Monthly Archives: September 2017

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATESUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2018By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 ...

CGAP Launches Guide for Financial Service Providers to Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income Customers

Washington, D.C., Sept. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CGAP today launched the Customer-Centric Guide, a web-based collection of toolkits and experiments to help financial service providers deliver products and services that better meet the needs of low-income customers. The number of people with a financial account grew by 721 million between 2011 and 2014, reducing the […]

Clean Audit Award for the Department of Tourism

The Director-General, Mr Victor Tharage, received a clean audit award on behalf of the Department of Tourism. The 2016/17 Clean Audit Awards were hosted by the Auditor-General of South Africa on 29 September 2017. This honour is awarded to departments...

Cameroon Tries to Quash Independence Movement in English Regions

EKOK, CAMEROON About 700 pro-independence protesters � mostly youths � are attacking government buildings and police stations at the Cameroonian border town of Ekok, and hoisting what they call the flag of their independent state of Ambazonia.

Elias Tambe, a leader of the separatists, says they no longer recognize Cameroon president Paul Biya as their leader.

"He is nobody and he will never mean anything to the Ambazonians," said Tambe, 27. "This is the border between Southern Cameroon and the Republic of Nigeria at the frontier Ekok. You can see the flags, you can see the flags, this is the border. Now they have closed the border, they don't want us to cross to Nigeria, but we are there. Biya must go."

Members of the group tried to cross over to the Nigeria border state of Enugu to inform authorities there that a new nation has been born, but were blocked by Nigeria immigration police.

The separatists promised to declare their independence on October 1, and have appointed Julius Ayuk Tabe, who is in exile, as their interim leader.

In response, Cameroon has deployed thousands of troops to the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions to stop all demonstrators. However, observers say the separatists may be relocating to smaller localities such as Ekok where the military is not yet present.

French-speaking Cameroonian Debong Ignatius says the presence of the military can exacerbate the crisis.

"Men in uniform and the police circled our neighborhoods, entered the various houses, insisting that people should bring out Ambazonina flags they were hiding," Debong said. "I do not think it is their duty to go harassing people at this precise moment because it can exacerbate the situation."

President Biya has told English-speaking ministers and senior state functionaries working in Yaounde to go home, in an effort to urge the population not to accept separatists' ideas.

Fame Ndongo, communication secretary of the ruling CPDM party, says party officials were dispatched to encourage supporters to rally on Saturday and Sunday as a sign of disapproval and condemnation of violence and anti-constitutional acts perpetrated by secessionist groups.

Schools have been closed in the English-speaking northwest and southwest since November, when lawyers and teachers called for a strike to stop what they believe is the overuse of the French language.

Leaders of the strike were arrested, but pressure groups have been calling for their immediate and unconditional release. Fifty-five of the 75 protesters were released, and charges against them were dropped.

While separatists are calling for complete independence, Biya has said he is not open to any negotiation on the matter and that Cameroon is one and indivisible.

Source: Voice of America

President Jacob Zuma hosts President Robert Mugabe, 3 Oct

President Zuma to host Zimbabwean President Mugabe during his Official Visit to South AfricaPresident Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, host the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency President Robert Mugabe, during his Officia...