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Kenyan blogger: 'I thought I may never make it out of Qatar'

A Kenyan blogger who wrote about working conditions in Qatar was thrown into solitary confinement, given a huge fine and deported.

Uganda: Activists Start Campaign to Regulate Processed Fats

[Monitor] Health activists under their umbrella, Uganda National Health Consumers' Organisation, (UNHCO) Thursday started a campaign "to get the country on track to regulate and replace the use and consumption of industrially-processed fats also known as trans-fats."

Somali President Farmajo cuts PM Roble's powers amid row over missing spy

The president cuts the prime minister's powers, raising fears of renewed armed conflict in Mogadishu.

Zimbabwe: President Appoints New Chair for Justice Mabhikwa Tribunal

[The Herald] President Mnangagwa has appointed retired judge Justice November Mtshiya to chair the tribunal to investigate the suitability of suspended High Court Justice Thompson Mabhikwa to hold a judicial office and extended the life span of the tribunal by another six months.

Namibia: Oshiputu Lays Community Clinic Foundation

[New Era] The community of Oshiputu in the Anamulenge constituency laid their first brick on the construction of a clinic at their village.

Zimbabwe: President Hands Over Buses to Security Sector

[The Herald] PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has handed over five buses to the country's security establishment and pledged to secure more to improve the transport situation for members of the uniformed forces.

Africa: Covax Forced to Slash Covid-19 Vaccine Deliveries Due to 500-Million Shortfall

[WHO-AFRO] Brazzaville -- As the COVAX Facility is forced to slash planned COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Africa by around 150 million this year, the continent faces almost 500 million doses short of the global year-end target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population. This shortfall comes as Africa tops 8 million COVID-19 cases this week.With the cutback COVAX is now expected to deliver 470 million doses to Africa this year. These will be enough to vaccinate just 17% of the population, far below the 40% target. An additional 470

Namibia: Americans Claim Police Search Was Illegal

[Namibian] THE two American men charged over the killing of a young Namibian in Windhoek near the start of 2011 want evidence obtained during a search of their room in a guest house in the city to be excluded from their trial.

Zimbabwe: Suspended Harare Mayor Mafume Trial Set for October 18

[The Herald] HARARE regional magistrate Mr Stanford Mambanje has set next month as the trial date for suspended Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume, who is alleged to have corruptly allocated residential stands to his sister and his law firm's secretary.

Cameroon: African Leopard Sighting Raises Hopes for Their Conservation in South

[The Conversation Africa] In recent years, ecologists have been able to confirm the existence of species previously thought to be lost from former parts of their range.

Namibia: Inflation Ticks Lower in August

[Namibia Economist] Namibia's inflation slowed to 3.4% in August on the back of a 4% increase in prices seen in July, the latest data by the Namibian Statistics Agency shows.

Zimbabwe: Premier Soccer League Returns in October

[The Herald] THE Premier Soccer League is expected to start on October 20, ending a two-year hiatus that was due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Namibia: Seven Shortlisted for Fishcor Top Job

[Namibian] SEVEN people have been shortlisted for the position of chief executive officer (CEO) at the corruption-tainted National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).

Zimbabwe: Conductor Killer in Court

[The Herald] A Harare security guard, Campion Marowa (35) accused of gunning down a 22-year-old woman conductor on a Zupco-franchised bus at Kadada Shops in Dzivarasekwa 4 in the capital on Monday will appear at the Harare Magistrates Court today on murder charges.

Namibia: Americans' Murder Trial Goes Into Mini Trial

[New Era] The trial of two American citizens, accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in 2011, is in a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of a search conducted at a guesthouse room they occupied.

Zimbabwe: Consumption of Wild Animal Meat Increases Risk of Zoonotic Diseases - UN Report

[The Herald] The taking of animals for wild meat consumption poses significant threats of spreading diseases from animals to humans such as coronavirus into the human population, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday this week.

Zimbabwe: Masvingo High Court Acquits Convicted Rural Teacher

[263Chat] Masvingo High Court Judges, Justice Sunsley Zisengwe and Justice Garainesu Mawadze have quashed conviction and 16-month imprisonment of Shilla Chisirumunhu, a teacher, who was convicted in 2020 for participating in a protest demanding improved salaries and working conditions for teachers.

Zimbabwe: Gains of the Liberation Struggle Long Forgotten - ERC

[263Chat] Election advocacy group the Election Resource Centre (ERC) says gains of the liberation struggle have long been forgotten as the country continues to endure human rights violations reminiscent of the colonial era.

Africa: Zambia to Benefit From Hosting AU Summit

[Times of Zambia] The upcoming African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit which Zambia is scheduled to host in July next year, will have significant benefits for the tourism industry.

Namibia: FAO Ready to Follow Up On the UN Food Systems Summit

[Namibia Economist] Qu Dongyu -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are approaching; we have to change our agri-food systems urgently and holistically. This transformation requires a systemic approach and our collective action - Hand in Hand by producers, distributors and consumers, together with governments, private sector, academia and civil society.