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2016-09-29 19:07

Why some Zimbabweans are looking forward to paper money

Harare – Former vice president Joice Mujuru's last ditch attempt to stop the Zimbabwe central bank bringing in bond notes failed on Wednesday - but not everyone will be disappointed.

If the story of Zimbabwe's last lot of "paper money" is anything to go by, there will be fortunes to be made. Or at the very least, bills to be paid off quickly.

The Constitutional Court in Harare this week dismissed an application from Mujuru challenging the forced introduction of the notes next month, according to legal watchdog Veritas. The court said that it was too soon to determine if laws governing the introduction of the notes were unconstitutional. 

Analysts say the ruling means the notes will have to be introduced first before a challenge can be heard.

Many Zimbabweans fear a rerun of the hyper-inflationary era that peaked in 2008, when savings were wiped out and an average month's salary, once withdrawn, was enough for perhaps one grocery shop.


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'Give us jobs': Student held for holding up placard at Zimbabwe graduation

Harare - An online media watchdog in Zimbabwe has confirmed reports of the detention on Thursday of a student leader who held up a placard demanding jobs during a graduation ceremony at the University of Zimbabwe.

"Brave protest by student activist Tonderai Dombo, demanding jobs as Mugabe presided over UZ graduation. He was arrested," tweeted @ZimMediaReview. 

Separate sources claimed that agents of the Central Intelligence Organisation were behind his arrest. This, however, had not yet been confirmed.

Dombo was believed to have been the head of the Student Representative Council at the university, which controversially awarded Mugabe's wife Grace a PhD two years ago.

Although there have been no protests over student fees in Zimbabwe, frustration was rising among graduates and soon-to-be graduates over the rate of joblessness in the cash-strapped and increasingly troubled southern African country.


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 Militants claim new attack on pipeline in Nigeria's south

 Warri - Nigerian militants on Thursday claimed another attack on a pipeline in the country's oil-rich south, the latest in a string of strikes against infrastructure that has hit production.

The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) said in a statement it had "bombed the Unenurhie-Evwreni delivery line" in the Ughelli area of Delta state at about 01:00.

The pipeline is operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The NDGJM said the attack was "to prove to the wicked and ungrateful multinational oil companies and their Nigerian military allies... that we own our lands".

A number of rebel groups who have attacked oil and gas facilities in the delta region this year say local people in the swamps and creeks of the region have not benefited from the industry.

Most remain in poverty and infrastructure is lacking, despite the billions of dollars made on the back of production since the 1950s.


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Amnesty accuses Sudan of deadly Darfur chemical attacks

New York - Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday accused Sudanese government forces of killing scores of civilians, including many children, in suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur.

More than 30 such attacks are believed to have been carried out on several villages as part of a massive military campaign against rebels in Darfur's Jebel Marra between January and September, Amnesty said in a report.

"An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of the repeated use of what are believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months," Amnesty said.

"Between 200 and 250 people may have died as a result of exposure to the chemical weapons agents, with many or most being children," said the report.

Amnesty said government forces also carried out "indiscriminate bombing of civilians unlawful killing of men, women and children and the abduction and rape of women" in Jebel Marra, home to Darfur's most fertile land.

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US extradites Rwandan academic to face genocide charges

Kigali - A Rwandan academic who is accused of participating in the 1994 genocide arrived in the country on Wednesday following his extradition from the United States.

Leopold Munyakazi, 65, was handed over to Rwandan police by US officials at Kigali International Airport.

Richard Muhumuza, Rwanda's prosecutor-general, said the suspect is considered one of the key ideologues of the genocide, in which over 800 000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists.

The Rwandan government issued arrest warrants against Munyakazi in 2006 and 2008 and asked the US to extradite him.

He had been a college professor at the time of the genocide. Munyakazi fled Rwanda in 2004 and sought refuge in the US, where he taught French at Goucher College in Baltimore until he was suspended in 2008 following his indictment by the Rwandan government.

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