Zimbabwe: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 5:19 am
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has appointed his son-in-law as the Chief Operations officer at Air Zimbabwe, a move that sparked anger from the opposition that the long-serving leader has reduced the country to family control. Simba Chikore, husband to the veteran leader’s only daughter, Bona Mugabe, claims to be a trained pilot and worked at Emirates and Qatar Airways, claims that the two airlines have denied.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
Staff, 4:45 am
Many innovations in Africa fail to materialize due to of lack of knowledge about registering intellectual property. Resident applications for patents are low in African countries. In 2014, there were 132 patent applications in Kenya, 14 in Zambia and five in Rwanda compared to over 280,000 in the U.S. and 19,000 in the U.K. The registration of copyright in many African countries has not taken off and this data is not taken into account in economic surveys. Microsoft’a online IP registration system replaces traditional paper-based forms.
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
Dana Sanchez, 12:04 pm
The Chinese have entered many sectors of the economy under Zimbabwe’s Look East policy, but until recently avoided white-owned farms liberated by Mugabe. Chinese are now investing in tobacco production, growing it on formerly white-owned farms, and paying rent to landowners who were given farms seized by Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF. Mugabe’s disastrous land reforms caused agricultural production to nosedive. Now there are plenty of jobs in the tobacco-growing district, a worker said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:12 pm
All the big geopolitical players are refining their transition strategies and post-Mugabe plans. Two transitional bailout plans — one from Western backers and another from China — are being refined in anticipation of the post-Mugabe era. The Western package underwrites Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ascendancy while the Chinese deal is largely designed to shore up First Lady Grace Mugabe and her Zanu PF faction’s political ambitions, according to local Zimbabwean media.
Dana Sanchez, 4:43 pm
Zimbabwean journalists keep count of the number of times President Robert Mugabe has fallen asleep during meetings – 11 – and wonder how he’ll stay awake for the long sessions at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly. Mugabe left Harare Wednesday for the U.S. and Venezuela, seen off by Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Exiled Zimbabwean Pastor and social media campaigner Evan Mawarire is organizing week-long protests in the U.S., and wants Zimbabwean Americans to join him. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, is also expected to be there.
Keren Mikva, 8:47 pm AFKI Original
Mc Bright Kavari created a niche for his firm, Classic Fashion, as an elegant and dramatic fashion brand in Namibia. Kavari uses modern African styles combined with European-style twists, and loves to bend the norm and explore unique and untried ideas. An African fashion reception is underway through Sept. 15 at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa showcasing designers from across the continent. Top designers — one each from 30 African countries — will be represented.
Staff, 7:37 am
The world of giraffe conservation just got turned upside down. The identification of new giraffe species reveals how endangered some of these populations have become. There are less than 4,750 northern giraffe in the wild, and less than 8,700 reticulated giraffe, making them them some of the most endangered large mammals in the world. This requires doubling protection efforts to secure these populations, a stakeholder said. Of the four species, only two appear to be fairly healthy.
Africa is a continent where, at least outwardly, we like to celebrate our diversity—the rich variety that can be found in our many cultures, languages, fashions, flora and fauna. That’s why it’s perplexing to see such a large segment of the African population depending on a very small number of food crops, like maize, rice and wheat. And it’s more than just boring to the palate. It’s severely diminishing the quality of our diets and making our farming systems more vulnerable, especially during severe droughts like the one that hit Southern Africa this year.
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