Top Africa stories: MDC slams new Zim tax law, Melania Trump in Ghana

2018-10-04 08:00

New Zim tax will 'pick-pocket the poor': MDC

Zimbabwe’s MDC party has slammed a new 2% tax on electronic transactions, which it says is meant to “pick-pocket the poor”.

New Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said on Monday the new charge was designed to expand the tax collection base.

Many within Zimbabwe’s vast informal sector do not pay income tax, but the MDC said the revenue raised would be used to “fund the lifestyles of the political elite”.

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Zim gay group calls for tough govt action against abuse of its members

A gay rights group in Zimbabwe has reportedly called on the government to set up policies that would protect its members from abuse, blackmail and segregation after a gay teacher at a top private school quit his job due to threats.

Neal Hovelmeier, who taught for 15 years at St John's College, a posh Harare school, came out to students last week, hoping it would help curb homophobia at the school, reported AFP.

The move, however, sparked outrage from some parents in this socially conservative nation.

Homosexuality was illegal in Zimbabwe.


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'More African': eSwatini adapts to contentious name change

At the main campus entrance, a large concrete sign welcomes students and visitors to "The University of..." followed by a blank space.

After Swaziland changed its name earlier this year to eSwatini, the nine letters spelling out the old name of the country were removed from the university sign, and new letters have not yet arrived.

"We are still waiting," said a security guard at the gate.

King Mswati III

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Zim: Is Joice Mujuru's political career collapsing?

Zimbabwean former deputy president Joice Mujuru's troubles are reportedly worsening after senior members of her National People's Party (NPP) resigned and joined the country's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

Several members of the NPP, including the party's president Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, national chairperson Dzikamai Mavhaire and the spokesperson Jeffreyson Chitando, left the party last month citing severed relations with Mujuru.

According to New, in their resignation letters, the former NPP officials said that they were unable to continue working with Mujuru.

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PICS: Melania Trump tours former slavery outpost in Ghana

US First Lady Melania Trump visited a former slave trading fort in Ghana on Wednesday, the second day of her maiden solo tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme.

"Akwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast," read a sign hung from the whitewashed walls of the Cape Coast Castle, some 145km from the capital, Accra.

But there were signs that the soft diplomatic push was yet to take off locally, as comparisons were drawn to the visit of former US president Barack Obama and his family in 2009.

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