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2016-10-11 18:08

At least '2 000 opposition supporters remain detained'

Lusaka  - Zambia's main opposition, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has claimed that at least 2 000 of its supporters remained in police custody across the country since the August 11 elections, a report said on Tuesday.

According to Lusaka Times, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said that his party supporters were detained on a variety of trumped up charges that were aimed at silencing the opposition.

Hichilema said his party was sending lawyers everywhere to represent its detained members and that their detentions were attracting huge bail amounts.

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ICC close to paying first war crimes reparations

The Hague - The International Criminal Court is closing in on another milestone as it seeks to make its first ever reparations to the victims of war crimes, focusing on the pain suffered by child soldiers.

Two days of unprecedented hearings will be held this week at the tribunal based in The Hague to help determine how much should be awarded to the children forced into the rebel army of convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga from 2002 to 2003.

A $1.12m has been allocated to the Lubanga case by the Trust Fund for Victims - an independent body set up under the founding guidelines which led to the opening of the ICC in 2002.

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Nigerian judges out on bail after weekend arrests

Abuja - The Nigerian judges arrested at the weekend as part of a corruption probe have been released on bail, a source said on Monday, after the detention drew sharp rebuke from legal and rights groups.

"They were all released on bail yesterday (Sunday) on self-recognition," the source within the Department of State Services (DSS) told AFP. "They did report for investigation this morning (Monday) and they have gone back home. And the investigation continues..." the source added.

"Everything went very procedurally well and civil."

At least seven judges were arrested at the weekend on allegations of receiving bribes, leading to an outcry from the bar association and rights groups who described the raids as "unprecedented". The investigation involves a total of 15 judges.

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Zimbabwe's street vendors turn on the style to win customers

Harare - In his three-piece suit, matching hat and bow tie, Farai Mushayademo could easily pass for a celebrity musician — if only his job didn't involve dodging cars at a busy intersection in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, selling bottled water and potato chips to passing motorists.

Mushayademo's distinctive dress sense, with a different shiny suit every day, makes him a darling of customers and helps him beat the "rising competition," he said.

Massive joblessness in this once-prosperous southern African country has forced many to flood the streets, where they hawk anything from medicines to car parts. A good gimmick can help a vendor stand out from the crowd.

While such scenes are common throughout Africa, they are unusual in Zimbabwe, where vendors once were found only at legally designated stalls. Now, as the economy plunges, such order is breaking down.

Sidewalks in Harare and other cities and towns are hardly passable for pedestrians due to the high volume of vendors. Some plunge into the streets to target motorists.


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Bad luck lotto, Grace Mugabe on Twitter: Five Zim stories you need to read

Harare - Did Grace Mugabe just tell Zimbabwe's former finance minister to be positive on Twitter? And why would you not want to win the lottery just now?

Here's a round-up of a few stories from Zimbabwe that you wouldn’t have seen in the last few days.

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