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2016-10-12 19:23

S Sudan rebel leader heads to SA 'for medical tests'

Khartoum - South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, a pariah for the West since his call last month for renewed civil war, headed to South Africa for medical check-ups on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent reported.

In what he billed as his first media appearance since he fled the South Sudanese capital Juba as fresh fighting flared in July, Machar said that his stay in South Africa would be temporary and that he would leave after the tests.

"I am leaving the country now for South Africa to have medical tests and after that I will leave South Africa," he told reporters at Khartoum airport without specifying where.

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No funds for diaspora vote, Zim electoral commission says

Harare – Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has claimed that it does not have resources to allow Zimbabweans in the diaspora to vote during the upcoming 2018 elections, a report said on Wednesday.

According to New, a coalition of opposition parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and the electoral body ZEC failed this week to reach an agreement on some of the key issues raised by the opposition parties.

The Zimbabwean opposition had demanded, among others issues, that those living in the diaspora be allowed to vote in the next election. 


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Think Zimbabwe's road fines are bad? Zambia's are 'WORSE'

Harare - If you thought the traffic fines were bad in Zimbabwe, those in neighbouring Zambia look even worse.

Road users in Zambia have been complaining about the heavy fine meted out to those judged guilty of 'obstruction of roadway' (parking badly): it's the equivalent of a whopping $90.

If you fail to display a license disc you're liable for a fine of around $45 at current exchange rates for the kwacha, according to a list of fines published by Zambia's Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) this year.

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DRC stability at 'extreme risk', says UN

New York - The political crisis over President Joseph Kabila's apparent bid to remain in power in the Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to escalate into large-scale violence, the UN envoy warned on Tuesday.

"The Democratic Republic of Congo has entered a period of extreme risk to its stability," Maman Sambo Sidikou told the UN Security Council, adding that he saw "no immediate resolution in sight" to the crisis.

All sides appear "more and more willing to resort to violence" and the prospects for political talks were dimming, he said.

Joseph Kabila

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'Horrendous' killings of Moz politician 'a blow to peace efforts'

Maputo - The prevailing culture of impunity in Mozambique is fuelling the killings of opposition politicians by unidentified armed militias, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

The global human rights body made the observation in a statement following the killing of a prominent Renamo opposition leader and mediator Jeremias Pondeca in Maputo at the weekend.

“The killing of Jeremias Pondeca is not only a horrendous taking of a life, but is a blow to efforts to resolve Mozambique’s dangerous political situation,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

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Zim cleric 'petitions Pope Francis to excommunicate Mugabe'

Harare – A Zimbabwean Pastor, Patrick Mugadza, of the #MugabeMustFall campaign has reportedly petitioned the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis, asking him to "ex-communicate President Robert Mugabe" whom he accused of violating human rights.

According to New, the anti-Mugabe cleric handed the petition to the Catholic Church's secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Zimbabwe, Father Gabriel Pesce in Harare.

Pesce claimed that the petition was the first of its kind from a non-Catholic individual.

In the petition, Mugadza wrote that the pope should "excommunicate Mugabe". He accused Mugabe of presiding over a government that "has caused unimaginable levels of poverty" in the southern African nation.

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