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8 Interesting Facts About President Robert Mugabe

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Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe resigned last year in a bloodless coupe detat. He had ruled the country since 1980 and thus he was one of the longest serving presidents in Africa. He first served the country as a Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then as a president between 1987 to 2017. It is interesting to know some other details about Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, besides his long stay in power. His upbringing, education and lifestyle has been unique, no wonder, he stands as one of the long serving presidents in the world. Here are some 8 unique facts about Robert Mugabe

1. His father abandoned him
In 1934 Robert Mugabe’s father abandoned their family after the death of his oldest brother Michael. Mugabe started a whole new family. President Mugabe revealed this in January 2014, at his sister Bridget’s burial.

2. Mugabe Worked as a Teacher in Ghana
Robert Mugabe worked as a school teacher prior to beginning his political career. He first taught in Ghana, Africa’s first nation to gain independence and then on returning to Zimbabwe to join the revolution against the white government of Rhodesia. We would like to see some of the students of Mugabe and we pray that he didn’t teach them about how to cling in power!

3. Robert Mugabe has 7 university degrees
President Mugabe is one of the most learned presidents of Africa. He has seven University degrees. Six of the degrees were earned while he was doing distance learning in prison. They cover a broad range of topics including Education, Economics, Administration, and Law. Robert Mugabe holds degrees that include a Bachelor of Laws and Master’s of Laws from the University of London’s external program which he earned during his stint in a Salisbury prison. Mugabe speaks fluent English and adopted an English accent when pronouncing words.

4. Mugabe was helped by a white nun
Though the Rhodesians did release Mugabe from prison, he was not supposed to leave the country. A white nun helped him to cross into Mozambique, where he was able to rejoin the revolutionary armies.

5. Cheated on his first wife while she was dying of cancer
Mugabe is no joke! While his first wife was struggling with her cancer, Mugabe started an affair with his private secretary, Grace Ntombizodwa who is also rumored to have been engaged to some guy. When it came out that she was pregnant with his child, he ignored popular opinion and married her in 1996 to become the strong First Lady of Zimbabwe.

6. Has a strong religious upbringing
Though Robert Mugabe is not known as a staunch catholic, he has a strong religious upbringing. Robert Mugabe attended Jesuit school, and credits an Irish priest as one of his most influential mentors in his youth. It is not news that Robert Mugabe has visited Rome several times and has met

7. Mugabe Takes Great Care with His Appearance
Mugabe is one of the African leaders who pays much attention to his looks before leaving his home. He is known for his three-piece suit, wide rimmed glasses that have been his hallmark since 1980. He has been also associated with his tiny moustache.

8. Mugabe’s Genitals Were Operated

During Mugabe’s early life an operation on his genitals was done. This generated rumours that he had only one testicle or half a penis! These rumours generated mixed reactions – His opponents used to ridicule him that he was not a man enough. However his supporters used this as a tool to claim that he sacrificed a lot to his country because the operation was as result of his activism towards the white rule and thus was a revolutionary cause.

Rwanda is So Much More than ‘Just Gorillas’

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Virunga Mountains

Ms. Rica Rwigamba, head of tourism and conservation within the Rwanda Development Board, during her visit to the World Travel Market in London last week made it plain to stand visitors and the media, that Rwanda had a lot more to offer than ‘just gorillas’. While admittedly Rwanda is still best known for the tracking of the rare mountain gorillas in the ‘Parc Nationale de Volcanoes’ in the West of the country along the common borders with Uganda and the Congo DR, RDB has in recent years made a determined efforts to opening up new areas and attractions, to offer visitors a wider range of tourism products.

The effort has largely paid off with more and more visitors coming to Rwanda and spending more time in the country, in the process pushing the tourism sector to the top of the economic performance list.

A canopy walk at Nyungwe Forest National Park, said to be the first in any of East Africa’s rain forests, the expansion of tracks and viewing points in this particular park, the partnership with ‘African Parks’ which is now managing the Akagera National Park and investing over 20 million US Dollars there to improve infrastructure, but also the introduction of suitable boats to take tourists on trips along the shores of Lake Kivu, have all made an immediate impact on the tourist itineraries now offered to visitors, keeping Rwanda at the cutting edge of the East African tourism sectors.

It was also ascertained that the average stay in country has now gradually moved towards the 6 day intermediate target, and with the recent start of KLM flights, operating from Amsterdam via Entebbe to Kigali five times a week, more and more tourists are expected to visit ‘the land of a thousand hills’.

