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Zanu PF Officially Notifies Mugabe he is Getting Recalled

The president's impeachment is set to begin today (Tuesday).

President Robert Mugabe was given until Monday noon to step down, a deadline which he missed. This was after he refused to resign during a national address on Sunday.


Mugabe's party Zanu-PF has just confirmed it has notified the president to step down.

"Pursuant to the decisions of the Zanu PF central committee entered on November 19, 2017 recalling Cde President Robert Gabriel Mugabe from the position president and first secretary of Zanu PF, the party wishes to announce that Cde RG Mugabe has been formally notified of the decisions this morning," said Zanu PF secretary for information Simon Khaya Moyo, in a statement.

The president's impeachment is set to begin today (Tuesday).

According to a report by eNCA, Zanu-PF deputy Legal Secretary Paul Mangwana said most of his party's MPs will vote to impeach Mugabe.

"We've had to engage our colleagues in the MDC (and) the other parties which are in parliament. And coming from discussions with honorable Manzora, he has agreed to give us 71 votes from the MDC and we are also requesting professor Ncube to give us two more votes. Once we get those 73 we now need 127 votes from Zanu-PF in order to achieve the two-thirds majority," he was quoted as saying by the website.

You can read the full report here.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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