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Mugabe’s wife may be extradited to S’Africa. Here’s why

Grace Mugabe, wife of ex-President Robert Mugabe, may be extradited to South Africa to face prosecution for assaulting a lady she caught allegedly dancing with her children

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Grace Mugabe, wife of ex-President Robert Mugabe, may be extradited to South Africa to face prosecution for assaulting a lady she caught allegedly dancing with her children.

This follows the ruling of a High Court in South Africa which has overturned a diplomatic immunity the government granted former first lady of Zimbabwe.

The court on Monday ruled that the decision to grant Mrs. Mugabe a diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution in an assault case was “inconsistent with the constitution”.

The South African government last year granted Mrs. Mugabe the immunity after she was accused of assaulting a 20-year old South African model in a hotel in Johannesburg.

The immunity allowed Grace Mugabe to leave South Africa for Zimbabwe avoiding prosecution for the alleged crime.

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Model Gabriella Engels, the woman behind the assault allegation, filed a court application challenging the government’s decision.

Her family had claimed that Mrs. Mugabe wanted to pay them to drop the assault charges. The family has turned down the request and want justice to be served.

Engels was allegedly assaulted by Mrs. Mugabe for partying with her sons, Robert jnr and Bellarmine Chatunga, who students in South Africa.

They young men are known for notoriety and lavish lifestyles.

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Zambian Police to charge ex-President Lungu over ‘people will rise’ comment

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The Zambian Police says they are going to charge former President Edgar Lungu to court over a recent comment credited to him where he was quoted as saying the “People will rise,” which the police deem inciting.

National Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, who gave the indication that the ex-President would be prosecuted over the comment, said the implication of the statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

According to reports, Lungu had made the remark when he said ordinary Zambiand would rise if the police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and other opposition members.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Hamoonga said the remarks made by Lungu apparently led to an unrest at the Kabwata Police Station where his followers at the were teargassed and arrested.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga said.

The police spokesman noted that the arrest of the Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, alongside three others on Monday was executed lawfully.

“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence ” he stated.

Hamoonga further warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized, while reiterating the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

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Nigerian govt debunks coup reports

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The Nigerian government has dismissed a report that has been making the rounds in the past couple of days of a coup plot by some disgruntled military officers, saying the rumour was not only “unequivocally false”, but “fake and heinous act of disinformation.”

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who made the denial in a statement on Tuesday, said such reports were not only baseless but mere “figment of the warped imagination of detractors, whose malicious intent was to destabilise the country and undermine the present administration.”

The Minister noted that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration would neither be distracted nor intimidated into abandoning the ongoing reforms aimed at rejuvenating the economy and creating a pathway of prosperity for the citizenry.

“It is now evident that some desperate individuals have resorted to publishing fake news to erode public trust in the government and sow the seed of discord in the country,” Idris said.

He added that the government would exercise its rights within the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s laws to contain rogue actions aimed at destabilizing national security and the nation’s hard-earned democracy.

The Minister further urged the Nigerian public to “exercise discernment and refrain from spreading or amplifying the unfounded report,” which was being strategically planted on some pliant and compromised news platforms to subvert the nation’s democracy.

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