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  1. Campaigners urge Cameroonians to boycott phone tax

    Killian Ngala

    BBC News, Yaoundé

    Phone in hand
    Image caption: The government insist it is not introducing a new tax

    Consumer rights campaigners in Cameroon have called on citizens to boycott a tax on mobile phones and tablets which the government is due to introduce on Thursday.

    The tax requires customers to pay 33% of the cost of each phone they buy if the importer did not pay the corresponding customs dues.

    It is a controversial decision that has sparked condemnation by consumer associations who are calling on the government to force importers to pay the tax instead of consumers.

    The president of the National League of Cameroonian Consumers, Delor Magellan Kamgain, has called on consumers to boycott the tax.

    “The Cameroon government did not respect the procedures for implementing this decision. The government also did not carry out campaigns to inform consumers,” he said.

    But the minister of telecommunications Minette Libom Li Keng insists it is not a new tax, but just a change in the manner in which it is paid.

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    Video caption: Thai protests: Anti-government rally in Bangkok

    Protesters come out in thousands to protest near the King's motorcade. The BBC's Jonathan Head was there.

  3. Congolese activist fined for stealing African artefact

    Quai Branly museum
    Image caption: The staff was stolen from the Quai Branly museum in Paris (File image)

    A Congolese activist has been fined for stealing an African artefact from a museum in France.

    Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza said he took the 19th Century Chadian funeral staff from the Quai Branly museum in June as part of a protest against colonial-era plundering.

    Mr Diyabanza intends to appeal against the 1,000 euro ($1,200; £900) fine, reports AFP news agency.

    He is quoted by AFP as saying that the "judges of a corrupt government" had no moral right to prevent him "going to get what belongs to us".

    "We will continue the fight with whatever means we have," he added.

    Vice magazine has described Mr Diyabanza as "a real-life Killmonger" - a character in the Black Panther film who protests against a museum in Europe keeping an artefact pillaged from Africa.

  4. Kenyan MP to face murder charge over election chaos

    Esther Ogola

    BBC News, Nairobi

    Kenya's public prosecutor has approved murder and assault charges against MP Aisha Jumwa.

    The charges are related to the fatal shooting of a person during a by-election in October last year in the coastal region.

    Several others were also injured.

    She will be charged alongside her aide Geoffrey Okuto Otieno.

    The MP is accused of storming the home of one of the candidates in the by-election where a meeting was taking place and confronting those in charge.

    A scuffle ensued between her supporters and those of the candidate and the police fire teargas. One person was shot dead and several others injured.

    The minister was arrested shortly after the incident but later released.

    Ms Jumwa denies being involved in the murder.

    She says she was at the scene of the scuffle but insists she left, on the advice of the police, before the fatal shooting.

  5. From Cameroon to Harvard: One man's journey of hope

    A Cameroonian health researcher whose tweet on rise from his village to Harvard University went viral has spoken about his success story.

    Dr Desmond Jumbam tweeted a photo of a simple shack of a house next to a Harvard University badge.

    The photo received more than two million likes.

    Dr Jumbam said he had always wanted to get good education and return to Cameroon to serve his people.

    "I work with an NGO called Operation Smile that provides free cleft lip surgery and care to children in over 30 countries," he said.

    His father was killed in the Anglophone separatists crisis and together with his mother they are running a support group for women who have been widowed by the crisis.

    His success story from Cameroon to Harvard has inspired many.

    "I think people were inspired by it, I think its a story of hope and inspiration especially during this current global pandemic and global political situation," he said.

    Here is Dr Jumbam's full interview on Newsday:

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    Video caption: Desmond Jumbam has over 2 million likes on Twitter after posting about his life
  6. End Swat: Nigerians reject new police unit replacing the hated Sars

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    Video caption: Thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets saying reforms don't go far enough

    Thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets saying reforms don't go far enough


 

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