Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Nigeria, Somalia

2017-04-07 06:02

EXCLUSIVE: We won't allow Mugabe to 'lead from a wheelchair', says Zim opposition

Harare- Zimbabwean opposition parties have vowed that they would not allow President Robert Mugabe to “lead the country from a wheelchair”, and threatened to embark on massive street protests to push the southern African country’s electoral body to implement key democratic reforms before the 2018 national elections.

Cabinet ministers on Monday gave Mugabe a “special massage chair” as a gift at a belated birthday ceremony held at State House. Mugabe, who turned 93 on February 21 this year, held a lavish celebration party in the Matopo district in southern Zimbabwe despite criticism from local people there who accused him of feasting in their area whilst they could hardly put food on their tables.

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Grace Mugabe's allies resign amid succession battles in Zanu-PF

Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party was plunged into turmoil when a minister and another senior official resigned from their positions in the party’s women’s wing on Wednesday amid infighting over the nonagenarian’s leader failure to groom a successor in his 37 years in power.

Two distinct camps have emerged in Zimbabwe’s revolutionary party as the factions seek to outwit each other in the race to succeed the 93 year-old leader.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is allegedly leading a faction that is angling to succeed Mugabe calling itself “Team Lacoste” while another grouping made up of young Turks, commonly known as Generation 40 and backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her ageing husband, wants to torpedo Mnangagwa’s presidential ambitions.

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Passengers 'burnt beyond recognition' in Zim bus accident

Harare – At least 30 people are feared dead after a bus they were travelling in reportedly sideswiped a haulage truck and caught fire on Wednesday in Nyamatikiti River near Chaka in Chirumanzu.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, most of the victims were said to have been "burnt beyond recognition".

The South Africa-bound bus had over 60 passengers on board, while the truck was laden with tyres.

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Nigeria's ex-oil minister charged with money-laundering

Abuja - Nigeria's Federal High Court has charged a former oil minister with money-laundering in an election bribery scandal. Diezani Allison-Madueke is the first minister from former President Goodluck Jonathan's Cabinet to be formally charged.

Prosecutors allege that she paid bribes totaling nearly $1.4 million to three electoral officials the day before the March 2015 presidential elections.

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Top Nigerian judge cleared of corruption

Abuja - One of Nigeria's leading judges was on Wednesday cleared of corruption after a court ruled he had no case to answer, in a blow to President Muhammadu Buhari's fight against graft.

Judge Adeniyi Ademola, his wife Tolulope Olabowale and a senior lawyer, Joe Agi, were formally acquitted of 18 charges, including receiving money and gifts to influence cases.

Muhammadu Buhari

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Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

Mogadishu - Somalia's new president has declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabaab extremists.

The shakeup on Thursday is an attempt to improve the worsening security situation as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab steps up its deadly bombings in the capital since President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was elected in February.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

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Gambians head to polls to choose parliament under new leader

Banjul - Voters headed to the polls Thursday in Gambia for parliamentary elections that are expected to end two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh.

The vote is crucial for the transition promised by President Adama Barrow, who beat Jammeh in December elections. Barrow has promised a path toward reconciliation and greater freedoms in this tiny West African country. Jammeh's government was long accused of rights abuses.

Yahya Jammeh

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