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Zimbabwe opens imposing, ultra-modern parliament built by China

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Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Wednesday, opened an imposing, multimillion dollar parliament built by the Chinese government, hailing the edifice as a result of the “excellent relations with China.”

Mnagwagwa who delivered a State of the Nation address at a new multimillion-dollar six-storey parliament building funded and constructed by the Asian country at the cost of $200 million, said it was a gift which signifies China’s growing influence in the country and the continent.

The address which also served as the official opening of the last session of the current parliament before elections next year, “marks the move from the colonial-era Victorian-style parliament building in central Harare,” the President said.

Mnangagwa described the mountaintop chamber that sits on 3.3 hectares (8 acres) of land as “majestic,” saying the building is a “testimony of the strategic and comprehensive partnership and excellent fraternal relations between Zimbabwe and China.

Apart from the construction of the parliament building, China is also involved massively in building and financing big-budget infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe including revamping major airports.

The National Defense College in Harare which opened in 2014, was financed with an interest-free $98 million loan from China, while the Asian country is also involved in almost every sector of the Zimbabwean economy, from energy to mining and agriculture.

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Libyan politician, Aguila Saleh, wants UN envoy to meet electoral committee

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One of Libya’s influential figures, Aguila Saleh, wants the United Nations’ special envoy to meet with the joint electoral committee made up of rival Libyan factions.

The politician who is the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives since 5 August 2014 while speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who believes that the meeting will begin to start constitutional arrangements for elections.

According to Saleh, the joint committee could send their recommendations to the High National Election Commission, which would then be responsible for holding elections.

The new UN special envoy for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily had warned that the first anniversary of Libya’s postponed elections is quickly approaching and that further delaying a vote could lead the troubled north African nation to even greater instability, putting it “at risk of partition.”

“The Libyan executive body’s term is over,” said Saleh, calling for a peaceful transfer of power and a return to previous electoral procedures.

 

 

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Zambian president, Hichilema, vows Executive support for Judiciary, calls for responsive courts system

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Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema has called for a responsive and accountable judiciary for an effective justice system.

The president made the call while speaking during the official opening of the judicial conference Livingstone.

He maintained that the Executive arm of Government remains committed to continuing support for the decentralisation process in the Judiciary and making it easily accessible to our citizens in rural communities.

“We appreciated the open and candid exchange of ideas aimed at strengthening the delivery of justice to our citizens, in a timely manner and within the enhanced rule of law coupled with transparency and accountability.

“There is a need for a collaborative approach with all concerned parties, in identifying the impediments to the speedy delivery of justice, by isolating oppressive and archaic laws in our statutes that need repealing, in order that they are in concert and relevant to modern times, so that ambiguities in the delivery of judgments are avoided at all costs.

“To us, the three arms of Government are triplets that should work in close liason, in improving the welfare of our citizens. The Judiciary should equally take a keen interest in economic matters and also ensure that public resources are used prudently, so as to improve their working conditions at all levels,” he said.

The Zambian judicial system comprises approximately 460 courts, arrayed, basically, in a hierarchy with four primary levels. At the base, stand 415 local courts, presided over by 8 senior presiding justices, and 407 presiding justices, assisted by 428 ordinary justices.

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