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Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa To Embark On ‘Thank You’ Rallies

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly lined up nationwide “thank you” tours after being voted the country’s president in the just ended disputed polls.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa is also going to use the thank you tours to outline his government programme on decentralisation of power.

“We are going to have rallies in your respective areas to thank the people for voting me into power. We will be saying the message of peace that we have been saying all along and we will also announce the plans we have to improve provincial economies because we do not want everything to be centred in Harare,” Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

The president made his announcement as he gave at least 90 cars to traditional chiefs, as part of his government plans in improving their welfare, said the report.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the government had promised to give traditional leaders at least 226 cars last year.

More than 50 of the vehicle had previous been distributed to the chiefs last November, and the latest batch had been bought before the southern African country’s watershed polls last month.

Mnangagwa told the chiefs that the cars were not handed over to them before the polls for fear of being accused of vote buying.

Mnangagwa was officially sworn-in as  president on Sunday after a constitutional court ruling backed his election.

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

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Kenya Committed To Improving Aviation Infrastructure

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the government is committed to improving the country’s civil aviation infrastructure.  He credited the industry with enhancing the country’s economy and national development.

He said at the eleventh forum of the international civil aviation organization air services negotiation meeting in Nairobi that the aviation industry contributes four tenths of a percent to the country’s gdp.  He also said the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi provides seventeen thousand direct and more than half a million indirect jobs.

Kenyatta said about eight in ten tourists visiting Kenya use air transport.

He said these are some of the reasons his government is committed to investing in aviation infrastructure to help the industry play its critical role in the economy.

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

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2 Persons Killed In Clash Between Security Forces And Protesters In Togo

At least two persons were reported killed in Togo over the weekend after security forces moved against protesters. Opposition has accused the government of using what it called “regime soldiers” it says opened fire on the demonstrators.

At least two persons were killed in clashes between Togo’s security forces and protesters.

Authorities reported finding a dead protester in Lome with an open wound in his left eye that indicated a bullet entry. Another dead body was also reported, this time with no bullet wounds.

The protests intensified after the government called for parliamentary elections to be held in late December.  Opposition is against the polls.  It has demanded reforms of the national electoral commission, and a two-term limit for presidents.

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Cameroon Law Graduates-Turn-Musicians Sing For Peace

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Two Cameroonian Law graduates, who are now musicians, have been traveling through the country’s English-speaking regions singing messages of peace they believe will touch the rebels and help end the separatist conflict there.

The singers started their group in October when they both lost family members and friend in the secessionist struggle in the English-speaking regions.

The duo sing in both English and French reminding people about the grave repercussions of war, and urging all sides to embrace peace.

The conflict has claimed hundreds of civilian lives. Thousands have been internally displaced, and thousands more have fled, many to neighboring Nigeria.

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