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2017-07-06 08:30
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Zambian president invokes state of emergency 

Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism.

"My government has decided to invoke article 31 [leading] to a state of public emergency," Lungu said in a nationally televised address.

"Practical measures as outlined tonight have had to be invoked."

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Land is for all 'deserving' Zimbabweans, don't be racist, Mugabe told

Harare – Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has expressed concern over President Robert Mugabe's recent call for the seizure of land still occupied by the few remaining white commercial farmers.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said in a statement sent to News24: "…We are alarmed and extremely concerned by President Robert Mugabe's recent call at his so – called youth interface rallies - for the compulsory takeover of all land that is still occupied by the few remaining white commercial farmers."

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Zimbabwe on wild goose chase for source of bird flu

Harare - Last month's outbreak of bird flu in Zimbabwe was likely triggered by domestic chickens or ducks, not wild or migratory water birds, a leading ornithologist says.

Recent studies have shown the prevalence of bird flu to be very low in the wild, while migratory birds left Zimbabwe months ago said Peter Mundy, a professor at Bulawayo's National University of Science and Technology (NUST).

"The prevalence of bird flu in wild water birds in Zimbabwe is very low – it has in fact been measured a couple of times over the last few years," said Mundy, who works in NUST’s department of forest resources and wildlife management.

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Mugabe's Zanu-PF party distances itself from white Zim farmer eviction

Rusape – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly distanced itself from last week's farm invasion that saw a white commercial farmer, Robert Smart, being evicted from his property outside Rusape.

Heavily armed Zimbabwean riot police besieged Lesbury Farm, about 26km west of Rusape, and forcefully removed him and his employees.

The tobacco and maize grower was evicted to reportedly pave way for a top cleric, Trevor Manhanga, who had links with President Robert Mugabe's party.

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Zambian leader Lungu warns of 'sabotage' after fire razes biggest market

Lusaka – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has vowed to take "stringent action" against those he suspected of having caused an inferno that razed the biggest market place in the capital Lusaka on Tuesday, reports say.

Zambia's biggest market was reportedly burnt down early on Tuesday "destroying the livelihood of its many traders".

Police were still investigating the cause of the fire, which left some of the traders in tears, as they lost most of their goods.

According to BBC, some people at the gutted market said they suspected it was caused by an electrical fault.

Edgar Lungu

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Tanzania arrests MP for calling President Magufuli 'ill-mannered'

Dar es Salaam – An opposition member of parliament in Tanzania has reportedly been arrested by police for allegedly insulting President John Magufuli.

According to BBC, the MP, Halima Mdee, was held on Tuesday evening after she said - during a meeting in her Chadema party - that Magufuli had become "ill-mannered" and would one day "order Tanzanians to go topless".

Mdee was accused by a district commissioner in Dar es Salaam of making "unacceptable" comments.

John Magufuli

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Mugabe 'is matured whiskey of highest quality'

Harare - Zimbabwe's 93-year-old president is courting the young as he makes a pitch for a fresh five-year term ahead of next year's election.

President Robert Mugabe, accused by critics of human rights abuses and running down this once-prosperous southern African country since taking power in 1980, is on a nationwide blitz to woo a youthful generation most affected by the economic meltdown.

Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, has launched a series of well-attended events called "presidential youth interface rallies". Some opposition members point to his advanced age as the reason why youth should reject him. But Mugabe's supporters think otherwise.

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