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President Emmerson Mnangagwa swears in New cabinet members

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President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa swore in his cabinet, with several last-minute changes after a public outcry about largely assigning posts to military leaders.

“The following adjustments have been made to ensure compliance with the constitution and considerations of gender, demography and special needs,” said Secretary to the President, Misheck Sibanda, during the ceremony in the capital, Harare.

However, several key portfolios firmly remain in the hands of senior military officials and war veterans, who were instrumental in the peaceful coup that brought the 75-year-old president to power in November.

No members of the opposition parties are included in the cabinet, something many Zimbabweans had hoped for after Mr. Mnangagwa took over from long-time leader Robert Mugabe.

War veteran’s leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa, who was last week appointed to the Information Ministry, was reassigned to be the president’s special advisor.

Victor Matemadanda, the Secretary-General of the war veterans association, who was earmarked as deputy minister for security, was reassigned as political commissar of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Mr. Mnangagwa appointed Petronella Kagonye to the labour and social welfare portfolio, raising the number of female ministers to four in the 21-person cabinet.

Mr. Kagonye replaced Clever Nyathi, who was appointed special advisor in the president’s office on national peace and reconciliation.

Mr. Mnangagwa made Joshua Malinga his special advisor on disability issues.

The president also annulled the re-appointment of Lazarus Dokora as education minister after criticism that Mr. Dokora had undermined Zimbabwe’s education system.

Mr. Dokora was replaced with his deputy Paul Mavima.

Source : (dpa/NAN)

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How Jailbreaks In Edo, Ondo Happened

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How Jailbreaks In Edo, Ondo Happened

Jailbreaks and vandalization of properties were during the week reported in some parts of the country due to the civil unrest that has enveloped the entire country.

The first prison break recorded during the week was in Edo State.

Video footages showed the disturbing moment some inmates escaped from Oko Correctional facility in Benin City, Edo State on Monday, October 19, 2020. The inmates had successfully scaled the prison wall.

Information Nigeria understands that some hoodlums broke into Benin prison, popularly called the White House during the #EndSARS protest in the state.

The federal government said that a total of 1,993 inmates in legal custody were freed as a result of the jailbreak in Benin city and Oko.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the ministry’s director, press and public relations, Mohammed Manga on Tuesday.

Nigerians, however, have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms, to express shock at the jail break in Edo. Reports making the rounds suggest that hoodlums or #ENDSARS protesters were responsible for their release.

Nigerians think this is an inside connivance on the part of prison officials, as an effort for the government to release military men to restore order in the country and stop the protest forcefully.

This Edo state prison break is fishy" Betty Irabor, Lauren Idahosa, Davido,  and other Nigerians react to the jail break in Edo State

It is against this background that the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, swiftly imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state.

In a similar event that played out, jailbreak occurred in Ondo state on Thursday, October 22.

Not less than 58 inmates at the National Correctional Service Centre in Okitipupa, Ondo State escaped during the prison break.

This came after a 24-hour curfew was put in place by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

Information Nigeria gathered that scores of hoodlums defied the 24-hour curfew on Thursday to break into the centre and set the inmates free.

In another related incident, angry youths attacked the Ikoyi Correctional Centre on Thursday and set the place on fire during an attempted jailbreak.

A video circulating online showed smoke coming from parts of the facility.

It was, however, learnt that security operatives arrived at the correctional facility and they foiled the attempted jailbreak.

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#EndSARS: Reno Omokri Slams Buhari Over National Broadcast

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#UnfollowBuhari if you support #EndSARS – Reno Omokri
#EndSARS: Reno Omokri Slams Buhari Over National Broadcast

Reno Omokri, Muhammadu Buhari

Popular public affairs analyst, Reno Omokri has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide address to Nigerians on the #EndSARS protest in the country.

The former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lambasted the President on Thursday in a series of tweets.

Also Read: Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

Buhari who addressed the nation more than two weeks after the protest began failed to impress many Nigerians with his address.

Reacting to the speech, Reno, who is a staunch critic of the APC-led government, expressed that the president slapped Nigerians in the face and added salt to injury.

See his tweets below:

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari

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‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari
‘You Are A Dictator, Sociopathic Disgrace’ – Fani-Kayode Attacks Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide address to #EndSARS protesters and Nigerians.

Recall that on Thursday night, President Buhari after several persuasions addressed the nation over the nationwide protests.

Also Read: Tell Nigerians Who Ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare Urges Buhari

The speech has led to a serious backlash for the President, who failed to mention the shooting of peaceful protesters by armed security officers.

Reacting to the speech, the former Minister described “Buhari’s speech was an insult to our people, a disgrace to humanity and a stench in the nostrils of God.

See his tweet below:

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