Zimbabwe

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    Video caption: 'Beaten up because I was accused of teaching politics'

    Martha Holman is about to finish training as a teacher in Wales after fleeing Zimbabwe.

  2. Zimbabwean music star apologises after kicking fan off stage

    Zimbabwean music star Rodney Mashandure, famous by his stage name Jah Master, has apologised for kicking a fan who had gone on stage during his performance.

    The incident happened on Sunday during a state-sponsored gala to protest against sanctions imposed by the US and European Union against politicians and companies linked to human rights abuses.

    A video of the incident sparked condemnation against the musician.

    Jah Master has said in a Facebook post that he will take the fan for a medical checkup and give him all proceeds from the show.

    State-owned Herald newspaper has tweeted a video of the incident:

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    Video caption: Mana Pools elephant conservationist lauds 'huge result'

    Nick Murray says Mana Pools National Park has gone a year without losing an elephant to poachers.

  4. Zimbabwe inflation rate drops - to 600%

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    Zimbabwe says its annual inflation rate dropped by almost 180% last month, thanks to a stringent programme that included disrupting black market currency trading and cutting government salaries.

    Despite the improvements, inflation remains above 600%, and food prices continue to rise.

    The IMF says the economy could improve further, but it warns that without greater productivity and an increase in foreign currency earnings, long-term stability will remain elusive.

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  5. Nearly a dozen southern African MPs died from Covid-19

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Nearly a dozen MPs have died from Covid-19 in southern Africa, the head of the Southern African Development Community's parliamentary forum, Esperanca Bias, has said.

    The MPs were from Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, Ms Bias added.

    She offered her condolences to their families as she ended a session of the parliamentary forum in Mozambique's capital, Maputo.

  6. Zimbabwe leader wishes Trump full recovery

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent his best wishes to US President Donald Trump and his wife after they tested positive for Covid-19.

    Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced on Friday that they are self-isolating, with their physician saying they will "remain within the White House during their convalescence".

    President Mnangagwa tweeted his message:

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    Relations between the two countries have been tense since the US imposed financial and travel restrictions on individuals and companies it accuses of gross violations of human rights.

    Some of the restrictions started 20 years ago.

    President Mnangagwa is among those sanctioned.

  7. 'Bacteria killed' 30 Zimbabwe elephants

    BBC World Service

    Elephant

    Wildlife officials in Zimbabwe suspect that a bacterial disease called haemorrhagic septicaemia is responsible for the deaths of more than 30 elephants since late August.

    Samples have been sent for further testing to make sure.

    The elephants were found lying on their stomachs, which experts say suggests they died suddenly.

    Parks officials do not believe they were killed by poachers, as the tusks had not been removed.

    It comes after hundreds of elephants were found dead in neighbouring Botswana this year from another type of bacterial poisoning.

  8. Zimbabwe minister accuses opposition of gun smuggling

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa
    Image caption: President Mnangagwa's government is said to be increasingly intolerant to criticism

    Zimbabwe's state security minister, Owen Ncube, has accused the opposition of working with western governments to smuggle in guns and oust President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government.

    Officials from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have however described the allegations as false and said the party was committed to nonviolence.

    Without providing evidence, Mr Ncube said a western country, which he did not name, had come up with a plan to make Zimbabwe ungovernable to justify foreign intervention.

    Working with the opposition under what he called Operation Lighthouse, the minister said weapons would be smuggled in and militias set up.

    Rights groups say President Mnangagwa's government has become increasingly intolerant of criticism especially during the current economic crisis.

    They have condemned the recent jailing of politicians and activists on what they call bogus charges.

    The Zimbabwean authorities – starting with the former president Robert Mugabe – have long accused western countries of backing regime change.

    But many observers will view this latest tirade as further evidence of a government that is under pressure and lashing out.

  9. Zimbabwe schools reopen amid teachers' strike

    Children in Zimbabwe are returning to school for the first time in six months, but teachers from two unions are on strike after expressing health and safety concerns because of coronavirus.

