Top Africa stories: Zim soldiers 'fire gunshots' at farmers, Kenya hospitals detain patients

2018-10-26 06:05

Zim soldiers 'run amok, fire gunshots, teargas at farmers' - reports

A Zimbabwean court is reportedly set to hear how soldiers recently fired gunshots and teargas at farmers who resisted eviction to make way for the establishment of an army base near Domboshawa, one of the country's prime farming areas.

According to Daily News, the soldiers ran amok as they invaded the farms.

In their court papers, the affected farmers wanted the court to declare the establishment of a military base in that area illegal and invalid.

This was not the first time that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) was accused of grabbing land for its own use, said the report. 

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Hospitals detain patients over unpaid medical bills

An Associated Press investigation has found evidence of hospital imprisonments in Kenya and more than 30 countries worldwide, including the Philippines, India, China, Thailand, Bolivia and Iran.

More than a year after Robert Wanyonyi first arrived at Nairobi's Kenyatta National Hospital after being shot in a robbery, he remains unable to leave.

Doctors say there is nothing more they can do for him. But because Wanyonyi has not paid his bill of nearly 4 million Kenyan shillings ($39 570), administrators are refusing to release him.

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Zim govt temporarily lifts import ban on groceries – reports

Zimbabwean authorities have temporarily lifted an import ban on basic commodities that have been in short supply in recent months due to panic buying and widespread cash shortages, reports say.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this week that the continued price increases in the country were making it difficult for many people to afford buying groceries, reported the state-owned Herald newspaper. 

Mutsvangwa said products that used to be sold within a month were now lasting a few hours due to panic buying.

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Zim police give strict conditions for Chamisa's 'inauguration' party this Saturday - reports

Zimbabwean police have reportedly set strict guidelines for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance's 19th anniversary celebrations which are set to be held on Saturday.

Reports on Thursday indicated that police had finally given the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance the greenlight to hold its long-awaited event.

The MDC was twice forced to postpone the celebrations due to a cholera outbreak that killed at least 50 people in the southern African country.

Nelson Chamisa

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PICS: Ethiopia elects 1st female president, 'sets the standard'

Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously elected the country's first female president, days after approving one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets.

Seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde succeeds Mulatu Teshome in the largely ceremonial post.

"In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalises women as decision-makers in public life," the chief of staff for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a Twitter post.

Abiy Ahmed and Sahle-Work Zewde

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