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Fri, 06 Apr 2018
WATCH: MNANGAGWA PRESIDENCY IS ILLEGAL, SAYS MUGABE

Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from independence in the 1980s until he stepped down under pressure from the military last year.

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe says he never thought the country’s new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe from independence in the 1980s until he stepped down under pressure from the military last year.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday night, Mugabe described his removal as a “coup”.

He says Mnangagwa assumed the presidency illegally.

“I don’t hate Emmerson. I brought him into government. I want to work with him, but he must be proper. He is improper where he is, illegal.”

Mugabe says he will never stop fighting for the country following his ousting.

WATCH: Robert Mugabe: It was truly a military takeover

Source: http://ewn.co.za/2018/03/16/mnangagwa-presidency-is-illegal-says-mugabe

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Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Listeria outbreak: SA neighbours ban meat exports

Four countries in southern Africa on Monday took steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world’s worst-ever listeria outbreak.

Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products. Botswana said it was recalling the items “with immediate effect”, while Zambia called on South African retail chains in its country to pull the incriminated goods from local shelves.

Since January 2017, 948 people in South Africa have contracted listeriosis – a disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and animal faeces which can contaminate fresh food, notably meat.

At least 180 have died, according to official figures.

Health officials say the source of the outbreak was an Enterprise Food plant, 300km northeast of the South African capital of Pretoria.

Queues formed outside Enterprise sites in South Africa as angry consumers and small retailers gathered to demand refunds on their purchases of ready-to-eat meat products that include polony -a local version of baloney sausage – sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages.

“I’ve eaten already some polony and Russian (sausage). I don’t know, maybe I can get some disease,” said taxi driver Bongani Mavuso as he queued outside Enterprise’s factory shop in Germiston, Johannesburg to seek a refund. “I’m just coming to collect my money.”

On Sunday, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi took the unprecedented step of advising South Africans to avoid eating all processed meat products sold as “ready to eat” after announcing Enterprise as the outbreak’s source.

The Department of Health ordered retailers to immediately recall affected products.

The chief executive of Tiger Brands, which owns Enterprise, denied that its products had been shown to be responsible for the deaths.

“There is no direct link with the deaths to our products,” Lawrence MacDougall told a news conference.

‘Devastating’ to be linked to outbreak 

MacDougall did acknowledge that the government had linked the ST6 strain of listeria bacteria detected in Enterprise facilities with the outbreak that has resulted in 180 deaths.

“We are being extra cautious and vigilant, we are recalling all products made from the two facilities affected,” he said, adding that the government had only ordered the company to withdraw three product lines.

“Any loss of life is tragic. It is devastating for me to have our products linked to this outbreak.”

Enterprise-branded products accounted for 28.2 percent of processed meat sales in South Africa in 2017. The local market was worth 6.02 billion rand ($500 million) last year alone.

Tiger Brands, one of South Africa’s food giants, made pre-tax profits of 4.27 billion rands ($360 million) in 2017.

South Africa’s two largest supermarket operators, Shoprite and Pick n Pay, have also pulled products made by Rainbow Chickens after Motsoaledi confirmed that listeria had been identified in samples taken from one of its facilities.

Additional precautionary measure

Motsoaledi said on Sunday that Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken’s registration to export their products outside of South Africa had been temporarily suspended. Namibia also said it was suspending imports from Rainbow Chickens.

As fears of listeria continued to rise in South Africa, several other smaller food retailers have also announced [...]

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Fri, 02 Mar 2018
‘Angry and bitter’ Mugabe says Mnangagwa ‘must apologise’...

A bitter Robert Mugabe says new President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his allies should apologise for last year’s military operation that ousted him from power – and he doesn’t think Zanu-PF will win this year’s polls.

Mugabe made the comments at a private party held for him on Saturday at his Harare mansion to celebrate his 94th birthday.

“They must accept and apologise that what they did was wrong,” the private Standard newspaper quoted Mugabe as telling guests, who included ex-members of Mugabe’s former cabinet.

Can they be trusted again?

He revealed that the ruling party still wanted to work with him ahead of elections due in July, but asked: “Can they be trusted again? Can our people vote for such a Zanu-PF, a Zanu-PF which shredded the constitution? I don’t know.”

Mugabe was persuaded to step down last November in the wake of an army takeover. Parliament had already begun a process to impeach him.

‘Anger and bitterness’

Commented prominent newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube on Twitter: “In his speech at this 94th birthday celebrations Robert Mugabe sounds like he will start an opposition political party. Anger and bitterness have overtaken him.”

The head of the AU commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat visited Zimbabwe last week and told state media that Zimbabwe’s political transition was in line with its laws and constitution.

 

Source: https://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/angry-and-bitter-mugabe-says-mnangagwa-must-apologise-report-20180226

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