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The minister of Public Health will drill people on family planning on Thursday in Yaounde during a press outing.

This move comes just a few days after young French President Macron pointed out that one of Africa’s problems was uncontrolled birth.

President Macron had declared during the G20 Summit in Germany last week that one couldn’t talk of helping Africa when a single woman was having seven or eight children.

 

Macron’s statement has received widespread criticism from across Africa. Some people believe that Macron has no lesson to give Africans. He is married to his ‘grandmother’, some people say. This is unacceptable in Africa, they continue.

Macron’s wife is more than two decades older than him.

Africa is a developing continent. Birth control remains a problem. Some families still have as many as ten or more children, with a meagre income that can barely sustain everyone.

It’s part of Africa’s culture to measure wealth or strength on the number of children.

However, as Western culture tends to overlap African culture, most families have learned to embrace family planning. This is very common in urban areas, where most men have abandoned polygamy.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:41

Motorbike riders burn down truck in Douala

 

Motorbike riders in the Littoral Region set a truck on fire on Monday after losing one of theirs in a road accident.

The incident took place in the locality of Yassa in Douala.

The truck is believed to have hit a motorbike rider to death in the same area, according to Mutations.

The rider is said to have died on his way to hospital.

His colleagues decided to take revenge by burning the truck.

The same paper reports that eyewitnesses say the truck had tried to overtake the motorbike unjustly before crushing the vehicle.

The truck was reportedly carrying kitchen utensils, school bags, clothes, fridges, beddings, carpets, and many other things. It was driving from the direction of Yaounde, it says.

Mutations also states that this is the second incident of that nature happening in the same locality in under a week.

Douala is practically the busiest town in Cameroon. Road accidents are more frequent in the economic capital of the nation than anywhere else in Cameroon.

Motorbike riding has become one of the most ‘attractive’ jobs in Cameroon, especially young boys.

 

Catholic bishops in Cameroon have reasserted that Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala was 'murdered'.
This message is contained in a communiqué signed on Monday 10 July by the president of the National Episcopal Conference.
On behalf of the bishops, Samuel Kleda claims that the bishops noted traces of violence on the corpse they saw and identified at the river and mortuary as that of late Bala.
This, they say, is why they declared on June 13 that the bishop had been"brutally murdered".

 
They further revealed that the authorities of the Catholic church has not yet received the corpse of the late servant of God as stated on July 4 in a press release about the report of the preliminary inquiries into the incident.
This statement contradicts recent report into the death altogether.
Investigators had said on July 4  that drowning was the most probable cause of the death. There was no trace of violence on the corpse, they had said.
What's happening?
This controversy puts two strong sides at odds.
Bishops are men of God, hence should 'tell the truth '.
Investigators are 'trained individuals whose impartiality and integrity should distinguish them from other people in society.'
So who is lying, and why?
Bishop Bala went missing at the beginning of last month. About three days later, he was found dead in a river.
 

The Minister of Secondary Education has issued a press release dismissing claims that examiners of the 2017 exam season in Cameroon have not been paid for their job.
Minister Bibehe states that payment is being done in stages following instructions given to regional delegates.
However, he admits that there has been some delay in three regions namely Centre, Adamawa and West.

 
Newspaper reports on Tuesday claimed that the results of baccalaureate examinations are being held back because of lack of money. Examiners have not been paid for deliberation to take place, they say.
Le Jour cites an unnamed source from the Ministry of Secondary Education  who revealed that there was a financial crisis rocking the country. The money had not been disbursed for the programme, says the  source.
The same paper claims to have contacted the head of the body in charge of the baccalaureate examinations. Zackarie Mbatsogo is said to have failed to supply reliable information on the situation.
Further attempts to have him speak proved futile as he wouldn't answer the calls anymore, says the paper.
Whatever the case, Cameroon has borrowed huge sums of money in recent months to revamp its economy.
 

It wouldn't be an over statement to affirm that Ngoketunjia division in the north west region, is a fertile ground for inter-tribal violence.Babessi village and Mambim ( a small quarter within the Babessi village which harbours some Bamoun minority)  both in the said division, have been in a fierce battle over a peace of farm land since the morning of June 10th 2017. Eye witness account hinted  Cameroon Concord that, even though  no casualty in human live has been recorded,  houses, cars and lots of other valuable properties have been set ablaze in Mambim as  inhabitants took to their heels  to seek refuge in Fon Chafah's palace in Bangolan. Sources close to Fon Chafah confirmed to us that, the senior magistrate and alternate senator has enjoined his notables in Bangolan to give proper care to all who fled from the confrontation and took refuge in his palace. Our informant also made it known to us that fon Chafah and the fon of Babessi have engaged peaceful negotiations while waiting for the administration of la Republique  to open investigations.

 

The brouhaha broke up when indigenes of Babessi and Mambim clashed over a farm land which the Babessi people claim belongs to them. Mambim is a small quarter inside of Babessi which was given to a few Bamoun family some years back who fled from tribal conflicts in the noun division. The family has grown big and expanded with the passage of time and wants to become and independent village, an idea which seems a utopia to the people of Babessi who are bent on preserving their sovereignty.
At press time, local administrative authorities are expected to hold a crisis meeting to seek lasting solutions to the stalemate. It should be recalled, Babessi is just from another inter-tribal war with Bangolan still over farm land and has been in conflicts with other villages lately. 
 

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