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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa cancels
Davos economic talks to deal with dissent back home

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has cancelled his trip to Davos, Switzerland, and will return from a foreign tour to deal with rising tensions back home.

In an update on his Twitter, Mnangagwa said he was cutting short his trip to attend to issues at home.

"In light of the economic situation, I will be returning home after a highly productive week of bilateral trade and investment meetings," he said Sunday evening.

"We will be ably represented in Davos by Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube.

"The first priority is to get Zimbabwe calm, stable and working again," he said.

He did not mention when exactly he would arrive back home.

Mnangagwa was due to make his second Davos appearance after becoming the first leader from Zimbabwe to attend the event last year, state media New Ziana reported.

Zimbabweans took to the streets last week to protest against fuel price increases.

At least three people died during violent clashes while several shops were looted and property destroyed.

Mnangagwa had been scheduled to travel to Davos for the World Economic Forum from Jan. 22 to 25.

Now Zimbabwe will be represented by finance minister Mthuli Ncube.

He was supposed to travel to Switzerland after his visit to Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
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South Africa working with Zimbabwe to address challenges

PRETORIA South Africa (Xinhua) -- The governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe are working together to address the challenges they face, South Africa’s ministry of foreign affairs said Sunday.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, said, "Minister (Lindiwe) Sisulu indicated that the South African government was working with the Zimbabwean Government in finding a short and long term solution to the economic situation."

"The Minister added that if the situation is not attended to, the current economic challenges can derail the political and economic progress the country has made since the election of the new president," Mabaya said.

Zimbabwe had violent protests last week against increase in fuel prices.

The government said three people, including a police officer, died in the protests.
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Zimbabwe sports minister Kirsty Coventry denies claims of resignation

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean minister of sports Kirsty Coventry has dismissed reports claiming that she has resigned from her ministerial job.

Unconfirmed reports circulating on social media claimed the youthful minister, a former swimmer and one of the most decorated Olympian from Africa, had resigned due to violence that rocked Zimbabwe over the past week.

Coventry denied the claims in a Twitter message Friday.

"I would like to make it clear that I have not resigned as minister," she said.

She also urged Zimbabweans to desist from violence, saying the disturbances that rocked the country last week was a sad development.

Zimbabwe was rocked by violence in the past week after a three-day nationwide stay away called by the main labor body turned violent, resulting in the death of three people and widespread destruction of property.

Police have since arrested about 700 people countrywide in connection with the violence, including activist pastor Evan Mawarire who once called for a successful one-day nationwide stay away in 2016.

Those arrested also include officials from the opposition MDC Alliance.

The stay away was in protest against fuel price hikes of more than 100 percent and the general economic meltdown in the country.

The Zimbabwe government has since offered an additional salary package of 300 million U.S. dollars to be shared by its workers from April to December 2019 but the workers rejected it, saying it is not enough.
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