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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been freed by an armed group in western Libya where he was being held following the 2011 revolt against his late father, former leader Muammar Gaddafi, one of his lawyers and the brigade involved said.

He was released in the town of Zintan under an amnesty law passed by a parliament based in eastern Libya, lawyer Khaled al-Zaidi said on Sunday, adding that Saif was headed to another city which could not be named for security reasons.

Saif, 44, is the most prominent of the late leader's children, and was touted by some as a possible successor before the uprising six years ago in which Gaddafi was toppled and killed.

It is unclear what role the younger Gaddafi could play in Libya, where a complex array of armed groups and competing governments are vying for control.

But some in eastern Libya, where military commander Khalifa Haftar has been building power, have been pressing for Saif's release amid a push from former regime figures to reassert influence.

Earlier reports that Saif had been freed from Zintan turned out to be false and there have been conflicting reports about his status.

Zintan's Abubaker Sadiq brigade, which was responsible for guarding Saif, said it had decided to release him following requests from the ministry of justice of a government based in eastern Libya.

"We decided to release Saif al-Islam Muammar Gaddafi, who is free, and we confirm that he left Zintan on the date of his release on the 14th of Ramadan (Friday)," the brigade said.

 

The Cameroonian government and the European Union delegation (EU) in Cameroon just signed a financing agreement for FCfa 6.6 billion. This funding provided as part of the “Technical Cooperation Facility (FCT), we learned, will enable to strengthen the implementation of projects funded by the EU in Cameroon.

In practical terms, the two sides explain, these funds from the 11th EDF will be used to carry out feasibility studies and finance technical assistance in the framework of projects financed by the EU; to finance the operation of the support unit to the EDF payment mandate issuer and to carry out communication actions to enhance the visibility of EU actions in Cameroon.

“The partners estimated that it was necessary to highlight not only the expertise, but also the information. Hence financing for communication”, explained Aliou Abdoullahi, National Coordinator of the Support Unit to the EDF National Payment Mandate Issuer.

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave an interview on foreign policy recently, and he concluded that America’s leadership is currently worse off than it was when the country was being run by the man who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election.

The Guardian has released an extensive analysis on President Trump‘s approach to foreign policy, as well as the diplomatic complications that it has entailed so far. McCain was asked for his opinion about Trump’s handling of foreign policy, and the senator was “visibly irked” when asked about how Trump got in a Twitter fight with Sadiq Khan as the Mayor of London dealt with the fallout of the recent terror attack against his city.

 

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave an interview on foreign policy recently, and he concluded that America’s leadership is currently worse off than it was when the country was being run by the man who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election.

The Guardian has released an extensive analysis on President Trump‘s approach to foreign policy, as well as the diplomatic complications that it has entailed so far. McCain was asked for his opinion about Trump’s handling of foreign policy, and the senator was “visibly irked” when asked about how Trump got in a Twitter fight with Sadiq Khan as the Mayor of London dealt with the fallout of the recent terror attack against his his city. 

Eventually, McCain offered quite the comment about what America’s foreign policy was like when Barack Obama was president.

From The Guardian:

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain said, while adding of the rest of the world: “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.”

Asked if America’s standing on the global stage was better under Barack Obama, McCain, a fervent critic of the previous administration’s foreign policy, responded: “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”

The General Manager (GM) of the Cameroon Railway Company, (CAMRAIL), Didier Vandenbon and the Board Chair of the company, Hon Hamadou Sali, have finally paid the price for the Eseka train accident.

The duo was fired during an extraordinary Board meeting that held on June 9. After the meeting, CAMRAIL issued a press release, attributing their sacking to the Eseka train accident that occurred on August 21, 2016, leaving scores of passengers dead and hundred others injured.

It would be recalled that when the accident occurred, CAMRAIL officials in a desperate attempts to divert culpability for the accident, went on air, debunking all the reports concerning the accident.

Even the Board Chair, Hon Sali, read a statement claiming the company was not in any way responsible for the incident.

On the issue that the train was overstrained with about five extra coaches, which were also overloaded with passengers, some media organs focused their blame solely on the Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain MebeNgo’o, who was accused of having asked the CAMRAIL officials in Yaoundé to look for ways to transport the passengers to Douala, who had flooded the railway station, following the collapse of the culvert on the Douala-Yaoundé High Way.

