Category «World News»

Mixed reactions pour in over Robert Mugabe’s death

  Ever since the announcement of Robert Mugabe’s death, this morning, people have taken to social media to comment on the rule and life of the man who was president of Zimbabwe for 30 years. The president of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted on his handle, “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.” Reactions to his announcement have been varied with some praising the former statesman and others demonising him. @Thabeloramu tweeted, “He failed dismally as statesman.” @jjnr_lesson995 in reply to those who were condemning Mugabe said, “You don’t know anything about politics bro- leave this to those who breathe for it. He Mugabe stood firm …

Robert Mugabe is dead

  Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s former president, has died at the age of 95. The president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa tweeted on Friday morning, “It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe.” Mugabe died after battling ill health, his family confirmed. The news of his death was met with varied comments on social media, with some praising him and others talking about the evil they say he had done. Robert Mugabe, who used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe in his later years as president, was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his 30-year reign. He was removed …

South Africa battles fresh xenophobic violence

By AFP South African police fired rubber bullets and patrolled parts of Johannesburg on Tuesday after the financial capital was hit by a new wave of anti-foreigner violence. Rocks, bricks and rubber bullets lay strewn across the empty streets of Alexandra after mobs plundered the township overnight, burning and looting shops in their path. This was the second night of urban rioting in Johannesburg, where hundreds of people marched through the streets on Monday in an unusually large expression of anti-foreigner sentiment. More than 90 people were arrested on Monday in connection with the violence and looting of shops in Johannesburg and surrounding areas, the government said. “They burnt everything,” Bangladeshi shop owner Kamrul Hasan, 27, told AFP in Alexandra, …

Women rights activists call for more commitment of govts on SDGs

By Catherine Ageno Thousands of women’s rights activists from across the globe took to the streets of New York on Thursday to demand greater government accountability and commitment to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. In global solidarity, hundreds of activists and human rights defenders from across the world including the African Women’s Development & Communications Network, FEMNET marched the streets in New York chanting “rise up, fist up, for system change” and “we are the feminists fighting for justice and liberation”. Speaking at the sidelines of this year’s High Level political Forum on Sustainable Development, FEMNET Executive Director Ms. Memory Kachambwa, decried the state of rising inequalities in the world especially in the global South. “In actual fact, the world …

UN calls for more women involvement in politics

By Ritah Kemigisa. The United Nations has applauded government for maintaining the affirmative action for women but says a lot more still needs to be done if more women are to be involved in politics. The women’s country representative Dr. Maxime Houinato says the number of women in legislative positions is still very low because majority of such positions are non-affirmative. Statistics from the UN Women show that only 36% of the women are cabinet ministers while only 8% have been able to become MP’s under the affirmative action. He however warns that the progress so far made will not be sustainable if the political and policy environment is not favorable.