MTN Elite Two on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Avion Du Nkam in Bamenda in their desperate move to escape the relegation zone. The victory was not enough as it left them at the 16 spot, two points away from safety but was seen as maybe the beginning to a successful escape from the drop trappings. It was however a bad week for National Polytechnic that lost by 3-1 goal to Tonnere in Yaounde. Bang Bullet maintained third spot with a 1-1 home tie against AS Fortuna. Sport Fans and supporters of Yong Sport Academy were still savouring the sweet three points pick up on Sunday against New Stars of Douala, their third in a row, when another mouth watering encounter was announced for this weekend when Union of Douala comes visiting for the 21st day of play.