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Mother and Disabled Daughter Found Dead, Their Bodies Lay Unnoticed For Months

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Residents of the Radford neighbourhood, in the Nottingham district, UK are in shock after learning about the deaths of a woman and her disabled daughter. A neighbour told Mail Online that she hadn’t seen the pair for months and recalled hearing sounds she thought were animal cries coming from the property some time ago.

Alphonsine Djiako Leuga, the deceased mother who hails from Cameroon, had fled an abusive relationship in Italy and sought refuge in the UK approximately seven years ago. Tatiane Nulah, 42, recounted finding Alphonsine and her two daughters on a street near Nottingham’s Victoria Centre mall. “She didn’t know anybody and had nowhere to go,” Nulah said.

Nulah is said to have housed the family for two weeks before they disappeared.

A friend of Alphonsine revealed that she last visited the council house in Radford in 2022. “I think she was struggling with the cost of living. She last texted me asking for £100,” the friend testified, adding that Alphonsine faced difficulties because caring for her disabled daughter prevented her from working.

Deborah Williams, a neighbour in Radford noted that social services had visited her home several times in recent months, attempting to reach Alphonsine. Williams said, “The social workers would ask if I had seen them recently. But I would only really notice them when they left the house to go out shopping.”

Alphonsine’s concern for her violent husband had driven the family to Nottingham after a harrowing journey from Italy. A friend of the family told Mail Online that Alphonsine had initially explored Nottingham as a potential safe haven before permanently relocating with her children.

The discovery of their bodies has left the community in mourning. Two bouquets of flowers have been placed outside the home, with one message reading: “It’s so sad and heartbreaking to hear what has happened at this house. Two beautiful lives have been lost. A mother and daughter. RIP.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ruby Burrow commented on the case, stating, “This is a tragic case, and we are currently working to understand exactly how and when these people died. We have enlisted the help of a forensic pathologist and will be in a better position to determine what has happened once they conclude their report.”

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council reacted, saying, “We were deeply saddened to hear the news and our thoughts are with the friends, family, and neighbours of the two residents at this time. We are currently liaising closely with the police to understand the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.”

As investigations continue, the Cameroonian community in Radford and the UK in general remains in shock, grappling with the loss of a mother and her daughter, who had sought a safe haven but met a heartbreaking end.

“Who would have seen this coming? It is important to constant check on those we care about,” noted Caroline, a Cameroonian resident in Birmigham.

Source: Mail Online

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Le corps électoral pour les législatives et municipales de 2025 sera convoqué en novembre

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C’est ce qu’a affirmé l’honorable Cabral Libii, député du Parti Camerounais pour la Réconciliation Nationale et président national de cette formation politique, appelant au passage les électeurs et potentiels candidats à s’inscrire sur les listes électorales.

Le député Cabral Libii ne veut plus perdre du temps, alors que le pays est secoué par des actualités liées au sport. Dans une sortie qu’il a publié sur les réseaux sociaux, le patron politique du PCRN lance un appel. “Mes chers compatriotes, il me paraît important de vous rappeler que les inscriptions sur les listes électorales s’achèvent dans 75 jours (le 31 août 2024)”, lit-on sur sa page.

” Il faut surtout rappeler à l’attention de tous que les élections législatives et municipales se tiendront en février 2025. Donc le corps électoral sera convoqué en novembre 2024. Ce qui veut dire que ceux qui ne se seront pas inscrits avant le 31 août 2024, ne pourront ni voter, ni candidater en février 2025.Par expérience, une élection en saison sèche est propice à une forte participation populaire et à une meilleure surveillance citoyenne des urnes” poursuit-il.

“Le peuple peut faire basculer le pouvoir dès février 2025 en donnant la majorité des sièges de l’Assemblée Nationale à l’opposition. Croyez-moi entre mars et octobre 2025, avec une majorité de Députés de l’opposition, des réformes décisives peuvent être faites.

La focalisation prématurément insistante sur l’élection présidentielle, est sur ce point, une diversion et une approche politiquement contre-productive.
Réveillons-nous ! Unissons-nous” lance-t-il.

