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UN Humanitarian Coordinator Visits Ground Zero On Fact-Finding Mission

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Allegra Baiocchi, The Humanitarian Coordinator alongside UNHCR and UNICEF Representatives stationed in Cameroun, together with the Director of Civil Protection at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization was on a fact-finding mission to the Northern and Southern zones between the 7-9 of February 2017.

Following reports of dire humanitarian assistance within the civilian populace, as a result of the ongoing crisis affecting both zones of the Southern Cameroons, the mission was dispatched to the field to take stock and report back, especially on the prospect of the thousands who’ve fled to next-door Nigeria.

While visiting Bamenda and Mamfe, the UN-led entourage met with the civil society, religious, traditional leaders, the military personnel stationed in those places. They also met with some non-governmental organizations with operations around the area, exchanged notes and viewpoints concerning the humanitarian concerns and possible solution to bring aid/assistance to the needy population.

The UN has reported more than 14,000 people registered as asylum-seekers in neighbouring Nigeria. Not counting the several thousands of internally displaced persons who’ve fled their homes following the brutal crackdown of La Republique forces and counterattacks of pro-Independence fighters. Kouassi Etien, a UNHCR Representative accompanying the delegation said ”Favourable conditions must be put in place to ensure that all return is voluntary, durable and takes place in the fullest respect of the dignity and security of population”. Another member of the UNICEF delegation JacquesBoyer, showed concern for the vulnerable and younger ones bu weighing in that ”Children must be protected from all forms of violence and be allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights, including their right to education”.

In condemnation of all acts of violence and stressing the need for civilian lives to be protected, the Humanitarian Coordinator said ” Open and transparent communication is the key to building confidence between populations and the authorities. Lasting solutions can only be found through dialogue”.

Reassuring the willingness and strong humanitarian commitment by the international community through the UN organs, Ms. Baiocchi showed her gratitude and appreciation for the efforts in bringing assistance to those in need and the in finding a way forward to return to normalcy.

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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  1. George

    February 13, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Those missions are useless as long the UN is accompanied by regime officials. Thus just wastage of time.

  2. Malis

    February 13, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Ooooooh no, not them again, we’re tired of them.

  3. Obed

    February 13, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    UN has proved that it is factory out to make money, Cameroon it place where they go to trophies from the dictator and get richer and richer while they watch the dictator kill his people for 36 yrs and counting. All the concussions this world bodies are trying so had to put in place without getting to the root cause of the problem will not work. We will take it the end come what may. Crooks of UN need to stop their self centered businesses and do their jobs. Can UN simply produce the treaty of union between British southern Cameroon and LRC, of course they Cannot because there is no such treaty. LRC and UN has no force of argument and has stick to killing peaceful protesters. They will kill of us and the unborn before they can stop us.

  4. Bibi Stella

    February 13, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Can this UN help organize the so called “transparent dialogues “or they will keep singing the same old chorus?

    • Atem Bakia

      February 14, 2018 at 5:33 AM

      Dialogue on terms of separation.

  5. Amba

    February 13, 2018 at 9:49 PM

    The United Nations is a racketeering organization. If ordinary people did what the United Nations does, they will be in jail.

    These are missions that are pushed by France to deceive our people from Nigeria to return back. The United Nations is being used here to go and lie to the world that all is find, the refugees can return and vote in La Republique’s upcoming elections.

    It is a scam from the United Nations to assist France and La Republique.

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Six Years After, South Africans Seek Justice for Victims of the Marikana Massacre

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The commemoration of the 6th anniversary of the Marikana massacre in which security officers fired at and killed 34 mining workers involved in a strike action demanding better pay, has been preoccupied with politics.

What is being considered as the bloodiest security incident since the end of the apartheid era in South Africa, with an additional 10 people killed in during clashed leading to the shooting of August 15, 2012.  Two police officers also died as a result of the violence.

On social media platforms, South Africans have frowned on the total lack of accountability and the government’s inability to show empathy to the victims’ families, six years after the bloody incident.

In an effort to save face, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party put out a statement, indicating the urgent need to implement recommendations made by the Farlam Commission. The statement reads ”There is no doubt about our commitment in ensuring that never again should such a tragedy befall our nation, and no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that measures are in place to achieve this.”

An inquiry launched into the deadly violence, led by retired judge, Ian Farlam, faulted the Lonmin mining company, the workers’ unions and the police for what it called a ”horrendous tragedy” and went further to make a series of recommendations to rein in various parties it identified as culpable for the tragic incident.

The Farlam Commission came up with the following;

-Public order policing policies be revised, including benchmarking ”best practices” for crowd control.

-Opening a criminal investigation of the police officers involved in the incident.

-Found out Lonmin mining company did not use its best endeavors to resolve wage dispute with workers despite being the world’s fourth largest producer of platinum by market value.

Thus far, six police officers have been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection to the Marikana massacre, they were granted bail in March.

South African frustrated by the delay to administer justice for the victims of the Marikana massacre, took to social media to express their discontentment in the slow process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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Burundi Sets 2020 Deadline for Plastic Ban Enforcement

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Joining other East African nations, the government of Burundi has entered the list of countries that use of plastics has been outlawed.  The move will officially begin in 2020.

A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza on August 13, 2018, the country will begin the prohibition and the ”manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging.”

The ban’s enforcement will commence in eighteen months- precisely February 2020. The leeway period is to ensure there is enough time for the proper disposal of current stokes and orders already made, according to the authorities.

However, the decree further went ahead to stipulate there could be certain exemptions, especially ”for biodegradable bags, bags and plastic materials used in medical services, and in industrial and pharmaceutical packaging.”

As of now, just a handful of African countries are enforcing any kind of ban on plastics, among them are; Eritrea, Kenya, Morocco, and Rwanda.  On a global scale, over 40 countries worldwide have placed a ban on the usage of plastics.

A UN report in 2018 indicates that the drive to combat plastic waste has produced mixed reviews.  In Ghana, for instance, successive governments over the last few years have promised to deal with the growing menace of plastic waste and their disposals but have wholly failed in implementing an effective ban. Most countries across West Africa have a similar experience.

There’s a widespread ban of plastics in the Republic of Congo, but not properly enforced.  Products are mostly sold wrapped in paper envelopes, foils and old newspapers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

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FIFA Threatens Ghana Ban as Government Continues Interference on Football Activities

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World’s football governing body, FIFA, has threatened the Ghanaian government over its plans to liquidate Ghana Football Association following the revelation of a video showing corruption by the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeymaw Anas.

The Secretary-General of FIFA, Fatma  Samoura in a signed and released statement on August 13, 2018. said the football governing body was particularly concerned about the undue influence exerted by the government over the affairs of the GFA, in clear violation of FIFA statutes.

Part of the statement reads, ”Under these circumstances, the Bureau based on article 16 paragraph 1 of the FIFA statutes decided on 11 August 2018 that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12h00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect.

It went further to say ”The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given proof thereof”.

Tasked with the responsibilities to hold discussions with FIFA in order to avert the ban, the head of the government liaison team was addressed directly in the letter. All local football activities have been canceled by the Ghanaian government.

A High Court in Accra placed an injunction on the activities of the GRA on June 12, 2018, in response to an application from the nation’s Attorney General.

After the release of the investigative hit piece exposing corruption on the part of match officials by the journalist Anas, all football-related activities have been suspended since June.

The GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi who was caught in a video for allegedly receiving kickbacks. He was a member of the CAF and FIFA committees. As an investigation continues on those allegations, he has been suspended from all football activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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