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Zimbabwean author regains freedom amid arrest during protest

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Zimbabwean top writer and Booker Prize nominee, Tsitsi Dangarembga was freed on bail on Saturday following her arrest during anti-government protests a day earlier.

Dangarembga, 61, was charged with incitement to commit violence and breaching anti-coronavirus health regulations after staging a two-women demonstration in Harare which coincided with the second anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s disputed election.

She was arrested in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester and hauled into a truck full of police armed with AK-47 rifles and riot gear.

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Police had banned the protests called by opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small party called Transform Zimbabwe, against alleged state corruption and the country’s slumping economy.

The government had denounced the protests, calling them an “insurrection”.

The Cambridge-educated author’s arrest came days after her latest novel, “This Mournable Body”, entered the long list for the Booker Prize.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga (C) and a colleague Julie Barnes hold placards as they are arrested during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare. – Police in Zimbabwe arrested on July 31, 2020 internationally-aclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election. Dangarembga, 61, was bundled into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)

“I’m happy to be out in the fresh air,” Dangarembga told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) as she left the magistrates’ court.

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“It’s a whole experience, something I’ve never gone through,” she said.

She said while the constitution provides for peaceful demonstration, “it seems impossible to do that practically because you run the risk of being arrested if you do it”.

Eleven other people arrested on Friday, including Fadzayi Mahere, a lawyer and spokeswoman for the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance, were also released on Saturday.

Mahere live-streamed via Facebook images of riot police scaling metal barriers into a suburban eatery to which she had retreated after her protest.

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Mahere, 34, walked out of court all the more defiant.

“We should continue to stare the beast in the face. Fear is not an option. We can’t be afraid to speak out against poverty, injustice and corruption,” she told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media).

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare. – Police in Zimbabwe arrested on July 31, 2020 internationally-aclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election. Dangarembga, 61, was bundled into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)

‘Fear not an option’
The magistrates’ court released the two women on ZW$5,000 (US$65) bail and ordered them to return on September 18.

On Friday, police and soldiers manned road blocks and checkpoints in Harare after earlier warnings of a tough response to “deal decisively with any individuals or groups fomenting violence”.

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The warning and the heavy security presence on the streets effectively thwarted the planned nationwide street protests.

Only a handful of people appeared to brave the ban.

Dangarembga was arrested carrying placards calling for reforms and the release of Hopewell Chin’ono, a prominent journalist arrested last week under the government crackdown.

She leapt to prominence in 1988 with “Nervous Conditions”, a coming-of-age story about a girl’s battle to escape poverty and gain an education. The book became an instant classic.

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Earlier in the week police published a list of more than a dozen wanted suspects who included opposition labour and rights activists.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare. – Police in Zimbabwe arrested on July 31, 2020 internationally-aclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election. Dangarembga, 61, was bundled into a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)
Amnesty International has condemned the crackdown on protests and dissent.

“This latest witch-hunt and repression of peaceful dissent is a continuation of what we have seen in the country in recent years, including the abductions and arbitrary arrests of those who are critical of the government,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa.

“The brutal assault on political activists and human rights defenders who have had the courage to call out alleged corruption and demand accountability from their government is intensifying,” she said.


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Zimbabwean novelist ‘arrested’ during protest

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Police in Zimbabwe on Friday arrested internationally-acclaimed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga as they enforced a ban on protests coinciding with the anniversary of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election.

Dangarembga, 61, was taken away in a police truck as she demonstrated in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale alongside another protester, a photographer saw.

Streets in the centre of the city were largely deserted as police and soldiers set up checkpoints to prevent entry.

Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small party called Transform Zimbabwe, had called for demonstrations against alleged state corruption and the country’s slumping economy

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The protests were timed to coincide with the second anniversary of Mnangagwa’s election, which the opposition says was a fraud.

