Top Africa Stories: Mugabe, Zim nurses strikes

2018-04-23 05:44

Mugabe, 94, 'rejects' invitation to attend Independence Day celebrations

Former president Robert Mugabe reportedly "rejected an invitation from his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare on Wednesday".

According to NewsDay, Mugabe had been officially invited to this year’s celebrations, which were the first without him as the leader of the southern African country.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Mugabe had previously indicated that he would attend but did not come to the celebrations.

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$15bn diamond looting: Mugabe parliament appearance date set, says report

Former president Robert Mugabe has been told to appear before a parliamentary committee on May 9 to give information on the alleged disappearance of diamond revenue while he was in power, a state newspaper said on Friday.

The mines committee wants Mugabe to answer questions over his claim two years ago that Zimbabwe had lost out on up to $15 billion worth of earnings.

Evidence needed

"We have set May 9 as the date on which (Mugabe) will give evidence," the committee’s chairperson, Temba Mliswa, told The Herald.

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Zim's legendary musician Mapfumo arrives home, ending more than 10 years of exile

Zimbabwe's most popular musician, Thomas Mapfumo has reportedly returned home after a decade in self-imposed exile in the US.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mapfumo landed at Robert Gabriel Mugabe international on Wednesday and was expected to perform at Glamis Arena in Harare later this month.

The southern African nation’s music legend was expected to perform alongside another legend, Oliver Mtukudzi on April 28.

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Zimbabwe nurses stage public protest after being sacked

Scores of Zimbabwe nurses on Friday protested in Harare's central city park after the government dismissed them for striking over low salaries and poor working conditions.

The nurses, who wore their white uniforms, demanded the government reverse its decision to fire the majority of the 15 000 nurses after they took industrial action on Monday.

Their walk-out came shortly after doctors ended a month-long strike last week.


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How much will it cost Swaziland to change its name to eSwatini?

Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.

King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch.

Many African countries upon independence "reverted to their ancient, native names," he said. "We no longer shall be called Swaziland from today forward."

King Mswati iii

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'Unreasonable wage demands and strikes threaten economic recovery,' says Zim govt

Zimbabwe warned on Thursday that a string of strikes threatened efforts to revive the economy after the ousting of Robert Mugabe, as a stand-off with striking nurses deepened.

The government on Tuesday sacked the majority of 15 000 nurses who started industrial action this week shortly after doctors ended their month-long strike.

Public wages suck up more than 90% of government revenue in Zimbabwe, where the economy suffered decades of decline under Mugabe's rule.

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