Cette sortie de Cabral Libii intervient au moment où plusieurs sources parlent d’une éventuelle prorogation du mandat des maires et des députés au cours de la deuxième session parlementaire en cours. Même si l’information semble ne pas être fondée, la stratégie utilisée pour les propagateurs de cette nouvelle pourrait s’assimiler à un test d’opinion. Ce d’autant plus que la révision constitutionnelle du 14 avril 2008, la pratique de la prorogation des mandats législatifs et municipaux a pris droit de cité au Cameroun. En effet, les dernières élections législatives et municipales ont été marquées par la prorogation des mandats de ces représentants, à trois reprises (21 août 2012, 21 février 2013 21 mai 2013, 18 juillet 2018). Au regard du triple scrutin présidentiel, législatif et municipal de l’année 2025, le chef de l’Etat semble vouloir faire réitérer la mesure de la prorogation des mandats législatifs et municipaux. Ainsi, étant entendu que la période probable de convocation du corps électoral pour les municipales et législatives de 2025 devait courir jusqu’en fin novembre 2024 , la non-convocation de ce dernier, pourrait ouvrir la voie à une possible prorogation desdits mandats.

Le fondement constitutionnel

D’après l’article 15 (nouveau) de la Loi N°008/001 du 14 avril 2008 modifiant et complétant certaines dispositions de la Loi N°96/06 du 18 janvier 1996 portant révision de la Constitution du 2 juin 1972, « [e]n cas de crise grave ou lorsque les circonstances l’exigent, le président de la République peut, après consultation du président du Conseil Constitutionnel et des bureaux de l’Assemblée Nationale et du Sénat, demander à l’Assemblée Nationale de décider, par une loi, de proroger ou d’abréger son mandat (…) ». En ces termes, la loi constitutionnelle fonde clairement la mesure de prorogation du mandat des députés. Cette mesure obéit néanmoins à des conditions de fonds et de forme bien précises.

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Biya declares June 17 public holiday ahead of Feast of Tabaski

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Monday, June 17, 2024, will be a public holiday in Cameroon, an announcement made by President Paul Biya ahead of the Muslim feast of Tabaski, also called Eid al-Adha, which will start on June 16.

The feast, which rounds off the weeklong annual pilgrimage to Mecca, commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael in obedience to God (Allah).

According to Biblical and Koranic traditions, just as Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb which he slaughtered and spared his son’s life.

The feast of Tabaski commemorates faith, devotion and obedience to Allah.

The feast is celebrated on the 10th day of the lunar month of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and it coincides with the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

To mark this feast, Muslims who can afford are required to slaughter an animal – a sheep, goat, Carmel or cow – to symbolize Abraham’s sacrifice. The meat is divided into three parts: one for family, one for neighbours and friends and the other for the needy. The feast is also marked by lavish dressing, merrymaking, and acts of love.

Millions of Cameroonians will be partaking in the celebration, including thousands of Cameroonian pilgrims who are attending the Hajj in Mecca.

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Jato Sonita, inspires exam questions in Regional Mock exam

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Jato Sonita, the young folklore musical artist from Bamenda known as the “forest girl,” has become a subject of academic study for students in Cameroon. Her influence has now extended into educational settings, where her image is being used in school exams.

This development was highlighted during the Regional Mock exams in Yaounde, which serve as preparatory tests for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Levels.

In the English Language Paper 2 exam, students were tasked with a composition exercise inspired by one of two images: one of Jato Sonita dressed in her iconic banana leaves and another of the Cameroonian national football team, the Indomitable Lions.

Jato Sonita expressed her excitement and gratitude upon learning of this honor.

“My picture was used at the Inter-Regional Mock Exams in Yaoundé as candidates prepared to write the GCE Ordinary Levels Examinations. I thank God for giving me the grace to be,” she said.

Known for her distinctive music that reconnects Africans with their traditional and cultural roots, Jato Sonita has made significant strides in the Cameroonian music industry.

Her choice of performing in attire made from banana leaves is a deliberate symbol of purity from Western influences, representing how she envisions Africa could have been without the impact of colonization.

Originally from the Donga-Mantung Division in the Northwest, Jato Sonita performs with other children from the Mile 8 forest of Mankon, Bamenda.

Her music is not her only contribution; she has also emerged as a dedicated advocate for environmental issues and climate change.

Jato Sonita’s advocacy has earned her recognition beyond the music scene. She has received various awards and has had the opportunity to sing for world leaders.

Her environmental activism was prominently showcased during a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was invited by the US Ambassador. During her visit, she championed the protection of the Congo Basin and participated in tree-planting activities at Kinshasa University.

Her inclusion in the exam highlights her role as a cultural and environmental influencer, demonstrating the power of art to inspire and educate.

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