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Zimbabweans React Angrily To Picture Of Mnangagwa Being Vaccinated Against Cholera

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Zimbabweans React Angrily To Picture Of Mnangagwa Being Vaccinated Against Cholera

Zimbabweans have reacted angrily to a picture of President Emmerson Mnangagwa being vaccinated against cholera in Harare.

Mnangagwa posted the picture on Twitter.

“There is no bad time to get your cholera vaccine, even during a cabinet meeting! We have embarked on a vaccination drive to help protect our communities from this disease, and we encourage those in high density
areas to get vaccinated,” read part of Mnangagwa’s tweet.

But Zimbabweans took a swipe at the president, saying he should instead focus more on fixing the country’s economic crisis.

According to the state-owned Herald, Mnangagwa and his cabinet were on Tuesday vaccinated against a deadly cholera outbreak which has killed more than 50 people in recent weeks.

The move was aimed at encouraging citizen to accept vaccination in the fight against the deadly diseases.

The vaccination was carried out by Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo, Epidemiology and Diseases Control Director in the Ministry of Health Dr Portia Manangazira as well as other senior health officials.

Mnangagwa was the first to be vaccinated and was followed by his deputy Kembo Mohadi, defence minister Oppah Machinguri- Kashiri and chief secretary to the president and cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, the report said.

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Several other ministers were also vaccinated.

Speaking after receiving his vaccination, Mnangagwa said the country’s leadership should lead by example.

“My cabinet is composed of listening ministers and servant ministers and they hear the voice of advice from our minister of health that it is necessary that our people get this dose as prevention to cholera. This is the first round, there is a second round.

“We as cabinet have said let us lead by example. When we go out and say we are listening leaders, we are servant leaders, we must demonstrate that by actually participating in the exercise now unfolding among our people,” Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

But, following his vaccination some social media said that cholera vaccination was the least of their worries as basic commodity prices escalated.

Zimbabwe’s moribund economy has hit new lows in recent days with shops struggling to stock shelves, prices of goods such as cooking oil rising rapidly due to panic buying and long queues outside petrol stations.

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A 2c tax for every dollar of electronic payments was introduced recently as Mnangagwa sought to revive the debt-ridden economy.

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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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