Kigali round about; Modern structures are sprouting up; Centenary house is among the new structures

If one is assigned to depict Kigali City to people who have never been here, and he’s supposed to tell it as it is, he would easily be indicted of exaggeration or even risk losing his writing job.

No one would believe him, he would be rubbished as a fascinated dreamer describing a fairyland city. As for people who live in it, some don’t notice the beauty of their city until they visit other cities outside Rwanda.

Thus the common saying, “One can’t know what they’ve got till when it’s gone”.

Kigali is an attractive city during day and a sleeping beauty in the night. It is characterized by well manicured roads and pedicured sidewalks and clearly marked lanes. Street and security lights (that work), green turf, palm trees and flowers give it a lovely arresting look.

The roundabouts and the magnificently created fountains put a marvelous magic touch to this vibrant city.

The cleanness of this city is beyond description; it’s also easier to find a polar-bear in the desert than finding a polythene bag in Kigali and Rwanda at large.

They do not allow polythene bags in the country, so, there are no roadside eyesores that continue to rustle and float around in the wind like you can find elsewhere.

Like officers on duty, poles that hold trash cans stand erect on all road sides in the entire city. The cleanliness of Kigali is partly made easy by the Rwandan culture of not eating in public, Rwandese believe that eating should be done in appropriate places.

Another facet that makes Kigali an amazing city is the sociability of the people. There is no hostility, violence or edginess that you find so common in other countries.

Asking for direction, unlike other cities where if one doesn’t turn a blind ear when you ask him for direction before asking for a’ little something’, people in Kigali will get out of their way to give you the right direction, if possible even accompany you, to make sure you don’t get lost, not because they have a lot of time or are trying to impress you, but I guess that’s how they are wired naturally.

Another rare thing about Kigali and Rwandan citizens is their obedience to traffic laws. It’s a well known-open secret that in most African countries nobody follows traffic rules, not even pedestrians, but in Rwanda traffic laws are respected and of course this is made easy by the fact that traffic lights are in working order and zebra-crossings are well marked and repainted at any sign of fading, traffic officers also doing a terrific job 24/7.

(But although this is the case, here I don’t give our drivers 100% credit. I believe they should add a little more respect to zebra-crossings. Pedestrians also need to know and practice their rights here.)

Kigali city is also a bicycle free city! The only bicycles you can spot in Kigali are sports bicycles, bicycles were gently pushed to city suburbs and were replaced by motorbikes, operated by qualified riders in uniforms.

It’s also a rule to have a helmet both for the passenger and for the ‘motari’. It’s also believed to be easier to see a refrigerator in an Eskimo’s igloo than seeing a taxi-Moto in Kigali ferrying two passengers.

Another thing that makes Kigali worth writing about is the security. Whether on leisure or business, day or night you can walk anywhere without fear of being mugged or your purse being snatched

Let alone petty thefts, car thefts, burglary and bank robberies in Rwanda are only read in Grisham novels and seen in movie scenes.

There are army patrols, police patrols and community security patrols. These can be seen patrolling peacefully without bothering a soul! Today, one can’t be wrong when one says Kigali will soon be a match for any Western city.

Gaddafi’s Son Saif ‘to Run for Libyan President’ in 2018 elections

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Saif Gaddafi

Former Libyan President Late Gaddafi’s son is set to run up for presidential elections 2018. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of late colonel Muammar Gaddafi is set to run for presidential election this year according to local media reports.

Saif was the heir to the throne of the father and right now he is aspiring for the top job though he is being wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity that he committed during his father’s efforts to put down the rebellion that overthrew him in 2011.

His aspirations for the presidency were announced by the officials in the Libyan Popular Front Party in Tunis on Monday during the news conference.

Khaled Guel told a Pan Arab Newspaper that libya needs to get past the recent divisions and many Libyans believe Saif Al-Islam is the only person to liberty them from the on going deteriorating humanitarian situations.

In 2015, Saif Al-Islam was held by the militia in the town of Zintan by the rebels who overthrew his father and he was sentenced to death in Absentia by the court in Tripoli. Though he was released in june last year after being granted amnesty by one of the country’s two competing governments.

His location is little known but the officials of Libyan Popular Front said he will address the nation about his aspirations and plans.

Saif al- islam is a 45 year old man a second son of late Gaddafi and he known to be a reformist during his father regime as he made efforts to forge ties between Libya with the western world. He is a graduate of economics of London school of Economics. He is known for his charitable works and was used as the face of Gaddafi’s regime.

