Daily Archives: July 10, 2018

Cameroon’s Oct. 7 Vote Set, but Will It Include Embattled Regions?

Cameroon has set October 7 as the date for its presidential election. However, it remains unclear whether the vote can take place in the country’s two English-speaking regions, where separatists are fighting for an independent state.

Abdoul-Karimou, deputy manager of Cameroon’s election management body, ELECAM, said ELECAM has yet to receive documents from any presidential candidates. But he expects that to change.

He said according to Cameroon’s electoral code, people who want to run for president still have up to July 19 to send their documents to the elections management body for examination.

Already, a dozen people including Joshua Osih of the main opposition Social Democratic Front, AkereMuna, a lawyer and former vice president of Transparency International, Maurice Kamto, head of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon, and journalist Cabral Libi have declared their intentions to run.

Incumbent President Paul Biya, who has been in office more than 35 years, has not said whether he would run. But there have been calls from his party, traditional rulers, and even some opposition political parties for him to be their candidate.

Traditional ruler and lawmaker Chaffa Isaac said they are asking Biya to run in the hope that his reelection could bring peace to the embattled northwest region and complete development projects he had initiated for the whole country.

“We are calling on president Paul Biya to take all appropriate measures to create a conducive atmosphere, one for peace to reign in Cameroon, two, for there to be a successful election where he is candidate,” he said.

But the Social Democratic Front’s Joshua Osih said he does not think the elections can be conducted successfully in the northwest and southwest regions, where the military is battling armed groups fighting for the creation of an English-speaking state.

Twenty percent of Cameroon’s 23 million people are English-speakers in a bilingual country where French is the predominant language.

The conflict has killed more than 250 soldiers, armed fighters and civilians. It has also left over 160,000 people internally displaced and and forced tens of thousands across the border in Nigeria.

“Elections are not possible in the present circumstances in the northwest and the southwest,” said Osih.

Last week, lawmakers in the national assembly passed a law extending their mandate for 12 months. They said the country cannot handle having presidential and parliamentary elections in the same year.

Some lawmakers said they voted for the bill because the crisis in the English-speaking regions will make it impossible for the elections to take place.

Last March, senatorial elections did not take place in the English-speaking Manyu and Lebialem administrative units where some municipal councilors were arrested and locked up by armed groups.

Armed separatists have vowed to block any elections in the English-speaking regions. The government says it will ensure the security and safety of voters.

Source: Voice of America

Cameroon’s Oct. 7 Vote Set, but Will It Include Embattled Regions?

Cameroon has set October 7 as the date for its presidential election. However, it remains unclear whether the vote can take place in the country’s two English-speaking regions, where separatists are fighting for an independent state.

Abdoul-Karimou, deputy manager of Cameroon’s election management body, ELECAM, said ELECAM has yet to receive documents from any presidential candidates. But he expects that to change.

He said according to Cameroon’s electoral code, people who want to run for president still have up to July 19 to send their documents to the elections management body for examination.

Already, a dozen people including Joshua Osih of the main opposition Social Democratic Front, AkereMuna, a lawyer and former vice president of Transparency International, Maurice Kamto, head of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon, and journalist Cabral Libi have declared their intentions to run.

Incumbent President Paul Biya, who has been in office more than 35 years, has not said whether he would run. But there have been calls from his party, traditional rulers, and even some opposition political parties for him to be their candidate.

Traditional ruler and lawmaker Chaffa Isaac said they are asking Biya to run in the hope that his reelection could bring peace to the embattled northwest region and complete development projects he had initiated for the whole country.

“We are calling on president Paul Biya to take all appropriate measures to create a conducive atmosphere, one for peace to reign in Cameroon, two, for there to be a successful election where he is candidate,” he said.

But the Social Democratic Front’s Joshua Osih said he does not think the elections can be conducted successfully in the northwest and southwest regions, where the military is battling armed groups fighting for the creation of an English-speaking state.

Twenty percent of Cameroon’s 23 million people are English-speakers in a bilingual country where French is the predominant language.

The conflict has killed more than 250 soldiers, armed fighters and civilians. It has also left over 160,000 people internally displaced and and forced tens of thousands across the border in Nigeria.

“Elections are not possible in the present circumstances in the northwest and the southwest,” said Osih.

