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Zimbabwe – police use extreme violence against MDC protest march

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MDC’s Tsvangirai slams police brutality #ZimGrandDemo

2016-08-26 14:30

Get the latest details as Zimbabwe opposition parties go ahead with the planned grand demonstration to press for the implementation of electoral reforms.

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Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai on police brutality: 

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Daily News reports that the leader of Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), former vice president of the southern African country is set to address a press conference shortly. 

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Take a look at some of the pictures from today’s grand anti-Mugabe protest in Harare.  

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Skirmishes continue between riot police and protesters in Harare city centre – social media reports 

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Opposition set to hold a press conference at 15:00 – social media reports

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From News24’s Correspondent in Harare:

It was the image of one small dead dog that summed up both the rage and heartbreak in Zimbabwe as anti-government protesters tried to hold a “mega” march on Friday.

As helicopters hovered overhead at midday and riot police tried to force opposition supporters to disperse, someone tore down the road sign for Robert Mugabe Road and photographed it lying on the tarmac next to the body of a small white dog.There was little doubting the symbolism of the picture.

“No road through for a dead dog,” crowed one Twitter user, referring of course to the longtime Zimbabwe leader who, though aged and increasingly frail, shows no sign of wanting to step down.

“A group essentially saying Mugabe is a dead dog,” explained @ConcernedZimCitizen.But had the animal been killed by protesters, as the official Herald immediately suggested?Tweeted the newspaper, which is fiercely loyal to the 92-year-old president: “Hoodlums contravening the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as they demonstrate downtown.”

Prominent publisher @TrevorNcube thought they hadn’t, no doubt echoing the hopes of many animal-lovers in this southern African country.

Some Mugabe watchers claim that the 92-year-old president appeared at the Harare Agricultural Show on Thursday incongruously sporting soft indoor shoes in a possible sign of infirmity.

The claim has not been independently verified.Police have used teargas to try to stop protesters gathering for Friday’s march to press for electoral reforms. The High Court said it should go ahead at midday.

But home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo threatened would-be protesters in a televised statement on Thursday night, and there are mounting fears of violence.

Prominent activists Stern Zworwadza and Promise Mkwananzi were picked up by police on Friday, according to rights group Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.

Rwanda to build Africa’s first coltan separation plant

It’s always good news when processing of primary commodities moves to Africa, but the big question is, from where will Rwanda get the coltan?  Presumably from eastern Congo. But will they pay for it or will they buy it from the militias and rebel groups they support? KS

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Frank Balestra, CEO of AB Minerals Corporation. Picture: Supplied.

The first industrial scale Coltan (Columbite-Tantalite) separation plant in Africa will be built in Rwanda by AB Minerals Corporation, and will become operational in mid-2017. It will bring much needed industrialisation opportunities to the region where the mineral is produced.

Rwanda is currently the number one exporter of Coltan, supplying 50% of the world’s tantalum. Coltan is a dull metallic mineral which is a combination of columbite and tantalite and which is refined to produce tantalum.

Frank Balestra, CEO at AB Minerals Corporation says there is an urgent need to increase the industrialisation of the mining sector throughout Africa, and that the best way to achieve this is through increased technology and high-level skills transfer from more senior industry participants.

“Many of the artisanal & small scale mining companies and cooperatives who represent almost 80 per cent of the total miners in the country, will for the first time be able to sell their ore directly to a local smelter rather than to agents,” he says.

“The reason most African mineral resources are exported as raw material is due to a low level of industrialisation in the local sector. Bringing Coltan processing directly to the region will bring industrialisation to the country and the mining industry in Rwanda and East Africa,” he says.

Local government will gain an increase in tax revenue through having the mineral concentrate upgraded to high purity oxides, prior to its export from Rwanda.

“This increase in revenue means the country will be able to deploy more funding to other economic sectors throughout the country. This is essential for employment creation and improvement of living conditions of the people,” Balestra says.

This implementation will also create interest in bringing new projects and international investments into Rwanda.

“It will not only create value-added products for export, it will bring significant benefits to the people of Rwanda and those connected to the development of the Coltan industry,” he says, adding that the Rwanda Government, from Rwanda Development Board to the Ministry of Mining are extremely supportive of the project.

AB Minerals will look to hire people in the fields of metallurgy, chemistry, accounting and finance, lab operations, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), as well as plant managers and shift managers. During construction of the facility where the processing plant will be located, there will also be employment opportunities.

Construction of the plant will start after a US$1 million production/evaluation run conducted at a major laboratory in the United States.

It will take approximately eight months to construct the plant, and it is expected to be fully operational by the second half of 2017.

(Research and interview by Trust Matsilele, written by Qhama Nokwali)

South Africa – Zapiro hits target with Gordhan-Zuma cartoon

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Pravin Gordhan summoned

South Africa – Zuma says he has confidence in Gordhan but can’t stop Hawks’ probe

Reuters

 

South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday he has full confidence in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is under police investigation over a suspected spy unit at the tax service.

