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Ramaphosa Appoints Tito Mboweni As Finance Minister After Nene Quits

President Cyril Ramaphosa, promptly replaced South African Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, who resigned Tuesday, with former central bank governor, Tito Mboweni.

Nene considered a very close ally of Ramaphosa, resigned on Tuesday following financial scandals involving the Gupta family.

He reigned after meetings with the business family.

Mr Nene was a leading figure in the government’s efforts to tackle graft that allegedly flourished under Jacob Zuma, who was ousted in February.

But Mr Nene revealed to a judicial inquiry last week that he had met with the Gupta business family at their home and offices six times — contradicting earlier statements that he had only met them in passing at social occasions.

“I have decided to accept his resignation,” President Ramaphosa said in Cape Town.

He added that Mr Nene feared his testimony to the inquiry “detracted from the important task of serving the people of South Africa particularly as we work to reestablish public trust in government.”

Ramaphosa stressed that Mr Nene “has not been implicated in any act of wrongdoing himself” and hailed him as minister who had “defended the cause of proper financial management as well as clean governance”.

Mr Nene, who was widely respected by investors, served as Finance minister from 2014 to 2015 until he was sacked by Mr Zuma and was re-appointed by President Ramaphosa earlier this year.

Mr Nene apologised after giving testimony to the inquiry, which is probing allegations of systematic corruption under Zuma’s government involving the three Gupta brothers.

“I was wrong in meeting the Guptas at their residence and not in my office or at least a public place,” his public apology letter read.

“These visits do cast a shadow on my conduct as a public office bearer. I deeply regret these lapses and beg your forgiveness.”

The Guptas are a trio of Indian-born brothers accused of fraudulently profiting from vast government contracts and energy and transport deals under Zuma, who ruled from 2009 to 2018.

President Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on corruption as he tries to revive the economy and boost declining support for the ruling ANC party ahead of elections next year.

Source: East African

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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.

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