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Zimbabwe

Outrage Over Chinese Mining Project in Resort.

A Chinese company has been granted the rights to carry out mining activities at the Mavuradonha Wilderness monument in Guruve, sparking protests from locals who say it will scuttle tourism opportunities.It could not be immediately established what Afrochine Smelting intends to mine in the area, but locals believe the Chinese want to set up a chrome mine.Villagers and business people that have set up tourist facilities in Mavuradohna say they were not consulted before the company was given the mining rights.The development has resulted in the suspension of the construction of a four-star lodge in the wilderness as it is located at the heart of Afrochine’s mining grant.The Mavuradonha Wilderness was gazetted as a national monument in 2017.

Africa Wide

G-20 Ministers to Discuss Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Development in Africa.

Coronavirus, climate change and food security are on the agenda today as foreign ministers from the G-20 group of nations meet in Italy. The talks in the city of Matera represent the first time the ministers are gathering in person since 2019.The meeting will discuss economic development issues in Africa, including gender equity and opportunities for young people, as well as humanitarian efforts and human rights.

South Africa.

President Zuma could face jail after a corruption inquiry snub.

South Africa’s top court said it would rule today  whether ex-president Jacob Zuma who snubbed an order by the Constitutional Court in January to testify before investigators, is guilty of contempt of court for refusing to appear before a graft panel.The former South African president who was forced to step down in 2018 over corruption scandals, is accused of enabling the stealing of state funds during his almost nine-year stay in office.

Zuma has testified only once, in July 2019, before staging a walkout days later accusing the commission’s chair of bias. Zuma has previously cited medical reasons and preparations for another corruption trial for his repeated no-shows.

CAR

Russian instructors behind abuses in the Country according to UN reports.

Russian instructors sent to the Central African Republic have carried out “indiscriminate killings,” lootings, and occupied schools, according to an annual UN report but  Moscow has  stated that they are unarmed and not involved in fighting.The testimonies detail excessive force which amounts to violations of international humanitarian law, the report has added.On April 18, Moscow acknowledged the deployment in the Central African Republic of 532 instructors and claimed that this number “had never exceeded 550,the experts noted that several sources estimated that this figure was considerably higher, ranging from 800 to 2,100.This estimate does not include 600 additional Russian instructors whose deployment was announced to the UN in May by the Central African Republic.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia declares ceasefire as rebels retake Tigray capital.

Ethiopia’s government declared a unilateral ceasefire in its northern Tigray region after rebel fighters retook Mekelle, the regional capital, following nearly eight months of conflict . The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the former governing party in the region, said on Monday it was back in control of Mekelle, and residents reported seeing troops in Tigray regional uniforms in the city for the first time since November.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had spoken to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and was “hopeful that an effective cessation of hostilities will take place”.

Libya

Gadhafi Son’s Might Seek a Presidential Run in upcoming elections. 

Islam Gadhafi, son of the late Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, hasn’t been seen in public since his rebel captors released him from capture in 2017. But he appears now to be mulling a run for the presidency of the north African country in elections the United Nations and Western powers are pressing for in December. The prospect of Saif figuring in the elections has upset Western diplomats and international democracy advisers, who say Libya’s troubled peace process has enough major obstacles to overcome without Gadhafi’s son. Saif, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war-crime charges, has been talking via intermediaries with Western media. Some Islamists at the forefront of the 2011 uprising are also deeply opposed to a return of a Gaddafi family member.

Togo.

Togo inaugurates the largest solar plant in West Africa.

Togo has launched the largest solar plant in West Africa, some 250 km north of the capital city Lomé. Located in central Togo, this 50-megawatt facility will provide power to more than 158,000 households and save more than one million tonnes of CO2 emissions.The plant was built by AMEA Togo Solar, a subsidiary of Dubai-based AMEA Power. The project received more than 35 billion CFA francs ($63.7 million) in loans from the West African Development Bank and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.Togo, which imports more than half of its energy from Nigeria and Ghana, is banking on solar power to develop access to electricity for its eight million residents.The project is the fruit of the countries  ambition to bring universal access of electricity and provide clean and renewable energy.