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President Mugabe Is Forced To Surrender His Throne … At Last

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2017 has blown in vast winds of change on the African continent. From development projects to a rapid emersion into the promise that technology provides. But some old problems prevail. Most nagging is the seduction of power that has found some African Presidents hanging on to power for decades. However, this year some of that changed as 3 dictators stepped down from their ‘thrones’. Most notable of all has been the 3 was the recent exit of Zimbabwe’s 93 year old President Robert Mugabe, who was the oldest President in the World. The other two countries that saw a similar shift were Angola and The Gambia.

The Ousting Of President Mugabe

The approach used by the military to squeeze President Mugabe out was so ‘elegant’ it gave many of us pause. It felt like a coup but Zimbabwe’s military went on PR overtime to deny it. In spite of their denial there was no escaping the reality that the dictator was being nudged out and was given the opportunity to do so elegantly for the sake of the country. He was also put under pressure to resign with a looming threat of impeachment.

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As luck will have it, President Mugabe got the message loud and clear and did the right thing to prevent chaos and bloodshed as could easily become the result when a leader stubbornly refuses to bow out when he is no longer welcome.

Zimbabwe’s members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe’s resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare.
Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on November 21, 2017 swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980.
/ AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power.

The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.

Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

Mr Mugabe, 93, was until now the world’s oldest leader. He had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests.

Zimbabwe’s challenges are far from over

The letter did not mention who would take over from Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980.

The constitution says it should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko, a supporter of Grace Mugabe, Mr Mugabe’s wife.

FILE PHOTO: President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a rally of his ruling ZANU (PF) in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

But many see it as likely that former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe’s chief rival and a man whose sacking earlier this month triggered the crisis, will be the next president.

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South African Teacher Sends Photo To Parents And Gets This Unexpected Reaction

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A teacher at South African school, Laerskool Schweizer Reneke, took this photo and shared it with parents on WhatsApp in an effort to reassure them that their children’s first day of school was going smoothly. However, the teacher did not have the intended outcome as the photo revealed a detail that was unexpected. The students were separated by race in the classroom.

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Students at Laerskool Schweizer were sent back home after South Africa’s North West Education Department suspended the teacher,
Ellen Barkhuizen, who is suspected to have separated the children according to race at the school.

Barkhuizen is reported to have taken the photo of the separated children, which is circulating on social media and has gone viral.

According to TimesLive, when parents complained to the school, they were sent a different picture after the children’s break showing that they had been “moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race”.

Pupils in this class at a Schweizer-Reneke school in the North West were moved to different seating spaces after their break on the first day of school on January 9 2019. 

BLACK PARENT REACTS

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The school has been suspected of discrimination by parents for some time. One parent had this to say to SABC News.

“I have applied on time, but I was so surprised when they said they can’t accept my child, he is on the waiting list. So, I requested to see the list of the white people. They say there is no waiting list for the white people. That’s where I started to worry. Where are we going to take our kids because they are still young? We didn’t want our kids to go far because we are residents here. I came here in March. They told me I must come on the 1st of May. When I came they say I must bring the documents, I bring them. Eish mama, I feel pain.”

WHITE PARENTS REACT

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Speaking to SowetanLIVE, some of the white parents said black parents who are not happy about how the school operates, must take their children to township schools.

 If you are not happy here, take your child to another school, nobody is forcing you. Now they want to make this as if it is racism, everyone just wants to make white people racists. We are not racists, we just want what is best for our children,” said one parent.

“Blacks don’t put their children first, we put our children first, and their safety and education comes first. This is the only white-dominated school in this town. There are over 10 schools in the township. If they are not happy, let them take their children there,” said another parent.

GOVERNMENT REACTS

After meeting school staff and education department officials,
North West education MEC Sello Lehari confirmed that the teacher in question had been suspended.

“As government, we would like to condemn any form of racism, alleged or not, and we deeply regret this unfortunate incident taking place in our country 25 years into democracy,” said a spokesperson for the local government leader, Job Lekgoro.

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Liberian President Weah Opens Church and Delivers Inaugural Sermon

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Liberian president, George Weah, has proven that he is not only a former soccer legend but one with another mission – to be a preacher.

The 51-year-old, whose footballing career played a huge role in his landslide election victory, recently opened his own church and gave an inaugural sermon.

On December 31, 2018, during a watch night service to usher in the new year, the Liberian leader held a service and dedication ceremony for the church – The Forky Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church.

The ceremony was attended by a host of government appointees, including the Speaker of the country’s Legislature, Bhofal Chambers and the Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie, Liberian media, Front Page Africa reported.

In his first sermon on the theme: “Life is a business; what you do with your life will make you profitable or unprofitable”, President Weah encouraged his congregation to be committed and passionate about their objectives in 2019.

To his officials, the former football legend urged them to show commitment to their roles and abstain from sabotaging his administration.

“You work with government then you want to sabotage the government. You are a Minister in the government but you want to sabotage the government. You are an executive then you want to sabotage the government. You want to sit right here so that government work. You are also part of the government”.

“Let’s forget about all the setbacks in 2018 and focus on the prosperous New Year, what God gave you is enough,” he said.

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Kigali Genocide Memorial Unveils New Digital Education Platform For Genocide Education

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Students from different schools in Kigali use the platform as guests look on. Frederic Byumvuhore.

Kigali Genocide Memorial has unveiled its online educational platform that helps to display testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The launch took place at Kigali Genocide Memorial on Tuesday. Dubbed “iWitness,” the digital platform will be used mainly by students and teachers in line with the competency-based curriculum, especially for Genocide related courses.

The Visual History Archive (VHA)and IWitness were developed by the University of Southern California (USC) – Shoah Foundation. Aegis role on VHA was to provide content “testimonies” on the Genocide against the Tutsi, while for IWtness, Aegis collaborated with USC Shoah Foundation on creating the landing page and specific for Rwanda.

Launching the computer lab that will facilitate the public to access the archives, Dr Jean-Damascene Gasanabo, the Director General of Research and Documentation Centre at the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, said the facility will be a good learning tool.

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