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Zimbabwe To Summon Vatican Representative Over Catholic Bishop’s Alleged Insults

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Zimbabwe government says it has requested a meeting with the Vatican representative in the country to understand whether Catholic bishops in Zimbabwe, who accused the Zimbabwe government of human rights abuses and cracking down on critics, were speaking on behalf of the church.

The bishops’ strongly worded letter, read to congregations on Sunday, said Zimbabwe had a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption and human rights abuses.

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Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has described the pastoral letter written by the Zimbabwe catholic bishops conference last weekend as inappropriately prescriptive and grossly disrespectful. Ziyambi said Harare authorities took offence to the bishops’ description of the government, headed by Mugabe’s replacement, president Emmerson Mnangagwa, the minister says the letter lacks the knowledge, skill or emotional stability to resolve Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems.

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He said, the “government is compelled to engage the Vatican in order to ascertain whether such statements reflect the official attitude of the holy see towards Zimbabwe’s leadership, or whether these are merely the views of the various individuals concerned.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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