Top Africa Stories: Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Malawi

2016-09-28 18:25

'Very worrying': Diplomats slam latest Zim activist 'abduction'

Harare - Abducted, assaulted, injected with an unknown substance and left for dead: another Zimbabwe activist is being treated in hospital after what appears to have been a terrifying ordeal at the hands of as yet unidentified captors.

The National Vendors Union of Zimbabwe said one of its officials, Kudakwashe Kambakunje was abducted on Tuesday night and found on a farm on Wednesday morning about 22km outside the capital.

Sten Zvorwadza said Kambakunje was "badly injured".

Photos of Kambakunje on a hospital bed, his legs scarred and lacerated, were posted to Facebook.

His abduction followed exactly the same pattern as that of Sylvanos Mudzvova, found two weeks ago after suffering the same horrifying ordeal. His captors had not been identified, and there had been no condemnation of what happened to him from President Robert Mugabe's government, which was clamping down hard on rising social discontent.

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30% of Malawi cops 'are HIV positive'

Lilongwe - A call for behavioural change within the ranks of Malawi's police force has been made following revelations that over 30% of the southern Africa country's police force are HIV positive.

According to Nyasa Times, Inspector General of Police Lexten Kachama urged officers to be more careful with their sexual practices as many had contracted HIV through "reckless behaviour".

Kachama said this during the launch of Theatre of Change, a sensitisation campaign targeted at police officials.

Meanwhile, Finance Director for Theatre of Change Wiseman Msimuko said that some officials demanded sex from prostitutes who would have been placed under arrest, thereby leading to a spread in the virus.

"They demand sex from prostitutes when they arrest them, they demand sex in return for freedom. They have unprotected sex with the prostitutes," he was quoted as saying.

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South Sudan's 'Cobra' rebels to break ceasefire

Juba - Rebels from the Cobra faction of South Sudan's armed forces have joined opposition forces to fight against the administration of President Salva Kiir, breaking a ceasefire and accusing him of a lack of commitment to peace in the country.

According to the Sudan Tribune, the top leadership of the Cobra faction announced their defection from the government forces on Tuesday, declaring war against the current administration and breaking a peace agreement with the government that had been signed in 2014 under the leadership of current Deputy Defence Minister, David Yauyau.

Brokered by church leaders and led by Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban of the Roman Catholic Church, the peace accord marked an end to four years of conflict that left hundreds of people dead and destroyed property in the former Jonglei state.

In conjunction with former armed opposition under the command of General Khalid Boutros, Yauyau's former deputy, the Cobra faction were now set to consult with other rebel groups in a bid to co-ordinate programmes to overthrow the current Kiir's government.

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