‘It Was Me Who Urged Mugabe to Resign,’ Says Grace Mugabe Speaks Out

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Grace Mugabe

Former first lady Grace Mugabe speaks out for the first time since his husband Robert Mugabe step down in November 2017. she is widely blamed for the downfall of Mugabe due to her unbearable actions that put Mugabe’s throne into jeopardy

She says she never wanted to become vice-president of Zimbabwe at all. She further said her husband favoured defence minister Sydney Sekeremayi.

While being interviewed by south Africa’s Sunday Times, she said that Mnangagwa’s sacking was not about her becoming the successor of her husband.

She said,” I did not even want to become Vice President” she told South Africa’s Sunday Times she favored the defense minister sydney sekeremayi to become the successor of Mugabe.

However, Grace Mugabe echoed on very many rallies that she would not see any problems of her becoming the president of Zimbabwe when her husband retires giving an example of Mnagangwa who left his political seat to his wife.

She also said that the former first family had declared all the properties they had bought outside their country two in South Africa and one in Hong Kong.

Lady Gucci as she is normally known in Zimbabwe said that their family is an honest one. They don’t have money outside the country and they do not have a house in Dubai, they only rented one when their son was studying there.

Rihanna Accuses Snapchat of Promoting Domestic Violence

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Rihanna

Pop star Rihanna on Thursday denounced Snapchat after an advertisement made light of her beating by fellow pop star Chris Brown, sending the company’s share prices tumbling.

The social media platform which counts 187 million users, especially young people drawn to its quickly vanishing posts had featured an advertisement for “Would You Rather?,” a game app that asks sometimes provocative questions.

The commercial showed the two singers and asked Snapchat users whether they would rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” The company pulled the advertisement and apologized, but Rihanna took to rival platform Instagram to denounce Snapchat. “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV (domestic violence) victims and made a joke of it!!!!” she wrote.

Snapchat Losses Millions
According to CNN, Snapchat Lost $800 Million After Rihanna Criticized Its Offensive Ad. The ad, which was created by a third party but had to undergo an approval process by Snapchat, was taken down, but not before quite a lot of damage was done. Snapchat stocks plunged by 4 percent on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal, losing the app nearly a billion dollars this week—evidently due to Rihanna fans who decided to delete the platform from their smartphones.

Snapchat apologized for the ad after pulled it from the platform Monday, saying in a statement, “The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines.”

Tiwa Savage Files for Divorce from Hubby Tee Billz

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Tiwa Savage & Husband

Popular Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage has allegedly filed for divorce from her estranged husband Tunji Balogun, a.k.a TeeBillz. According to media reports, all attempts by the couple to resolve their differences have failed, and Tiwa has decided to formally call it quit, citing “unsolvable issues” as the reason for the decision.

However, Tiwa a.k.a ‘Marvin Record First Lady’, is yet to confirm nor deny the divorce issue. The embattled couple have not been together since their marital crisis in 2016; Teebillz made their marital issues public as he wanted to commit suicide by attempting to jump over a Bridge in Lagos, Nigeria. The duo then engaged in ‘war of words’ on the social media, as Teebillz alleged infidelity, among other accusations, on the part of his estranged wife. Tiwa and Teebillz have a son together.

I am Happy Giving Birth Out of Wedlock – Yvonne Nelson

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Yvonne Nelson - Ghanaian Actress

Award-winning Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has said while she believes it’s the right thing to get married before having kids, she is happy having a child out of wedlock.
She noted that society tends to always put undue pressure on young women when it comes to the issue of marriage and giving birth.

Yvonne Nelson welcomed her first child, Ryn Roberts, a girl on Sunday, October 29, 2017, with her Welsh photographer fiancée, Jamie Roberts.

While she managed to keep the pregnancy a secret, she was heavily criticized for giving birth without being married.

The actress told the BBC in an interview that was aired on Thursday that, “I believe it’s the right thing to do. To get married, have kids, raise a family is ideal but I believe society puts a lot of pressure on women, young women in Africa especially.”

According to her, what matters most is that “at the end of the day if my mum, my family is happy with me, I am happy with myself, that’s it.”

Yvonne Nelson had maintained in other interviews, after the delivery, that Jamie Roberts, a photographer who hails from Wales, is “the right guy I can start something with.”

Trump Sacks Tillerson and Replaces him with Pompeo

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The president of United States of America on Tuesday announced that he has relieved duties of secretary of state Rex Tillerson and he is to be succeeded by the CIA Chief Mike Pompeo.

