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Fraud case: Ex-minister fingers Zim President Mnangagwa

A former Zimbabwean minister accused of criminal abuse of office has reportedly said that he received instruction from President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s office, while he was still vice president, in awarding a communications company a tender without following due process.

According to , former energy minister Samuel Undenge stood accused of fraud after he awarded a Zanu-PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa and former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) news anchor Oscar Pambuka a contract without going to tender.

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Zim electoral body tells opposition parties to ‘back off‘ – report

Zimbabwe‘s electoral body has reportedly said that it would not be pressured into disclosing who the suppliers of ballot papers for this year‘s crunch elections are.

According to , the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said that there was no law compelling it to involve political parties in its procurement deals.

ZEC said that it would make such information available at an appropriate time and would comply with current legislations.

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Zim ‘imports grain despite govt claims it has stopped doing so‘ – report

Zimbabwe is reportedly still importing grain “despite claims by the government that it had stopped doing so” last year following a “bumper harvest from the command agriculture programme”.

The main aim for the command agriculture programme was to ensure self-food sustenance after which exports would follow to help the country earn the much needed foreign currency.

The government said in June last year that it had  from regional countries, including South Africa.

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‘It‘s a private matter,‘ says Swaziland on Zambian leader‘s $4bn mansion

Swaziland has reportedly said that the issue involving Zambian President Edgar Lungu‘s plans to build a mansion in that country is a “private matter”.

According to , Swaziland‘s government spokesperson Percy Simelane was quoted by the  newspaper as “reluctantly saying that the purchase of land to build a family house for president Lungu is a private issue”.

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Ebola outbreak has spread to DRC city, says WHO

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain.

“One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the UN‘s health agency said in a statement.

The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Mbandaka.

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PICS: In Lagos, the ‘Venice of Africa‘ fights for survival

Its nickname is the “Venice of Africa” but, other than its maze of narrow waterways where wooden boats glide, Makoko offers little similarity with the fabled canal city of Europe.

Makoko, to be blunt, is an environmental eyesore. It is a vast slum of wooden shacks built on stilts in the brackish, blackish, thickly-polluted lagoon in the heart of Lagos, Africa‘s biggest megapolis.

The sprawling community began in the 19th century as a fishing village for immigrants, who settled on the water‘s edge.

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PICS: Burundi votes on extending president‘s power until 2034

Burundi‘s president joined long lines of voters on Thursday in a referendum that could extend his rule until 2034, despite widespread opposition and fears that the country‘s years of deadly political turmoil will continue.

“I thank all Burundians who woke up early in the morning to do this noble patriotic gesture,” President Pierre Nkurunziza said after casting his ballot in his home province of Ngonzi.

Nkurunziza had campaigned forcefully for the constitutional changes that include extending the president‘s term from five years to seven. That could give him another 14 years in power when his current term expires in 2020.

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