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Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a heavy gun fight with Cameroonian armed forces at Karawa in the far north region, a report is saying.

Local newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the confrontations are currently taking place in Kerawa along the border with Nigeria in Cameroon’s far north.

On Thursday, a civilian was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram members at Idoua locality in the same region.


The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Supreme State Audit, Mbah Acha Rose Fomundam, has told representatives of State Audit institutions in Africa that the protection of public funds cannot be efficiently ensured if an organised prevention mechanism is not put in place.

While opening a three-day international forum in Yaounde on March 2, 2016 on the theme, “Preventing Embezzlement of Public Funds: A New Challenge for Supreme Audit Institutions in Africa”, Mbah Acha Rose beckoned the participants to make concrete proposals to enable the identification of activities likely to contribute to greater prevention of misuse of public funds.

In a ceremony that was massively attended by over two dozen cabinet ministers and members of the diplomatic corps, Mbah Acha Rose regretted that State Audit Institutions in Africa had not measured the contribution of prevention to the fight against embezzlement of public funds.

To her, decades of administrative and penal sanctions had not curbed cases of misappropriation of public funds at a pace compatible with the population’s expectations. “Prevention is better than cure. For many years, we focused on curing a disease against which we had not developed prophylactic measures of any significance,” she admitted. In effect, verification must henceforth be preceded by prevention, she suggested.

For three days, several themes will be tackled during the brainstorming forum organised by the Supreme State Audit Office in partnership with the Morocco-based African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) and the Embassy of the United States of America in Cameroon. Speaking earlier, the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Michael Stephen Hoza promised that his country will always stand by Cameroon in preventing and fighting fraud as well as the misappropriation of public funds.

On his turn, CAFRAD’s Cameroonian-born Director General, Stephane Monney Mouandjo, addressed the need to sensitise managers on the real meaning of public funds, while insisting on a strong dose of ethics in management.

At the end of the forum tomorrow, participants will be expected to propose, if necessary, institutional reforms to be undertaken, best practices to be promoted, procedures to be formalised or new legislative or regulatory texts to be passed, to improve the efficiency of Supreme State Audit institutions.

 

 

Over 36,000 motorbikes in Douala (90 per cent of the total), be them commercial or private, are without number plates. Since they ply the road unidentified, it does not only pose great danger to the population, but contributes to the already worrying urban disorder that prevails in the economic capital.

To curb the prevailing situation, the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Wouri, Naseri Paul Bea, last January launched a registration exercise, giving up to March 1, 2016, for motorbike owners to comply. Unfortunately, during an evaluation visit to the Douala I, II, III and V council areas on March 1, it was discovered that the exercise was still timid. According to statistics as at the day of visit, Douala V had not started the exercise, very few motorbikes were registered in Douala I and II, while Douala III registered an encouraging number of 210 motorbikes.

After the visit, Naseri Paul Bea expressed his discontentment and gave 30 more days for rigorous checks and repressive measures to be taken. “I am not satisfied with the outcome of the evaluation. I call on all proprietors, motorbike unions and associations to go to their various council areas and register in order to avoid the rigorous checks beginning on April 1, 2016,” he reiterated. 

It is only during the repressive phase that most bike riders will know the importance of identification. Since an unidentified bike is likened to a child without a birth certificate, the SDO encouraged owners to get their bikes registered. On her part, the Divisional Delegate of Transport for Wouri, Marie Delphine Nfong-Yette, said identification will curb crime wave since perpetrators will easily be identified through their number plates.

(Cameroon Tribune)

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his successor must be chosen democratically and that his wife will not automatically inherit the role, a warning to feuding members of his ZANU-PF party that he is still in charge after 36 years in power.

The comments from Africa's oldest leader, now aged 92, are his clearest indication that he wants to be president for life.

In a two-hour interview with state broadcaster ZBC TV late on Thursday he said: "Why successor? I am still there. Why do you want a successor? I did not say I was a candidate to retire." Leaders were elected not appointed, he said.

