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2016-09-23 21:04

Police in Malawi torch 'sex-training' initiation shacks

 Blantyre -Police in eastern Malawi have torched several initiation camps which were allegedly teaching children sexual skills instead of offering them "sound advice".

Machinga District Police Spokesperson Dave Sulumba confirmed the move in an interview.

"We have indeed torched some initiation camps built along river banks and on mountain slopes. We are not against the cultural practice of chinamwali (initiation) but the government wants children to go to school," he said. 

According to Sulumba, many traditional chiefs have supported the torching of the shacks being used as initiation camps because the new school year is now in session.


These female initiates in eastern Malawi have now graduated into adulthood after their initiation. (News24)

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You are not welcome in Ethiopia, PM tells S Sudan’s Machar

 Addis Ababa - Ethiopia has reportedly announced that South Sudan's former vice president, Riek Machar, will no longer be welcome into the east African country.

According to BBC, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn said this during an interview with Foreign Policy magazine.

 Desalegn said Machar would only be allowed to travel through Ethiopia but would not be able to stay for long. 

The development, the report said, marked a "significant shift of alliances in the region".

Machar fled South Sudan following clashes with President Salva Kiir's army in the capital Juba on July 8.

 The clashes resulted in the death of at least 300 people. He was replaced by Taban Deng Gai.

Reports indicated that Ethiopia was not the only country, which seemed to have lost patience with Machar. 

Early this week, Sudan reportedly blocked him from holding a press conference in the capital Khartoum.

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Nigeria hunts down 700 000 companies over tax evasion

Lagos - Nigeria says it has hunted down at least 700 000 firms that have never paid taxes, in a bid to seek new revenue sources to compensate for low oil prices that have pushed Africa’s biggest economy into its first recession in more than 20 years.

Executive Chairperson of Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Tunde Fowler, said that he also expected 10 million individuals to be discovered by December so they could pay taxes for the first time, ThisDay reported.

Nigeria economy was currently suffering as crude production, which provided 70% of government revenues, had been hit by militant attacks that have blown up many pipelines.

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Zanu-PF plans 'thank you party' as Mugabe arrives from New York

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF is reportedly planning a "thank you party" for President Robert Mugabe when he arrives in Harare this weekend.  

Mugabe is currently in New York where he attended the 71st UN general summit and delivered a speech in which he blamed the Western countries for the economic hardships faced by his country.

Social media users, however, made fun of the veteran leader's speech, with some saying they hoped this was the last time that he spoke at the UN.

NewsDay reported on Friday that Zanu-PF praised Mugabe for a "sterling job".

In a widely circulated WhatsApp message, the party’s Harare provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe urged all party supporters to be at Harare International Airport on Saturday to welcome their leader.

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