The conflict between Orange Cameroon and Camtel, the public telecommunication operator which holds the monopoly over the optic fiber’s management in the country seems to have come to an end after the mobile network operator paid the sum of CFA1.6 billion to Camtel.Both companies had been at loggerheads over unpaid bills.
Camtel took its conflict with Orange Cameroon, which started some days ago, up a notch. This conflict is about an outstanding debt of CFA1.6 billion that Orange Cameroun is denying.
“Orange Cameroun owes us more than one billion Cfa under our partnership. Despite many notices to fulfill its obligations, our partner did not think it should do so. So, after many warnings, we decided to interrupt our services on optical fiber. After this, Orange repaid a portion of the debt, CFA700 million. We are then waiting for the remaining sum. How can Orange Cameroon deny this invoice while it made a prepayment”, Gérard Assouzo’o, Camtel marketing manager said.
KAMPALA — Uganda’s ministry of health confirmed Thursday that one person has died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, a close relative of the Ebola virus. Surveillance teams have deployed to the affected district in the eastern part of the country to contain the outbreak.
Uganda’s Ministry of Health says one of the two suspected cases of Marburg virus disease has been confirmed via laboratory tests conducted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
“The confirmed case was a 50-year-old female from Chemuron village, Kween District in Eastern Uganda. She presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of a viral hemorrhagic fever," said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the minister for health. "Preliminary field investigations indicated that prior to her death, the deceased had nursed her 42-year-old brother, who had died on September 25, 2017 with similar signs and symptoms."
According to the World Health Organization, Marburg is transmitted via contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or the handling of infected animals. Local media report that the deceased woman’s brother was a hunter.
The Ministry of Health has dispatched a rapid response team to the Kween district.
“As of this morning, because their surveillance obviously started from the hospitals where the confirmed case passed away, we have ten health workers who have been listed as contacts, and they have already been isolated in their homes for follow up,”Aceng said.
Uganda is no stranger to viral hemorrhagic fever. The country has battled several outbreaks of Ebola, including an outbreak in 2000 that killed over 200 people.
Marburg is named after the town in Germany where it was first identified in 1967, though that outbreak was traced back to infected monkeys brought from Uganda.
“We have the caves that have the bats that are capable of transferring infection to man in different parts of the country. You can never know when the next outbreak will be. It depends on when man interacts with an infected bat from one of these caves,” said Dr. Miriam Nanyunja , the disease prevention and control officer for the WHO in Uganda.
A person suffering from Marburg presents with sudden onset of high-level fever and headache. This can be accompanied by vomiting, joint and muscle pain, and unexplained bleeding.
There is no cure or vaccine available for Marburg. Patients are given supportive treatment to increase their chance of survival.
Since leaving office in 2009, he has kept a relatively low profile. But on Thursday, the former president took to the stage to heavily criticize the current trajectory of US politics.
Former US President George W. Bush on Thursday condemned bigotry and isolationism in a rare speech that many have interpreted as an implicit rebuke of the politics and policies of President Donald Trump.
"Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them," Bush said at the George W. Bush Institute in New York City.
Without naming names
Bush, who was president between 2001 and 2009, did not mention Trump by name. But Bush's comments appeared to be aimed at the current president who faces frequent criticism for his perceived denigration of minority groups and coarse presidential style.
"Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication," Bush said. "We have seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty."
The 71-year-old Bush had refused to endorse Trump after he beat Bush's brother, Jeb, to be elected the Republish party's candidate during the 2016 presidential election.
The former president also implicitly criticized Trump's aversion to traditional US policies on free trade and global leadership.
"We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism," he said, adding that globalization could not be wished away "any more than we could wish away the agricultural revolution or the industrial revolution."
Former US presidents tend to shy away from criticizing their successors directly.
Russia turning Americans against each other
Bush also used the speech to denounce Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, an accusation Trump had brushed off as a "hoax."
"According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other. This effort is broad, systematic and stealthy," Bush said.
Despite the clear undertones targeting Trump, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford did not say it was intended to target the current president.
"The themes President Bush spoke about today are really the same themes he has spoken about for the last two decades," he said.
Obama denounces 'politics of division'
Former President Barack Obama also criticized politics under Trump's presidency at a campaign rally in the US state of New Jersey on Thursday.
Barack Obama, former US President, speaking at a rally in New Jersey
"What we can't have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before, that dates back centuries," Obama said at an event for Phil Murphy, the Democratic Party's candidate for the upcoming election for the state's governor.
The speech also marked a departure for Obama, who was president between 2009 and 2017, after months of remaining relatively silent on political debates in the US.
"Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed. That's folks looking 50 years back," Obama said. "It's the 21st century, not the 19th century."
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A group of State officials were deployed to the English speaking Regions of Cameroon since monday, to transmit Paul Biya's so called message of peace. Senator Mbella Moki Charles who has been part of the delegation, says people of the Southwest Region where he was sent, are happy to have received them. The Cpdm senator and former mayor of the Buea council, after visiting schools in Buea and trying to convince them that government is on their side, came to the conclusion that the Buea citizens had received their message well even though a good number of people were still complaining about their people who are continuously being imprisoned.
"The president of the Republic, Head of State has sent us with a message of peace, the message of a United and indivisible Cameroon. The spirit that we have seen here so far, shows that everyone is ok with the government and Head of State" senator Mbella Moki said. This delegation of Elites, is being led by the Prime Minister Philemon Yang, who began on his part by going to Mbengwi in the Northwest Region. Although some people will laud this initiative, especially supporters of the regime in power, a host of Southern Cameroonians don't see anything relevant in the visit of these elites.
Akere Muna who announced his candidature for the 2018 presidential elections some weeks ago, has said the anglophone crisis is dragging for too long as a result of poor handling by the government. President Paul Biya has proven to have run short of ideas.