"In a democratic party, you don't want leaders appointed that way to lead the party. They have to be appointed properly by the people, at a gathering of the people, at a congress."

Mugabe said he was not behind his wife Grace's quick rise within ZANU-PF, which has led to reports that she has plans to succeed her husband.

"Others say the president wants to leave the throne for his wife. Where have you ever seen that, even in our own culture, where a wife inherits from her husband?" Mugabe said

He will be 99 if he wins and completes that term, his last under a new constitution. He also told ZBC TV he wanted to live to 100, that he was fit and still did daily morning exercises.

Zimbabweans follow his health with keen interest and some fear the government could be paralyzed and the country riven by instability if he dies without resolving the succession issue.

"I am happy because I am about to reach the age I want. You know the age I want to reach - 100 years. So only eight years remain," Mugabe said.

Fighting over leadership of a post-Mugabe ZANU-PF has intensified since late 2014, when Mugabe accused his deputy, Joice Mujuru, of plotting to oust him and fired her. Mujuru launched a new political party this week.

Mugabe said Mujuru's party was doomed to fail and that ZANU-PF was still intact. The in-fighting was "peripheral", he said.

Critics blame Mugabe for many of the Zimbabwe's problems.

They say his policies, including the seizures and redistribution of white-owned commercial farms, drove one of Africa's most promising economies into an 8-year recession and almost halved output.

In the same interview, Mugabe said his government would take possession of all diamond operations, a week after his mines minister ordered a halt to mining in the Marange diamond fields.

(Reuters)

Benin goes to the polls Sunday to choose a new president, and the ballot is long – a record 33 candidates. Incumbent Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after serving his maximum of two terms.

One front-runner among Benin’s nearly three dozen presidential candidates is current prime minister Lionel Zinsou, who helms a coalition of three political parties.

It’s a distinct advantage, says regional political analyst and director of the Wathi think tank Gilles Yabi.

He says Zinsou has the support of political parties that were considered to be in the opposition and he also has the support of the ruling party so that gives him a certain political weight.

But Yabi thinks it’s still anyone’s race.

He says it is a very open election and there are other candidates who could gather a large number of votes.

Zinsou has faced criticism over his ties to France. The investment banker was born and raised there and has only recently returned to Benin. He was named prime minister last June.
 
His top challengers include food industry magnate Sébastien Ajavon and cotton tycoon Patrice Talon. Talon broke with President Boni Yayi after he accused Talon of trying to poison him. Talon only returned to Benin last year following a presidential pardon.

Analysts say the candidates have, for the most part, been raising the same top campaign issues like corruption, jobs and agricultural reform.

If no candidate wins a clear majority Sunday, Benin will hold a run-off election two weeks later.

 Activities to mark the 31st International Women’s Day in the Centre Region were launched at the Regional Delegation of Women’s Empowerment and the Family in Yaounde. The regional launch came on the heels of the national in Bertoua on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

The day was marked by a meeting with women of all walks of life. Speaking at yesterday’s ceremony, the Regional Inspector in charge of Devolved Technical Services in the Governor’s Office, Léonard Mani, said the theme for this year was a call for women from all walks of life to be involved in the celebrations and for equal rights to be given to men and women. He said women’s empowerment does not mean disobedience in the marital home or rejection, but the ability of women to take care of their well being. Léonard Mani therefore called on the participants to pay attention to various lectures for their own good.

The women discussed and shared ideas and experiences on topics such as “Women, Industry and Artisan,” “Women and ICTs,” “Women, Traditions and Liberty,” and “The Experience Of The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family In The Empowerment Of Women.” Others were “Women, Peace, Security And Violence Against Women,” and “The Legal Instruments Of The Rights Of Women,” among others. They also listened to tips on mother and child health, the fight against climate change, the socio-economic integration of the girl child and food supplements.

(Cameroon Tribune)

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