The Commission of Inquiry, headed by Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, that was tasked to probe into the cause of the accident, after several waves of public criticism, made public the results of its inquiry, through a communiqué which the Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic issued on May 21, 2017, nine months after the crash.

In the Commission’s report, CAMRAIL was indicted for the train crash due to: “overloading, undue extension of the rake and defective brakes systems.

In the face of Government’s public indictment and the exposure of the grave faults that were committed by CAMRAIL officials, which led to the train crash, there was no way that the French group, Bolloré, could let the GM Vandenbon to continue.

The CAMRAIL Board Chair, Hon Hamadou Sali (Cameroonian) and the General Manager Vandenbon (French) were politely sacked by asking them to resign. 

Meanwhile, new officials have been appointed to head the company. Senior Civil Administrator, Aboubaka Abbo, who works at the Prime Minister’s Office in Yaoundé, was appointed as the new Board Chair of CAMRAIL, while French  born, Jean Pierre Morel, was appointed new General Manager. 

Gilbert Nkana Pondy and Michel Ossock, were respectively appointed 1st and 2nd Deputy General Managers.

 

Speaking to a friend who visited them this week he justified his shabby appearance in court as a sign of the hunger strike they were going thru. For those who cried seeing him that way he said he had no regrets. It was not meant to provoke tears but action. He stated that he was not in prison to entertain anyone with nice dresses. That he is planing to appear naked next time. He said he knew the consequence of being arrested but stayed on. That his close friends forbah Jude and Piterechu pressured him to escape but he refused. That after the arrest of Balla and fontem even government officials called him to escape but he refused. He was ready to stay and be arrested. He said he is not afraid to die, because his death will spark a thirst for freedom amongst his people. About the GCE he said he is also a history teacher and has not taught since November 2016, his two schools Have remained locked since November and he is in prison with 3 of his evening school students who are to write the exams.


Asked about any difficulties in prison he complained of overcrowding. no water, hot temperatures illnesses and legalized corruption. About the court case he said there is no case.He refused to explain but reported there is no case.He asked me if Kenya can go and arrest Nigerians and come to judge them in Kenya?on feeding he said they eat once a day and the food is provided by contributions from anglophones and food is almost finished. That he rejected several offers from LA republic. He swore to die poor or die in prison than touch blood stained evil money from such a terrorist regime. He describes LA republic as an animal that eats its own children. Asked if any negotiations have been proposed he said negotiations have ended.its either freedom for us or total elimination of us all.


Asked how his family survives he said he was the sole bread winner for a family of 9 n doesn't know how they eat especially that 4 of the 9 are below 7yrs.he said they must learn to suffer as the coming days may even be more di fficult.I did not ask his permission b4 publishing this but thought its good to share.I've never seen a young man full of courage n determination.

Boiling with assurance even in prison. I went in feeling depressed but came out fulfilled. I remembered his last words near that old dirty plank gate.somehow someday Justice will rule over evil n we will leave this place n sit on tables to define our destiny.even if am not there,children of my nation will be there n I will smile in my grave.

The administrative block of Government Bilingual High School Babessi, the lone GCE examination centre in the Ngohketunjia Division of the North West region, has been razed to ashes, according Cameroon daily news

It happened this morning by the early hours of 8 to 9:00am. This leaves the teachers of the school asking themselves what they will do as the 2016/2017 examination session begins on Monday 12 June 2017.

Reliable sources suggest that the perpetrators of the act might have targeted the writing material to be used for the examination. The people behind the act are yet unknown.

La Republique and its partners living in Southern Cameroons do not want to learn their lessons from the silent manifestations, the determined Ambazonian fighters are putting up against them. After having their cars, their shops and public institutions burnt they still remain adamant.

The GCE will be starting on Monday, and it will take guts beyond imagination for any headstrong parent to send their child to school for the Exam.

The reason why most sympathizers of the beloved struggle, don’t see any reason why the Exam should hold is because, the majority of those who were supposed to sit in for the Exam session, have not been going to school.

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