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Jail for teacher busted sitting student’s exam

A Burundian head teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison after disguising himself as a student and attempting to sit a national exam on another person’s behalf last week. Benjamin Manirambona, who heads Butere Technical College, is also banned from teaching or holding public office for a decade. Manirambona said he was taking the electronics exam on behalf of a soldier who wanted the grades to qualify for university. The soldier promised to pay Manirambona on his return from Somalia, where he is serving with the Burundian peacekeeping force….

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Tendai Biti: Zambia denies Zimbabwe politician asylum

A senior member of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance, Tendai Biti, has been denied asylum by neighbouring Zambia. Zimbabwe’s police accuse Mr Biti of inciting violence following last month’s election. Zambian Foreign Minister Joe Malanji told the BBC that Mr Biti’s grounds for asylum were weak. He was being kept in “safe custody” until he returned to Zimbabwe, the minister said. Earlier, his lawyer said his client had been detained at the border with Zambia by the Zimbabwean authorities. An alleged Zambian police report circulating on social media states that Zimbabwean…

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Ivory Coast’s ex-first lady freed from jail

The former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, has been freed from prison after President Alassane Ouattara granted her amnesty in what he said was a move to foster reconciliation, reports BBC Afrique’s Lilianne Nyatcha. She returned to her home in the upmarket suburb of Cocody in the main city, Abidjan, where a crowd was waiting to welcome her. Supporters of Simone Gbagbo are delighted by her release  The president announced on Monday that the ex-first lady will be freed  In 2015, Mrs Gbagbo was sentenced to 20 years…

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Zimbabwe election row: Opposition supporters denied bail

More than 20 opposition supporters in Zimbabwe have been denied bail, after they were arrested and charged with inciting public violence. Six people were killed on Wednesday, when soldiers opened fire at a protest against alleged vote-rigging in Monday’s election. President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party was declared the winner. Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from the capital Harare. Background Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 percent of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnering 44.3…

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Turkey to freeze assets of US officials

Turkey’s President ordered the freezing of assets of two US officials, state media reported Saturday, days after the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will freeze the assets in Turkey of US “justice and interior” secretaries, state-run Anadolu reported. It was not immediately clear which specific US officials he was referring to or whether the officials have any Turkish assets. The attorney general heads the Justice Department in the United States. The US Treasury Department is sanctioning Turkey’s ministers of…

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