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Zambian Police Questions Opposition Leader Over Attacks On Chinese International

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Zambian Police Questions Opposition Leader Over Attacks On Chinese International

Zambian police have questioned opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Tuesday, for allegedly fueling attacks on Chinese nationals, in a sign of growing political tension in the country.

Copperbelt province police chief, Charity Katanga, says the politician has been cautioned for sedition and was questioned for alleging that President Edgar Lungu’s administration had sold a state-run timber company to a Chinese company, sparking protests in Zambia’s second city Kitwe. Some Chinese businesses were looted in the protests,and  scores of protesters were arrested.

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Hichilema was detained last year for four months for alleged treason  in a case that many critics said was politically motivated.

Anti-china sentiment has grown in Zambia over allegations that lucrative contracts are being awarded to china and government borrowing from Beijing.

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The government has dismissed the allegations.

President Lungu has been accused of piling up foreign debt and cracking down on dissent since winning the election in 2016.

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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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