But most people stayed at home after police on Thursday issued a ban and warned of a tough response.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa wears a protective face shield and facemask as he delivers a speech on July 31, 2020. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

“All security arms of government are on full alert and will deal decisively with any individuals or groups fomenting violence,” it warned.

There were more checkpoints and roadblocks than usual on roads leading to the centre of the capital, manned by police and soldiers.

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In the central business district, police carrying batons or riot shields were heavily deployed, a Media journalist (known to Noble Reporters Media) saw.

Novelist arrested
In the suburbs, only a handful of people appeared to brave the ban.

A photographer saw Dangarembga and a fellow protester, Julie Barnes, hauled into a truck full of police armed with AK-47 rifles and riot gear.

Shortly afterwards, she tweeted: “Arrested! At Borrowdale. Ope it will be OK”. She also tweeted a photo of herself and Barnes, sitting on the floor at a police station.

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She had been carrying placards calling for reforms and the release of Hopewell Chin’ono, a prominent journalist arrested last week under a government crackdown.

Minutes before her arrest, she told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media): “It seems that there has been a big reaction by the authorities to this protest.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga (C) and a colleague Julie Barnes hold placards as they are arrested during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare. ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

“They declared it illegal — I’m not quite sure (why), apart from the fact that they don’t want it…Our constitution gives Zimbabweans the right to demonstrate peacefully and that’s what we are doing.”

The Cambridge-educated author is the only Zimbabwean woman writer to win the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and has often been praised for speaking out on women’s issues.

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She leapt to prominence in 1988 with “Nervous Conditions”, a coming-of-age story about a girl’s battle to escape poverty and gain an education. The book became an instant classic.

Her arrest came days after her latest novel, “This Mournable Body,” entered the long list for the Booker Prize.

In a statement, police confirmed she had been arrested “for trying to incite the public to engage in illegal demonstrations while carrying placards written various political messages meant to cause public disorder.”

Among several others arrested Friday was Fadzayi Mahere, a lawyer and spokeswoman for the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance.

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Mahere live-streamed via Facebook images of riot police scaling metal barriers into a suburban eatery where she had retreated after her protest, and arrested her.

The British ambassador in Harare, Melanie Robinson tweeted: “Very concerned about reports of abductions, arrests and threats targeting those exercising constitutional rights. Freedom of expression is vital even in times of COVID19, with social distancing observed”.

Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga holds a placard during an anti-corruption protest march along Borrowdale road, on July 31, 2020 in Harare. ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP

Poverty and hunger
The government had denounced the protests, calling them an “insurrection”.

Ruling ZANU-PF spokesman Patrick Chinamasa earlier this week claimed that US ambassador Brian Nicholls was sponsoring the protests and called him “a thug”.

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Mnangagwa took over from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe after a coup in November 2017.

But hopes among many that he would end Mugabe’s disastrous economic slump have been dashed, and many Zimbabweans say they are worse off than before.

The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) says some 8.6 million Zimbabweans, or 60 percent of the population, will require food aid as a result of a drought, economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country has recorded 3,092 virus cases including 53 deaths.


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Zimbabwean minister died from COVID-19 complications – Presidency reveals

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Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, a retired general who commanded an army unit accused of a notorious massacre in the 1980s, succumbed to coronavirus, the president said on Thursday.

Shiri, who was also involved in the ouster of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, died on Wednesday aged 65.

The state-owned daily The Herald said President Emmerson Mnangagwa told mourners “it is confirmed that Minister Shiri died of COVID-19”.

In this file photograph taken on December 4, 2017, former Zimbawean air force commander Perrance Shiri (L), who was appointed Lands and Agriculture minister, takes his oath of office in a new cabinet at State House in Harare. AFP

Local independent media had said Wednesday that Shiri had been quarantined at a private hospital after he was exposed to coronavirus by his driver, who reportedly died at the weekend.

Shiri became Zimbabwe’s first high-profile personality to die from the virus that is fast spreading in the country, which has a weak health system.

