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2016-11-01 21:00

Mugabe uses special powers to introduce unpopular new bank notes

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has used his presidential powers to push through shock regulations declaring bond notes legal tender in an apparent bid to block court challenges to the controversial new banknotes.

Analysts immediately said the move was unconstitutional. 

Said Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa in a statement: "It has been decided that the legality of bond notes as legal tender in Zimbabwe should be put beyond any measure of doubt."  "It is to this effect that the president has today gazetted statutory instrument 133 of 2016 Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Amendment of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act in issue of bond notes regulations 2016.

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AU 'is nothing but a union of African heads of state who cover for each other'

Cape Town - At the end of May 2016, after a 17-year campaign, Hissène Habré, the president of Chad from 1982 to 1990, was convicted by a Special African Tribunal in Senegal. This was the first time an African head of state was tried by an African court for crimes against humanity, war crimes and acts of torture. 

With Burundi, South Africa and Gambia having withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently used Habré’s conviction as an example of how AU-agreed and funded African courts can deliver their own justice, without the ICC. 

Jacqueline Moudeina is the Chadian prosecutor who represented 4 445 victims in the case against Habre. 

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Nigerian governor accuses UN, NGOs of misusing aid money

Maiduguri - The governor of the Nigerian state most devastated by Boko Haram's Islamic uprising is accusing some UN and international aid agencies of misusing funds meant for refugees.

Borno Governor Kashim Shettima claims the UN has spent $50m on unnecessary bulletproof cars. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the vehicles were provided by donors, not funds for refugees.

Shettima says the presence of 500 UN workers and expenditure of $334m in Borno is "questionable" for its lack of impact.

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Boko Haram: 'Shocked' Buhari orders probe into 'sexual abuses'

Cape Town – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into allegations that women and girls who are victims of Boko Haram were sexually abused by government official tasked with helping them. 

The alleged abuses were made public in a report released by human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday.

According to the BBC, Buhari’s office condemned the alleged abuses, adding that his office was "shocked" by the report.   The HRW said it had in July documented 43 cases of women and girls in seven internally displaced persons' (IDP) camps in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year Islamist insurgency, who had been abused by camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

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ICC gets support after 3 withdrawals, but Kenya is critical

New York - Many countries pledged support for the International Criminal Court on Monday following the announced withdrawal by three African nations, but Kenya, which the tribunal is investigating, was sharply critical and questioned its long-term survival.

Many in the General Assembly called for talks between the ICC and the African Union in hopes of addressing the continent's concerns and reversing the decisions to leave by Burundi, South Africa and Gambia.

Kenyan Ambassador Tom Amolo didn't say whether his country would also leave, but he told the 193-member world body that his country was monitoring the withdrawals "with very keen interest."

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