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The government of Nigeria has announced the award of a $5.8 billion contract to build what will be the largest power plant in the country. The 3,050-megawatt Mambila hydroelectric power project in the state of Taraba will be delivered by a consortium of Chinese state-owned construction firms.
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(file photo).By Staff Reporter
ACTIVIST cleric Pastor Patrick Mugadza has petitioned the US embassy in Harare, challenging the decision to give President Robert Mugabe and his 'bloated delegation' visas to attend this year's United Nations (UN) general assembly.
The summit is scheduled for September 19 to 23 and Mugabe is reportedly travelling with a claimed 70-strong delegation, including his entire family.
Mugabe is banned from travelling to the US under sanctions imposed by Washington to punish rights abuses by his regime. He can, however, attend meetings of the UN in New York.
The 93-year-old is expected to leave Friday for the 2017 UN general assembly.
Reports quoting diplomatic sources this week claimed that the US embassy queried the inclusion of Mugabe's wife, Grace, their daughter Bona and grandson Simbanashe.
The delegation also reportedly includes Mugabe's son Bellarmine Chatunga and step-son Russell Goreraza. Government reportedly gives each delegation member $1,500 per day in spending allowances.
In his petition to the US Harare embassy Wednesday, Pastor Mugadza said the granting of visas to Mugabe and his family is a slap in the face for suffering Zimbabweans.
"We have orphans and widows who have nothing to put on the table, and teens who have been pushed into prostitution because of the difficult situation they find themselves in because of the Mugabe regime," said Mugadza.
"This move you have taken will result in the death of people who cannot afford to buy medication while you have given visas to these heartless people to go and do shopping in New York."
The cleric, who has been campaigning for the 93-year-old to step down, said the US government should cancel 50 of the visas issued to Mugabe's team.
"We thought you would stand with us as a suffering nation but we have realized that you are not on the side of the suffering. Having said that, we demand that you cut the number to 20 looters or else we are going to be occupying your embassy soon," he said.
The cleric was supported by the Welshmen Ncube-led MDC party which said Mugabe's entourage was abnormal in a struggling economy.
"It is a heart stopper to learn that the 10-day trip will see each member of the delegation gobble over US$15 000 - at a time when the state media reports that the cost of living has gone up again by 0.52 per cent. Only a few relevant government officials are adequate for the summit," Kurauone Chihwayi, the MDC spokesperson, said in a statement.
"It is a no-brainer that since the First family is barred from travelling to Europe on personal business, they see no shame in using important government trips such as these for vacation purposes," Chihwayi said.
He added: "Since the beginning of the year we have witnessed President Mugabe's foreign trips taking up millions of dollars in tax-payers' money while yielding absolutely no tangible benefits for the ordinary Zimbabwean."Read More »
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British High Commissioner to Nigeria gives BBC interview in Pidgin
If you want to learn some Pidgin, Britain's high commissioner in Nigeria could give you some pointers.
Paul Arkwright told the BBC's Pidgin service what he enjoyed about being in Nigeria, in Pidgin.
Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75m people in Nigeria, with additional speakers across West and Central Africa.
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National Assembly.By Damilola Oyedele
Abuja — The National Assembly has announced the postponement of the resumption of senators and members of the House of Representatives from their six week annual recess by one week.
The lawmakers are now expected to resume on September 26, 2017 instead of September 19, 2017.
The announcement was contained in a notice issued by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Sani Omolori, wednesday.
Although the notice did not give any official reason for the postponement, THISDAY gathered that it might not be unconnected with the massive renovation currently ongoing in the premises of the National Assembly.
THISDAY observed on Tuesday and yesterday that major repairs of infrastructure and repainting of some sections were being undertaken.
Electrical wirings in dark corridors which connect office sections to each other, have been repaired to light up the areas.
Although THISDAY could not access either chambers, it was gathered that renovation works to fix leaking roofs are ongoing.
The notice obtained by THISDAY reads:
"This is to inform all senators and members of the National Assembly that the resumption date of both Houses in plenary has been rescheduled from Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to Tuesday, September 26, 2017,"
"All senators and members are by this notice requested to resume sitting in plenary on Tuesday, September, 26, 2017 at 10a.m. prompt please," it read.
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The members of the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attack that took place on Monday in Sinai, in which at least 18 policemen were killed and 3 were injured.
"They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured," read a statement issued to the press by the 15-member body.
Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these "reprehensible acts of terrorism" to justice.
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Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga, flanked by ODM legislators, addresses the media at his office in Nairobi.By Patrick Lang'at
Nasa co-principals led by Raila Odinga have walked out of planned meeting with the electoral agency, protesting a nine-page agenda and Jubilee's no-show.
Mr Odinga's team had arrived at the IEBC Anniversary Towers offices at 11.15am, and by 12.05pm when they addressed the media, the Jubilee Party representatives had not showed up.
Deputy President William Ruto was expected to represent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the meeting.
In the meeting, IEBC and two sides were scheduled to discuss, among others, plans for the October 17 repeat presidential election after the Supreme Court quashed Mr Kenyatta's re-election.
Nasa wants IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba sacked for allegedly bungling August 8 poll while Jubilee has rejected the project team named by Chairman Wafula Chebukati to manage the repeat poll.
After the over 50-minute wait, Nasa chief agent Musalia Mudavadi accused the IEBC of not being ready for the meeting.
"The IEBC told us that they needed to meet our presidential candidate and one or two people. We came here at 11.15 and up to now, we have not seen the Jubilee side," said Mr Mudavadi.
He said it was wrong for the IEBC to present them with an agenda as they went into the meeting.
"We have just been presented with a document, about nine pages that we are seeing for the first time now," explained Mr Mudavadi.
He went on: "We had hoped that the IEBC will have the basic courtesy to give us the document much earlier if it was going to form the basis of the meeting."
Mr Mudavadi termed as "not serious" the Jubilee team when asked if they would wait for the DP to arrive.
The DP's security detail and media team has been at the IEBC since 11am, with increased police presence at the Anniversary Towers offices.
"We as Nasa is ready for a structured meeting where all the cards are on the table," said Mr Mudavadi.
The Nasa chief agent said that the coalition did not get to talk about their push to have seven officials of the Ezra Chiloba-led secretariat fired before the October 17 fresh presidential election.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday said that Mr Chiloba and six others that Nasa want removed will stay in office, to back a new seven-member team led by Mr Chiloba's deputy Marjan Hussein Marjan to manage the fresh poll.
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Thirty-five people have now died during a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, up from 21 at the start of the week, local health officials said on Sunday. "The number of deaths reported is 35. The total number of suspected cholera cases is now 1,283," the Borno state health ministry said in a statement.
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