Tuesday 27 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
The animals won't travel two-by-two, but thousands of safari stalwarts will soon begin their journeys from Zimbabwe to Mozambique in one of Africa's largest ever wildlife transfers. Fifty elephants, 100 giraffes, 200 zebras and 200 buffaloes will be among the several thousand animals that will be transferred between the two neighbours, Zimbabwe's Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA) told AFP on Thursday. They will travel 600 kilometres (370 miles) on dusty roads from the Save Valley Conservancy to Zimbabwe's eastern neighbour in an effort to replenish animal numbers that were devastated...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Financially hamstrung Zimbabwe joined UN agencies and charities Wednesday in appealing for $10.9 million of aid for thousands of refugees in the country including families fleeing violence in neighbouring Mozambique. Zimbabwe, grappling an economic crisis including a cash crunch which has had a toll on social services, is host to 17,500 refugees, official statistics show. "Governments and humanitarian organisations are left to deal with the consequences while at the same time struggling to save lives on limited budgets," Robert Tibagwa,...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(APA 06/19/17)
Thieves broke into Zimbabwe Defence Minister Sydney Sekeremayi’s Harare house last week, the police reported on Sunday. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday when the thieves scaled a wall at the minister’s residency in the plush Borrowdale suburb. The thieves made off with US$620 cash. Charamba said the police are investigating the break-in. “We will update you on any developments,” she told the state-run Sunday Mail. This is the latest in a...
(APA 06/15/17)
The government in Gaborone on Wednesday commended Zimbabwe for containing the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu, saying the success had saved Botswana from a possible outbreak. Agriculture Minister Patrick Ralotsia said as a result of the Zimbabwean government’s efforts to contain the outbreak, no cases of the bird flu were reported in Botswana. Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique last week suspended the import of poultry and poultry products from Zimbabwe. The H5N8 strain has been detected in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia over the past two years. Its spread is aided by wild bird migrations.
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(APA 06/14/17)
Zimbabwean police have busted a ring that was producing fake identity cards in the capital Harare, the Registrar General’s Office said on Wednesday. In a statement, the department said an unknown number of people were recently arrested following a tip-off from members of the public. “The Registrar General security got a tip-off about criminals who were printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of the police to arrest the culprits,” the statement said. The department called on companies...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/17)
Zimbabwe has banned grain imports into the country after producing enough to feed itself, just a year after a devastating drought left more than 4 million in need of food aid, a state-owned newspaper reported on Tuesday. The southern African nation’s grain agency has also raised $200 million from the government and private sector to purchase maize from farmers, the Herald newspaper said. “Government stopped issuing Grain Import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are allowed at our borders,” Deputy Agriculture Minister Davis Marapira was quoted as saying.
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/17)
President Robert Mugabe has fired Zimbabwe's top prosecutor, who now faces a misconduct trial, state media reported Saturday, the latest twist in a dispute dating back more than a year. "Suspended prosecutor general Mr Johannes Tomana was yesterday (Friday) fired for misconduct and incompetence after a tribunal set by President Mugabe to probe him recommended dismissal," The Herald newspaper reported. Tomana faced charges of "criminal abuse of office" and was awaiting trial, the paper added, without giving further details. He...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
South Africa has halted poultry imports from Zimbabwe after a recent outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza at a farm in the neighbouring country, the government said Thursday. The department of agriculture said although South Africa imports "very little" poultry products from Zimbabwe, it has "suspended all trade in live poultry, meat and table eggs" from its northern neighbour and has stepped up surveillance. "We have heightened inspections of all consignments, including all private and public vehicles at all our ports of entry, especially in and out of Zimbabwe," said the department in a statement. Zimbabwean authorities...
(AFP (eng) 06/08/17)
A bus accident in Zimbabwe has killed 43 people after the driver lost control and rammed into a tree, police said Thursday. "We have been told that 43 people have been killed," police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told AFP. "The bus was travelling to Zambia when the driver lost control at a curve yesterday evening," she said. Charamba said the crash occurred in the Nyamakate area near the border with Zambia. Cross-border coaches usually ferry traders from Zimbabwe who travel to Zambia to stock up on wares to sell back home. Last year at least 30 people were killed when two buses collided along the highway
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the...
(News24 06/06/17)
Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has taken a swipe at President Robert Mugabe for attending the United Nations Oceans Conference that opened in New York on Monday - at a time when the southern African country's economy was floundering. MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the nonagenarian should have remained in the landlocked Zimbabwe to address a myriad of problems affecting the country instead of attending the Oceans conference. "It's a total embarrassment; Zimbabwe is a small...
(The Herald Online 06/06/17)
Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri has said the use of spikes at roadblocks is a necessary defence for traffic police officers who risk being run over by unruly motorists amid claims that at least 36 officers were either killed or injured on the country's roads last year. Dr Chihuri said the practice was not exclusive to the Zimbabwe Republic Police. He was responding to an application by human rights activist Mr Okay Machisa to have the use of spikes to deflate...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
The Embassy of Sweden and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Wednesday signed an 8 million U.S. dollars grant, giving a boost to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) set up in 2016 to build the resilience of vulnerable people in the country. Addressing partners at the signing ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Bishow Parajuli said 407,000 labor endowed vulnerable people in nine rural districts in Zimbabwe had benefited from various programs under the ZRBF since its launch in May last year. The vulnerable people had benefited from climate-smart agriculture; nutrition and livelihoods; productive asset creation; access to finance and value chain

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