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Pres Mugabe donates $1m to help finance A.U. after Zimbabwe cattle sale
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Politics and Society Pres Mugabe donates $1m to help finance A.U. after Zimbabwe cattle sale

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has donated 300 cows to raise money for the Africa Union (AU) Foundation to help stop dependance on foreign aid funding. President Mugabe handed a $1 million cheque to the AU after the cattle were sold in Zimbabwe. The cheque was handed to the AU at its leaders’ summit in Ethiopia and Pres Mugabe said his friends helped contribute to the noble cause.

Who will protect the whistleblower in Zimbabwe?
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Politics and Society Who will protect the whistleblower in Zimbabwe?

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has introduced a policy that gives incentives to whistleblowers who provide information that ultimately results in the recovery of looted money or the successful prosecution of wrongdoers. However, the Zimbabwean government faces a difficult task convincing its citizens to speak out. After all, the Zimbabwean people have seen their government preside over corruption for decades.

Zimbabwe at 37: Betrayed aspirations or ‘total emancipation in progress’?
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe at 37: Betrayed aspirations or ‘total emancipation in progress’?

On 18 April 2017, Zimbabwe celebrated Independence Day, marking 37 years of self-rule. Steady social and economic progress in the early years after independence was followed by challenges and setbacks, social and political instability, economic woes and corruption, which slowed down the development agenda. Malvern Mkudu reflects on the difficult road the country has travelled.

Zimbabwe allows payment of school fees with goats
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe allows payment of school fees with goats

Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.

Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home
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Politics and Society Zimbabwe bans children corporal punishments at school and home

Zimbabwe’s High Court has banned corporal punishment at school and home. The ruling comes after disgruntled parents complained following the thorough beating of their children, some as young as six years old by teachers. While the ruling has been widely hailed, some conservative voices have been vocal against the abolition of corporal punishment and continue to buy into the belief, spoil the rod and spoil the child.