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Jumia is shutting down in parts of Africa in portfolio review

Online retailer Jumia Technologies has announced the shutting down of its portfolio in Tanzania. The company announced this decision weeks after shutting its office and operations in Cameroon. Widely regarded as “the Amazon of Africa,” the company said in a statement on Thursday that “As part of our ongoing portfolio optimisation effort, Jumia has come to the difficult decision to cease our operations in Tanzania effective on November 27.” Jumia this year listed 17.6% of its shares at $14.50 a share on the New York Exchange with hopes of raking in…

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Trump cancels trade deal with Cameroon over rights abuses

The US President, Donald Trump has said that Cameroon will no longer benefit from a trade deal signed between the US government and sub-Saharan African countries. Mr. Trump says his government is pulling out of a deal with Cameroon because of “gross” human rights violations against its own citizens. President Trump cited “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture” in his statement issued on Thursday. He also added that Cameroon will be officially excluded from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, 2020. Human rights group…

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Cameroon: 22 killed, dozens trapped underground in deadly landslide

Heavy downpour has led to a deadly landslide in Bafoussam in western Cameroon some 200 km (120 miles) north of its main port city of Douala. Local media reports of at least twenty-two deaths with dozens still trapped underground. 120 people are reportedly to be living in the said community affected by this disaster. Rescue efforts are still ongoing following the disaster on Monday night as search for survivors continues. Regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine told the media some victims built houses on hilly ground, despite government warnings. “It is…

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Australia denies African journalist visa for press freedom event

Australian authorities have denied a prominent Cameroonian journalist visa to attend a press freedom conference in Australia. Mimi Mefo Takambo had been invited to speak at the press freedom event but had her visa application rejected. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs had said in its rejection letter that they were “not satisified” that Mimi, had an “employment and financial situation [that would] provide an incentive to return following [their] stay in Australia or to abide by the conditions to which the visa would be subject”. The journalist who now works…

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Cameroon: Biya orders release of 333 political prisoners

The President of Cameroon Paul Biya has ordered the release of 333 persons detained for taking part in a separatist uprising. Those detained come from the Northwest and Southwest regions and reportedly played roles in seeking independence for Anglophone Cameroon. President Biya said in a statement on Twitter that he will drop charges against the 333 prisoners arrested for their alleged roles in two year long uprising. The Cameroonean president launched peace talks aimed at ending ongoing fighting between insurgents and the military. More than 1,800 people have been killed…

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Samuel Eto’o finally ends his playing career

Four-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o has signalled the end to his 22-year playing career. The ex-Cameroon and Barcelona forward, 38, posted on Instagram, stating: “The end, towards a new challenge.” Eto’o, his country’s record scorer with 56 goals in 118 games, also enjoyed brief stints in the English Premier League with Chelsea and Everton. Last year, after a short spell with Turkish side Konyaspor, he joined Qatar Sports Club, his last club. Eto’o joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 at the age of 16, but was limited to just three…

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Cameroon military court jails separatists for life

A military court in Cameroon has jailed ten separatist leaders from the English-speaking region for life. A leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is among the ten people jailed for life. He and nine of his followers were given life sentences by the military court in the capital, Yaoundé. They were convicted of rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, propagation of fake news and lack of identification. Their lawyers accused the judge of bias and withdrew from the proceedings. The defendants were…

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Cameroon: Arrested protestors forced to pay 60 USD bribe to be released

At least 500 people remain detained in overcrowded detention facilities following mass arbitrary arrests in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, and many wounded protestors fled hospitals to avoid arrest, Amnesty International said today. Those detained were arrested following protests in dozens of towns in North-West and South-West Cameroon on 1 October, in which more than 20 people were unlawfully shot dead by security forces. “This mass arrest of protestors, most of whom were acting peacefully, is not only a violation of human rights, but is also likely to be counter-productive,”…

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Cameroon: Authorities must reveal the whereabouts of a journalist arrested three months ago

camerron missing JournalistsCameroon’s authorities must urgently reveal the whereabouts of a journalist who has been held in secret detention since his arrest three months ago and give him access to lawyer and his family, Amnesty International said today.

Journalist Ahmed Abba, a Hausa language correspondent for French radio Radio France Internationale (RFI) was arrested on 28 July in the city of Maroua while investigating the Boko Haram conflict in the north of the country. Despite repeated attempts by his lawyer, RFI and his family, he has been refused any contact with the outside world and subject to secret detention – prohibited under international law.

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