Top Africa stories: SADC troika, Mugabe, Togo

2017-09-15 08:47

Mugabe 'to take dozens, including family to UN summit… delegation to blow over $10m in allowances'

Harare – The United States has reportedly queried the inclusion of President Robert Mugabe's family on his entourage of more than 70 people to the United Nations summit scheduled for next week.

According to Business Africa, although the summit was expected to run from September 19-23, Mugabe and his delegation were set to depart on September 16. The report quoted diplomatic sources this week as saying that the US embassy queried the inclusion of Mugabe's family, namely the First Lady Grace Mugabe, their daughter Bona and grandson Simbanashe.

The delegation also included Mugabe's son Bellarmine Chatunga as well as Russell Goreraza, Grace’s eldest son.

Robert, Grace Mugabe

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Zuma to convene SADC double troika summit… report on Lesotho expected

Cape Town – South Africa is set to host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika summit to be held in Pretoria on Friday, the presidency has said in a statement.

"President Jacob Zuma, as the chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will convene a SADC Double Troika Summit of heads of state and government on 15 September 2017 in Pretoria," the statement said.

The summit was to be held as a result of the recent political and security development in the kingdom of Lesotho where, among other things, the commander of the Lesotho defence force lieutenant general Khoantle Motsomotso was assassinated.

Jacob Zuma

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Constitutional reform in Togo 'urgent': parliament head

Lome - Lawmakers in Togo will begin to look at a constitutional reform bill from as soon as the end of this week, the head of the National Assembly said on Wednesday.

Parliamentary groups and commissions met to read the government proposals, which came after opposition calls for a two-term limit for presidents and a two-round voting system.

Opposition parties had hoped the bill would be on the agenda when lawmakers met for an extraordinary session on Tuesday, only to find it left off the day's order paper.

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Algeria finds sect leader guilty of 'offending Islam'

Algiers - An Algerian court on Wednesday found the head of the country's tiny Ahmadi community guilty of "offending Islam" and handed him a six-month suspended sentence, his lawyer said.

"Mohamed Fali was handed a six-month suspended sentence. He was found guilty of unauthorised fundraising and offending the Prophet and Islam," Salah Dabouz said.

While Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslims, Islamic extremists have accused them of heresy and since last year Algerian authorities have cracked down on them.

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UN trying to improve 'terrible' migrant detention conditions in Libya

San Jos - The UN agency for migration is trying to improve "terrible" conditions for migrants detained in Libya, and repatriate those willing and able to go home, its deputy head told AFP.

"I think there are somewhere around 31 or 32 detention centers, and around half are controlled by, or are in the areas controlled by, the government," Laura Thompson of the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday after a migration conference in Costa Rica.

"I don't think that anybody knows" how many people are being kept in the facilities, where "extremely bad" conditions reign, she said.

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Gabon mulls amnesty for post-election violence

Libreville - Gabon is considering an amnesty for people involved in last year's deadly post-electoral violence, Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet said Wednesday.

President Ali Bongo's re-election in August 2016, by just a few thousand votes, led opposition leader Jean Ping to accuse the administration of electoral fraud.

Violence broke out days after the vote, and opposition figures say more than 50 people were killed in clashes. The official toll was only three dead.

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