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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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Prophet Makes His Sheep Drink JIK In Church As A Sign Of Faith, Six Dead

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Six people have been confirmed dead while four are in critical condition after South African Prophet Rufus Phala allegedly gave them Jik, a household bleach to drink as a sign of faith during a church service.
Recently, the same prophet made his church members drink Dettol, claiming the antiseptic liquid will heal their sickness.


According to Daily Sun SA, Prophet Rufus had told the congregation to drink the disinfectant, promising they would be healed of their sickness.
“I know Dettol is harmful, but God instructed me to use it. I was the first one to drink it,” he claimed, adding that he had been getting WhatsApp messages from people who said they had been healed.

Police are investigating the incident.

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Magufuli Tells Women To Give Up On Contraceptives

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Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli has urged Tanzanian women to “give up contraceptive methods” insisting his country needs more people.

According to The Citizen daily newspaper, Magufuli said, “You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania.”

“I have travelled to Europe and elsewhere and have seen the harmful effects of birth control. Some countries are now facing declining population growth. They are short of manpower.”

Magufuli urged Tanzanians to ignore bad advice disseminated by outsiders saying: “It is important to reproduce.”

“Women can now give up contraceptive methods,” he added.

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Uhuru Off  To The US Ahead Of His Meeting With Trump.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta departs from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

 

 

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has left for Washington DC ahead of his meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday.

The plane carrying Uhuru and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after midnight.

DP William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior government officials in seeing off the President.

During his visit to the US, Uhuru will visit the White House at the invitation of the US President with whom the Kenyan Head of State will hold talks on a wide array of subjects among them trade and regional security.

Over the years, Kenya has remained a strategic and key partner of the US in the management of peace and security in Eastern Africa covering the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions where the country is at the core of restoring peace and stability in South Sudan.

In Somalia, the Kenyan armed forces are involved in the fight against the Alshabab terrorist group under AMISOM.

Besides trade and regional security, the two will discuss ways of strengthening the blossoming Kenya-US relations focusing on the two nations’ shared democratic values and mutual interests.

The Uhuru-Trump meeting comes at an opportune time for Kenya considering that Uhuru is currently involved in implementing programs to bolster trade and investments in the country through his administration’s Big 4 development agenda.

The Kenyatta and Trump meeting is a major boost for Kenya’s tourism and aviation sectors as it happens just weeks before the commencement of direct flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to New York in October this year.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma who is already in the US on Thursday met with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ahead of the meeting between the two presidents.

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