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World Marks Food Day to Eradicate starvation

As the world marks World Food Day on the 16th of October, the United Nations has urged people around the world to join in...

Mnangagwa tells Zimbabwe MP’s off over discussions on VP house

Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has once more come to the defense of his colleague, vice president Phelekezela Mphoko’s, for his continued stay in a costly hotel funded by the country’s taxpayers. Mnangagwa reportedly said that the issue should not be discussed in parliament. Mphoko, one of Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents appointed by Robert Mugabe last year checked into the executive suite of the five-star Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare in December, and has continued to stay there with his family. The government on the other end has claimed it wants to cut costs and was already carrying out staff and pensioner audits, it is reported. This is not the first time the government has come to the defense of Mphoko’s stay in the luxurious hotel suite. In March, local media reported that Mnangagwa had announced that his counterpart would still stay in the hotel as his house was still under construction. "VP Mphoko's house is being constructed and once painting is finished, he will stay there," Southern Eye quoted Mnangagwa as saying at the time. Interestingly, it was also reported that Mnangagwa hinted that the government house being used by former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai could not be occupied by Mphoko as it did not befit his status. In January, local media again reported that Mphoko’s wife, Laurinda had rejected three houses, among them a mansion in Harare worth $3m, claiming that it was too small for a person of the VP’s stature.

Construction of East Africa’s biggest port begins in Tanzania

The construction of east Africa’s biggest port has begun in Tanzania. The new facility in Bagamoyo is projected to cost an estimated $11bn, with much of the funding for the construction coming from the Chinese Merchant Bank. The construction is expected to be completed in two years upon which operations will begin. The new port will handle double the capacity of the current port in Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo is currently a sleepy town that lies 60km north of Dar es Salaam.

Albinos in more danger as elections loom across Africa

Incidences of attacks on albinos are on the rise in Africa, and are blamed on a growing demand from political hopefuls, who use their body parts in black magic rituals, believing this will boost their chances of winning the elections, a United Nations human rights expert reportedly says. News24 reports that the United Nations expert said that the attacks on albinos, whose body parts are highly valued in witchcraft and can fetch high prices, have been reported in six countries in the southern and east Africa since August. A young albino woman’s body was found in a shallow grave with most body parts an skin missing. In Kenya, a 56 year-old albino man died after some of his body parts were chopped off in an attack, the UN said. "Persons with albinism are amongst the most vulnerable persons in the region," Ikponwosa Ero, the UN's first human rights expert on albinism, said in a statement. "Today, their woe has been compounded by a constant fear of attacks by people - including family members - who value their body parts more than their life. Witch doctors are reportedly willing to pay as much as $75,000 for a full set of body parts according to a red Cross report. They then use them to make spells believed to bring good luck, luck and wealth. In March, the UN warned that 2015 could be a dangerous years for the albinos in Tanzania as politicians could possibly turn to witchcraft to boost their chances of wining elections in various capacities. At least 75 albinos have been killed in Tanzania since 2000 according to UN figures, many of whom were hacked to death. It is said that some people believe that the albino limbs are more potent if the victims scream during amputation, according to a 2013 UN report. Albinism is a congenital disorder affecting about one in 20 000 people worldwide who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes. It is more common in sub-Saharan Africa and affects about one Tanzanian in 1 400. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4fcTMMmyOg

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