Last week, lawmakers in the national assembly passed a law extending their mandate for 12 months. They said the country cannot handle having presidential and parliamentary elections in the same year.

Some lawmakers said they voted for the bill because the crisis in the English-speaking regions will make it impossible for the elections to take place.

Last March, senatorial elections did not take place in the English-speaking Manyu and Lebialem administrative units where some municipal councilors were arrested and locked up by armed groups.

Armed separatists have vowed to block any elections in the English-speaking regions. The government says it will ensure the security and safety of voters.

Source: Voice of America

SCIENTISTS URGED TO HELP SOUTH AFRICA DEVELOP VIABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT STRATEGY

PRETORIA– South African Deputy Transport Minister SindisiweChikunga has urged scientists and delegates attending the 37th Southern African Transport Conference here to assist the government develop a viable public transport turnaround strategy.

Speaking during the official opening of the four-day conference in Pretoria Monday, she said ever-increasing fuel prices had the potential to upset the economy.

The road transport sector, especially public transport, must in the short to medium term begin to explore possibilities for the promotion and use of alternative energy for public transport,” she said.

“Research can inform us on the integration of public transport in South Africa, and what can be done to better integrate transport. Is there a way in which we could regulate public transport first? Are public transport operators making any profit? How much of that profit is affected by raise in fuel price? Are the subsidies we are disbursing making any economic sense?

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

BID BY NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST 2023 NETBALL WORLD CUP RECEIVES SUPPORT OF GOVT

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA– The bid by Netball South Africa to host the 2023 Netball World Cup has received a major boost with the government declaring its support.

This was confirmed by Deputy Sports Minister GertOosthuizen on the opening day of the Spar Netball Championships in Port Elizabeth Monday.

South Africa, ranked fifth in the world in the game, is bidding against one of the game’s superpowers, New Zealand.

The 2018 Spar netball championships is being played on a district rather than provincial basis, as was the case in previous years. About 1,500 players have converged in the Friendly City to compete and the organisers are hoping to showcase South Africa’s readiness to host the 2023 event.

A bid book was formally submitted to the International Netball Federation in London last week and NSA President Cecilia Molokwane says: Netball is the biggest female sport in the country, and has never hosted any World Cup. We think is the time to host one. The World Cup has been hosted by male dominated sports.

This is also part of NSA’s aim to take the game to the people. As part of her centenary year, late struggle stalwart AlbertinSisulu was presented with Proteascolours.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

LIMPOPO MAYORS TO UPDATE GOVT ON DEBACLE OVER FUNDS DEPOSITED WITH TROUBLED BANK

PRETORIA, Mayors of municipalities in South Africa’s Limpopo Province which have funds deposited in the ailing VBS Mutual Bank will this week update Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), DrZweliMkhize, on remedial action into the debacle.

This follows a June 19 meeting between Mkhize and the mayors, the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in a statement.

The municipalities have been asked to submit a report on plans to mitigate the impact of the debacle, including remedial action to be taken against officials and any other person who may have transgressed the law, the department said.

The meetings will form part of the Minister’s two-day oversight visit to the province where he is set to deal with a raft of Cogta matters. Also topping the agenda will be the interventions in the province’s seven distressed municipalities.

Mkhize’s visit to Limpopo is part of a call by the national government that municipalities need to go back to basics and do what communities expect of them.

This include the filling of vacancies in strategic positions with qualified, competent and experienced professionals and improving financial management. Infrastructure development and maintenance, promoting good governance and ethical leadership as well as putting people and their concerns first in their work, were also included.

Mkhize has identified 87 municipalities in the country that are either distressed or dysfunctional and seven of these are in Limpopo. The department in June vowed to all distressed municipalities that by the end of this year they would receive support from dedicated teams.

The department said Sunday the objectives of the visits by the Minister are to identify critical and priority challenges for ministerial intervention. During the visit, root causes of identified challenges will be discussed in detail and concrete intervention proposals will be proposed.

The Minister is also scheduled to meet with the political leadership of Collins Chabane and Vhembe Municipalities to engage on the Vuwani demarcation impasse, the department said.

The Minister is also scheduled to meet with the leadership of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, the upper chamber of the South African Parliament, to brief the members on the problem.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK