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Inside Robert Mugabe’s Lavish ‘Blue Roof’ Mansion He Shares With Wife Grace |RN

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This is the lavish mansion owned by Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace while millions of desperate Zimbabweans face starvation.

Photographs of the plush palace, dubbed ‘Blue Roof’, show the 93-year-old tyrant immerses himself in luxury, far away from the pain and suffering felt by ordinary people in the cash-strapped nation.

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The 25-bedroom house, valued at $10 million (£7.5m) in Harare is based in 44-acre grounds fenced off from the public and protected by a multi-million pound security system, The Zimbabwean reported.

Images show the extravagant property decked with marble floors, expensive chandeliers and a swimming pool.

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The pictures were released as evidence Mugabe and his wife lavished millions of themselves while leaving millions to suffer.

They emerged as Mugabe desperately clings onto power after he was sacked as leader of the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party, having driven Zimbabwe to economic collapse.

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Yesterday, party chiefs dumped the man who has led the African nation for the past 37 years and replaced him with his former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – who Mugabe himself sacked two weeks ago.

It was that decision then which sparked fears among army chiefs that Mugabe was trying to pave the way for his younger wife Grace to seize control of power after he died.

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The ruling party later announced he MUST resign as president by midday today (10am UK time) or face impeachment.

So far, Mugabe has ignored the ultimatum.

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The decision to dump Mugabe means the former state security chief Mnangagwa – known as “The Crocodile” – is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

There were scenes of celebration – with singing and dancing – inside the chamber of the Zanu-PF headquarters after the decision to sack Mugabe.

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”He has been expelled,” one of delegates told Reuters. ”Mnangagwa is our new leader.”

However, the news does NOT mean that he has lost the Presidency – yet.

Officially he is still in power – although many have questioned whether that is in reality true after reports earlier this week that he was effectively under house arrest – but it’s a defining moment.

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It is the first step in the process of removing Mugabe as President.

The party also sacked Grace Mugabe – expelling her for life – along with Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatius Chombo and Patrick Zhuwao who were seized in what many international observers view as a coup earlier this week.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party had been widely expected to dismiss Mugabe as its leader today to force him to call an end to his 37 years in power peacefully following the coup, the head of the liberation war veterans said.

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Earlier, speaking to Reuters as he walked into an extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PF’s central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“We are going all the way,” Mutsvangwa said. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”

It met earlier today – amid unconfirmed reports that the embattled 93-year-old leader has gone on hunger strike in protest at the de facto military coup earlier this week – and sacked the man who has led them for the last 37 years.

To add insult to injury, they then appointed as their new leader the man Mugabe had sacked himself two weeks ago, his former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

It was that decision then which sparked fears among army chiefs that Mugabe was trying to pave the way for his younger wife Grace to seize control of power after he died.

The ruling party later announced he MUST resign as president by midday tomorrow (10am UK time) or face impeachment.

The decision to dump Mugabe means the former state security chief Mnangagwa – known as “The Crocodile” – is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

There were scenes of celebration – with singing and dancing – inside the chamber of the Zanu-PF headquarters after the decision to sack Mugabe.

”He has been expelled,” one of delegates told Reuters. ”Mnangagwa is our new leader.”

 However, the news does NOT mean that he has lost the Presidency – yet.

But he is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa’s most promising states.

 

Once a regional breadbasket, Zimbabwe saw its economy collapse after the seizure of white-owned farms in the early 2000s, followed by runaway money-printing that catapulted inflation to 500 billion percent in 2008.

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Bill Clinton Facing Four Sexual Assault Lawsuits For Fresh Allegations |RN

By Rozina Sabur
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42nd President of the United Sates, Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is reportedly facing fresh allegations of sexual assault by four women, according to sources within the Democratic party.

The women claim Mr Clinton assaulted them while they were in their late teens and working for playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle.

Mr Clinton helped the billionaire generate business and reportedly flew around the world with a flock of beautiful young women on Mr Burkle’s private jet.

It is not clear exactly when the assaults are alleged to have taken place but they date from after Mr Clinton left the White House in 2001, according to sources within the Democratic Party.

The women have not been named but are reportedly preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him.

There is no suggestion Mr Burkle was aware of any impropriety.

The 71-year-old has faced a number of allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, including his infamous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while in office.

Mr Clinton also paid $850,000 to former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

The settlement led to the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against the 42nd president. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1999 Juanita Broaddrick, a nursing home administrator, claimed Mr Clinton had raped her while a former White House aide Kathleen Willey claimed he sexually assaulted her during his first term in office.

Mr Clinton has always denied both allegations.

The four women currently taking action are hoping to secure substantial payouts in return for their silence, according to an official who served in Mr Clinton’s administration.

However if their attempt at a payout fails they are said to be ready to go public with their allegations.

Mr Clinton has always denied both allegations.

The four women  have not been named but are coordinating their legal efforts in a bid to secure substantial payouts in return for their silence, according to an official who served in Mr Clinton administration.

The four women currently taking action against Mr Clinton have not been named but are reportedly preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him.

