Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Nigeria

2017-08-31 08:30

Solidarity march, rally for Grace Mugabe in Harare today after SA assault scandal

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has organised a march and rally in Harare on Wednesday to show support for under fire First Lady Grace Mugabe who received condemnation after her South African "wrath".

Grace assaulted 20-year-old South African model Gabriella Engels with an extension cord two weeks ago and severely injured her after she found her with one of her two sons, Bellarmine Chatunga, at a hotel in Sandton.

Following a police report by Engels, the First Lady was granted diplomatic immunity by South African authorities in a move that was criticised by human rights organisations in both Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Zambia's Hichilema in SA to 'celebrate his release with DA'

Cape Town - Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is in South Africa for a three-day visit, during which he will be attending, amongst others, a question session addressed by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on Thursday.

Hichelema arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon where he is set to be hosted by Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane, who was prevented from entering Zambia in May when he wanted to attend his court case.

Hichilema was recently released from prison after four months and seven days, where he was held on charges of treason because, it was alleged he obstructed Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade.

Hakainde Hichilema

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Kenya's Supreme Court ends election challenge hearing

Nairobi - Kenya's Supreme Court judges completed on Tuesday their hearing of an opposition challenge to the August 8 poll and said a ruling will be delivered on Friday.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga argued the presidential poll was rigged and took his case to the court, challenging the election commission's declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election with 54% of the vote.

After hearing closing arguments from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Kenyatta, Chief Justice David Maraga said, "That brings us to the end of the hearing. We will deliver judgement on Friday."

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Grace Mugabe rally 'an insult to women'

Harare - Thousands of Zimbabweans marched through Harare on Wednesday in a show of support for first lady Grace Mugabe who evaded assault allegations in South Africa by claiming diplomatic immunity.

The march, organised by President Robert Mugabe's all-powerful ZANU-PF party, came two weeks after Grace was accused of attacking a 20-year-old model at an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

Grace Mugabe was due to address the "solidarity rally" once marchers reached the party's headquarters in the capital.

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Guinea finds bodies of 19 'S Leone landslide victims'

Conakry - Authorities in Guinea said Tuesday that they had found at least 19 bodies believed to have washed up from neighbouring Sierra Leone following catastrophic flooding and mudslides there.

At least 500 people died and more than 800 were reported missing after the disaster that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on August 13-14, when heavy rains swept away everything in their path.

Two weeks later, officials in Guinea said bodies had washed up as far away as the capital Conakry, about 250km from Freetown, as well as further down the coast at the ports of Koba and Kakossa and off the island of Kabak.

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Nigeria president leads first cabinet meeting in 5 months

 Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday led his first cabinet meeting for five months after a long stay in London where he received treatment for an undisclosed condition.

The 74-year-old retired general, who flew back to Nigeria on August 19 after more than 100 days in the British capital, has worked from home since returning and skipped last week's ministerial meeting.

Buhari led the Federal Executive Council after meeting D'Tigress - the national women's basketball team which won the FIBA Women's AfroBasket final in Mali on Sunday.

Buhari was shown holding the golden tournament trophy and smiling alongside the green-clad team and was joined by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in a photograph issued by the presidency. 

Muhammadu Buhari

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