Police in Zimbabwe has banned a planned march by the country’s main opposition in the city of Bulawayo, days after brutally dispersing protesters who defied a similar order in the capital.
Paul Nyathi, spokesman for the police, told reporters on Sunday that a “prohibition order” was issued in Bulawayo “due to security concerns”.
Monday’s now-banned protest, organised by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was over worsening economic conditions and the jailing of Chief Ndiweni, a known critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Nyathi said various business groups had appealed to the high court “not to allow the march to proceed as a number of these organisations lost their properties in January when similar protests were held”.
In a notice banning the demonstration, the police added: “Ordinary citizens in the country are experiencing hardships so any call for the demonstrations might be taken advantage of by the already agitated citizens and violence may erupt.”
Police imposed a similar protest ban last week after the MDC called for protests beginning in the capital, Harare, over the government’s handling of the economy.
The MDC challenged the ban in the high court early on Friday but judges upheld the order.
Scores of protesters, many of them from the MDC, defied the ban and gathered in a square where the march was supposed to start.
Demanding an end to Mnangagwa’s rule, protesters decried a severe and deepening economic crisis that has led to skyrocketing inflation for basic goods like fuel, while wages have remained stagnant.
Police used batons, whips and tear gas to disperse the protesters, wounding several people. Dozens of people were arrested.
Friday’s protests were the first since Mnangagwa’s decision to increase fuel prices by more than 100 percent sparked nationwide demonstrations in January. At the time, at least 17 people were killed and several wounded when soldiers opened fire.
Nelson Chamisa, leader of the MDC, said on Friday that his party would continue to mobilise against the government but that it wanted to avoid “blood in the streets”.
The demonstrations are viewed as a test of Mnangagwa’s willingness to tolerate dissent in a country with a long history of repression under his predecessor Robert Mugabe, who ruled for nearly 40 years.
Despite Mnangagwa’s campaign promise to revive the economy, Zimbabweans say things have gone from bad to worse with shortages of bread, fuel, medical drugs and other goods and the skyrocketing cost of living.
According to the United Nations, about five million Zimbabweans are in need of food aid. – Al Jazeera.
Young Nigerian musician, Olanrewaju PelePele allegedly commits suicide one week after talking about his battle with depression online (Graphic Photo)
About 10 days ago, this young Nigerian rapper and singer, Olanrewaju Pelepele shared an emotional video online talking about how depressed he was and his plans to take his own life.
At the time, he wasn’t taken serious and now, he has made good on his promise and has taken his life.
He was found stone cold dead in his apartment on Friday, September 20th 2019. His death stems from his long battle with depression and his inability to fully break into the Nigerian music industry despite 10years of hard work.
Pele pele Committed sucide today ; depression amongst Nigerian artistes is real… blown or not ; always be kind . This shit hurt sha
— Ayodeji (@AyoJaguda) September 20, 2019
It’s sad that nobody’s talking about Pelepele? May God forgive his sins????? Suicide shouldn’t be the answer to the things you’re going through pic.twitter.com/T6m7PcMhOe
— ÓGBÉNÍ AGÙNTÁÁSÒLÒ ??? (@ThatTallPR) September 20, 2019
Dear upcoming artist,your time will come as long as you don’t give up.,Suicide is never an option , never!! despite over 10years of struggle?, OLANREWAJU PELEPELE, rip???, pic.twitter.com/ae07Z6jEM9
— I.Q (@Jager_420) September 20, 2019
Lizzy Anjorin and Toyin Abraham receive last warning by senior colleagues over social media fight
The President of the Theatre Arts and Movement Photos Affiliation of Nigeria (TAMPAN) Bolaji Amusan and filmmaker, Yinka Quadri have despatched out a final warning to Lizzy Anjorin and Toyin Abraham over their a lot publicized beef which has made headlines in the previous few days.
Recall that the actresses’ Instagram outburst stemmed from Lizzy Anjorin’s declare of Toyin Abraham trolling her colleagues with pretend accounts and supporting an Instagram consumer that despatched out a false report of being subjected to a drug search at a Saudi airport in opposition to her.
Reacting to the social media fracas, the TAMPAN President said that the actresses can be sanctioned in the event that they go together with the fights on social media. He additionally warned different entertainers in opposition to towing similar lane as similar motion can be meted out to them.
On his personal half, Yinka Quadri appealed to actors and actresses in Yoruba film business to report back to the affiliation in the event that they really feel wronged by their colleague as a substitute of taking it out on social media.
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Fake Blind Woman-Beggar Arrested In Ekiti With 10 Years Old Girl — Lifestyle News
Drama ensued in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Thursday as nemesis
caught up with a popular street beggar Nzube Ekene who pretended to be
The mother of two who often beg for money at the traffic
light around the popular Fajuyi roundabout with a ten year old girl she
trafficked was arrested through the intervention of the chairperson of
the Association of Women Lawyers known as FIDA Mrs Seyi Ojo.
During the arrest Ekene was putting on tattered cloths and a hat that
covers her face thus deceiving members of the public that she is blind.
She usually seat on the floor while the teenage girl goes around to beg
for money from motorists and passengers held on by the traffic light.
Giving her account to Roundoffnews, FIDA chairperson Mrs Seyi Ojo said
she was in the queue of vehicle stopped by the traffic light when the
girl approached her and begged for money a situation she said touched
her heart deeply.
Mrs Ojo said on getting to the office, she
ordered the invitation of the woman with hope of rendering possible
assistance only to discover that she was a fake.
According to her, the woman was well dressed beneath but only covered herself with the rags so as to attract sympathy.
Over eleven thousand naira was found on her as at eleven o’clock in the morning when she was arrested.
The little girl whom she was using to beg for money could not hide her
feelings as she grabbed the FIDA chairperson in joy for rescuing her.
Narrating her ordeal the girl who gave her name as Ada said the woman
came to her mother in Imo state and requested that she go with her to
the Southwest so that she can assist her trading.
She promised to enroll the girl in school which she never did.
Ada said she was surprised after getting to Ado when the woman told her to be begging on her behalf.
According to Ada, she first insisted but the woman beat and threaten her before she succumbed.
She claimed that she had begged the woman overtime to allow her speak
with her mother but she insisted and even tore the book where she had
earlier wrote the number of her mother.
The girl also complained
that the woman was in the habit of maltreating her despite the fact that
they make lots of money on daily basis.
Speaking with Roundoffnews, the fake blind woman- beggar Ekene said she lives in Ikare Ondo State but from I’m State.
She claimed that she was involved in the business to survive due to lack of job.
She confirmed that she lied to Ada’s mother about her job.
As at the time of this report the mother of two has been handed over to NAPTIP for further interr.tion
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