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Zim needs new constitution before the next elections

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THERE are a few countries in the world that polarise public opinion more than Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe’s utterances often appear to be crafted to cause controversy. So it was in recent weeks that he added antagonism and hostility to the political debate by remarking that a violent-free election is better than a new constitution. Since those remarks, Zimbabweans across the political divide have been angrily trying to come to terms with the merits and demerits of Mugabe’s dubious proposition. Mugabe is correct in saying Zimbabweans hanker for a violence-free election, but I smell a rat here. It is not the rodent that interests me in Mugabe’s remarks, but rather his sleight of hand in creating the false impression that the choice is between a violence-free election and a new constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Unfair mining agreements depriving Africa of enough earnings from gold revenues – AfDB

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Africa is not cashing in enough from its large gold resources, despite the spiralling price of the metal over recent years, a working paper published by the African Development Bank (AfDB) April 12, 2012 has said. The paper, entitled ‘Gold Mining in Africa: Maximizing Economic Returns for Countries’, points out that gold mining is a significant activity in at least 34 of the continent’s 54 countries. Read more.


Pro-democracy church goers arrested in Swaziland

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Swazi riot police detained at least seven activists on Saturday while on their way to a pro-democracy church service in the central city of Manzini, one of the activists said. Wandile Dludlu from the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) and head of the banned People's United Democratic Movement (Pudemo) opposition Mario Masuku were among those held, Dludlu told AFP. Read more.


US choice Jim Yong Kim is new World Bank chief

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Dr. Kim World Bank PresidentUS nominee Jim Yong Kim has been chosen as the new president of the World Bank. The Korean-American health expert is president of Dartmouth College in the US state of New Hampshire. He faced a strong challenge for the post, which has traditionally gone to an American, from Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Dr Kim will succeed Robert Zoellick, serving a five-year term beginning on 1 July, the World Bank said in a statement. Read more.


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