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The pride of liberators

Three Rwandan war heroes give moving testimonies on 24th Heroes Day Kampala, Uganda | FRANCIS BYARUHANGA | Jonathan Muvunyi was 18 years old but already fighting to liberate his country with the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) when he was injured in 1994. He was hospitalised in Byumba from 1994 to 2008. …

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ANC chiefs to meet to ‘finalise’ Zuma exit

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Top leaders of South Africa’s ruling ANC will meet Monday to “finalise” the departure of embattled President Jacob Zuma after party chief Cyril Ramaphosa promised to bring “closure” to the crisis. Ramaphosa said at a party rally in Cape Town on Sunday he wanted …

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Morocco seizes more than 500 kg of cocaine

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Moroccan authorities said Sunday they had seized nearly 541 kilos (1,200 pounds) of cocaine in a container from Latin America which arrived in Casablanca. Six people including a Brazilian suspected of being the “mastermind of a criminal network” were arrested, according to the Central Bureau …

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S. Africa’s Ramaphosa admits ‘disunity’ as Zuma fights exit

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s ruling party leader Cyril Ramaphosa admitted Sunday to “disunity and discord” within the African National Congress as it struggled to remove scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from power. Ramaphosa, 65, said he wanted to replace “a period of difficulty, disunity and discord” …

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How I was thrown out – Miguna Miguna

Nairobi, Kenya | THE INDEPENDENT |  Miguna Miguna, the outspoken member of Kenya’s opposition who was deported to Canada last week, has narrated his ordeal. Government officials say Miguna Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship and never bothered to reclaim Kenyan citizenship in the legally prescribed manner. …

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Sudan’s Bashir replaces intelligence chief: state media

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir Sunday replaced powerful intelligence chief Mohammed Atta, the official news agency SUNA reported, amid a security crackdown on opposition protests against rising food prices. Bashir issued a presidential decree announcing Salah Abdallah Mohammed Salih as the new head of the country’s …

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Tanzania clamps down on cannabis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian authorities have stepped up an escalating war on cannabis by destroying 14 hectares (35 acres) of the crop in the northern province of Arusha in recent days. Saturday alone saw eight hectares laid waste at the Meru forest reserve following another six acres earlier …

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S.Africa’s ANC to meet Monday as Zuma deadlock tightens

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | The top decision-making body of South Africa’s ruling ANC will meet on Monday following days of talks over President Jacob Zuma’s expected departure from office, a party spokeswoman said Sunday. “An NEC (national executive committee) meeting is scheduled for tomorrow in Pretoria,” ANC spokeswoman …

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