Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Obasanjo, Gambia

2017-07-22 09:30

Is Mugabe's son-in-law eyeing a parliamentary seat?

Harare – President Robert Mugabe's son-in-law Simba Chikore is reportedly eyeing a parliamentary seat in Zimbabwe's Makoni North constituency, Manicaland province.

According to NewsDay, unnamed Zanu-PF senior party leaders said that Chikore was preparing to contest the seat in next year's election on a Zanu-PF ticket

They alleged that Chikore was fixing roads and "sunk boreholes in the area, as he prepares for his campaign".

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Mugabe resumes nationwide rallies after Singapore medical trip

Lupane – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to resume his nationwide rallies in Lupane, Matabeleland north on Friday amid speculation the gatherings are a prelude before he calls a snap election during the first quarter of 2018.

Constitutionally, the country is due for polls between July and August 2018, but analysts claim Mugabe wants to catch the opposition unawares.

The opposition is currently squabbling over who will lead a proposed grand coalition.

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Trophy hunter shoots dead Cecil the lion's cub in Zim

Johannesburg - A trophy hunter in Zimbabwe has shot dead a cub of Cecil the lion whose death in 2015 caused worldwide outrage, researchers tracking the pride confirmed Friday.

Xanda, a six-year-old lion fitted with a radio collar, was killed on July 7 in northwest Zimbabwe, close to where US dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil with a high-powered bow and arrow two years ago.

"Xanda was shot by a trophy hunter on a legally sanctioned hunt in a hunting area outside Hwange National Park," Andrew Loveridge from Oxford University's zoology department told AFP.

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Death of Cecil's cub Xanda 'a devastating loss': conservationist

Harare - The death of another iconic lion at the hands of a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe is a “devastating loss” that adds to pressures already threatening the species, a leading conservationist has said.

Xanda, the six-year-old cub of his famous father Cecil, was shot and killed earlier this month by a hunter after he wandered out of the sanctuary of Hwange National Park.

It was a grim replay of Cecil’s death, who died at the hands of a US bow hunter outside Hwange in July 2015.

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African leaders 'treat former presidents like animals', says Nigeria's Obasanjo

Pretoria - African leaders should treat their former presidents with more dignity because currently "we are being seen as animals", former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said.

Obasanjo told a tale of how Zambia's independence leader and first president Kenneth Kaunda, who is now 93 and was hospitalised on Wednesday, was treated by his successors over an apparently trivial matter involving books.

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Gambia investigators find dozens more Jammeh-linked assets

Banjul -  Gambia's justice minister says investigators have uncovered dozens of additional properties, bank accounts and companies belonging to former president Yahya Jammeh.

The discoveries come a week after President Adama Barrow announced the formation of a commission to investigate Jammeh's assets.

In May, the government seized some $50m in assets tied to Jammeh and froze 131 properties and more than 80 bank accounts linked to him.

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