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Kenyan police are coming under fire for their brutal response to an opposition protest Monday after photos and video of police beating protesters sparked outrage.
Three Mondays in a row, Kenya’s main opposition coalition has demonstrated at the electoral commission in Nairobi, calling for it to be disbanded before next year’s polls.
Each time, riot police dispersed protesters with tear gas and water cannons. But this week, police kicked and clubbed protesters as they ran, according to photos and videos posted online.Those include images of an officer stomping on a unconscious man’s head. The man survived, but Kenyans have taken to Twitter to react with the hashtag #StopPoliceBrutality.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero called for swift action. “We have said that the Police Oversight Authority must investigate this and the people who meted out violence against innocent people who were engaging in peaceful protest must be prosecuted,” he said.
This is not the first time the police have been accused of abuses. The Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU) released a study late last year that found police were responsible for nearly 300 gun-related killings since the start of 2014.
Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) George Kegoro said excessive use of force cannot be tolerated.
“We would like to get assurances from the police department," he said, "that as the country heads towards elections and mobilization of large crowds happen, this is not going to be the kind of response that we see from the police department. So we must celebrate and preserve the rights of citizens to protest.”
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is looking into Monday’s violence, according to board member Tom Kagwe.
“Already investigations have been launched," said Kagwe , "and we will see which officer was culpable. If we can not find the particular individual who is culpable, we will file a case with the highest responsibility in line of command.”
The Inspector General of Police has also ordered an investigation, though activists say similar orders in recent years have yielded little action or reform.
Gathered in Yaounde on the 17th and 18th of May 2016, following the invitation of H.E. Paul BIYA, President of the Republic of Cameroon, in the frame of the International Economic Conference entitled « Investing in Cameroon, Land of Attractiveness » :
I) The prominent international leaders from the economic and finance sphere, along with the political sphere welcome this initiative whose unprecedented format allowed to combine discussions in plenary sessions and meetings between project initiators – both public and private – and national and international investors during dedicated workshops. This conference generated a genuine market for investments.
II) The gathered leading figures, in a cordial and frank atmosphere, had in-depth discussions on the contribution of private sector to growth in Africa in general and more specifically to Cameroon’s.
III) At the end of the plenary sessions and following the round-tables, the leading figures have adopted the recommendations below in order to elaborate an action plan, directly responding to the President of the Republic’s call and expectations, expressed during his opening speech :
1) Taking note of the recommendations given during these two days in order to foster private investment which is at the heart of growth.
2) Renewing the commitment to stand even more by the actors of the private sector in order to ease formalities and accompany them in the effective realisation of their projects in Cameroon.
3) Taking the priority actions as follows:
3.1- Implementing at an appropriate level a light structure to follow on the financing and realization of the identified projects, presented during the Conference;
3.2- Facilitating the obtention of visas for businessmen through formalities digitalization (implementing an online visa process) and, in the meantime, the generalised attribution of visa upon arrival;
3.3- Creating special economic zones;
3.4- Encouraging private investments with administrative and tax facilitations and a more efficient administration;
3.5- Reinforcement of relations with neighbouring countries, the CEMAC and Nigeria, to increase the regional market size.
4) Taking actions in the interest of the Cameroonian people. It is indeed for them and with them that Cameroon’s economic takeoff should be accelerated. In this respect, it matters that:
4.1 We put the human being at the heart of any economic initiative by making sure that every project will benefit employment and contribute to improve populations’ living conditions;
4.2 We foster a sustainable growth and development, respectful of nature and of the generations to come;
4.3 We accelerate the youth training to new technologies which are job-creating;
4.4 We accelerate the vocational training of ingeneers and technicians, so much necessary to the country industrialisation, notably for the projects strcuturing for our agricultural economy.
IV) The proeminent international leaders from the economic and finance sphere, along with the political sphere, gathered in Yaoundé, will be the ambassadors of what they’ve heard, seen and lived during these two days of intense and fruitful discussions. They thank the Cameroonian authorities and the populations of Yaoundé for their warm welcome.
Cameroon Air Force has deployed about 19 air-crafts to take part in the airshow today 19th May 2016 and during the Military Parade on National Day on 20th May 2016.
The much bigger deployment of combat helicopters and fighter jets will take part in the highly coordinated air spectacle in the skies of Yaoundé.
The upgrade in number and quality of military hardware and aircraft for the manoeuvres compared to last year is one of the main innovations in the air demonstrations, The Air Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Jean Calvin Momha said.
He added that for the first time Special Forces will be taking part in the air parade alongside the air force.
During a coordination meeting at the end of final rehearsals at the 101 Military Airbase in Yaoundé, officers in charge of each of the components of the Air Force involved in the show assured the commander that all materials are set and the soldiers are highly skilled and motivated.
The General gave last minutes directives to his troops who received instructions to produce a memorable air show worthy of the tie between the army and the nation in the fight against terrorism.
The day was marked by a joint military dinner for all soldiers of the Air Force irrespective of rank, in strict military tradition. The event was presided over by the Secretary General in the Ministry of Defence in the presence of top military officers from other corps of the Defence Forces.
The event which also served as a ticker to National Day celebration at the Air base was spiced with music from some renowned artists like Coco Argente, Atango de Managa.
The general noted that the reception is a symbol of the resilience of the army and the nation in the face of terrorist challenges.
Relatives of missing Nigerian schoolgirls have expressed their excitement over the rescue of one of the missing Chibok girls. Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki is the first of more than 200 schoolgirls seized in a raid on their school in Chibok town by Boko Haram militants to have been rescued. She is due to meet Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sahara Reporters has it that rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali HIV test results came back negative.
During the 2014 attack, the gunmen arrived in Chibok late at night, then raided the school dormitories and loaded 276 girls on to trucks.
Some managed to escape within hours, mostly by jumping off the lorries and running off into roadside bushes.
In total, 219 girls remained missing before this latest news.
A video broadcast by CNN in April this year appeared to show some of the kidnapped schoolgirls alive.
Fifteen girls in black robes were pictured. They said they were being treated well but wanted to be with their families.
The video was allegedly shot on Christmas Day 2015 and some of the girls were identified by their parents.
The Chibok schoolgirls, many of whom are Christian, had previously not been seen since May 2014, when Boko Haram released a video of about 130 of them gathered together reciting the Koran.
CAIRO An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean sea, Egypt's national airline said. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the aircraft "came down and is lost".
French Ambassador to Cameroon, Christine Robichon, on 14 and 15 May 2016 visited Oku village, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. She participated in a ceremony at the Palace of Fon, SM Sentieh II to celebrate the importance and diversity of the cooperation between France and the Oku community.
With support of French cooperations (AFD, CIRAD), which has labeled honey from Oku as part of the support program for the development of geographical indicators (GI) of the African intellectual property organization (OAPI).The programme is financed by AFD . Oku is a place of intense Franco-Cameroonian scientific cooperation, including on biodiversity and archeology. Pottery, some of which date back to the fifteenth century.
The Ambassador visited the cooperative of beekeepers and two micro-projects (water market) financed by France via the C2D and the PNDP.