Trump tweeted,” mike pompeo director of CIA will become our new secretary of state. he will do an amazing job” he also added” thank you to rex Tillerson for the service”

Gina Haspel become the first woman to be the CIA boss as announced the us president Donald Trump.

Experience Group Safaris in Africa

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Experience the beautiful Africa continent on a group tour sharing magical moments with friends and family as you discover its beautiful countries rich in both attractions and culture. Most visited countries in Africa include Morocco (famed for the Marrakech & snake-charmers), Egypt (The historical land of pyramids of Giza, Egypt , Mountain Sinai ,pharaoh’s tombs etc), Zimbabwe (the country of music dance and drama), South Africa (The land of wildlife &beaches), Tanzania (The land of plains & the massive concentration of the big five), Kenya (the magical wildlife base in Africa), Rwanda (the land of great views &hills), Zambia (wildlife and the might world falls), Botswana (The place where you feel immersed in true Africa culture & life style), Uganda the Pearl of Africa etc. Each country is Unique though some look to have same attractions making Africa my favorite every day. While in Africa eyes can only rest when you retire for sleeping but even in the hotel room you can relax as you admire the nature setting of the tents & bandas designed with local materials a thing which gives you an African touch in depth.

Travelling in small groups provide a more intimate travel experience & opens the dip doors to the local culture with more access to local guides. Groups have average guests from 6-40 guests and tour operators plan for a fixed number of guests per trip so it’s always good to book early and they prepare your travel essentials in time. Among the many Africa safari tours put on market for travelers to different tourist destinations in Africa there was still need for Africa tour operators to redesign tours in the way that every one with a travel passion can fulfill his/her dream of travel without drying their pocket. And today most tour operators organize group tours to different tourism destinations in Africa especially to most visited countries.

Group tours enable many travelers to discover their dream destination at a fare cost than taking on a sole trip. It’s good to join others and share the costs of a holiday tours that’s in terms of accommodation, transport and activities. I think it’s a best way to adventure Africa on a tight budget. Most group tours in Africa have scheduled departure dates that are some times weekly, monthly or in particular months of the year. Therefore if you want to join any Africa adventure on a group trip you need to inquire about the trip availability at least one month to the travel date but the best time is the beginning of year so that the tour operator can plan for the group tours for a year knowing that you inclusive. Most common organized group tours in Africa.

Group gorilla Safari tours in Uganda/Rwanda

These ones are normally organized in the small groups of eight with scheduled departures. Such groups are organized in both low and high season for gorilla tracking in order to make the gorilla trekking adventure affordable for many. Since this tour requires advance booking of gorilla permits the tour operators prefer travelers to commit and make trip deposits at least a month before the trek. These groups are organized in both Uganda and Rwanda to Bwindi forest national park and volcanoes national park.

Gorilla tracking group tour cost $550 per person during the low season and $950 per person during the high season all inclusive the Gorilla permit, transport, full board accommodation, park entrance, ranger guides, all transfers but the price may change any time so contact your travel planner in Rwanda/Uganda for current updates. Gorilla permit cost $350 for the low season in Uganda ( April, May& November) which is the best time to book your trek if you on a very tight budget. But you can also organize yourselves as a group of friends and book your adventure tour for the high season when the permit is at $600 in Uganda and $750 and save more than planning a trip alone. It’s fun to travel with friends, & also meet new people in every new destination you visit.

Wildlife Excursion Group Safaris in Africa

You can join a wildlife group tour in many countries like Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania to mention but a few. Why not be part of the Africa saga with dinner in one of Africa wild forest & game reserve in company of friend’s. Start planning now and have fun in your next wildlife adventure in Africa. For Uganda you can enjoy a wildlife group tour any time of year same applies to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana but for Kenya the best time is the high season of July-October during the wildebeest migration as zebra and gazelle stampeding across the plains in search of greener grass and Tanzania is same though you can still view many wildlife in the other months of the year. This top Africa wildlife parks is also home to large predator populations, including numerous lions, leopards, cheetahs and jackals, as well as large numbers of other wild animals like the giraffe, elephants, buffaloes, kobs, topis and over thousands bird both epidemics and migrates. Save on an Africa safari adventure by joining others.

Driving in Africa – Things You Should Know

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Uganda is one of the few couhtries that you can easily discover with a rental car. The country has relatively good road infrastructure, large vehicle hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery – which combines to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. However taking a self drive in Uganda is not all that easy! Therefore If you’re thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips to enhance your trip.

