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 Chinese Firm, ZCTU Clash Over Workers’ ‘Slave’ Abuses

A Chinese Ceramic tiles manufacturing company, Sunny Yi Feng has clashed with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) over claims of workers’ rights abuses which involve imposing “slave” punishments for violating work protocols. ZCTU president, Peter Mutasa said on Wednesday that they visited the company early this month, and documented, from the workers, horrible accounts of labour abuses.He alleged that The company used chemicals in the manufacture of ceramic tiles and in the process female workers end up collapsing. The company also uses a system where it uses forklifts to carry workers who would have collapsed out of the factory. Which is inhumane. The case is still on going and we will keep you updated.

Botswana says it has found the world’s ‘third largest’ diamond.

A diamond believed to be the third largest ever found has been put on display in Botswana.The stone – weighing 1,098 carats – was shown to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, two weeks after the diamond firm, Debswana, unearthed it.The huge gem is only slightly less heavy than the world’s second-largest diamond which was also found in Botswana in 2015.

Botswana is Africa’s largest producer of diamonds.This is the largest diamond to be recovered by Debswana in its history of over 50 years in operation,Debswana is a joint venture between the government and global diamond giant De Beers and up to 80% of the income from sales goes to state coffers through dividends, royalties and taxes.

Africa Cup of Nations to take place as planned in Cameroon.

The African Cup of Nations (CAN) will take place as planned in Cameroon in January 2022. During a 48 hour visit to the Central African country, CAF Secretary General Véron Mosengo-Omba dismissed rumours that said Cameroon could once more be stripped of hosting the continent’s biggest sporting competition by the Confederation of African Football, as it was the case in like it did in 2019.Cameroon is a football country like no other, and would be the perfect fit for such a huge Africa event.The African Cup of Nations will begin on January 9 and conclude on February 6 with the final in its  capital city Yaounde.

Benin’s world record-holding graffiti mural celebrates Dahomey Kingdom.

Cotonou is home to the visual spectacle that is Africa’s longest graffiti mural. The wall is a sort of outdoor museum of more than 940 meters in length obtaining a world record title for the West African country.The artistic festival has the underlying mission to garner more artistic colour to the walls of Cotonou that  tell the rich story of and pay homage to, the essence of Benin’s ancient kingdom of Dahomey .Africa’s longest graffiti wall  which has already received the appreciation of the Beninese authorities, does not only celebrate the country’s historical blueprint but like the 2020 cultural renovation project of the nation’s historic Ouidah Fort , will also give a cultural boost to Benin’s tourism sector.

ICC New Chief Prosecutor Divides Opinions in Africa.

Karim Khan, the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is a controversial figure. Some in Africa loathe him for defending war criminals, others view him as a hero for representing oppressed victims.Kenyans remember Khan for representing former Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura and current Deputy President William Ruto in 2011 at the International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno Ocampo, then the ICC’s chief prosecutor had built a case charging that Ruto committed crimes against humanity during Kenya’s 2007-2008 postelection violence.Khan has been quoted as saying that it is not unusual to appear for both sides in a legal career. Such flexibility, he argued, helps to stay grounded, while preventing the defense counsel from being seen as the devil’s spawn or the prosecution as a divine task.

Ethiopia rejects Arab League resolution on Renaissance Dam.

Ethiopia has rejected an Arab League resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a lingering dispute between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a massive dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile, the Nile River’s main tributary.Foreign ministers of the 22-member bloc met in the Qatari capital Doha on Tuesday in the latest effort by Cairo and Khartoum to reach an agreement on the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power generation on the dam. Egypt relies on the river for as much as 90 percent of its freshwater and sees the new dam as an existential threat. Sudan is concerned about the operation of its own Nile dams and water station.