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2017-07-07 12:20

BREAKING NEWS: 8 killed in stadium stampede in Malawi

Johannesburg - Media reports in Malawi say eight people, including children, have been killed in a stadium stampede during an Independence Day celebration.

The Daily Times, a newspaper in Malawi, reported that more than 40 people were injured in the stampede on Thursday in Lilongwe, the capital.

The newspaper says the dead include children between five and 12 years old.

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Zimbabwe to rebury victims of 1980s massacre

Harare - Zimbabwe's vice president says the government will rebury victims of a 1980s military crackdown in the west of the country and help descendants to obtain identity documents, reports said Wednesday.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko said the programme would include identifying mass graves and erecting tombstones in honour of the dead.

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Tsvangirai calls for national protests, says opposition ready to defeat Mugabe

Harare – Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change has called for national protests in the southern African country to demand key electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 polls.

The former Zimbabwean prime ministers told a news conference on Wednesday that the opposition was ready to defeat President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party in elections due next year but the electoral playing field was not evenly balanced.

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'Welcome to my new normal'... Sentenced Zim activist chronicles grim community service with upbeat posts

Harare - A prominent activist in Zimbabwe is chronicling his unpaid work as a labourer at the Harare Magistrates’ Court with thoughtful posts on Facebook

Patson Dzamara was last week sentenced to do 315 hours of community service for "obstructing the course of justice".

'Working for the nation'

On day one on Monday he posted a picture of himself raking up litter.


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Ugandan govt bans miniskirts, coloured hair

Kampala – Ugandan authorities have reportedly banned non uniformed public servants from wearing sleeveless, transparent and tight clothing at work.

According to New Vision, a statement by Public Service Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire said: "Paragraph 4 of Section F-J of the Public Service Standing Order 2010 stipulates that a public officer is required to dress decently and in a manner generally acceptable in the Uganda community.

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'Cry my beloved country,'…Twitter reacts to Zambian leader's declaration of state of emergency

Lusaka – Social media was abuzz on Thursday after Zambian President Edgar Lungu declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, following a series of apparent arson attacks in the southern African country.

Reports indicated that the move was likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism.

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