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2016-11-04 21:29


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'Some Zimbabweans are already printing fake bond notes' - minister

Harare - How do you make a counterfeit bank note of a note that many Zimbabweans consider counterfeit already?

Some Zimbabweans are already printing fake bond notes even though the “real things” haven't been put into circulation yet, finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has been quoted as saying.

If true, the report will do nothing to shore up confidence in the about-to-be introduced bond notes, which are supposed to be surrogates for the US dollar in the cash-strapped country. Most believe the notes will fuel hyperinflation and take Zimbabwe back to the shortage-riddled days of the pre-2008 crisis.

Patrick Chinamasa

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Zim activists dismiss VP Mnangagwa's claims as 'blatant lies'

Cape Town – Zimbabwean activists have reacted angrily to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's claims that Zimbabwe is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. 

The activists described Mnangagwa's claims as "blatant lies". 

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa told a delegation at the recent Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations centre in Geneva that Zimbabwe had improved on the protection of human rights.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Nigerian judges facing graft probe asked to step down

Abuja - Nigeria's National Judicial Council watchdog has asked a group of judges facing corruption investigations to step down pending resolution of their cases.

At least seven judges were arrested last month by the Department of State Service (DSS) accused of taking bribes, triggering an outcry from the bar association and rights groups who described the raids as unprecedented. In all 15 judges are under investigation.

In a statement at the end of a two-day meeting in Abuja on Thursday, the NJC said it had decided that judges "shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption-related offences and be performing judicial functions at the same time."

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Zuma to Mugabe: Deal with 'murky' investment policy

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has reportedly told Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe that South African businesses are willing to invest in Zimbabwe only if the country deals with its "murky" investment policy.

Zuma said this during the launch of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Harare on Thursday.

According to News Day, Zuma demanded more clarity on the Zimbabwe's investment policy. 

Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma

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Kenya warned against closing world's largest refugee camp

Johannesburg - Another major aid group is warning Kenya not to close the world's largest refugee camp, saying the move is pressuring tens of thousands of Somali refugees to return to their deeply unstable country.

A new Refugees International report says Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp in Kenya say they feel under pressure to leave for Somalia, where attacks by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab continue and hunger is widespread.

The UN refugee agency "claims that it only supports voluntary returns, but none of the refugees whom we spoke with in Dadaab said they felt like they have much choice," said Mark Yarnell, who wrote the report after visiting Dadaab and Somalia. "It is a failure of the international refugee response system that other options are not available."

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