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Zimbabwe has 2,879 confirmed virus cases, including 41 deaths.

Shiri was commander of an elite North Korean-trained unit, the Fifth Brigade, that cracked down on a revolt in the western province of Matabeleland in the newly independent Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during the Defence Forces Day celebrations held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on August 14, 2018. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

Known as the Gukurahundi massacres, the operation claimed some 20,000 lives, according to the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe, a figure supported by Amnesty International.

Shiri served for years as commander of the air force before taking up a post as land and agriculture minister under Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe


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Just in: Zimbabwean minister, Perrance Shiri dies at 65

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Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister, Perrance Shiri, an ex-airforce commander who headed an army unit accused of a notorious massacre in early 1980s, died on Wednesday aged 65, the government said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who made the announcement, paid tribute to Shiri as a “true patriot” but gave no details about the cause of the death.

Shiri was commander of an elite North-Korean trained unit, the Fifth Brigade, that cracked down on a revolt in the western province of Matabeleland province in the newly-independent Zimbabwe.

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Known as the Gukurahundi Massacre, the bloodbath claimed some 20,000 lives, according to the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe, a figure suported by Amnesty International.

Mnangagwa was state security minister at the time.

Shiri served for years as commander of the airforce before taking up a post as land and agriculture minister under Mnangagwa after a coup that ousted longtime ruler Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

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Mnangagwa described Shiri as “a long time friend and colleague… a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country.”

In this file photograph taken on December 4, 2017, former Zimbawean air force commander Perrance Shiri (L), who was appointed Lands and Agriculture minister, takes his oath of office in a new cabinet at State House in Harare. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

According to a news media (known to Noble Reporters Media), Shiri had been quarantined at a private hospital after he was said to have been exposed to coronavirus virus by his driver, who died at the weekend.

Critics took to social media to vent their emotions.

“It’s tragic that Shiri has departed without facing justice over the Gukurahundi atrocities he committed in Matabeleland and Midlands Provinces in the 1980s nor telling the truth about those atrocities to help heal the nation. May God rest Shiri’s victims in eternal peace,” tweeted exiled former minister Jonathan Moyo, who served under Mugabe.


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[Photos] Zimbabwean TV Star Weds Nigerian Lover In Calabar, Cross Rivers. (Video)

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Over the weekend, 33 year old Zimbabwean Actress, model and TV personality Vimbai Mutinhiri exchanged the marital vows with her lover, Andrew Ekpenyong in Calabar, Cross River State.

The love birds did not allow the Coronavirus lockdown in the Nation stop them from having their court wedding!

Clarifying that the wedding had constrained physical participants, brother to the groom and Cross Rivers state minister of Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong said:

“loved ones saw the function by means of video conferencing”

Also sharing photos from the court wedding, Vimbai wrote:

What shall I render to Jehovah, for He has done so very much for me ♥️🙏🏾😇 . Part 1 / Court Registry done ✅ – social distancing compliant, but you know we had to add our touch to it 😁 (while we watch and wait for the coast to clear for us to have the dream celebrations we spent months planning) Thank you to all who have shared their words of encouragement, their prayers and their well wishes!! We are so grateful to be blessed with so much love

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In another post, she wrote:

If only tears could speak, these ones would tell such a powerful story of how no matter what – God has a plan! Only He knows how a girl from Harare, ended up in the loving arms of a Prince in Calabar. The journey has been colorful and eventful, but by His grace we are ushered into a new chapter. What a testimony – that in every story – JEHOVAH has the final say 😇 .

ForeverYong2020 Part 1 #CourtRegistry

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe report 1st case.


The Zimbabwean government on Friday March 20, reported its first case of coronavirus.

Health Minister Obadiah Moyo who made the announcement on state television ZTV, said the coronavirus case is a man who returned to his home in the tourist resort town of Victoria Falls from Britain last weekend.


