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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.”

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‘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.”

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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.

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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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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

Zimbabwe government and civil servants have finally agreed to a salary accord after the government increased its offer to four hundred million dollars, up by fifty million.

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This means government workers and civil servants will each receive an increment of a hundred twenty-nine dollars effective on April the first.

Negotiations for a further salary review, possibly in June, will continue with consideration of other non-monetary incentives.

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Apex council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander, says the welfare negotiations will continue until the welfare of civil servants improved.

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Niger’s Top Court Outlaws ‘Fifth Wife’ Sex-Slave Maids

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Niger's Top Court Outlaws 'Fifth Wife' Sex-Slave Maids

Niger’s top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as “fifth wives.”  This ends a decade-long legal battle by one victim that lawyers say could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice.

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UK-based anti-slavery international, says the “fifth wife” custom, also known as “wahaya,” is when, in addition to the four wives permitted by Islam, rich men take on other, unofficial wives who live as domestic and sexual slaves.

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Thomson-Reuters Foundation says a Nigerien court had initially ruled in favor of the victim’s master, but she appealed the decision.  Last month, the Niger court of appeals ruled that her first marriage was never valid and that all “fifth wife” marriages are illegal.

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

Gunmen have abducted twenty University of Buea male football team members in Cameroon’s southwest. A report says university Vice-Chancellor, Ngono Horace Manga, has confirmed the incident.

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The Vice-Chancellor is quoted as saying armed men stormed the university’s football ground and ordered the players who were training for an upcoming competition to leave with them.

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Manga also said the kidnappers contacted university authorities and demanded a ransom.  He did not disclose the amount for which they were asking.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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