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SA firm to supply paper for Zim ballots: report

A South African firm will provide paper for the ballots in this year’s election in Zimbabwe, and the papers themselves will be printed inside the country, a newspaper said on Friday.

"The Zimbabwe Independent understands that South Africa-based Mondi Shanduka had been contracted to supply newsprint to be used for printing ballot papers," the paper said.

The printing of the more than five million voting papers remains a source of contention: the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had wanted the ballots printed outside the country under close observation by it and other political players.

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Zim army threats: Opposition calls for action against ministers

imbabwe's main opposition party says President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government must take action against ministers who recently said the army would not allow a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) victory in polls this year.

MDC Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora says the army should also publicly dissociate itself from the ministers' statements.

'Equipped with a gun'

Deputy Finance Minister Terence Mukupe was quoted as telling supporters in Harare this week that the army hadn't wrested the country from former president Robert Mugabe’s rule “to come and hand it over to Chamisa”.

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Africans 'slowly taking interest in continental affairs'

Africans are becoming more aware of the importance of Africa Day, as they are slowly taking an interest in continental affairs, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said.

In an interview with News24, ISS senior researcher, Liesl Louw, said that more people, especially in countries such as Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, were now more concerned about various issues affecting the continent.

She said that Africa Day was becoming even more popular among young people, and as a result, governments were also now taking strong measures on issues affecting the youth.

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50 dead in boat accident in northwest DRC

At least 50 people died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday.

The accident happened on the Momboyo river Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa province, told AFP, saying: "We found 49 bodies on Thursday and another one this morning."

The boat had been transporting passengers and a large amount of goods from the town of Monkoto to the city of Mabandaka in Equateur province, local residents said.

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Equatorial Guinea leader Nguema to hold 'secret talks' with Mugabe – report

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is reportedly in Zimbabwe on a two day state visit, and is also expected to hold "secret talks" with ousted president Robert Mugabe.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Nguema arrived in the southern African country on Thursday and "pledged to continue working with the new administration" led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The newspaper maintained that there was nothing out of the ordinary about Nguema's visit, as he was there to strengthen already existing bilateral relations. 

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Magufuli hails Zim's 'peaceful transition', invites Mnangagwa to Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has reportedly commended Zimbabwe for its "peaceful transition" that took place last year, as he invited his counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa to visit his east African country. 

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the message was brought to Mnangagwa by the Tanzanian ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) secretary general Abdulrahman Kinana.

Kinana led a CCM delegation which visited Zimbabwe this week.

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