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Cameroon Opposition Challenges Ruling Party Landslide Victory

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Cameroon Opposition Challenges Ruling Party Landslide Victory

Cameroon’s local elections have come and gone with the ruling party of president Paul Biya claiming landslide victory.  But they may have to come back as the opposition is refusing to let the story end there.  It claims the elections were fraught with massive fraud and corruption of voters. It is calling for the results to be nullified.  Results of parliamentary votes are still being awaited.

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Spokesperson for the opposition social democratic front, Denis Kemlemo says the party has filed a petition with the constitution council to discard results of the February local and national assembly elections.

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The constitutional council says 22 political parties have filed petitions for partial or total cancellation of the local polls.

Vote tallies showed the ruling CPDM party winning more than 300 of the 380 councils in the country.  They also indicated that just about one third of the nearly eight million voters cast ballots.  Voter participation in the English speaking regions was reported at under ten percent.

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Cameroon Rebels Declare Ceasefire Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

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Cameroon Rebels Declare Coronavirus Ceasefire Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

A separatist militia in Cameroon has halted civilian attacks and taken down its weapons amid covid-19 pandemic so people can be tested for the virus.

The Southern Cameroon Defence Forces (SOCADEF) said its ceasefire would come into effect from Sunday as a gesture of goodwill. For the past three years, SOCADEF has been fighting against alleged marginalization in the majority French-speaking nation.

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It is so far the only armed group among many operating in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions to have heeded the UN’s call for a global ceasefire.

Chief mediator Alexandre Liebeskind, from the conflict resolution group, centre for humanitarian dialogue, says one of the biggest rebel groups – Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF), had refused to join the negotiations.

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Negotiators are hoping more militia groups will follow suit to allow people to get medical treatment amid the pandemic.

At least 3,000 Cameroonians have been killed in the fighting in the north-west and south-west regions, more than 700,000 have been forced from their homes. Thousands more have been fleeing across the border into Nigeria.

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Cameroon’s health ministry has so far confirmed 75 coronavirus cases and recorded its first death earlier this week.

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Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda Record More Cases Of Coronavirus

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Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda Record More Cases Of Coronavirus

Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and other African nations are recording rising cases of coronavirus. A hundred thirty-two confirmed covid-19 cases and three deaths have been reported in Ghana.

Rwanda has announced nine new cases, bringing the total to 50 in fewer than two weeks since the first case was reported. Of the latest cases, five came from Dubai, one from the Netherlands and one from the us. All were quarantined on arrival.

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Rwanda’s health ministry said in a statement, two others were infected within the country. Three health centres have been set up to deal with the coronavirus pandemic – two in Kigali and one in the south of the country.

Uganda has reported four more persons have tested positive for coronavirus, for a total of 18 cases.

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President Yoweri Museveni said the new cases came after nearly two hundred persons, mostly returnees from Dubai, were tested on Thursday. Most of those who have coronavirus in Uganda have a history of travelling to Dubai.

Meanwhile, business in the capital Kampala and town centres across the country has grounded to a halt after the introduction of a two-week public transport ban that started on Wednesday.

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There are concerns that, as the economy slows down, vulnerable persons who do not have the ability to earn an income have not been given any support by the government.

South Africa reported more than a thousand covid-19 cases on Friday.

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Tanzania President Says Virus ‘Won’t Stop Elections’

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Tanzania President Says Virus 'Won't Stop Elections'

Tanzanian president John Magufuli has said the general elections planned for October will go on despite the coronavirus outbreak.  He is seeking re-election in that poll.

Magufuli is quoted as saying there is also no reason for citizens to stop working.

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The citizen newspaper quotes him as saying work has to go on and that’s why even parliament is moving on with its schedule.

President Magufuli recently said gatherings in churches and mosques have not been banned yet despite Covid-19 pandemic because that’s where there is true healing.

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The nation has closed all schools, colleges and universities and suspended all sporting events for at least 30 days after the country confirmed its first case mid-march. That number has now ballooned to 13 confirmed cases.

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