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Zimbabwe's Main Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Has Died

He was Mugabe's fiercest critic.

The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition group, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and a former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has died, reports BBC Africa. He was 65.

Tsvangirai had been battling colon cancer.

He was a fierce critic of President Robert Mugabe, which landed him beaten and imprisoned on various occasions—most notably in 2007, when photos of an injured Tsvangirai surface online, after he has been reportedly beaten for attending an "Illegal" prayer meeting. He played a major role in organizing nation-wide strikes and protests on several instances during Mugabe's historically long rule.

He had a decades-long career in politics, originally joining Mugabe's Zanu-PF party during Zimbabwe's Independence, reports eNCA.

According to CNN, he ran against Mugabe in 2008, earning 47 percent of the vote and causing a runoff vote, before eventually pulling out of the race, citing "widespread intimidation, torture, mutilation and murder" against his supporters.

Folks are sending condolences on Twitter, remembering Tsvangirai as a passionate advocate for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.


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Zimbabwe to Hold "Free and Fair" Election in 5 Months, Says President Mnangagwa

This will be the first election since the ousting of long-standing president Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's acting president Emmerson MnangagwaRobert Mugabe's advisor who took office directly after his forced resignation—has promised that the country will hold elections in "four to five months," reports The Guardian.

The president has emphasized that the upcoming elections will be completely democratic.

"Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months' time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace," said the president.

"We will ensure that Zimbabwe delivers free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a qualified democratic state," he said.

This will be the first open election in the country in 37 years, when Mugabe took office.

Last month the country's election committee announced that it would extend the voter registration period to allow for more citizens to register for the new biometric system, intended to ensure accountability and protect against fraud.

According to analysts at The Guardian, It is predicted that the Zanfu ruling party, led by Mnangagwa will likely take the election.

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Let This Zimdancehall Jam Soundtrack Your Weekend

Buffalo Souljah and Zimdancehall star Kinnah connect for "Gwenya."

South African-based Zimbabwean dancehall artist Buffalo Souljah is sparking things off with "Gwenya."

The single sees Buffalo Souljah linking up with fellow Zimdancehall heavyweight Kinnah for an addictive and uplifting sing-along track.

The new, South African-shot music video for "Gwenya" follows both artists to a house party blow out—it's a total jump.

Watch the video for Buffalo Souljah and Kinnah's Zimdancehall jam below and make sure to check out Buffalo Souljah's brilliant solo EP, Born Again.

"Gwenya" is available now across all outlets from Okaymusic.

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