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Zimbabwe Arrests 100,000 For Flouting Lockdown Rules

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Zimbabwe Arrests 100,000 For Flouting Lockdown Rules

The Zimbabwean police say they have arrested at least 100,000 persons for flouting lockdown rules.

The figure spans from march till date.

Law enforcement says the individuals were picked up for violating regulations aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Nearly 1,000 persons were reportedly arrested over the weekend for what authorities call “unnecessary movement” or for not wearing face masks.

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Critics accuse the government of using the measures to target the opposition and arrest activists, a charge the government has denied.

Lockdown restrictions have been eased partially in Zimbabwe, where 1,500 covid-19 infections have been confirmed, including 25 deaths.

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Meanwhile, opposition and civil society groups say they are mobilizing nationwide protests on July 31 to demand president Emmerson Mnangagwa steps down.

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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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