Africa Southern Africa World Zimbabwe 

Mugabe left behind $10 mln and properties but no will

The late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe reportedly left behind $10 million in his bank account together with other properties. State media Herald newspaper on Tuesday published the list of Mugabe’s estate but indicated there was no will to distribute the properties. The newspaper listed some of the properties left behind to include: four houses, 10 cars, one farm, his rural home and an orchard. Mugabe’s daughter Bona Chikowore in October wrote to the Master of High Court seeking to register her father’s estate. Since there was no will,…

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South Africa: Vodacom, MTN ordered to lower data prices

South Africa’s Vodacom Group and MTN Group have been ordered by the country’s Competition Commission to lower data prices. The two companies could face prosecution if they do not agree with the order in the next two months to lower data prices. The watchdog launched an investigation in August 2017 following a request from the minister of economic Development. There have been several complaints from consumers about high data costs. The commission said in its report that there is evidence to suggest that there is room for price reductions in…

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Namibia: Incumbent President Geingob wins re-election

Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob has been declared winner of last month’s presidential election. The electoral commission of Namibia said on Saturday that Geingob retained power, winning the election with 56.3% of the vote. His closest rival, a fellow SWAPO party member Panduleni Itula who ran as independent came second with 29.4%. In third place was the leader of the official opposition party, McHenry Venaani who secured 5.3% of the votes. Despite his victory there was a drop in his support base. Geingob secured 87% of votes in the 2014…

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Sacked Zimbabwe doctors reject deal to return to work

The Union that represents Zimbabwe state doctors has rejected a deal that would have seen hundreds of doctors sacked recently return to work. The doctors on Friday rejected an offer from the government to get them back to work. In September, over one thousand of state doctors went on strike. When they refused to call off their strike, the government decided to sack them in November. The doctors have been on strike for months demanding better working conditions as some earn as low as $100 a month. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors…

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Zambia’s Lusaka city is losing its natural beauty

Kombe Kapema has lived in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, for over three decades. Over the years, he has witnessed how the face of the city has gradually changed from one that was characterized by greenery to what he now describes as a concrete grey jungle. This is because of the amount of construction activities that have been going on in recent years, resulting into a lot of trees having been cut. Construction Across The City Whereas past construction projects have mainly involved the building of such infrastructure as shopping malls, office…

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Namibia: Commonwealth says poll was ‘peaceful and orderly’

Namibia’s election on 27 November was carried out in a largely peaceful and orderly manner, according to an interim statement issued by the Commonwealth observers who were deployed to the country. The group noted that the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections – the sixth multiparty elections since Namibia‘s independence – were the most competitive in the country’s electoral history. Issuing the Group’s preliminary statement in Windhoek, the Chair of the Observer Group, former Attorney General of Zambia Musa Mwenye, said: “We observed that the processing of voters remains slow,…

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Lesotho lawmakers fight in parliament

Lawmakers in Lesotho have been captured on videos and images fighting each other and vandalizing property in parliament. Videos and images of the MPs engaged in the brawl have gone viral on social media. The incident occurred during a debate over related to a long-running dispute over regulations controlling the sale of the produce from the country’s important wool and mohair industry. In October this year lawmakers called for the regulations to be repealed, giving the government seven days to come up with new regulations. But on Thursday when the…

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60% of Zimbabweans are without enough food

The United Nations has said that millions of Zimbabweans are struggling to access food. Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food who disclosed this said “The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to a point of suffering a man-made starvation.” Elver made the statement in Harare after after a 10-day visit to the country. In a statement she said that 60% of the country’s 14 million people were not getting enough food to meet their basic needs. “Many of the people I spoke to in Harare…

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Zambians’ indifference to constitution amendment bill petition

The Zambian parliament’s decision to table a contentious bill, towards amendment of the country’s constitution, recently resulted in a lawsuit by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), civil society and other stakeholders, who want the bill withdrawn, saying it would make Zambia, a constitutional dictatorship with an already powerful President made even more powerful. Problematic Clauses If passed, petitioners observe, the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 10, popularly known as ‘Bill 10’, would among other provisions, enable parliament to increase the numbers of Members by simple vote, parliament would not be…

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South Africa: Malema charged over 2018 rally shooting

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Wednesday charged opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema over a 2018 rally shooting incident. He is charged for allegedly firing a weapon in public during his party’s rally event in the Eastern Cape in 2018. In a statement, NPA Eastern Cape spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said Malema faces five counts, including the unlawful possession of a firearm. Other four counts cover unlawful possession of ammunition, discharge of a firearm in a public place, failure to take reasonable precaution to person or property and…

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