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Zimbabwe Election 2018: Who Will Win Zimbabwe Election? Who Is The President?

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Zimbabweans have headed to the polls today in the first election since long-time president Robert Mugabe was ousted last year. So who will win and who is the current president?

Zimbabweans hope this watershed vote will serve to breathe life back into the economy and improve the country’s global standing.

The country’s founding president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup last year, after a four-decade repressive rule riddled with corruption, diplomatic isolation and accusations of war crimes.

Once one of Africa’s most promising economies, Zimbabwe was plunged into crisis which resulted in unprecedented poverty across the nation.

The main contenders in today’s election are current president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over after the coup, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Polls give Mr Mnangagwa, and his ruling Zanu-PF party, a narrow lead over Mr Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance.

Mr Mnangagwa is nicknamed ‘The Crocodile’ for his political cunning and is hoping for the election to legitimise his hold on power.

Mr Chamisa, 40, could become Zimbabwe’s youngest ever president if elected.

Former president Mr Mugabe, 94, during a surprise press conference on Sunday, indicated support for Mr Chamisa rather than back the man who ousted him.

He said: “I cannot vote for those who tormented me. ”I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.”

Mr Chamisa, a pastor who became an MP at 25, has promised to rebuild Zimbabwe’s failed economy.

However, he has been criticised for making unrealistic promises, such as the introduction of a high-speed bullet train and bringing the Olympics to Zimbabwe.

Mr Mnangagwa has responded to Mr Mugabe’s support of the opposition, saying: “It is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe, we can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation.”

Mr Mnangagwa has survived numerous assassination attempts since coming to power, which he blames on supporters of Mr Mugabe.

He has pledged to boost the economy, woo foreign investors and create jobs.

However, Mr Mnangagwa is associated with some of the worst atrocities committed under his former boss, Mr Mugabe, during his time at the helm of Zanu-PF.

He was heavily involved in the country’s 1980s civil conflict, in which thousands of civilians were slaughtered, though he denies any involvement in the massacres.

About 5.5 million people have registered to vote today and almost half of those are under 35.

Long lines of voters have gathered outside polling stations in the cities as well as rural areas.

After an exciting moment for Zimbabweans when the Mugabe era ended last year, voters now have the opportunity to take their country’s future in their own hands.

Voters will not only vote for a new president today, they will also elect an MP and councillor.

Results are expected to start coming in throughout the course of the night but Zimbabwean law allows five days before results are announced.

 

Daily express

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Kagame Critic Found Dead Mysteriously

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The deceased was Victoire Ingabire's (pictured) spokesperson. Courtesy photo

The spokesman for leading Rwandan opposition politician Victoire Ingabire has been found dead, a government official said on Sunday.

It was not immediately clear how 30-year-old Anselme Mutuyimana had died.

Twenty-five years after a genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, Rwandan President Paul Kagame has won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery

But he has also faced mounting criticism for what human rights groups say are widespread abuses, a muzzling of independent media, and suppression of political opposition. He denies those charges.

Several dissidents have been found dead inside Rwanda and in exile in unsolved cases in recent years.

Rwandan authorities said they were investigating the death.

“The investigation has started. No suspects so far,” said the spokesman for the Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Modeste Mbabazi.

Mutuyimana’s elder brother Augustin Tubanambazi told Reuters that the body had no visible wounds, but had blood in its mouth.

In 2010, the Democratic Green Party’s vice president, Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, was found dead.

In 2014, exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in a Johannesburg hotel room.

Ingabire, who returned from the Netherlands to contest a presidential election in 2010, had previously served six years of a 15-year sentence for inciting insurrection.

She said another official from her FDU-Inking party, Jean Damascene Habarugira, had been found dead two years ago and the crime had never been solved.

“We need justice,” Ingabire said.

She said witnesses had described men in police uniforms in a red car detaining Mutuyimana in the western Mahoko area.

Police did not return calls seeking comment on that report.

By Reuters

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Man Dies After Seventh Round In Sex Competition

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A middle-aged man, simply known as Davy, has died in a popular hotel in Ikotun area of Lagos State Nigeria during a sex competition with a lady identified as Loveth.

It was gathered that the late Davy had argued with Loveth on who can last longer in a sex bout.

Both claimed they were stronger and refused to admit defeat.

During the argument, Davy staked N50,000 on the condition that if Loveth defeats him during the romp, she will take the money.

Loveth agreed, moved into the hotel and booked for a chalet.

It was gathered that while the marathon sex lasted, Davy pulled through to the sixth round but Loveth was unshaken till the seventh round when he collapsed and died on top of her.

She then raised the alarm and contacted the hotel management, who handed her over to the Ikotun Police Division while the body of the deceased was deposited at an undisclosed hospital for autopsy.

Loveth was later transferred to the SCIID Panti, Yaba, where she told investigators what transpired between her and the late Davy. Thefate of Loveth will depend on the outcome of the autopsy.

 

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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Rwanda Government Critic Diane Rwigara Acquitted

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Diane Rwigara is a prominent critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame

A Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery.

Ms Rwigara was imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential elections against the long-standing incumbent Paul Kagame and the 37-year-old opposition leader faced up to 22 years in prison for charges she said were politically motivated.

A three-judge panel told a packed room all the charges were “baseless”. Since her arrest, Ms Rwigara’s family have been subject to interrogations and their family assets forcibly auctioned. “I am very happy with the verdict,” said Ms Rwigara,who has been out on bail since October. “I am continuing with my political journey because there’s still a lot that needs to be done in our country.”

During the hearings, the businesswoman asserted that Rwanda’s economy was mainly controlled by the governing party’s elite. “Everything I talked about in the past has not been resolved. There are still many political prisoners in the country,” she told journalists after the high court ruling.

Ms Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his party’s unyielding grip on power since it assumed control after the country’s civil war and it’s a big win for the young opposition leader. Diane Rwigara always maintained that the accusations against her were politically motivated.US politicians and human rights advocates urged the court to drop the charges and it did, citing lack of evidence.

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