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Zimbabwe moves to scrap bride price

A female lawyer in Zimbabwe has mounted a legal challenge to abolish lobola, or the bride price, saying it is an outdated practice which reduces women to mere “properties”, the state-run Herald newspaper reports. Priccilar Vengesai believes that if the custom is maintained, the families of both the bride and …

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Cameroon jails President Biya critic for 25 years

Amnesty International has condemned the decision of a military court in Cameroon to sentence an opposition leader to 25 years in prison. Aboubakar Siddiki was arrested in 2014, accused of plotting to destabilise President Paul Biya’s government. He is “the latest victim of the Cameroonian authorities’ strangling of opposition voices”, …

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