A member of Mr Clinton’s legal team has confirmed the existence of the new allegations, telling the Mail Online: “Obviously, I’m aware of [the allegations] but can’t talk about them”.

However Mr Clinton’s lawyer did not responded to the Telegraph’s request for comment.

“Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again,” a Democratic Party official told the Mail Online.

“He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud”.    (The Telegraph)

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EX-PDP Chair’s Son: Police Obtains CCTV Footage, Arrests Guards |The Republican News

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Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has obtained CCTV footage showing the last moments of Bilyaminu Bello, the son of a former Peoples Democratic Party chairman who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda.

Our correspondent had reported that Bello was stabbed to death by his wife over allegations of infidelity after she read a text message on his phone.

It was learnt that Bello was rejected by two hospitals before he was finally pronounced dead.

An impeccable police source said the police recovered the CCTV footage of their residence.

“We have been able to obtain the footage and it shows the suspect and three private security guards conveying him unto a vehicle from where he was rushed to a hospital,” he said.

Our correspondent gathered that the security guards had been arrested by the police.

The Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said more suspects had been apprehended.

He said, “I know that some suspects have been arrested, but I don’t know their identity. I can’t confirm that the CCTV footage has been obtained, but it may be part of evidence gathering to assist in investigation.”

Meanwhile, a family friend of the victim, Habib Gajam, has alleged that Sanda threatened to cut off her husband’s private parts during a quarrel hours before she allegedly stabbed him to death.

The family friend said in a series of tweets on Twitter that he witnessed the violent quarrel during which the mother of one attempted to stab her husband while demanding a divorce.

Gajam explained that Bello’s friend, one Aliero, who was also present during the scuffle, prevented Sanda from stabbing the deceased.

He said,  “At about 9 to 10pm on Saturday, tension started to build up between Bilyaminu (Bello) and his wife, Maryam (Sanda) at his residence.

“Maryam demanded a divorce with the threat of cutting off his manhood. Aliero, Bilyaminu’s friend in whose presence the drama started, intervened four times to stop Maryam from stabbing her husband.”

The witness explained that Ibrahim later called Bello’s uncle, identified as Auta and one Abba, the victim’s cousin, to prevail on her.

He said after some time, Sanda broke a bottle and attempted to stab her husband, but he reportedly struggled to take it from her, injuring himself in the process.

“After short calm, Maryam (Sanda) broke a bottle of groundnut and attempted to stab Bilyaminu (Bello) again, but this time, he held both her hands and struggled to take the bottle from her, injuring himself in the process….unrelenting and wild, she bit his finger.

“Uncle Auta had arrived at this time to calm the situation. They both committed to uncle Auta to let go of their grievances, at least for the night.

“After the situation had become calm, Bilyaminu and his friend went to a pharmacy to get his hand treated from the bite he sustained from Maryam,” he added.

Gajam explained that Bello and Ibrahim later went to withdraw money from an ATM for the repair of Sanda’s damaged car, noting that by the time they got back home around 11pm, everywhere was calm.

Abba and Ibrahim left for their homes around midnight, he said.

“When Bilyaminu (Bello) was seeing them off, he told Ibrahim that ‘I don’t want to go back until she’s asleep.’

“At around 2pm on Sunday, family members were summoned to Maitama Hospital, where Bilyaminu was lying in a pool of blood with multiple stabs on his chest, shoulder, a deep cut on his inner thigh, and many bite wounds on his stomach,” he added.

Gajam claimed that Sanda confessed to stabbing her husband to the hospital management, but added that she changed the story when she was directed to write a statement at the Maitama Police Station.

He said, “The police commissioner instructed that the crime scene should be visited. To the amasement of Abba and Ibrahim, who were key witnesses in the investigation, the bloodstains had been mopped up, murder weapon disappeared, but flower vases and pots were broken to corroborate Maryam’s earlier statement at the station.”

Gajam said Bello, who divorced his first wife to marry Sanda, did not deserve to be murdered.   (Punch)

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N13bn Contracts: EFCC Secures Warrant To Detain Pius Anyim For 30 Days |RN

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured a remand warrant to further detain a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius, who was arrested by the EFCC last Thursday.

Anyim is being investigated for allegedly collecting N520m from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), on the eve of the 2015 presidential election.

He also allegedly awarded contracts worth N13bn to companies he had interests in.

The remand warrant, it was learnt, would enable the anti-graft agency to keep Anyim in custody beyond the stipulated time allowed by law.

The move, according to EFCC, is to enable its operatives to conduct proper investigation into how he got the money, what it was used for and who the beneficiaries were.

A source at the EFCC said, “Yes, we have obtained a remand warrant to hold the former SGF for about 30 days. This will help us to conduct investigations properly and verify his claims.”

Apart from allegedly receiving funds from Dasuki, the former SGF was accused of false assets declaration and using proxies and companies in which he had interest to corner contracts from the ecological funds.

The source said Anyim allegedly awarded contracts to some companies linked to him through which ecological funds were diverted.

The companies include: Foundation Years Limited, Precious Integrated, Precious Petroleum, Mak & Mak, Chap Construction, Eldyke Engineering, Pryke Limited, Chipa Nigeria Limited, Prima A11 Limited, Pima International, Chanto Engineering, Ishiagu Microfinance Bank, Mulak Ventures, Vitro Engineering and Tip Top Nigeria.

