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Meet Proscovia Nalweyiso, appointed Uganda’s first female Major General. Photo: New Vision
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Meet Proscovia Nalweyiso, appointed Uganda’s first female Major General

In 2011, Proscovia Nalweyiso became the first female Brigadier General in Uganda, a noteworthy achievement, which was celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward to 2017, the country has recorded another remarkable milestone, the promotion of Brig Nalweyiso to the rank of Major General. With the appointment, Nalweyiso becomes the country’s first female Major General, and one of the few women across the continent to hold such a powerful military position. We applaud and congratulate Maj Gen Nalweyiso on the historic achievement.

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Gabon 2017: All set for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament

Africa’s biggest soccer showcase, the Africa Cup of Nations is certainly upon us, kicking off tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January. Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the opening match in Libreville tomorrow in a game against debutants The Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau, in a Group A clash. We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best. Let the 2017 games begin.

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Poles apart? A tale of two African strongmen

Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 polls. President Mugabe who will be 94 in 2018 has showed no signs of relinquishing power and naming a successor. Conversely, reports that Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will step down before the country’s 2017 elections have raised a few eyebrows. The reports of dos Santos’ retirement come amidst numerous cases across the continent where leaders continue to cling on to power, in some cases against the wishes of the electorate.

A file photo taken on May 2, 2008 shows Emmerson Mnangagwa, Robert Mugabe's then ZANU-PF election agent addressing a press conference in Harare. Photo: ANP/AFP Alexander Joe
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Zimbabwe rejects recommendation to reconsider stance on same sex-marriages

The Zimbabwean government has shot down suggestions to allow same sex-marriages in the country, choosing to accept 142 recommendations made by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group. The country’s Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa told local papers that the government will not soften its tough stance on homosexuality, despite suggestions by some European countries that Zimbabwe should reconsider its position.

77 year-old retiree Hatifari Munongi earns university degree. Photo: Twitter
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Zimbabwe: 77 year-old retiree Hatifari Munongi earns university degree

Today we share the remarkable and inspirational achievement of a 77 year-old Zimbabwean retiree Hatifari Munongi, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sociology and Gender Development from the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) in Zimbabwe. Munongi has impressed many people with her accomplishment which proves that it’s never too late to go back to school.

Could South Africa’s record go up in smoke? Photo: Ian Barbour/Flickr
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Zimbabwe: Castle lager hosting 10,000kg barbecue dubbed “ultimate braai”

Zimbabwe is hosting its first ever braai day tomorrow, a Castle Lager event sponsored by Delta Beverages dubbed the “ultimate braai”. 10 tonnes of meat will be consumed and for every kilogram of meat eaten the company will donate an equal amount to two major hospitals in the capital Harare and Bulawayo. Organisers aim to beat the record set by South Africa in 2013, where 6 000kg of briskets and 500kg of boerewors was grilled at five different cities. Could South Africa’s record go up in smoke?

File picture. Ghana supporters cheer prior to the 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match Burkina Faso vs Ghana. Photo: ANP/ AFP. Stephane De Sakutin
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Afcon draw reveals intriguing groups

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations picture was finally revealed with a draw held in Libreville which placed the 16 teams into four intriguing groups. It promises to be an interesting tournament with mouth watering games lined up. We certainly hope you will be booking your tickets soon and start preparing for Africa’s biggest soccer showcase.

President Robert Mugabe remains defiant in the face of public dissent.
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Fractured peace: Resistance and transformation in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government prides itself in maintaining a police force that keeps the country safe and at peace while other countries on the continent struggle to deal with conflict and war. Recently, however, Zimbabwe has experienced a surge in citizen protests and violence. But what does ‘peace’ really mean in a society that is built on and sustained by various forms of violence, asks Vimbai Midzi.