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Zimbabwe Drops Charges Against Mnangagwa Facebook Critic

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Zimbabwe Drops Charges Against Mnangagwa Facebook Critic

Zimbabwe police on Thursday dropped charges against a man who allegedly insulted President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Robert Mugabe’s successor, in a Facebook post, lawyers said.

Munyaradzi Shoko, a well-known critic of Mnangagwa, was held after he posted statements on Facebook saying the president’s name was “generally associated with evil and devilish deeds.”

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda said Shoko was detained at Harare central police station on Wednesday and charged with criminal nuisance.

Shoko, who heads the pressure group Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, was also charged with public violence for allegedly taking part in protests by opposition supporters after July 30 elections.

At least six people were killed after soldiers opened fire at the protests.

“At court today they dropped the criminal nuisance and public violence charges,” Mafunda said, alleging Shoko was assaulted by police while detained.

The police were not immediately available to comment.

Mngangagwa won the presidential election, though the results are being challenged in court.

The government and security forces have been accused of a violent crackdown on MDC opposition supporters since the vote.

Mnangagwa succeeded long-time ruler Mugabe who was ousted in November 2017 following a brief military takeover.

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EU Rejects Bid To Unfreeze Mubarak’s Assets

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EU Rejects Bid To Unfreeze Mubarak's Assets

Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak’s bid for EU to unfreeze his assets in Europe was rejected on Wednesday.  The freeze was placed on his assets after his ouster in the 2011 revolution.

European union member countries imposed the sanctions in March 2011 based on lawsuits filed against Mubarak and his family in Egypt for alleged embezzlement of state funds.

After those countries – grouped in the European council – renewed the sanctions in 2017 and 2018, Mubarak asked the EU’s general court to annul them.

After Mubarak’s ouster, Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took power in 2012 before the military toppled him in 2013 following mass protests against Morsi’s rule.

Former military chief Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi became president later that year.

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Thousands Of Voting Machines And Ballot Boxes Destroyed In DRC Electoral Commission Fire

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Thousands Of Voting Machines And Ballot Boxes Destroyed In DRC Electoral Commission Fire

Thousand of voting machines and ballot boxes were destroyed when an electoral commission building in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa was razed in a fire. The machines and ballot boxes were to be used in the presidential elections ten days away.

The electoral commission says this would not hamper the election process, but that it is looking into the cause and extent of the fire.  It says machines from other parts of the country would be brought in to replace the ones consumed in the fire.

Presidential adviser Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi blames the fire on those he called criminals. He said most of the equipment meant for the polls in Kinshasa, the capital was destroyed in the fire.   More than 15 percent of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s population lives in the capital.

Meanwhile, the UK is now advising its citizens against “all but essential travel” to any part of DR Congo. It has also urged non-essential diplomatic staff to leave the country by next Monday.

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Ghana To Transport Essential Medical Supplies To Rural Areas By Drones

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Ghana To Transport Essential Medical Supplies To Rural Areas By Drones

Ghana Medical Association is reacting negatively to a government decision to transport blood and essential medical supplies to rural areas in the country by unmanned drones. The service has been contracted to an American company.

Deputy minister of information Pius Enam Hadzide said he was shocked by the GMA reaction over what he says would improve health services.

The Ghana Medical Association says the use of drones violates the country’s primary health care policy. It also said it would be counter-productive as it would cause more doctors and nurses to be unemployed in the administration of the drugs.

The drone goes into effect next year.  It was approved by parliament by a majority of a hundred and two to fifty-eight.

Rwanda already uses drones for the same purpose.

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