No-one really enjoys a long airport stopover, but for one Zimbabwean family, Bangkok’s main airport has been home for nearly three months.
According to the Thai immigration bureau, the four children under 11 and four adults arrived in Bangkok in May, but are refusing to return to Zimbabwe for fear of persecution.
Their plight came to light after someone who said he worked at Suvarnabhumi airport posted a photo on Facebook showing himself giving a little African girl a Christmas present.
In the now deleted post, Kanaruj Artt Pornsopit said the family had been living in the airport for nearly three months “because of the unsettled situation” in their country.
“Hope all of you back to your sweet home soon”, he said. Read more
Abuja, Nigeria – Long lines of vehicles have extended outside petrol stations in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, this week, where frustrated motorists say they have waited for upwards of 10 hours amid a severe, countrywide fuel shortage.
“I’ve been on queue since last night,” motorist Abednego Abna told Al Jazeera, outside a petrol station in Abuja.
“And up until this moment, there is no sign of our vehicle moving from its position, to [any] hope of getting the fuel.”
The Nigerian government is struggling to deal with the situation and has placed the blame on the shoulders of petrol vendors, whom it accuses of dramatically increasing prices. Read more
A spokesperson for the Gadaffi family has said that Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, the son of the former Libyan leader will contest in the upcoming presidential elections.
Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul told influential local media agency, Egypt Today, that Saif al-Islam has the support and credentials required to end the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow of his father Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.
“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” said Libyan Tribal Chief and spokesperson of the Gaddafi family, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul.
Al-Soul says that a platform to launch the former first son’s presidential campaign will soon be launched. Read more
A young beautiful South African woman was burnt to death by her boyfriend on boxing day because she wanted to end their relationship. Read more
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that his administration will not introduce price control legislation as a measure against price increases. He however appealed to retailers to be considerate and desist from profiteering.
The President said:
I had a meeting yesterday with the Minister of Industry (Commerce and Enterprise Development) Dr Bimha (and directed him) to call the manufacturers, sellers and retailers and discuss with them. Read more
The government has announced that the Civil Service has been moved to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).
Under former president Robert Mugabe, the Civil Service was part of the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. However, the Ministry has since been reconfigured to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, without the Public Service part.
In a press statement, Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services and presidential spokesperson George Charamba said:
Media organizations are reminded that the old Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare has been reconfigured to Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare The Civil Service now falls under the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) and that includes all Public Service Training Institutions and the Zimbabwe Institute for Public Administration.
Please be so guided.
Former Sport Minister and Member of Parliament for Mberengwa East Makhosini Hlongwane was yesterday arrested by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) at his farm on the outskirts of Zvishavane town.
Police recovered 10 tonnes of sugar beans whose origins could not be immediately established.
Sources who spoke to The Herald said that Hlongwane could not produce receipts for the sugar beans but said that they were donated by a company which he could not disclose.
Speaking to The Herald, acting police spokesperson for Midlands Province Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the arrest and said Hlongwane was released pending further investigations. Read more
South African student Dineo Gwendoline, 22, this week told NewZimbabwe.com that she has been abandoned by Grace Mugabe’s son from her first marriage, Russell Goreraza after falling pregnant.
She said that she had opted for an abortion but shelved the idea after Goreraza failed to pay the money. Said Gwendoline:
I’m pregnant with Russell Goreraza’s child. He knew from the very first time I found out. He has changed towards me now. I asked for his help and he keeps giving me excuses till this day.
He has told me that if I decide to keep the baby he’ll run off since his not a South African (SA) citizen; it isn’t going to affect him at all. Read more
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been voted the most admired man and woman in the United States, according to Gallup’s annual poll.
The former president beat Donald Trump for the title with the current Commander in Chief coming in at second place.
Obama has been given the title every year since he was elected.
A total of 17 percent of respondents voted him most admired compared to the 14 percent that voted for Trump.
Trump now joins a small number of former presidents who failed to win Gallup’s most admired title while in office.
Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th year in a row, according to the Gallup poll results published on Wednesday.
The former Democratic presidential nominee has won the title a total of 22 times.
Michelle Obama came in at a close second.
Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview with Britain’s Prince Harry since stepping down in January.
He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. His successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name.
Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne, is one of several prominent figures who are guest-editing the programme over the Christmas period. Read more