Cameroon / by Alistair Galloway

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou was appointed the interim president of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) on 8 October. Cameroon requested Indian assistance in dealing with the Boko Haram terrorist organisation on 27 October. The United States announced that it would be dispatching 90 US troops to Cameroon to aid in its efforts to fight Boko Haram in the north of the country. It was announced in late October that members of the United States Africa Command conducted training exercises with the Cameroonian military. The United States Department of State issued a travel warning advising US citizens to avoid any travel in the northern regions of the country and notifying them of the high risks of travel in all parts of Cameroon. The US military donated a number of armoured vehicles to Cameroon as part of its aid program to the Cameroonian Military. The Cameroonian Minister of Defence visited soldiers in the far north of the country. President Paul Biya dismissed a dozen ministers in his government and as well as four governors. The former defence minister’s residence was raided by soldiers who seized military hardware from the compound. The former Governor of the South Region was prevented from entering his old office by police who sealed the regional headquarters. The African Union Peace and Security Commissioner, Smail Chergui, and Cameroon’s defence minister, Joseph Beti Assomo, signed an agreement on 12 October establishing the logistics headquarters of the African Union Standby Force in Douala, Cameroon. Millions of children returned to school after the summer break amid new fears of violence at educational facilities. Soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion killed four and captured two others in an anti-piracy operation. Residents of the Far North region burned an army base after soldiers fired on and killed an individual who was violating the curfew. Hundreds of soldiers issued an ultimatum to the government over unpaid allowances from African Union peacekeeping duty. Cameroonian soldiers engaged in a small conflict with Boko Haram and fought over control of the border town of Kerawa in Northern Cameroon. The UN finished construction of a security checkpoint and 15 classrooms at the Minawao refugee camp in the Far North region of Cameroon. In economic affairs, the International Monetary Fund released a report blaming the low economic growth on political and security related instability. Golar LNG Limited, a liquefied natural gas shipping company, received approval for a floating natural gas vessel that should start construction in min-2017. Morocco’s Addoha group opened a new cement factory in Cameroon on 28 October. China Unicom has signed a deal with Cameroon Telecommunications for the construction of a submarine fibre optic cable between Cameroon and Brazil.