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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa urges citizens to bear the ‘tax pain’.

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Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday urged citizens to bear the pain of new taxation and other economic reforms introduced by his finance minister, in order to revive the economy.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube on Oct. 1 announced a 2 percent tax to be levied on mobile and card payments and bank transfers above $10 with exceptions for foreign payments and transfer of government funds.

The tax was protested by individuals and companies, who complained that government has not demonstrated accountability for tax revenues and previous sacrifices demanded of them.



The new tax, which is expected to raise nearly $2 billion annually would facilitate government projects in the roads, health and education sectors, according to Ncube.

Last week, the effects of the tax were felt with fuel shortages, and a hike in prices of basic goods and medical drugs.

Mnangagwa acknowledged the difficulties faced by Zimbabweans and pledged that government would work to minimise the effect of the new measures.

‘‘We are already taking the lead by cutting back on unnecessary spending. The only way to a stronger economy is to restructure, rebuild and reform,’‘ Mnangagwa said.

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Mnangagwa added that government would have to take ‘painful measures’ in order to compensate for the stagnation of the economy over the last two decades.

A 388-page government economic plan released by Finance Minister Ncube on Friday shows the government plans cuts in spending, borrowing and the amount it spends on the civil service.

The report also outlines plans for privatisation and the closure of state-owned firms, among several other reforms to improve the economy.

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Nigeria: Ogun State Governor Amosun swears in New Chief Judge.

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Monday swore in Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu as the new Chief Judge of the state.

The swearing was held during the state Executive Council meeting at the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.



Amosun, charged Dipeolu to carry out her duties without fear or favour.

He said, “This swearing in comes with a lot of huge responsibilities and more is demanded of you knowing the status of the state in Nigeria.”

He also urged her not to be unmindful of God’s grace on her life, saying that the office she occupies now is a great office in the legal profession in the state.

Responding, Dipeolu thanked the governor for believing in her and giving her the privilege and honour to serve the state in the capacity of the Chief Judge.

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She promised to discharge her duty without fear or favour, soliciting the continued support of the government to the judiciary.

“I will not disappoint the state, our forebears, my colleagues, I will not drop the ball and I will always keep the flag flying,” Dipolu promised.

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DR Congo: Beni residents protest angrily against killings in Ebola region.

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Anger and rage among residents of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over incessant killings in the Ebola plagued region.

On Sunday, angry mob ransacked buildings following an ADF attack that left at least 11 people dead and 15 abducted.

“Here in the Matete cell, the enemy arrived at night, killed and took children to the bush. Here, the rebels have looted goods including many people, mothers and children. The government must accept that it has failed. Everything has an end, let them resign “, said Kasero Vawere, a Beni resident.



We have only one wish, that the Congolese soldiers and the blue helmets are released from this region. They have done many wrong things.

If another group comes to our aid, whatever its source, provided we are safe, let our soldiers withdraw, for the moment we do not need them anymore”, said another Beni resident, Muhindo Mashauri.

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The toll could be higher because one resident said, he had seen bodies of two men in military uniform in the area where the attack happened.

Other angry residents burnt the post office building and a town hall building while others took to the streets to express their anger.

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President of the Civil Society, Beni Kizito Din-Hangi said no one had called for a protest, saying the demonstration was spontaneous.

Earlier, the UN Mission in the DRC (Monusco) said that the peacekeepers exchanged fire on Saturday night with suspected rebels in Beni.

Since October 2014, the city and territory of Beni have been the target of a series of attacks attributed to Ugandan Muslim rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Hundreds of civilians were killed.

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