Zim­babwe forced to seg­ment high­way du­al­i­sa­tion project

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Harare - De­lays in com­menc­ing works on the HarareBeit­bridge high­way du­al­i­sa­tion have forced the Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment to seg­ment plans for its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ex­pan­sion of the road, which has been plagued by numer­ous fa­tal road crashes in­volv­ing buses, minibus taxis, pri­vate cars and haulage trucks.

Ad­dress­ing chiefs at the 2018 an­nual chiefs con­fer­ence in Kadoma, Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa said the gov­ern­ment had to with­draw a ten­der that had been awarded to Aus­trian firm Geiger In­ter­na­tional after it had ‘spent close to year mak­ing prom­ises that they will start work soon’. “In the new dis­pen­sa­tion, we asked them to show us the money for the project and ev­i­dence that they once did a project of a sim­i­lar na­ture stretch­ing over 100 km in an­other coun­try and they failed. So even­tu­ally, we fired them,” Mnan­gagwa was quoted as say­ing in state me­dia on Wed­nes­day. “Now we are in the mid­dle of ne­go­ti­a­tions with an­other com­pany, but we are not go­ing to give them the ten­der be­fore they show us the money. But as gov­ern­ment, we have al­ready started work on our own us­ing our own lo­cal re­sources.” African News Agency CAIRO - A man ac­cused of hi­jack­ing a plane more than two years ago and di­vert­ing it to Cyprus will face trial on a string of charges, Egypt's pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor said on Wed­nes­day.

Seif al-Din Mo­hamed Mostafa, who was ex­tra­dited in Au­gust from Cyprus, is ac­cused of forc­ing a do­mes­tic flight from Alexan­dria to Cairo to di­vert its route to the Mediter­ranean is­land in March 2016.

Egypt's pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor an­nounced on Wed­nes­day the case has been re­ferred to the coun­try's crim­i­nal court, paving the way for a trial to be­gin at an un­spec­i­fied date.

Ac­cu­sa­tions against Mostafa in­clude de­lib­er­ately dis­rupt­ing a flight, seiz­ing con­trol of an air­craft through threats and in­tim­i­da­tion and pro­mot­ing the ideas of the now-out­lawed Mus­lim Brother­hood group, the pros­e­cu­tor said in a state­ment.

Cypriot au­thor­i­ties handed over Mostafa to their Egyp­tian coun­ter­parts after a court rul­ing al­lowed his ex­tra­di­tion.

While held in Cyprus, Mostafa fought his ex­tra­di­tion on grounds he would not re­ceive a fair trial in Egypt. The Cypriot supreme court, how­ever, dis­missed his ap­peal last year against be­ing sent home.

His re­quest for asy­lum was re­fused as Cypriot au­thor­i­ties deemed him a ‘per­pe­tra­tor of se­ri­ous crimes’.

The 2016 hi­jack­ing took place a few months after the Oc­to­ber 2015 down­ing of a Rus­sian air­liner by the Is­lamic State group, killing all 224 on board, an in­ci­dent that dealt a se­vere blow to Egypt's lu­cra­tive tourism in­dus­try.


FORCED: Zim­babwe Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa(r) said de­lays in com­menc­ing works on the Harare-Beit­bridge high­way du­al­i­sa­tion have forced the Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment to seg­ment plans for its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

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