Car hire

Most car rental companies have various branches throughout the country and at the only airport found in this country. So Vehicles may generally be picked up at any company at branch and dropped at any point within and outside the country after negotiations, subject to a fee.

It is advisable to take out the insurance offered by the vehicle rental companies, unless you have specific cover in place. All major credit cards are accepted.

Driver’s licenses

Any valid driver’s license is accepted in Uganda, provided it bears the photograph and signature of the holder and is printed or authenticated in English.

However, vehicle hire companies may also require an international driver’s license. It is worth confirming requirements with your travel agent or the vehicle hire company when making your booking. This holds for additional drivers as well, who must be identified when you hire your vehicle. Remember to carry all your documentation with you when you travel as traffic officers will expect to see it if they stop you for any reason.

Keep left, belt up, think kilometers

Keep left, pass right. Ugandans drive on the left-hand side of the road, and our cars – rental cars included – are therefore right-hand drive vehicles, the gear shift being operated with the left hand.However,we at Uganda car rental, we also have left-handed vehicles that we give out as well on your requisition. This is due to the fact that we have clients who rent cars to travel to Rwanda where they keep right.

All distances, speed limits (and speedometers) are marked in kilometers.

Wearing of seat belts is compulsory. Using hand-held phones while driving is against the law – use a vehicle phone attachment or hands-free kit if you want to speak on your mobile phone.

Drinking and driving is prohibited. The legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1 000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml. But how do you know if you’re over the limit?

Speed limit

The general speed limit on Uganda’s national highways, urban freeways and other major routes is 120km/h (75mph). On secondary (rural) roads it is 100km/h (60mph). In built-up areas it is usually 60km/h (35mph), unless otherwise indicated. Check the road signs.

If you’re in a hire car and get a speeding fine, the car rental company will pay the fine, and will charge that amount plus an admin fee to your credit card.

Filling up

Various types of petrol stations are located and evenly distributed throughout the country. All the country’s high ways have them on the road sides so whenever you run short of it you just branch and stop at the station for refueling. These are open 24/7 and their prices are always the same since they are oligopoly firms and they use cut-throat method in determining prices.

Ugandan petrol stations are not self-help: an attendant will fill the car, ask if you’d like your oil and water and tyre pressure checked, and offer to clean your windscreen – a service for which they are generally tipped for.

When it comes to paying for fuel, you can pay cash or use your credit card. Historically, filling stations used to be cash-only operations so some smaller stations may still not accept cards. Check with the attendant what payment method they accept before filling up. Many filling stations have on-site ATM machines.

Driving around the country

Our road infrastructure is relatively good, so driving between cities and towns is a viable option – and, given the stunning scenery in many parts of the country, a highly enjoyable one.

However, Uganda is a huge country not easily traversed in a day, so plan your journeys carefully. If you’re not used to driving long distances, rather break the journey, as fatigue is a major contributing factor in motor vehicle accidents. While most national roads are tarred and in good condition, the more rural the road, the more likely it is to be pot-holed and poorly surfaced.

Road info, maps: Current information on the conditions of roads can be obtained through the traffic police of Uganda. This very institution also provides invaluable guides for road users in the form of strip maps tailored for specific destinations and information for tourists on accommodation en route.

Traffic signs are generally pictorial or in English.

Safety

Uganda has a high rate of traffic accidents so drive defensively and exercise caution when on the roads – especially at night – and keep a wary eye out for pedestrians and cyclists.

Drivers of minibuses and taxis can behave erratically, and often turn a blind eye to rules and road safety considerations.

All Ugandan roads are not fenced, so watch out dogs, chickens, sheep and even cows on the road. These can be particularly hazardous at night.

Large wild animals can as well cross over into the road especially in areas where the road passes through a national park or game reserve like Mburo national park can also pose a danger – if you see road signs depicting animals, take it slowly, especially towards evening.

Never stop to feed wild animals – it is dangerous and you can incur a hefty fine if you do so.

In general, be aware and keep your wits about you. It’s a good idea to drive with your doors locked and windows up, especially in cities and at traffic lights.

Don’t ever stop to pick up hitchhikers. If you are worried about someone on the side of the road, report it to the police station in the next town.

Ensure your car is locked when you park it and do not leave anything in sight. Lock things away in the trunk – known as the boot here – or the glove compartment (cubbyhole).

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