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Zimbabwean Activist faults credibility of July elections.

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Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire has cast doubts over the regularity of the upcoming presidential elections in the Southern African nation.

Mawarire who faced the court for attempting to overthrow Robert Mugabe, spoke at a human rights summit in Geneva,Switzerland.

“They are individuals who, within their own party, have done nothing but rig the elections, used violence and intimidation and it is hard for me to believe that in two months they have been able to reorganize their entire system’‘,Mawarire said.

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He added “I think we are coming to its first 100 days and many questions remain about structural changes in law, the rule of law, democracy and human rights. They talked a lot about business but very little about individual liberties.”

Emmerson Mnangagwa, a key figure in the former regime, took over leadership of Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe’s forced resignation in November. He scheduled a presidential election for July.

Mawarire was instrumental in the anti-Mugabe movement that shook the country in 2016

He was released at the end of November last year.

It is uncertain if the 40-year-old pastor is thinking about politics, but he has ruled out any potential candidacy for the next presidential elections.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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