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Zimbabwe: Main opposition party fires deputy leader

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The main opposition party in Zimbabwe fired its deputy president and two other senior officials on misconduct charges, stoking fears of a split in the party ahead of key elections in July, a month after the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) expelled Thokozani Khupe, a former deputy prime minister, ending a protracted succession feud which flared into an open fight following Tsvangirai’s death.

“The national council resolved, by more than the mandatory two thirds of the vote that vice president Khupe be removed from the party,” the party’s deputy national chair Morgan Komichi said in a statement.

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“She continued to hold illegal meetings and partake in unconstitutional activities, putting the party into disrepute and undermining the constitutional organs of the party,” the statement added.

“Despite efforts to address her grievances she remained stubborn and she refuse to change her opinion .

Khupe and fellow deputy presidents Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri were locked in a battle to succeed trade union stalwart Tsvangirai who led the party from its inception in 1999.

Khupe argued that according to the party’s constitution she was supposed to take-over as acting president until a congress to elect a substantive leader.

Chamisa was appointed leader by the party’s national council but his adversaries claimed he had used violence to take over the reigns after Khupe was physically attacked at Tsvangirai’s burial.

The MDC has endorsed Chamisa, 40, as its presidential candidate to face President Emmerson Mnangagwa,75, in elections expected in July.

Khupe was fired together with party spokesperson Obert Gutu and national organizing secretary Abednigo Bhebhe.

The party’s national chairperson and former speaker of parliament Lovemore Moyo on Thursday resigned from the MDC citing disregard for the party’s constitution and the internecine battles threatening to tear the party apart.

The MDC paid dearly and handed an easy victory to the ruling Zanu – PF in 2006 when the opposition party split over whether to take party in senate elections.

It split again in 2013 when secretary general Tendai Biti left to form his own party after the MDC lost in general elections that year.

 

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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