The source added, “Anyim was SGF from May 2011 to May 29, 2015. During this period, specifically May 2012 to May 2015, the SGF Ecological Fund Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria received an inflow of N58,146,983,677.85.

“From this fund, three of the companies linked to Anyim, Foundation Years, Obis Associate and Eldyke Engineering, received contracts worth over N13bn. Foundation Years alone received a net payment of N10,308,017,838.85 between 2014 and 2015.

“Curiously, on receiving the fund, Foundation Years and another Anyim company, Br-Kthru made several transfers to 37 entities. Some of the organisations and individuals have no nexus at all with ecological issues. Investigators are probing the reasons behind the wild disbursement.”

A House of Representatives panel had in March asked the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to investigate Anyim and a former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, over the Centenary City project.  (Punch)

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Northern Ethnic Groups Demand Open Grazing Ban |The Republican News

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The Conference of Autochthonous Ethnic Nationalities Community Associations (CONAECA) in Northern Nigeria has advocated for ban on open grazing in the north following clashes between herdsmen and farmers that have taken many lives.

A communique signed by the Conference President, Da Erickson Fom, National Cordinator, Dr. Z.K.A Bonat and conference Secretary, Suleiman Sukukum, urged state governors in the north to restrict open grazing.

“Conference observed with dismay the increase in conflicts affecting our rural communities and resulting in deaths, injuries and material losses to rural dwellers, farmers and herders.

“We support the gradual and strategic control of open grazing and its eventual replacement with ranching as was done in North and South America, in Europe and other advanced nations in response to development and violence experienced by farmers and herders.

“We sympathize with and extend our condolence to all who lost loved ones in the conflicts, this is especially to those in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Kogi and many other States in the country as a result of the incessant clashes.

“We sympathize with the Irigwe community for the loss of over 100 lives within one week and wonder how the Irigwe, who are the host communities to the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army can be subjected to a weeklong massacre without the knowledge of the security agencies knowing that such militias are operating within their vicinity.”

The group demanded a thorough investigation of the massacre of the Irigwe people in Plateau State, the role of the security forces, and advocated that the report of the investigation be made public and those found to have shirked their responsibilities should be sanctioned in accordance with the law.

It described the lopsided response of federal government to farmers/herdsmen conflict as unfortunate and urged the government to put to halt the wonton destruction of lives and properties of Nigerians.   (The Sun)

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Imo Community Raises Alarm Over Alleged Invasion By Fulani Herdsmen |RN

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From: GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, OWERRI

The people of Amala communities in Ngor Okpala council area of Imo State who are majorly farmers, have raised the alarm over the alleged invasion of their farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.

They are calling on the state government to quickly intervene to avert a bloody clash between herdsmen and the people whose farms are being daily destroyed.

Venerable Kingsley Okere of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Amala, who made the appeal when the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor, paid a pastoral visit to the Church, on Sunday, noted the activities of the herdsmen and their cattle were already posing serious threat to the flock of God in the area.

He said they were not only worried over the current level of devastation of the people’s farm produce but were overwhelmed by the trailer loads of these cattle being dropped daily in the area and wondered when the invasion of the farms would end.

Ven. Okere, who observed that activities of the herdsmen and their cattle were causing unimaginable pains on the farmers who depended solely on farming for their survival and sustenance, expressed the fear that hunger would begin to ravage the communities if nothing was done to checkmate the activities of the herdsmen.

Traditional ruler of one of the three Autonomous Communities in Amala, Eze Bennette Osinachi Uduhirinwa of Alatia Community, described the situation as very ‘serious and critical.’

Eze Udushirinwa noted that tension was already building up as the youths are now threatening a show down with the invaders but were being calmed down. He the appeal to all relevant authorities to urgently step in to restrain the herdsmen from further destruction of their farms.

Amala is a border town between Imo and Rivers states. (The Sun)

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Former Congo Dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko Mansion Is Now Home To Rats, Bats, Snakes |RN

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This is the house of the former Zaire(now DRC) dictator, Field Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kukungbendu Wazabanga.

The magnificent structure constructed on a large expanse of land(equivalent to a minimal game park) was built in his home village called Gbadolite at the cost £100m.

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It was considered the ” epitome of decor and elegance ” in Zaire and beyond. The super structure was decorated with Italian marble, katangese high -karate Gold plated doors & windows, Spanish floor tiles, automatic American air conditioning, Isreal state of the art communication systems, king size swimming pool, a private airport control tower, 3-4 inch g bullet proof glassware, 5 presidential suites, 6 Jacuzzi’s & surrounded by a mini game park full of all kinds of wildlife including Indian Tigers .

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The structure which at the time of Mobutu’s death was ranked one of the most magnificent private castles ever owned by a sitting head of state, is now home to wild rats, tropical Snakes, gecko lizards, mega snails, scorpions, birds & thousands of wild insects.

Dictators should learn from this. Where are Mobutu’s kids to take over their father’s estate?

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