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Cameroon election: Kamto declares himself winner

In Cameroon an opposition candidate has declared himself the winner of Sunday’s presidential election despite a government warning not to announce any unofficial results.

At a press conference in the capital Yaoundé, Maurice Kamto said he had received a clear mandate from the people and he vowed to defend it.

Mr Kamto provided no evidence to back up what correspondents say is both a controversial and provocative declaration.

No official results have yet been declared and the Constitutional Court has two weeks to announce the outcome.

Ahead of Sunday’s vote, President Paul Biya was widely seen as the favourite to win – he is seeking a seventh term in office.


South Africa qualify for Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

South Africa and Cameroon secured big wins as they qualified for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, along with Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Algeria and Mali.

One place remains to be filled for this year’s tournament, where eight teams in total will vie for the trophy.

The defending champions Nigeria host The Gambia in the second leg of the one remaining qualifier on Monday, with the Super Falcons holding a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

On Sunday, South Africa overwhelmed Lesotho 6-0 in Bloemfontein to book their place with a 7-0 aggregate win.

Jermaine Seoposenwe and Chantelle Esau scored twice for Banyana Banyana with Hilda Magaia and Leandra Smeda also getting on the scoresheet.

Algeria also went through to the finals in Ghana with a big aggregate win, thanks to a 3-2 victory away to Ethiopia.


Henri Michel: Former France, Cameroon & Ivory Coast coach dies aged 70

Former France midfielder Henri Michel, who coached eight countries during a 30-year managerial career, has died aged 70.

He was capped 58 times by France and coached them from 1984 to 1988.

Michel led France, Cameroon, Morocco and Ivory Coast at the World Cup, and also had spells in charge of the United Arab Emirates, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya.

Michel won three league titles during a 16-year playing career with Nantes.

His coaching career began with the France team, who won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. They also reached the World Cup semi-finals in 1986.

He was appointed Cameroon boss in 1994; began the first of two spells with Morocco in 1995; took charge of the United Arab Emirates in 2000; was appointed Tunisia coach in 2001; and became Ivory Coast boss in 2004.

Michel returned to Morocco in 2007 before coaching Equatorial Guinea and Kenya.

He also worked with Paris St-Germain and some of Africa’s leading club sides, including two spells in charge of Zamalek in Egypt and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca, as well as South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.

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​In Central African Republic, Cameroon hostages freed from captivity

Eleven hostages from Cameroon were freed on Sunday following 16 months of captivity, after having been abducted by a militia group from the Central African Republic , a statement from the Cameroonian presidency said.

The hostages included a local mayor,

Mama Abakai , and 12 others, but two died in captivity, said President Paul Biya in the statement, adding that the crime would not go unpunished.

It was not clear which militia abducted them or how they were freed.

They were kidnapped in March 2015 by heavily armed men while returning from a funeral in Cameroon’s northern Gbabio district, and taken over the nearby border to the Central African Republic.

“The Cameroonian hostages were freed today and they are en route to Yaounde ,” Governor Grégoire Mvono told Reuters.

An upsurge of violence in the Central African Republic that began in 2013 has caused thousands to flee across the border and increased insecurity in parts of Cameroon.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram has also staged numerous cross-border attacks from Nigeria into Cameroon’s Far North Region.

​Boko Harm, Detained ‘terror group supporters’ dying of torture, disease in Cameroon – Amnesty

Authorities in Cameroon have arbitrarily arrested more than 1,000 people as part of their fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram and dozens have died of disease or been tortured to death, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Up to eight people are dying each month in Maroua Prison in the capital of Far North region and prisoners are kept in inhumane, overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, Amnesty said in a report.

“Cameroon is pursuing the right objective, but in arbitrarily arresting, torturing and subjecting people to enforced disappearances the authorities are using the wrong means ,” said Alioune Tine, regional director for the human rights group.

Amnesty called on the government to implement measures to prevent abuses including an end to arbitrary arrests and torture and said the government should ensure detainees have access to their families and to lawyers.

The government is yet to comment on the report, which was based on interviews starting last October with more than 200 people in the Far North region that borders Nigeria and Chad.

More than 15,000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced in Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon during Boko Haram’s seven-year campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

Since a regional offensive last year drove the insurgents from most strongholds, Boko Haram has waged a guerrilla-style campaign against civilians. In Cameroon, teenage girls have killed dozens in suicide bombings.

Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to Islamic State last year, although the practical extent of its links with the ultra-radical, Syria- and Iraq-based group is not known.

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​Boko Haram Terrorists kill 11 in Cameroon

A security source said most of the victims were members of a local vigilant

A Boko Haram suicide bomber has killed 11 people after blowing up himself near a Mosque, reports say.

Reuters reports that the incident occurred after the breaking of the Muslim Ramadan fast.

According to Vanguard, a security source said most of the victims were members of a local vigilante group.

Adding that “They were gathered in a video room when the attacker entered and triggered his explosives

“Seven people were killed immediately, including the bomber.”

Channels TV also reports that a Cameroonian Army officer confirmed that the suicide bomber was a very young boy.

Also, the Governor of the region,

Midjiyawa Bakari said “We are asking on the local population to wait until we give the go-ahead for the resumption of such activities, especially on the frontline.”

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Photo: Cameroon’s Paul Biya’s presidential limousine breaks down during independence celebration in Yaounde


Cameroon’s President Paul Biya’s presidential limousine broke down while driving to Boulevard to preside over celebrations marking the 44th Anniversary of Cameroon’s National Day on Friday May 20th.
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