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‘Choose Investors Who’ll Add Value’: Botswana’s Ian Khama Tells Zim Leader Mnangagwa

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Botswana's Ian Khama

Former Botswana president Ian Khama has warned Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa to only allow in investors who’ll create employment for significant numbers of Zimbabweans.

In quotes carried by Daily News on Sunday, Khama told a Confederation of Zimbabwe Industry Investment Forum in the second city of Bulawayo last week: “Every government is responsible for finding ways of creating employment for its people and not for creating employment for outsiders.”

‘Not one person coming in’

Khama – who’s been much more supportive of new president Mnangagwa than he ever was of former president Robert Mugabe – said: “I am not talking about one person coming in and employing one person.”

He added: “I am talking about people, investors who will come in and genuinely add value to your economy and allow your economy to grow.”

Mnangagwa, 75, has been open about his desire to attract foreign investment as a way of giving a boost to Zimbabwe’s ailing economy and solving foreign currency shortages, which are worsening by the week.

Chinese storekeepers under fire

Although Khama didn’t make reference to a specific group of investors that Mnangagwa should be wary about, his words may well be a reference to Chinese businesses which have shown a keen interest in Zimbabwe in
recent years. Locals are fiercely critical of some Chinese shopkeepers who operate in downtown Harare and do not always bank their takings.

Earlier this year, DRC ambassador to Zimbabwe Mawampanga Mwana Nanga warned Mnangagwa of opening Zimbabwe’s doors to “dirty and corrupt” investors, according to the private NewsDay.

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Al-Shabaab Executes 3 Men In Somalia

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Al-Shabaab Executes 3 Men In Somalia

Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabaab has killed three men execution-style, accusing two of them of working for the army. The third man it killed was an elderly clan leader who helped choose candidates for the 2016 parliamentary elections.

Media linked to al-Shabaab reported the killings took place in front of a crowd in Mubarak village in southern Somalia.

The militants, who are affiliated to al-Qaeda, control much territory in rural areas of Somalia and are fighting to overthrow the un-backed government.

The militants are known for killing suspected informants, including those accused of spying for the U.S. And other foreign intelligence agencies.

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Kenya Drops Plans To Introduce Controversial New School Syllabus

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Kenya Drops Plans To Introduce Controversial New School Syllabus

Kenya’s education minister Amina Mohamed says the government has dropped plans to introduce a controversial new school syllabus at the start of the academic year in January because it is not ready to roll it out.

The syllabus has caused huge debate in Kenya as it makes radical changes, moving away from an exam-focused to a competency-focused system, which the government says will improve the chances of building successful careers.

The minister added the government still needed to train teachers, and the earliest it would be able to roll out the syllabus would be in 2023.

She said it would be a bad idea to roll out something with which the government is not at all comfortable.  The minister said the government also takes parents into consideration.

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Tanzania’s President Signs Agreement For The Construction Of Controversial Hydro-Electric Power Project

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Tanzania's President Signs Agreement For The Construction Of Controversial Hydro-Electric Power Project

Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has signed an agreement for the construction of a controversial hydro-electric power project in one of East Africa’s best-known game reserves.

The power plant on the Rufiji River in the Selous game reserve is to be built by two Egyptian firms at a cost of more than three billion dollars.

The project has been strongly opposed by conservationists who warn it would cause irreversible damage to the wildlife habitat, and impact the lives of about 200,000 people who depend on the environment.

The Selous game reserve is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to a vast array of wildlife.

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