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Zimbabwe intensifies crackdown on critics, issues warrant for 14

Zimbabwe police on Monday launched a hunt for opposition and union activists, days after a prominent journalist was held for encouraging mass anti-corruption protests.The police appealed in a statement for information on the whereabouts of 14 well-known government critics...

Zimbabwe politician denied bail in anti-government protests case

A Zimbabwean court on Thursday denied bail to an opposition politician who called for protests against government corruption and rolled over a similar case against a journalist to Friday.Jacob Ngarivhume, who called for the 31 July street demonstrations with...

Zimbabwe president picks fight with Econet over economy crash

Zimbabwe’s president has picked a fight with the country’s most successful businessman and Econet Wireless founder, Strive Musiyiwa. The economy may be the loser.According to Bloomberg news, Under pressure from a plunging currency and 737% inflation, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s...

Zimbabwean journalist, opposition figure appear in court

A Zimbabwean journalist known for exposing alleged corruptions in government, now accused of plotting against the government is appearing in court in Harare.Hopewell Chin’ono is appearing alongside Jacob Ngarivhume, an opposition politician he is accused of conspiring with to...

Zimbabwe announces virus curfew ahead of opposition protest

Ahead of an anti-government protests planned for next week, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday his government would impose a night-time curfew and tighten other measures to tackle rising coronavirus infections.The president backed the new order with a...

Police in Zimbabwe arrests journalist, opposition leader ahead of protests

Police in Zimbabwe on Monday arrested an opposition leader and an outspoken journalist ahead of anti-government and anti-graft protests planned for 31 July, lawyers said.The two were arrested separately in Harare in a seemingly coordinated operation."We confirm both Hopewell...

Zimbabwe doctors threaten strike over poor pay, lack of Covid-19 protective gear

Senior doctors in Zimbabwe's public health service have threatened to walk out over low pay and lack of coronavirus protective gear, in the latest dispute to plague the country's health system.Some 15 000 nurses have been on strike for...

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African president and liberation hero Nelson Mandela, has died, the spokesman of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday.Zindzi Mandela, whose mother was anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, rose to international prominence...

Malawi new president vows to clampdown on graft in subdued inauguration

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera pledged to clamp down on corruption on Monday, as he delivered his inauguration speech in a scaled-down ceremony dampened by a surge in COVID-19 cases.Chakwera unseated former leader Peter Mutharika in a June 23...

USA set to offer Zimbabwe $60m in food aid

The United States says it will provide US$60.55 million to assist Zimbabwe with its food insecurity during the lean season.Early in June, Zimbabwean authorities said the southern African country’s 2019/20 maize production of 907,628 tonnes would not meet its...
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ReutersIvory Coast’s ruling party said on Tuesday it will push ahead with the October election regardless of whether the opposition participate, comments likely to...

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ReutersEgypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of...

France to Mali junta restore power to civilians quickly

ReutersMali’s military junta must restore power to civilians and arrange quick elections, France’s president said on Tuesday, warning that the French role in fighting...

Fmr Air force colonel named Mali interim president, junta leader VP

ReutersFormer Mali defence minister and retired colonel Bah Ndaw was named interim president on Monday while the leader of the junta that seized power...