- HANGING TREEE: Where British settlers hung nine Ndebele warriors more than 100 years ago at the height of the Umvukela (Matabeleland uprisings) in 1896-7, along JMN Nkomo Street between Connaught Avenue and Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue, is a national monument as it symbolises both subjugation and resistance to colonialism by the Zimabwe’s citizens.
- 300 Cowdray Park opposition members mostly defectors from MDC-Alliance joined Zanu-PF during yesterday’s meeting
- Borrowdale road and Harare Drive traffic lights hit-and-run driver arrested after a recording of the incident went viral on social media.
- Financial institutions have grouped under the Bankers Association and resolved not to accept the state-issued 99-year farm leases.
- OPPOSITION party Zapu says it will this week write to Parliament seeking to recall its former members, who are now part of the ruling Zanu-PF.
Conflict and strife continue to bedevil the central African state of Burundi with the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein raising warning flags over the escalation of violence coupled with chilling allegations of security forces behind the gang rape assaults on women, ethnic genocides and mass graves.
At the same time four ex generals have been sentenced to life in prison for their part in the failed, Burundi May coup, whilst nine others from both the army and police, were sentenced to 30 years in prison for their role and banned from holding public office for a period of 10 years.
The bloodshed was triggered by the President, Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office.
The convicted coup ‘strategists’, were charged and found guilty of being behind the failed coup, murdering security officers in the army and police along with members of the public and destruction of buildings.
In their defence, the convicted coup leaders gave the government’s brutal repression of anti- Pierre Nkurunziz’s government protests as justification for their defiance through the failed coup. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-yahoo-Burundian protesters carry a man wounded in clashes with police in Bujumbura, on May 12 .