Zuma said he could not intervene in the investigations despite the negative impact the probe has caused on the economy, according to a statement released by the presidency.

The rand, which had tumbled since Tuesday in response to the investigation, extended gains to 1.3 percent after Zuma’s statement.

(Reporting by James Macharia; editing by John Stonestreet)

South Africa – rand set for worst week since Nene was fired as presidency fails to stop Hawks’ Gordhan case

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Aug 26 2016 08:15

Xola Potelwa, Arabile Gumede and Fin24

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (Photo: Matthew le Cordeur)

Johannesburg – The rand is headed for the biggest weekly drop since December against the dollar as a statement of support by President Jacob Zuma failed to ease investor concern that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan may be replaced.

The presidency said on Thursday it wouldn’t stop an investigation by a special police unit into allegations that Gordhan oversaw the establishment of an illicit investigative unit during his tenure as head of the national tax agency, even as Zuma expressed “full confidence” in the finance minister.

Opposition parties and some independent analysts have accused Zuma, 74, of trying to gain greater control of the National Treasury to further his and his allies’ economic interests before his second and final presidential term ends in 2019. He has denied the allegation.

The rand was little changed at R14.2/$ by 07:22 and has declined 4.8% this week. It’s set for the largest weekly slump since the five days through December 11, the period when Zuma fired then-Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with a little-known lawmaker. It’s the worst performer this week against the dollar among 24 emerging-market currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

“The country remains on a knife edge,” said Warrick Butler, head of emerging-market spot trading at Standard Bank  in Johannesburg. “As we all know too well these days, the country’s leadership decisions can be unpredictable.”

Gordhan was summoned to report to the Hawks police unit on Thursday. The finance minister said on Wednesday he had done nothing wrong and wouldn’t report to police.

The yield on rand-denominated bonds due in December 2026 were little changed at 9.07 percent Friday, the highest in almost two months, and has increased 60 basis points this week for the biggest increase over such a period since Zuma fired Nene.

“The fight is on,” RMB analyst John Cairns said on Friday. “Political heavyweights, including the deputy president, have come out in support of Gordhan. But the Hawks and their supporters might still take the plunge. The Business Day’s editorial argues that Gordhan’s arrest is ‘inevitable’ and could happen ‘perhaps as early as this week’.”

“Initial results from our survey suggest people are split down the middle on whether Gordhan will remain in his post or not. Pretty much everyone agrees, however, that the rand would bomb if he goes.

“We, like everyone else, just don’t know what will happen. However, it still appears to us that not enough risk is priced. Our survey is showing a 50% probability that he goes, with the rand declining by R3.00 as a result.”

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Somalia – gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu

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Destroyed vehicles in front of Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, 25 August 2016EPA A car bomb was detonated outside the restaurant before gunmen stormed in

At least seven people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack on a seaside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Police said a car bomb exploded outside the Banadir Beach Club in the Lido area and gunmen then stormed the building.

Security forces say they killed two attackers and arrested another after a six-hour operation overnight.

The militant Islamist group al-Shabab stages regular attacks in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia.

Earlier this year, 17 people died when the group stormed a restaurant on Lido beach.

Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, was ousted from Mogadishu in August 2011 but still has a presence in large areas of southern Somalia.

Kenyan athletes dumped in Rio shantytown after Olympic village closes

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Wesley Korir tweets with photos of the place where Kenyan athletes have been housed after the closure of the Olympic Village@WESKORIR – Wesley Korir tweeted images of the area where the athletes are staying

Kenyan athletes are stranded in a Rio shanty town where gunshots can be heard, following the closure of the Olympic village, the team captain says.

Officials delayed their return home as they looked for a “cheap flight”, said Wesley Korir, a marathon runner who is also an independent MP.

He posted images on Twitter of dilapidated buildings in the area where he said they were forced to stay.

Team Kenya has been dogged by allegations of mismanagement at Rio.

Sports Minister Hassan Wario says the government has responded by disbanding the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) and ordering an investigation into the problems the team faced in Rio, reports the BBC’s Wanyama Chebusiri from the capital, Nairobi.

Mr Korir said athletes had experienced “hell” and he would demand action when he returned home.

Wesley Korir, of Kenya, right, hands a bottle of water to eventual winner Eliud Kipchoge, also of Kenya, in the menAP Mr Korir ran the marathon with the eventual winner Eliud Kipchoge

The team won 13 medals, the highest by an African country, and this “is how they treat us”, he added.

The men’s marathon team is among the athletes stuck in the shanty town, except for gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge, who bought his own ticket to leave, Mr Korir said.

Athletes were ordered to stay indoors as gunshots were heard all night, he added in a tweet.

Tweet from Wesley Korir reading: Yap and there has been gunshots heard all night messages being sent for athletes to stay indoorImage copyright@WESKORIR

Kenya won six gold medals, six silver and a bronze at the Games, which ended on Sunday.

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