Zimbabwe becomes the second country in Africa to legalise marijuana cultivation
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe becomes the second country in Africa to legalise marijuana cultivation

In a surprising development the conservative southern African country of Zimbabwe published a licensing regime that will allow the legal cultivation of marijuana. After Lesotho it is the second African country to take the controversial step. The government of Zimbabwe says it will now issue five-year licences for the production and sell of marijuana for medical or research use.

Pres Kagame cracks down on churches and mosques to better regulate the religious sector
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Politics and Society Pres Kagame cracks down on churches and mosques to better regulate the religious sector

Authorities have in the span of two months closed more than 6,000 churches and 100 mosques across Rwanda, including 714 in the capital city of Kigali, for failure to comply with health, safety, and noise regulations. The closures have been met with mixed reactions as human rights groups have long accused Pres Kagame’s government of clamping down on freedom of expression.

Uhuru Kenyatta claims that “99% of Kenyans support laws that criminalise same-sex unions”
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Politics and Society Uhuru Kenyatta claims that “99% of Kenyans support laws that criminalise same-sex unions”

In an interview with the American cable-television network CNN’s Christine Amanpour, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has firmly reiterated that he will continue to uphold Kenyan laws criminalising same-sex relationships. “[T]hose laws are 100% supported by 99% of the Kenyan people, regardless of where they come from,” Kenyatta said.