Top Africa stories: Zimbabweans queue for hours for fuel, polygamy persists across Africa

2018-10-25 06:04

WATCH: Zimbabweans queue kilometres for petrol

2018-10-24 12:24

Zimbabweans are having to queue for hours simply to get petrol for their vehicles, as the country's economic and political crisis worsens. WATCH.WATCH

WATCH: Zimbabweans queue kilometres for petrol

Zimbabweans are having to queue for hours simply to get petrol for their vehicles, as the country's economic and political crisis worsens.

In two videos that have gone viral online, cars can be seen backed up for kilometres waiting for their turn at the pumps.

One video was shot in Karoi, about 200km northwest of Harare.

The Zimbabwean Minister of Energy, Dr Joram Gumbo, on Monday told state-run Herald newspaper that petrol consumption had gone up by 100% in the past four months.

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Zanu-PF bigwigs 'owe their farm workers thousands of US dollars in unpaid wages, allowances' - report

Several Zanu-PF heavyweights have reportedly been taken to court after they failed to pay their farm workers' wages for more than a year.

According to Daily News, in a court petition, a union that represented farm workers, the Progressive Agriculture and Allied Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Paawuz), said that it was left with no choice but to approach the labour court for redress.


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Top US diplomat for Africa voices optimism over economic reforms by new Zim govt

The top US diplomat for Africa on Tuesday voiced optimism over economic reforms by the new government in Zimbabwe, which remains under sanctions dating from Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign.

Tibor Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said that Zimbabwe's level of education and infrastructure meant it stood to enjoy "dramatic economic progress" if the right policies were put in place.

"We are very much encouraged by some of the things they say; we are now looking for some concrete examples of moving forward," Nagy said of the Zimbabwean leadership.


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Polygamy persists across Africa, to activists' dismay

The suspicion of a third wife was planted in Irene Atenyo's mind when her husband could not account for his most recent pay.

When she confronted him, he beat her "like an animal" and briefly kicked her out, she said. She winced as she recalled his confession days later of being involved with a student.

"My fear is I am home settled, being faithful to an unfaithful man, but who knows what kind of disease he will carry for me home?" the 27-year-old fruit vendor in Uganda's capital told The Associated Press.


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Somalia summit talks tech and apps, not guns and bombs

Tech entrepreneurs in Somalia are holding a first ever summit in battle-scarred Mogadishu, attracting hundreds to talk about business and innovation in a city more used to conflict and suffering.

The three-day event that began on Tuesday was conceived by a group of young Somalis to showcase the work of dozens of local companies.

"This is an opportunity to change negative impressions of Somalia, to give an image other than that of war, chaos and starvation," said Abdihakim Ainte, founder of Mogadishu's iRise Hub and the event's main organiser.

Map of Somalia.

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