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How Covid-19 funds were misappropriated in Zambia

– Advertisement – A damning report about the misappropriation of COVID 19 funds by Zambian government officials has been released by the Auditor- General’s office. Unexplained transactions About $71 million is reported to have been mismanaged on a number of unexplained transactions between 1 February and 31 July, 2020, which include dubious transfers from the Zambian government’s accounts, in cash withdrawals. The interim report highlighted an over-commitment of over 31 million U S dollars as being the highest financial irregularity in the utilisation of COVID-19 resources, according to a statement…

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Trevor Noah will host 2021 Grammy awards

– Advertisement – South African comedian Trevor Noah will host next year’s Grammy awards, the organisers have announced. Harvey Mason Jr, the chair and interim president of the Recording Academy, said Noah was the “best choice” as host. Noah said after the announcement that “Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event.” “I think as a one-time Grammy nominee, I am the best person to…

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South African woman shortlisted for global teacher prize

– Advertisement – A South African woman has been shortlisted for this year’s world’s best teacher prize. Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is among the ten shortlisted for the top prize. She teaches at a primary school in Limpopo in northern South Africa and told the BBC that she wants to raise aspirations among her pupils. “I introduced project-based teaching knowing that we still have resources to experiment and practical lessons and I also use the indigenous knowledge. So I knew we grew up doing things a certain way I engaged members…

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Zimbabwe: Fans social media star Ginimbi mourn his death

– Advertisement – Fans of popular Zimbabwean socialite Ginimbi Kadungure have been mourning his death this week. Ginimbi died on Sunday following a fatal car accident. Doctors say he died from internal bleeding. The celebrity died while driving his Rolls Royce Wraith from a night club. According to eye witnesses Ginimbi was speeding before the crash and moments after he was rescued he died. At the accident scene we spoke to Ginimbi’s business partner Dr Peter Gwaza, who described the accident as a horrible tragedy.Three bodies are still in the…

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More than 50 people decapitated in Mozambique

– Advertisement – The Mozambican government is calling for international support to deal with the latest wave of insurgency attacks. It follows the reported killing of more than 50 people by Islamist militants in Northern Mozambique. Reports say the militants turned a football pitch into an “execution ground”, where they decapitated and chopped bodies. The state media is also reporting that several people have also beheaded in another village. The latest attack is aimed at curbing the resistance from villagers. – Advertisement – The militants linked to the Islamic State…

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Zambia fights breast and cervical cancers as mortality rate surges

– Advertisement – Thandiwe Banda, the youngest first lady Zambia has ever had, was only in her 30s when her husband, Rupiah Bwezani Banda became the country’s fourth president in 2008 and ruled until 2011. Despite having had a relatively short stint in office, the couple and family might have still enjoyed the perks of being at the helm of the country’s leadership, even beyond their tenure, as can be expected, but a few years after leaving office, things turned sour, as the former First Lady was diagnosed with breast…

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Husband of Africa’s richest woman dies in Dubai accident

– Advertisement – Sindika Dokolo, the husband of Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has died at the age of 48. Mr Dokolo’s family confirmed that he had died in Dubai on Thursday with friends saying he was involved in a scuba diving accident. In a statement his family said “his wife, children, mother, brother and sisters have the deepest sorrow and immense sadness to announce the passing of Sindika Dokolo,which occurred on October 29, 2020 in Dubai. We thank all who have expressed their sympathy and kindness and who…

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South Africa’s president in self-quarantine after Covid-19 contact

– Advertisement – President Cyril Ramaphosa is in self-quarantine after a guest at a dinner the president attended on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday. Ramaphosa is showing no symptoms at this stage and will be tested should symptoms become apparent, the statement read. On Saturday, the President attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. The event hosted 35 guests at a Johannesburg hotel, where the foundation’s guests were the only people…

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Zambian activists seek clarity on prison vote ahead of 2021 elections

– Advertisement – The month of October in Zambia, has been characterized by a host of electoral issues, pertaining to the 2021 General elections. The first ever prison vote is one that has been a source of serious concern, with some opposition parties and members of the Civil Society  having expressed frustration at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’s lack of clarity regarding conducting  campaigns in prison, ahead of the said elections. The worry has been that the ruling party would have undue advantage because opposition parties may not be…

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Is it legal to trade Forex in Zimbabwe?

– Advertisement – Overview Apart from being the largest and most active financial market in the world, the Forex market is considered as one of the most valuable vehicles of international commerce. Zimbabwe is notorious for ongoing economic upheavals, both past and present, but this should not discourage Zimbabwean traders as they remain the link between local and international communities. The Zimbabwean currency has seen a substantial number of demonetizing phases which inevitably led to its final suspension in 2009 by the Zimbabwean government. In its place, a multiple currency…

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