    Schools were closed earlier in the year because of the pandemic.

    The government says children will be safe at school but union representative Obert Masaraure told BBC Newsday that teaching would not take place at most schools:

    Quote Message: We are going to be on strike for two reasons; one we want to pressure the government to review our salary which is now at about $330 and also to ensure the government provides the bare minimum to ensure that our teachers and learners can safely get back into schools.
    Quote Message: Most parents and teachers have agreed it is not safe and for parents it is also the economy has been affected and so they are not able to pay for for fees."
    Quote Message: We want the government to provide the minimums for example we want protective gear in public schools, we want running water in schools to prevent the spread of the virus.
  10. Covid-19: Chinese doctors arrive in Zimbabwe

    A team of 10 Chinese doctors have arrived in Zimbabwe to join the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    They will be stationed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for the next 12 months, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.

    The head of the team, Dr Luo Weiqiang, is quoted as saying the doctors will also promote Chinese traditional medicine.

    The Chinese embassy tweeted a photo of the doctors:

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  11. Winning top prize would 'make the world take me seriously'

    Award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga says winning the Booker Prize would "cause the world to take me more seriously than it had done up until I came on to the Booker scene".

    Her latest book, This Mournable Body, is on the Booker Prize shortlist, which was unveiled earlier this month.

    "It will make me feel better about myself," she told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

    "And I would hope it will come with some financial benefits so that I wouldn't be scraping from hand to mouth all the time as I am most of the time now, which has been exhausting."

    Here is the full interview:

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    Video caption: Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga talks about her shortlisted novel
  12. Zimbabwean opposition figure released on bail

    Outspoken Zimbabwean opposition figure Job Sikhala has been released on bail, a month after he was arrested in connection with anti-government protests.

    Mr Sikhala was arrested on 21 August and charged with incitement to violence.

    He was wanted by police over the 31 July protests.

    Mr Sikhala was released on Tuesday on a 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars ($590;£463)) bail and ordered to stop posting content online or in WhatsApp groups.

    His party the Movement for Democratic Change criticised the bail terms:

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  13. Leaders must respect rule of law - Malawi's Chakwera

    Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera is on a visit to Zambia and journalists there have been trying to pin him down on his views about politics in the region.

    They asked him about the reported deterioration of human rights in Zimbabwe, and his response was a call for the respect of divergent views.

    "At this particular stage, I may have nothing much to say. I do have an outstanding meeting with President [Emmerson] Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe," he said.

    "We must respect the rule of law, we must respect human rights, we must respect respect contrary views everywhere," he added.

    "This is what makes us advance as democracies. And so, in as much as I cannot address specific issues, these are principles that we want to live by everywhere, particularly here in Africa as one people."

    President Chakwera was elected in May after the Constitutional Court nullified the results of an earlier election that had declared Peter Mutharika as winner.

  14. Zimbabwean author facing court

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    Video caption: Tsitsi Dangarembga, on Booker Prize 2020 shortlist, took part in anti-government protests

    Tsitsi Dangarembga, shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020, took part in anti-government protests.

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    Video caption: Zimbabwe: Africa’s first mine where workforce is made up entirely of women

    Zimbaqua mine is the first mine in Africa where the workforce is made up entirely of women.

  16. Zimbabwean Booker Prize nominee to appear in court

    Author Tsitsi Dangarembga is set to appear in court in Zimbabwe just days after reaching the six-book shortlist for the Booker Prize.

    Dangarembga was arrested in July during anti-government protests.

    By the time of her arrest she had been nominated in the longlist for the prize.

    Her trial is now set to begin, and she has tweeted a photo while waiting to attend court:

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    In July, Dangarembga and other protesters were bundled into a police lorry while carrying placards during a protest against corruption and economic mismanagement.

    Images of security forces beating civilians prompted global outrage.

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa later vowed to "flush out" his opponents.

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    Video caption: Creating new markets for Zimbabwean art

    Avac Arts is a hub in Zimbabwe that helps artists to sell their work online and find more buyers.