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2017-07-11 08:46

Zim war vet loses farm after going to opposition rally: Report

Harare - In a sign of just how hazardous it is to support the opposition with elections looming in Zimbabwe, a war veteran has been disowned by his colleagues and ordered to vacate his farm after going to an MDC rally, it was reported Sunday.

NewZimbabwe.com reports that Regis Musengeyi landed himself in trouble for attending the rally addressed by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the central town of Gweru last month. 

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Zim mulls legalising production of cannabis to lure investment

Harare - Zimbabwe is considering legalising the production of cannabis for medical purposes to lure investors keen to grow the drug, a cabinet minister says.

Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu says a Canadian firm has applied to the government for a permit to produce the drug, known locally as mbanje, in one of the country’s soon-to-be-set-up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

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Details emerge on abduction, torture of UZ protest student

Harare - Details have emerged on the abduction and torture of a student activist Fanuel Kaseke, who took part in last month’s fees protest at the University of Zimbabwe.

Kaseke disappeared three days after he attended the demonstration where ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire was arrested.

Friends, family members and supporters last week issued missing person alerts on social media. Kaseke, who studies political science at UZ, later turned up at a police station in Harare’s Mbare suburb.

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Burundi official says 8 people killed in grenade attack

Bujumbura - A Burundi official says eight people have been killed in a grenade attack on a bar in the country's rural northern area.

Devote Ndayizeye, the administrator of Gatara commune in the province of Kayanza where the attack took place on Sunday night, said two of the victims died of their wounds after being hospitalised.

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19 bodies of Egyptian migrants found in Libya desert

Benghazi - The decomposed bodies of 19 Egyptian migrants were found in the Libyan desert overnight after the truck in which they were smuggled into the country overturned, the Red Crescent said Sunday.

The bodies were buried in a cemetery near the Libyan border town of Tobruk, the organisation said.

It was unclear when the Egyptians died but their bodies were in a state of decomposition when found in a desert area near Tobruk in Libya's remote east.

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PICS: Exhibition in France promotes African photographers

Cape Town - This year's La Gacilly photo festival in France has decided to celebrate the African culture through a variety of pictures taken by both renowned and amateur photographers.

The well-known French outdoor photography festival, which runs from June 3 to September 30, is being held under two main themes: animals versus men and portraits of African representation.

According to the Britanny Tourism website, the exhibition counts several hundred large format photos. 

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Zambian opposition rails against emergency powers

Lusaka - Zambia's main opposition party on Monday accused President Edgar Lungu of endangering the country's democracy and plotting a dictatorship after he invoked emergency powers under the constitution.

Lungu last week gave police increased powers of arrest and detention, alleging that opposition parties were behind a string of arson attacks intended "to create terror and panic".

The president denied he was establishing a dictatorship in Zambia - until recently a relatively stable country - and accused his rivals of trying to overturn last year's election results.

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