He said;

“This is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. The patient is a 38-year-old Caucasian man … who had travelled to Manchester in the UK on the 7th of March and returned to his home in Victoria Falls on the 15th of March via South Africa.”

NobleReporters gathered that though the country’s public health system has been suffering for years from a lack of equipment and drugs, the Zimbabwean government has announced a raft of steps to prevent the virus from spreading and they include the cancellation of public and sporting events, and constraints on gatherings. Schools will also close on Tuesday March 24.


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COVID-19: Punishment to US and Europe – Zimbabwean Minister.


Zimbabwe’s defence minister Oppah Muchinguri has described the coronavirus pandemic as a “punishment” to the US and Europe.

Muchinguri said this while speaking at a rally in the northern town of Chinhoyi on Saturday.


According to her, it’s a punishment to Europe for imposing sanctions against members of the ruling regime over human rights abuses.

She said:

“Coronavirus is the work of God punishing countries who imposed sanctions on us.


“They are now staying indoors. Their economies are screaming just like they did to our economy.”

Muchinguri added that COVID-19 would teach US President Donald Trump that “he is not God”.


“They must feel the effects of coronavirus and understand our pain,” she added.

The United States and the European Union had imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s Hugh ranking officials during the despotic rule of the country’s late ex-president Robert Mugabe

Since its outbreak in Wuhan, Coronavirus has killed almost 6,000 people worldwide and caused cancellations of sports events.


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Zimbabwe: Independence day celebration to hold in Bulawayo


Zimbabwe’s main Independence Day celebrations will for the first time since 1980 be held outside the capital Harare after the ruling ZANU-PF party’s Politburo decided that they should be held in the second city of Bulawayo.

The country will mark 40 years of independence from British colonial rule on April 18.


The main Independence Day celebrations have traditionally been held at the giant Chinese-built National Sports Stadium in Harare, but the party’s Politburo decided Wednesday that they should be held in Bulawayo this year in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s desire to decentralize national events.

Acting secretary for information and publicity Patrick Chinamasa told journalists after a meeting of the Politburo that the move was in line with the Second Republic’s devolution thrust, the State-controlled Herald newspaper reported Thursday.

The Politburo is the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress.

“As you might be aware, 2020 marks our 40th year of independence. We have taken a decision that in future, independence celebrations will rotate from province to province. In the past, the celebrations were held in Harare,” he said.


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Wife of Zimbabwean Vice President Freed On Bail

…after attempt to murder husband


The wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa was on Monday January 6 granted bail by a High Court after being arraigned on charges of fraud, money laundering and attempted murder of her husband.

38-year-old Marry who was granted bail of 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars by the court which also ordered her to surrender her diplomatic passport, was arrested in December 2019 on allegations of attempted murder, fraud and contravening the country’s exchange control laws by transferring about $1m abroad.

Zimbabwe Vice President?s wife freed on bail after being accused of attempting to kill her husband

The businesswoman and former model who is due for a routine pretrial appearance on January 14, was previously married to a national football player. She is also expected to report to the police twice weekly.


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Mother found his son after 17 years. (Video/Photos)


A son who had to be separated from his mother when he was 5 years old reunited with her after 17 years apart and a video of their reunion will warm your heart.

According to @mhlanga101 from Zimbabwe, times were hard in the country at the time and most parents had to go abroad to make enough money to take care of their family back home in Zimbabwe.

The parents had two options, to return home to Zimbabwe and be unable to care for their kids, or to stay abroad and have enough money for childcare while being cellphone parents.


He said that though she was physically absent, his mother was always there for him and did her best at parenting.

As he grew older, he said he tried every means to get a visa to be reunited with his mother but he was always denied.


He finally got a visa after 17 years and didn’t tell his mother he was coming. When she saw him, her surprise was palpable.

Sharing the video, he wrote: “After 17 years without seeing my mom I finally managed to see her and this was her reaction. To those whose parents have been gone for long, don’t lose hope! Gods timing is the only timing you can trust.”

