Written by on May 21, 2020

Zimbabwe’s deputy information minister has been fired, hours after dismissing the abduction of a female member of parliament and two of her colleagues as a row, over payment for sex.

The government gave no reason for the dismissal of Energy Mutodi.

A tweet by Mr Mutodi about the opposition MP, Joana Mamombe, has been deleted.

The deputy minister has also been engaged in a public feud with other Zimbabwean ministers.

Foreign embassies in Harare, including those of the European Union and the United States, have demanded a swift and credible investigation into what they describe as the abduction and torture of the women.

Still in foreign news, At least 300 people have been killed in a fresh wave of intercommunal fighting in South Sudan, authorities say.

Dozens of homes in Jonglei state were destroyed, warehouses belonging to aid groups were raided, and women and cattle were abducted.

Three aid workers were among those killed.

A treaty aimed at ending the country’s six-year civil war was signed in February, but intercommunal violence has erupted a number of times since.

Some 800 people are believed to have died in such clashes since February.

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