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Zim Crisis: Opposition Lawmaker Calls For Mnangagwa’s Impeachment

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Zim Crisis: Opposition Lawmaker Calls For Mnangagwa's Impeachment

A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker has reportedly called for the impeachment of President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid a worsening economic crisis facing the southern African country.

According to Daily News, in a question without notice session, a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lawmaker, Godfrey Sithole urged Zanu-PF legislators to join hands with his party in impeaching Mnangagwa in order to “save the country from the brink of total collapse”.

“I think this is a matter of national interest which has nothing to do with political affiliation so I call upon this house, all legislators from across the political divide to unite as we did in November 2017 when we marched for the abdication of [former president Robert] Mugabe and consider impeaching the current president,” Sithole was quoted as saying.

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Parliamentary speaker, Jacob Mudenda, however, interjected the opposition lawmaker, saying he should follow proper procedure in raising the issue, the report said.

Many had hoped that Zimbabwe would emerge from turmoil and return to prosperity following the ouster of the repressive Mugabe almost a year ago, an AP report said.

Instead, the country appeared to be imploding in the days since the new Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube announced a “stabilisation programme”.

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Police ban

Over the week, long lines for fuel reappeared, sometimes stretching for several kilometres.

Anxious residents rushed to stores, where prices skyrocketed for dwindling stock and shop workers began removing price stickers.

On Thursday the Zimbabwe police arrested trade union leaders and scores of activists ahead of planned marches over the country’s crisis, AFP reported.

Peter Mutasa, president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) – the country’s largest trade
union – was among those detained, along with activists in several other towns.

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Mutasa had called for protests in Harare on Thursday despite a police ban on public gatherings due to a recent cholera outbreak.

The ZCTU had planned national protests against sharp price hikes, a new tax on electronic transactions and daily shortages ranging from fuel to bread.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe, vowed this week to ensure essential daily
goods were available.

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

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Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected

A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned at a UN Environmental conference in Nairobi late last week.  Countries, including the United states, had raised objections.

Switzerland’s Environmental Ambassador Franz Xavier Perrez, said that was a huge disappointment.  His country had proposed the UN assessment with the backing of eleven other governments.

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“Geo-engineering” technologies are gaining prominence, and they aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, or block some of the Sun’s warmth to cool the earth.

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Supporters say these technologies could help fend off some of the worst impact of runaway climate change, including worsening storms and heatwaves.  Opponents, on the other hand, argue the emerging technologies pose huge potential risks to people and nature and could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

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Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs

Tanzanian government is optimistic that the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge hydro-electric power station would produce thousands of jobs.  It is also expected to generate more than two thousand mega-watts.

Energy Minister, Dr. Medard Kalemani, told the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals that five thousand Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers, and four hundred others would be employed under permanent contracts.

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Kalemani said the implementation of the project would not only uplift the livelihoods of Mloka villagers in Rufiji district in cost region, and of Kisaki villagers in Morogoro region, it would also enable the supply of electricity to 37 villages in Kibiti and Chalinze.  He said twelve villages will be connected to electricity under Tanzania Rural Energy Agency program.

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

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African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity

President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Sylvain Ore, has said the pan African organ, based in Arusha, has doubled its judicial productivity, and is optimistic it will even do better this year.

Commenting on the on-going reforms at the African Union, initiated under the guidance of the immediate past chairperson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Justice Ore wanted the court to be a model for internal reforms and an efficiency icon for the rest of the institutions and citizens of the continent.

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The African court was established by the African Charter and began operations in two thousand six in Addis Ababa.  It moved to its permanent seat in Arusha a year later.  It has finalized 48 cases with a hundred thirty-five cases pending.

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So far, 30 countries have ratified the protocol establishing the court, but only nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, and hosts Tanzania—have made the declaration to allow individuals and NGOs to access the court directly.

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