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Zimbabwe To Abolish Death Penalty

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Zimbabwe To Abolish Death Penalty

Zimbabwe’ cabinet, Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says he will soon receive a proposal on abolishing the death penalty in the country.  Ziyambi told delegates at the 11th international meeting of the ministers of justice in Rome on Sunday that the death sentence was not only cruel and degrading punishment, but also destroyed life.

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This development comes at a time when Zimbabwe has 81 prisoners on the death row, while a hundred twenty seven are serving life terms.

Ziyambi also said Zimbabwe’s 2013 constitution had pointed the country in this direction on the question of death penalty.  He said the constitution provides for the death penalty if a person were convicted of murder committed in aggravating circumstances.

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He made distinctions that the constitution stipulates the death sentence must not be imposed on women, male persons under 21 years of age, and more than 70 years old if convicted of murder committee in aggravating circumstances.

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The minister also said researches in criminology have shown that the death penalty does not serve as a deterrent, but compounds the commission of crimes.

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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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