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2018-09-24 10:33

Cholera: 'Outrage' as Zambia forces Zimbabweans to go through 'inhuman' screening process

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly expressed outrage over the cholera screening process introduced by Zambian authorities at Chirundu border post, which involves making people take laxatives.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Zimbabweans traveling by bus were forced to take laxatives by Zambian officials wanting stool samples to test for cholera. 

Zambia’s testing method caused congestion at the Zimbabwe–Zambia border post.

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At least 12 killed, 14 wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks: source

Twelve villagers were killed and 14 injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source told AFP on Friday.

Since October, the southeast African country's golden vision to exploit its gas reserves has been thrown into doubt by an explosion of bloodthirsty assaults in the region where the industry plans to base its hub.

"Ten people killed were shot by firearms and two burnt (to death) after 55 houses were charred. A person was beheaded after being shot dead" in the northern village of Paqueue late Thursday, said the source.

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Death toll in Tanzania ferry sinking on Lake Victoria hits 86

A regional official in Tanzania says the death toll has risen to 86 after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria.

John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, says the toll is likely to rise as search and rescue operations resume on Friday morning.

The government says the passenger ferry MV Nyerere was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora on Thursday when it sank.

Such ferries often carry hundreds of people and are overcrowded.

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Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported on Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.

The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press after dozens of security forces and volunteers resumed work at daybreak.

"More than 200 people are feared dead," based on accounts from fishermen and others nearby, because passengers had been returning from a busy market day, Tanzania Red Cross spokesperson Godfrida Jola told the AP. "But no one knows" just how many people were on board.

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eSwatini votes, but the king holds absolute power

The tiny African kingdom of eSwatini, ruled by an absolute monarch, votes on Friday in polls critics describe as a sham but supporters say are a unique blend of tradition and politics.

Political parties are banned from the election, and about 530 000 eligible voters must choose from individual candidates who are almost all loyal to King Mswati III.

The king is one of the world's last absolute rulers - wielding complete control over the parliament and government, as well as over the judiciary, civil service and security forces.

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Cholera outbreak: 'We are living in fear...authorities are not doing enough,' residents say

Sixty-year-old Emma Zhakata winces, struggling to hold back tears as she relates how her husband, one of 32 cholera victims in Zimbabwe, died within hours of falling ill.

She never suspected her 69-year-old husband, Wonder Zhakata, would die suddenly after complaining that he felt weak and was suffering stomach pain.

After she rushed her husband to a clinic, he was led to a tent to wait for treatment among patients suffering from cholera.

She never saw him alive.

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