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US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is on her first Africa tour. But, with President Donald Trump's foreign policy plans for the continent unclear, nobody is really sure how Africa will feature on the US agenda.

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Trump envoy Nikki Haley on first Africa trip

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is on her first Africa tour. But, with President Donald Trump's foreign policy plans for the continent unclear, nobody is really sure how Africa will feature on the US agenda.

 The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is one of the highest-ranking officials in the Trump administration to visit the African continent. Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are on her itinerary.

Haley told reporters she hoped this was the beginning of "a stronger relationship with the AU and our African partners," following a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday.

"The United States very much sees Africa as a very important part of the world. We see great opportunities in Africa, we see challenges in Africa, but we want to support and help in those situations.

Haley also plans to take a critical look at the UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the DRC, both of which are among the biggest missions in the world.

The operation in DRC, for instance, costs $1.14 billion (970 million euros).

The US pays a large a portion of the UN peacekeeping budget.

UN funding cuts?

Both the Trump administration and Haley in particular have been known to speak out against what they see as the inefficiency of the UN. In an op-ed published by CNN shortly before her trip, Haley lauded the UN for its efforts to avert a full blown famine in South Sudan.

However, she wrote: "The UN's track record of long-term success is not good. Neither South Sudan nor the DRC has shown any real progress toward political solutions that would stop the violence." 

In June this year, Haley tweeted about a budget proposal to cut funding to the UN by $500 million (425 million euros). She was heavily criticized for the proposal.


Convened by Idriss Deby Itno, president of the Republic of Chad and current acting president of the Central African Economic and Monetary Union Community (Cemac), a special session of the conference of Heads of States of the community will be held on October 31, 2017, in the Chadian capital.

This session falls as the term of the actual executive committee of the Cemac, which is led by the Congolese Pierre Moussa, comes to its end. “Hence, the appointment of new executives for some institutions within the community, financing issues and the consolidation of integration achievements will be discussed at the session,” official sources revealed.

In accordance with the conclusions of the 13th ordinary session of the conference of Heads of States of the Community held in Equatorial Guinea on February 17, 2017, the former Gabon’s Prime Minister Daniel Ona Ondo is to replace Pierre Moussa. During the ordinary session, Gabon’s actual Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet had indicated that “Pr. Daniel Ona Ondo will have to successfully manage the perennial problem of free movements of people and goods within the Cemac because this was strongly voiced by all the Heads of States present at Djibloho”.

Prior to the announced special session, the council of ministers of Central African Economic Union will be held on October 29, 2017.


An estimated 300 Ambazonians have fled their homeland into Cross River State Nigeria over the past 20 days, according to Nigerian immigration authorities. The Nigerian government says they are expecting more than 40,000 more refugees as the numbers keep climbing The speed and scale of the influx has triggered a press briefing from the Nigerian authorities.

The refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water, sanitation and other life-saving material. A delegation from the Ambazonian Governing Council, led by its Chairman, Sissiku Ayuk Julius paid a visit to the refugees. Ambazonians on the diaspora have been mobilizing donations to support the refugees.

Self-Deception will not resolve the Anglophone crisis. The greatest mistake by the French Cameroon gov't and the tribal bigots managing the echo chambers of CRTV and Cameroon Tribune is to remain under the illusion that we are still in the 1980s. Unfortunately, we are in the era of ICT and citizen journalism,

so CT should stop wasting its time, with self-deceptive headlines. Everybody knows that the CPDM elites were largely boycotted in the NW and SW by the aggrieved population mourning their loved ones massacred by gov't soldiers. Let CT continue to celebrate Paul Biya if, and whenever he visits Cameroon; as if CT is unaware that Biya is the president of French Cameroon.

Cameroon going through its worst moments of insecurity in recent years. The son of the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization,Gilles Christian Sadi, whose installation as the Sub Divisional officer for Kribi II some five days ago, was attacked by men of the underworld. The young administrator aged 30, who is robust and athletic saved himself during the ordeal.


The armed robber had asked him to go flat on his tummy while surrendering his money and jewelry. Just coming back from a nocturnal visit to a local bar for a drinking spree and sensing danger after being pointed with a gun loaded with seven bullets, he dashed out with sheets from his hotel room where he lodged while waiting for repair works to be done in his residence.

This surprise reflex move by the young and vibrant Sub Divisional officer forced the assailant to flee leaving behind his gun loaded with seven cartridges.

This act of aggression and armed robbery took place in the early hours of the morning around 2 am on Sunday, 22 October 2017. Today this act will resonate on his head and ears because the dangers of insecurity were highlighted during his installation as the focal point of his Administration.


 The presidency of La Republic  passed the order restricting a march of the members of the Social Democratic Frontthat was  scheduled to take place on Saturday 21 October 2017 in Douala.

Orders came from Etoudi labelling a planned SDF march on 21 October in Douala as illegal. The justification of this decision reveals according to government that, the event the opposition political party has organised contravenes the law. Following information coming from reliable sources, troops are expected to arrive the Economic capital latest this evening, for security purposes in case of any escalation. SDF militants see this decision as a violation of their rights as a political party. Nevertheless, only tomorrow will tell if Fru Ndi's party has really respected government's order.

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