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Zimbabwe: Ex President Robert Mugabe Escapes Probes

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Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will not appear before a Mines and Energy Parliamentary Committee investigating the looting and loss of diamond revenue amounting to $15 billion, the head of the committee, Temba Mliswa disclosed.

Mugabe had been expected to appear before the committee after he told state media in 2016 during an interview to mark his birthday that Zimbabwe had lost over $15 billion in gem revenues through corrupt cartels that he did not name.

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According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the 94-year-old had been given an ultimatum by the committee to attend the hearing on Monday after he failed to appear twice before the committee.

The committee had already interviewed former ministers, police and intelligence chiefs to answer on diamond mining operations at the vast Chiadzwa gem fields.

The committee said in a statement it had now “recused the 94-year-old former leader after consultations with the Speaker”, said a New Zimbabwe.com report.

“The former President, His Excellency Cde RG Mugabe, was unable to attend at the appointed hour and the committee was due to meet to consider summoning him as a measure of last resort but after consultations with the Honourable Speaker, he was recused from attending,” said Mliswa was quoted as saying in a statement. No further details were given.

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Sudan Helicopter mishap leaves Governor, six others dead.

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At least seven local government officials were killed in a helicopter crash in Sudan’s eastern al-Qadarif state on Sunday, state news agency SUNA reported.



The state’s governor and three security officials were among the dead. A number of people were also injured in the incident, SUNA said.

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The officials had been carrying out a security tour of the province.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. State TV earlier reported that a plane, not a helicopter, had crashed. Al-Qadarif state is known for its farmland and agricultural projects.

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2018 ‘Unity Day’ marked with students in Ethiopia.

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The job of a leader of government is demanding, more so for a country of over a hundred million plus citizens.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, aside his high level engagements at home and with foreign visitors paying courtesy calls on him, made time last Friday to engage with young people.

The office of the Prime Minister reported of Abiy’s meeting with 140 grade six students pooled from across the country. The occasion was to mark the 13th edition of the Nations and Nationalities day.



Photos showed Abiy in a hearty engagement with the students in a garden at his office complex in the capital, Addis Ababa.

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Every December 8 is celebrated each year on a national scope as the day on which the rights and equality of the Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples were fully guaranteed under Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution.

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