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Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Zimbabwe: Police fire tear gas and beat protesters in Harare

Zimbabwe police on Friday fired tear gas and beat many opposition supporters who gathered in central Harare for a protest march. The government had banned an anti-government protest although the country’s high court upheld it. Protesters largely members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defied the ban. In an attempt to prevent the protest from taking place, police officers clashed with protesters. Police had to fire tear gas and water cannon and in some instances chased protesters from one of the city’s main squares with batons. There were reinforcements…

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Newborn survives being thrown out of window by mom

A newborn baby survived after being thrown out of a window by her own mother in South Africa. Police say they have arrested the 32-year-old woman who allegedly threw the baby out of a window. She has been charged for child abandonment, KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said. The woman according to police will appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Zwane told the media that “A case of child abandonment was opened at Verulam police station after a woman allegedly gave birth at a workplace and threw the…

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Zimbabwe secures $108 mln to fix power crisis

Zimbabwe’s government said it has secured combined loans of $108 million from the Export-Import Bank of China and Export-Import Bank of India to fix its power crisis. The state-run Herald newspaper reports that the government concluded the loan agreements in the last few months. The loans according to government officials should significantly help to the country’s power generation projects and broadband expansion. Areas to receive boost and upgrade according to the government are Bulawayo and Hwange. Zimbabwe has been experiencing power crisis since May this year, with parts of the…

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South Africa: 500 suspects arrested in female-led operation

August is women’s month in South Africa and an all-female led team of police officers undertook an operation meant to crackdown on criminals. The all female police officers over a period of four days arrested more than 500 suspects and recovered 16 unlicenced firearms. The operation was carried out across several communities in Gauteng, police officials said. The police officers were also supported by other law enforcement agencies, all made up of women. Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said on Sunday that the operation started on Thursday night. Criminals…

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South Africa: Man survives 10m cliff fall at Victoria Bay

A man in South Africa reportedly survived after falling off a rocky cliff face at Victoria Bay, near George on the Garden Route. The man is reported to have slipped off the rock while climbing it, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday. His girlfriend raised the alarm on Saturday afternoon, alerting local surfers before a reports was made to the NSRI. Spokesperson for NSRI, Craig Lambinon was quoted by News24 as saying that “While responding to the scene it was confirmed that a male had fallen down rocks…

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Zimbabwean born becomes first black to win Miss London

In May this year Zimbabwean born Vimbai Chapungu made history by winning the Miss London 2019 beauty pageant. She thus became the first black woman to hold the title. It gave Vimbai the chance to represent the city in the Miss England pageant this month. Vimbai is a student undergoing her masters degree at a top university in London. She has a passion for learning about the world and the people in it. Vimbai also hopes to use her platform as a beauty queen to create awareness about development issues…

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Nigeria: SA’s Shoprite shuts down after students protest

A branch of South Africa’s grocery chain, Shoprite has been forced to shutdown after protests by students in Ogun State. The students, all members of the National Association of Nigerian Students on Saturday picketed at the shopping mall. They were agitating over what they described as “unrestrained xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.” The students carried placards with inscriptions: “South Africans must go.” “Enough of the killing of our brothers, sisters and relatives in South Africa.” “You can’t continue to kill our people and still feed fat on us.’’…

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Food crisis hits Zimbabwe with over 5 million in need of aid

Zimbabwe has been hit by a food crisis with more than five million people in dire need of food aid. The United Nations has said that most of those without food are close to starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday launched a $331m appeal to help the country. Zimbabwe is currently battling the effects of drought, a cyclone and an economic crisis. David Beasley, head of the WFP has said that many people are “in crisis emergency mode… marching towards starvation”. Mr Beasley said at the launch that “We…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe hospitalized in Singapore

Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has been hospitalized in a Singapore Hospital, local media reported. According to sources in Zimbabwe and those close to the former leader, he has been hospitalized since April this year. He is however reported to be in a stable condition and will remain at the hospital for a while on the advice of his physicians. This is the first time in months that details about Mugabe’s where about has been disclosed. Current President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a statement on Monday evening said “Former President and…

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