Zambian President Lungu Concedes Defeat, Pledges Peaceful Handover Of Power

Zambia’s outgoing president Edgar Lungu conceded defeat on Monday after a landslide election win by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is set to become the southern African country’s 7th President. With all but one of 156 constituencies counted, Hichilema had won 2 810 777 votes against Lungu’s 1 814 201, and the electoral commission declared him the next president. Lungu (64) congratulated Hichilema in a televised address, marking Zambia’s third peaceful handover of power to an opposition party. He has also indicated that he will comply with constitutional provisions to…

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Rush on Kabul airport as Afghans flee Taliban takeover

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans rushed onto the tarmac of the capital’s airport on Monday as thousands tried to flee the country after the Taliban seized power with stunning speed. Some clung to the side of a U.S. military transport plane before takeoff, in a widely shared video that captured the sense of desperation as America’s 20-year war comes to a chaotic end. The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing an end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried…

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Anglican Sexual Abuse Victim “Held Hostage By Boyfriend”

Investigations into the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland sex scandal incriminating a senior cleric have stalled as the complainant is reportedly being held hostage by her boyfriend. The church’s education secretary, Reverend Edmond Zambe Samutereko is accused of bedding Maria Mwandirozva of Palmerstone, Mutare, while she was a student on attachment in the diocese’s accounts section. Rev Samutereko and Mwandirozva’d illicit affair was exposed by the latter’s boyfriend, Farari Hokoyo, after he had bumped into some lurid messages in his girlfriend’s cellphone. When contacted for comment by The Manica Post, Anglican Diocese…

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MDC Alliance Congratulates Zambia’s President-Elect Hichilema

The MDC Alliance has congratulated Zambia’s President-Elect, Hakainde Hichilema, and the United Party for National Development (UPND), following his victory in the southern African country’s presidential election held last Thursday. In a statement on Monday morning, MDC Alliance Secretary for International Relations, Gladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo, said Hichilema’s victory is a triumph for democracy in light of the growing authoritarian consolidation in some regional countries. Pindula News is publishing Hlatywayo’s statement in full below: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO ZAMBIA’S PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE UPND PARTY The MDC Alliance extends its warm congratulations to President-Elect Hakainde…

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Chicken Inn Manager, Guard Fake Robbery, Steal Money

A shift manager at a fast-food outlet, Chicken Inn, staged a fake robbery with the help of a security guard and stole US$1 730 from a safe. The manager, Talent Mushoshoma, is being sought by police while his accomplice Robson Tawanda Chiriseri, 26, appeared before the courts on Wednesday charged with unlawful entry in aggravated circumstances. The court heard that the duo allegedly hatched a plan to steal from a Chicken Inn outlet in Chisipite, Harare. Sometime during the night of August 6, Chiriseri, who is employed by Blackshark Security,…

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Majority Of Churches Fail To Resume In-person Services

There was a low turnout at the few churches that reopened on Sunday despite the government giving the green light to all churches to resume in-person services, albeit only for fully vaccinated worshippers. A countrywide survey conducted by NewsDay on Sunday showed that most traditional churches like the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Reformed Church in Zimbabwe, among others, did not conduct services. Church leaders said their church members stayed at home since most of them had not been fully vaccinated, while others were still making preparations for full compliance with government regulations.…

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Govt, Teachers Meet Over Schools Reopening

The government says it has allocated ZWL$500 million to schools as part of its commitment to ensuring that they reopen in a safe environment for both learners and teachers. Last week (Friday), government representatives and teachers’ unions held a virtual meeting where the teachers’ representatives managed, for the first time, to air their grievances. Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro told NewsDay that the government will also speak with different teachers’ unions on the way forward. Said Ndoro: The ministry has always been concerned with ensuring quality education in…

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Zambia’s Opposition Candidate Hichilema Wins Presidential Election

Zambia’s opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema won the country’s presidential election, defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu, the southern African nation’s election commission announced early on Monday. With 155 of 156 constituencies reporting, Hichilema, the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader, secured more than 2.8 million votes, while Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) was in second place with over 1.8 million votes in the vote held last Thursday. Hichilema (59) had been leading in exit polls and preliminary election results released throughout the weekend. Electoral commission chairman Justice Esau Chulu said…

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Mnangagwa Aborts Mutare Trip As Helicopter Fails To Land

NewZimbabwe has reported that President Emerson Mnangagwa’s helicopter was Saturday forced to return to Harare after failing to land in Mutare due to thick fog. The publication further reports that security personnel recommended that the trip be aborted as they feared that the chopper could crash. Mnangagwa was scheduled to officially open an oxygen production plant in the mountainous border city. The oxygen plant was established by Verify Engineering (VE) located at Feruka Oil Refinery in the eastern border town of Mutare with the aid of Indian engineers and the…

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Zimbabwe Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update: 15 August 2021

Here is the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Situation Report or Update for Zimbabwe by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) on 15 August 2021: New cases: 235 Local Cases: 235 Returnees: 0 Deaths: 19 Hotspots: Cases in areas previously designated as hotspots have been declining due to public health control measures being implemented as surveillance continues in these areas. Vaccinations: 28 015 (first dose); 26 334 (second dose) Total Cumulative Vaccinations: 2 064 314  (first dose); 1 224 715 (second dose) Tests: 3 733 (Positivity today was 6.3%) Recoveries: 607; National Recovery Rate: 80% Active Cases: 18 656 Total Cumulative Cases: 120 088 Total Recoveries: 97 327…

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