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  • Zimbabwean driver jailed for two years for cutting up Mugabe's motorcade

     

     

    A Zimbabwean truck driver has been jailed for two years for failing to make way for Robert Mugabe’s motorcade.

    Joseph Chakanetsa, 28, was also banned from driving trucks for life, the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper reported.

    He was charged with negligent driving after ignoring the presidential convoy when the veteran ruler was travelling to his home in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale.

    Mugabe travels with more than ten cars and motorbikes and drivers who interfere with the fleet face arrest or alleged on-the-spot assaults by his security staff.

    ‘Chakanetsa was convicted on his own plea of guilty after he told the court that he did not realise the president’s motorcade was passing,’ the paper said. 

    ‘He said the noise from his truck prevented him from picking out the police siren and when he realized that he had cut through the presidential motorcade, he literally lost his mind.’

    Chakanetsa was arrested a few miles from the scene after attempting to escape by driving through traffic lights and at times in wrong lanes. 

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  • Mugabe to step aside as Zim president

     

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has told thousands of people attending the commemorations of Day of the African Child that he will quit as leader of the country.

    Speaking at the event which was held in Harare, the 92 year-old said he will quit politics but hoped his successors will be better him.

    “Once upon a time, I was like you. But I am not like you anymore. I am on my way out,” he told the gathering of thousands of children. “But when I look over my shoulder, I would want to see bold and courageous men. I want to look behind and say those coming will be better than me.”

    Before Saturday, Mugabe had never publicly talked about quitting politics hence the remarks have led to discussions over his successor.
    Within his Zanu-PF there are already two visible factions gunning for Mugabe’s seat, one called G-40 is led by Mugabe’s wife Grace while the other one known as Lacoste Team fights for Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. The two however may be involved in a futile fight since the constitution allows Mugabe to run for one more term which will end in 2022, a provision the veteran president may consider using given his history of clinging to power.

    Mugabe — the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence 36 years ago — has used all manner of tactics to cling to power, including alleged violence against political opponents and electoral fraud.

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  • Mugabe to step aside as Zim president

     

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has told thousands of people attending the commemorations of Day of the African Child that he will quit as leader of the country.

    Speaking at the event which was held in Harare, the 92 year-old said he will quit politics but hoped his successors will be better him.

    “Once upon a time, I was like you. But I am not like you anymore. I am on my way out,” he told the gathering of thousands of children. “But when I look over my shoulder, I would want to see bold and courageous men. I want to look behind and say those coming will be better than me.”

    Before Saturday, Mugabe had never publicly talked about quitting politics hence the remarks have led to discussions over his successor.
    Within his Zanu-PF there are already two visible factions gunning for Mugabe’s seat, one called G-40 is led by Mugabe’s wife Grace while the other one known as Lacoste Team fights for Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. The two however may be involved in a futile fight since the constitution allows Mugabe to run for one more term which will end in 2022, a provision the veteran president may consider using given his history of clinging to power.

    Mugabe — the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence 36 years ago — has used all manner of tactics to cling to power, including alleged violence against political opponents and electoral fraud.

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  • Breaking News : Egyptians Asked Israel Intervention to Settle the Issue of GERD with Ethiopia

     

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reported to have asked the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and help solve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam crisis.

    The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported Arab diplomatic sources as saying on Monday: “Sisi has recently asked Netanyahu to help Egypt resolve its dispute with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam, due to Ethiopia’s intransigence and refusal to respond to the Egyptian calls to coordinate efforts during the construction and storage stages.”

    The sources added that al-Sisi’s move came after Ethiopia rejected all pressures exerted by Arab parties, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, because Addis Ababa believes “the national project will help lift its deteriorating economy”.

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  • Eritrea accuses U.S. of instigating fresh border clash with Ethiopia

    June 19, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Asmara government has accused the United States of masterminding the recent border clashes between Ethiopia and Eritrean forces.

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    President Isaias Afwerki (AP)

    In a short statement issued on Friday, the Eritrean Ministry of Information further accused the U.S. Administration of providing arms to Ethiopia to aid the latter carry out the alleged attack.

    Last week, forces of the two rival neighbours engaged in heavy border fighting around Tserona central front, an area about 75 kilometres south of the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

    Hundreds of soldiers are reported to have been killed and many more wounded from both sides.

    The two sides traded blame over who first sparked the two-day battle which broke out on Sunday.

    The latest battle is the most serious military engagement since the 1998-2000 border war which has claimed the lives of an estimated more than 70,000 people.

    In the past, Eritrea has repeatedly accused the U.S. of instigating conflict in the region.

    Asmara accuses the U.S. of being major role player in instigating conflicts between Ethiopia and Eritrea. It has also accused Washington of having role on its border war with Djibouti.

    This time, the Red sea nation has similarly pointed accusing fingers on Barack Obama’s administration.

    “Eritrea is aware of Washington’s instigation not only of the attack against Eritrea that the Ethiopian forces launched last Sunday, June 12, 2016 but also in its deployment of weapons along the border for a much expanded offensive,” the statement alleged.

    Following the clashes, the United States voiced "grave concern" and called on both sides to exercise restraint and engage in political dialogue.

    In a statement issued Tuesday, John Kirby, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby urged the two arch rivals to cooperate in promoting stability and sustainable peace in the region.

    “As both Ethiopia and Eritrea are party to the 2000 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and there cannot be a military solution, we call for both sides to exercise restraint and engage in political dialogue,” he said.

    However Eritrea has downplayed US statement as nothing but “crocodile tears”.

    “In the event, shedding crocodile tears and issuing a bland statement by the spokesperson of the U.S. State Department calling on ‘both sides to show restraint’ cannot impress anyone” Eritrea’s statement added.

    It added Eritrea will disclose these facts in due time.

    In a separate statement Eritrea said it is appalled by the statement of UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon for calling on both sides to exercise restraint and refrain from any act or statement that could exacerbate the situation.

    “In the circumstances, we find the statement that apportions equal blame to the victim and the aggressor and calls on both sides to show restraint untenable” the statement reads.

    “This unfortunate statement can only corrode further the moral authority of the Secretary General’s Office” it added.

    The two countries remain at odds over the flashpoint town of Badme which was the source of the two-year long conflict.

    The Hague-based Boundary Commission 2002 ruling gave away the disputed town to Eritrea; however, Ethiopia has refused to accept insisting for more talks on implementation.

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