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Zim Opposition Leader Chamisa Rejects Mnangagwa’s Offer – Report

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Zim Opposition Leader Chamisa Rejects Mnangagwa's Offer - Report

Zimbabwean opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly rejected an offer by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to recognise him as the leader of the opposition.

According to The Standard, the Movement for Democratic Change leader, told his supporters over the weekend that he was challenging his rival’s legitimacy.

Chamisa, who lost the presidential election to Mnangagwa has legally contested the outcome in court and rejected the court verdict, maintaining that he won the election.

Chamisa has consistently claimed that Mnangagwa’s administration was illegitimate and his party the MDC was planning on installing him as the people’s president.

Mnangagwa won the election with 50.8% of the vote – just enough to meet the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off against Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.

“They are saying they want me to go to Parliament and I said: ‘Are you sick?’ I was elected to go to State House and not Parliament. Hold forth because we are not easily convinced. I have no fear because I know you are solidly behind me,” Chamisa was quoted as saying.

Constitutional amendment

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Mnangagwa was planning on introducing the office of the leader of the opposition, as one of the ways of institution-building in the country.

Charamba said the role of the opposition leader was in line with other Commonwealth practices – as Zimbabwe edged closer to rejoining the international organisation.

According to Africa News, Zimbabwe’s justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said if Chamisa was going to accept the offer, a constitutional amendment had to be made as the MDC leader was not in parliament.

“It will need that if there is a political agreement given the fact that he (Chamisa) is not an elected MP as things stand. The amendment will need to reflect the agreement, but that is up to the parties,” Ziyambi was quoted as saying.

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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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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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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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