- As part of its crackdown on corruption, the government of Cameroon on Monday arrested and detained four top functionaries, including two former Ministers of Finance and Public Health, Polycarp Abah Abah and Urbain Olanguena Awono.
Other detained officials were Dr Feuzeu Maurice, former Permanent Secretary of the National AIDS Control Committee and Luc Etogo Mbezele, former Pay Master General of Yaoundé Central Treasury.
The former ministers lost their posts after a cabinet shake up on 7 September last year. The officials are believed to be currently detained at the Yaoundé Judicial Police Headquarters.
Believed to have been arrested and detained under President Biya's anti-corruption slogan, "Operation Sparrow Hawk", the officials are yet to be charged. The operation, first introduced in 2006, aims to combat official corruption, embezzlement and abuse of office in Cameroon.
The development was believed to have been spurred by the Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali dispelled the notion that the operation had wound up. He leaked the examination of up to 20 files relating to the operation.
But most people believed that the former officials investigations on the former officials had began immediately after their firing.
About 125 former ministers, directors general, mayors and lawmakers were reported to have been arrested.
Cameroon's special police operation force coordinated the officials' arrest before they were taken to Yaoundé Central Police Station for interrogation.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.