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Why Britain is not mourning Mugabe

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Several countries hailed Zimbabwe’s late ex-president Robert Mugabe on Tuesday as a liberation hero — though his fierce critic, former colonial power Britain, recalled the suffering and repression of his rule.

Britain said Zimbabweans had “suffered for too long” under former president Mugabe, who died Friday.

“We express our condolences to those who mourn Robert Mugabe’s death. However, Zimbabweans suffered for too long as a result of Mugabe’s autocratic role,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

It noted “mixed emotions” in Zimbabwe at the death of Mugabe, adding, “We hope that in this new era, Zimbabwe can continue to be set on a more democratic and prosperous path.”

SOUR RELATIONS

Mugabe won 1980 elections at the end of a black nationalist guerrilla war against white-minority rule in the rebel colony of Rhodesia.

Peter Hain, a leading anti-apartheid campaigner, told AFP he was “elated” at the time.

“It was a huge moment in history when he became president in a landslide and all of us cheered him on at the time.”

But he said Mugabe then “betrayed all of those values of justice and human rights and democracy under the freedom struggle and became a corrupt dictator”.

In 2000, Mugabe’s supporters violently took over white-owned farms — a watershed moment in relations between the West and their protégé.

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Zimbabwe was suspended in 2002 from the Commonwealth, a grouping of former British colonies, and pulled out voluntarily in 2003.

Last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa submitted an application to rejoin the Commonwealth after ousting Mugabe.

REACTIONS

Here is a selection of top world reactions to his death on Tuesday aged 95.

  • EAST AFRICA

KENYA

“We will remember former President Mugabe as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular,” said Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan president from 2002 to 2013, said Mugabe’s death “marks the end of an era in Africa. It closes the chapter of Africa’s founding presidents whose commitment to the emancipation of the people of Africa remains enduringly remarkable.”

TANZANIA

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli tweeted in Swahili: “Africa loses a brave, determined leader, an Africanist who turned the rejection of colonisation into action. May God let his soul rest in peace.”

  • SOUTHERN AFRICA

NAMIBIA

In Namibia, which cast off South African rule in 1990, a decade after Zimbabwe won independence from Britain, President Hage Geingob hailed Mugabe as a warrior.

“Comrade Robert Mugabe (was) an outstanding revolutionary, a tenacious freedom fighter and dedicated Pan Africanist… President Mugabe made enormous sacrifices in the struggle against injustice and the liberation of Southern Africa from racist subjugation and colonial oppression.”

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ZAMBIA

“He will be remembered for his fight for Africa’s liberation and fearlessly defending the continent. His place in the annals of Africa’s history is assured,” said Zambia’s President Edgard Lungu on Twitter.

  • WEST AFRICA

NIGERIA

Mugabe “fought for the independence of the country from colonial rule, and lived most of his life in public service,” said President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, hailing him as the “founding father” of a nation.

“Mugabe’s sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity.”

  • CHINA

“Mugabe was an outstanding national liberation movement leader and politician of Zimbabwe,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

“Throughout his life, he has firmly defended the sovereignty of his country, opposed foreign interference, and actively promoted China-Zimbabwe and China-Africa friendship and cooperation.”

  • RUSSIA

“Many important dates in Zimbabwe’s modern history are tied to the name of Robert Mugabe. He made a great personal contribution to the battle for your country’s independence, to the building of Zimbabwean state institutions,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

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Victoria Kimani: I’m still single

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Just so you know, singer Victoria Kimani is still single and thinks dating life is horrible.

Speaking while she appeared on the We Are One Africa Show, Victoria said she has been single for the longest and hasn’t even been asked out by a man for a while now.

“The last time I went out on a date was September last year.” She revealed.

The 34-year-old noted that she doesn’t think she is ready to date again at least not at the moment.

“Dating life is horrible. I don’t know why I’m talking crap as if I’m dating. I’m not dating anybody”. She added.

The last time she was in a relationship was three years ago.

The sexy singer dated hunk Nigerian Stanley Obiamalu, a video producer and director who at the time was understood to be residing in South Africa.

They broke up in June 2017 and ever since Victoria has on several occasions been quoted saying she is still single.

Despite still being single, April last year in an interview with K24, Kimani opened up on her desire to get married and have children in the future.

Victoria, however, noted she was willing to wait for as long as it takes until the right man comes along because she is “tired of falling in love with bad boys”.

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SAD: Kenyan man, James Njuguna Kimani (Giant), dies in grisly road accident

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It is with deep sorrow, and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of James Njuguna Kimani (Giant) on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 that occurred in Nairobi, Kenya after a tragic road accident.

He is husband to Margaret Wanjiku Njuguna of Nairobi Kenya, father to Ben Gichuhi and Peter Kimani.

He is brother to Irene Wanjiru Toomer, Liz Muthemba and the Late Jane Njeri Muthemba of Baltimore, MD. Brother-in-law to John Waithaka and Dorothy Mugeshi of Baltimore, MD.

Cousin to Carol Muthoni Githua, George Githua, Mary Muthoni, Caroline Muthoni of Baltimore, MD and Racheal Wanjiku, Esther & Paul Kamaru, Pauline Njuku, Shiro Njuku, Beatrice Wairimu all of TX, Lydia & Joe Mathu, George Njuku of Canada and Lillian Muthoni Njuku of UK.

Uncle to Gloria & Moses Kuna, Hellen & Kimathi Njuguna, James & Imna Muriithi, Peter & Akira Muriithi, David Muriithi and many more nieces and nephews.

The proposed date for the funeral is Thur, July 2, 2020 at the family farm in Wangige Lower Kabete at 10AM. Memorial service zoom information will follow.

Your prayers for the family during this difficult time is highly appreciated.

For questions and gifts, contact.

  • Irene Toomer: Cashapp:$IToomer 4436258006 Zelle: 443-625-8006
  • Liz Muthemba: Cashapp: $lizmuthemba 4436802517
  • John Waithaka: 443-851-7830
  • Carol Muthoni: 443-939-0101
  • Gloria Kuna: 410-371-9996
  • Pastor Mugweh: 410-236-5401

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Full list of journalists fired from NTV Kenya

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News emerging from Nation Centre indicates that some of the country’s top journalistic talents have been fired.

A list exclusively seen by Pulselive.co.ke showed eight renowned reporters and anchors whose terminations took effect on Friday July 3, 2020.

Among those fired are Brenda Wanga (news reporter), anchor Debarl Inea, Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (sports reporter)who have been with the media house for years

Others on the list are Harith Salim (swahili anchor), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter), Silas Apollo (news reporter) and Ken Mijungu who had confirmed his departure from NTV earlier in the day.

Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV
Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV

NMG CEO’s message

A memo by the Nation Media Group’s CEO Stephen Gitagama earlier in the week had outlined that the media company is keen to retain only those with the relevant skills and expertise.

“The Group seeks to radically change its business model from print advertising and physical reader copy to digital advertising, ePaper subscription and content-driven reader revenue with the objective of establishing leadership in the mobile publishing landscape in Africa while exploring other new revenue streams in the experiential and technology space.

“This will require retooling and resourcing the Group with relevant skill sets critical for success in the new business environment. Regrettably this will result in reduction of our workforce effective Friday July 3, 2020,” the memo read in part.

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