Heartwarming moment son reunites with his mother after 17 years (video)

Heartwarming moment son reunites with his mother after 17 years (video)

Heartwarming moment son reunites with his mother after 17 years (video)

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Mother and 30 year daughter died from cleansing concoction given by prophet.


An unmarried Zimbabwean woman and her mother have died after they allegedly drank a lethal concoction that was given to them by a self-proclaimed prophet.

According to iHarare, Ms. Sithandazile Nyathi, 30 and her mother Ms. Thokozani Ncube, 51, who are based in South Africa died shortly after drinking a ‘cleansing’ concoction they allegedly got from a prophet named Brian Mpofu from Cowdray Park suburb over the weekend. The mother, Ms. Ncube, had accompanied her daughter to see the prophet.


It was claimed in the report that the duo had approached the prophet to express Sithandazile’s problems including marriage pressures as suitors were not coming for her.

The deceased’s aunt, Seyiso Ncube, revealed that Sithandaziles had been in contact with the prophet since she was in South Africa.


Speaking to the publication, Ms. Ncube’s sister, Ms. Elizabeth Ncube said:

‘We were not there when this occurred but what we have been told is that they went to consult a prophet in Cowdray Park on Saturday. Sithandazile is the one who sought the services of the prophet and requested her mother to accompany her. They went there with our 15-year-old nephew who narrated to us what really transpired.


He said the prophet gave the three of them some substance to induce vomiting claiming that he was casting out a bad spell. After that, he gave them a concoction consisting of bluestone, aloe vera, and lemon which he said they were going to drink at home the following day before eating anything.

Prior to drinking the mixture, we are told that the prophet sent them a message, instructing them not to give it to the boy but share his dosage. Soon after drinking the mixture they started complaining that it was making them bleary, complaining of stomach cramps. Sithandazile instructed the boy to give her a bucket so that she could induce vomiting.


My sister was of the view that probably that was how the medicine worked and she did not attempt to induce vomiting. When the boy brought the bucket, Sithandazile was already struggling to breathe prompting the boy to call his uncle who is my late sister’s husband.

We are told before my sister’s husband could attend to Sithandazile, he discovered that his wife (my sister) was not responding when he called her in her bedroom and when he went in to check on her he discovered that she had white fluids coming out through her mouth and nose.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Chief Inspector Precious Simango also confirmed that they are investigating the issue.

‘Yes, we received a case where mother and her daughter died after drinking some poisonous substance they were given by a self-proclaimed prophet. I can’t say much at the moment as it could jeopardize our investigations. We have, however, arrested a suspect in connection with the pair’s death.’


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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe who died left somethings behind. (Check)

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe, who died in September, left $10 million and some properties in the capital, but no will naming his beneficiaries, details of his estate published by the state-owned newspaper the Herald showed on Tuesday.

Zimbabweans have speculated for years about the extent of Mugabe’s wealth, with many assuming that he and his family amassed a vast fortune during his 37 years in power.

Mugabe’s daughter Bona Chikowore wrote in October to the Master of the High Court seeking to register her father’s estate, the Herald reported. It listed assets including $10 million held in a local bank, four houses in Harare, 10 cars, one farm, his rural home, and an orchard.

One of the properties is the palatial home known as Blue Roof in an upmarket suburb of the capital where Mugabe lived. The list does not include several farms that he reportedly owned or a dairy business he ran with wife Grace or any properties outside Zimbabwe.

Under Zimbabwean laws, the estate of a person who dies without a will is distributed between their spouse and children.

Mugabe’s lawyer Terrence Hussein, however, asked the court to register the estate, saying he and the family had not found any will left by Zimbabwe’s founding leader.

“Thus far, we have not been able to locate a will, but have sent out inquiries to other law firms, although the family members are not aware of any,” Hussein wrote in a letter to the High Court that was quoted by the Herald.

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