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The Stories You Need To Know: The Weeknd’s Donation To Uganda, Helen Zille’s Suspension, Lesotho’s Elections, And Zanzibar’s Bid To Join FIFA

From Helen Zille's suspension to Zanzibar's bid to join FIFA, here are the stories you need to know.

SOUTH AFRICA—On Saturday, former leader of the opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille was suspended as member of the party due to her failure to apologize for her series of tweets defending colonialism in March. This was announced by the party’s leader Mmusi Maimane in a conference on Saturday. The party however issued a statement stating the former leader’s suspension was… well, suspended. Read the statement here.


LESOTHO—Citizens of Lesotho took to the polls on Saturday, in an election that has been deemed a “two-horse race” between old rivals Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Thomas Thabane. However, there was a heavy army presence of which there was no explanation for.

Read the full story here.

ZANZIBAR—The country has submitted a bid to become part of FIFA. Its previous bid to join the international football body in 2005 was rejected by FIFA. If the country, which is a part of Tanzania with its own government, is given the approval, it will be able to participate in the World Cup qualifying competition in 2022. Read the full story here.

UGANDAThe Weeknd has donated $100,000 to the Suubi Health Center, a maternity and children’s medical facility in Budondo, Uganda. He made the donation to French Montana’s “Unforgettable” campaign, in which he donated $100, 000 and encouraged other stars to do the same. Read the full story here.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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