Top Africa stories: The CIA,vampires and Zim 'sheer lunacy' tweets

2017-10-11 06:00

Zimbabwe VP Mnangagwa told to prepare for the worst - report

Harare - There might be worse to come for demoted Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

He was stripped of the post of Minister of Justice and moved to Tourism.

ZimNews, quoting a government source in Harare, said Mnangagwa had been warned to prepared to be stripped of the vice presidency of the country and the ruling Zanu-PF’s vice presidency as well.

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Kenya opposition leader withdraws from fresh election

Nairobi - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday withdrew his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission had not made changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

It was Odinga's legal challenge that led the court to nullify the August 8 election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won. He alleged that vote results had been hacked into and manipulated.

The Supreme Court also ordered a new election, which is set for October 26. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa.

Raila Odinga

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Mugabe swears in new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sworn in new ministers, a day after a Cabinet reshuffle in which he stripped the justice ministry from a vice president accused of harbouring presidential ambitions.

The eight new ministers who took office on Tuesday include Happyton Bonyongwe, the former intelligence chief who is now justice minister.

He replaced Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was once viewed a front-runner to succeed 93-year-old Mugabe, but has been harshly criticised recently by the president and his wife for allegedly leading a faction angling for power.

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Malawi leader vows probe as vampire scare forces UN out

Blantyre - Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday vowed a thorough investigation after seven people were murdered by vigilantes in a vampire scare that has driven UN staffers out of the affected region.

Since mid-September, vigilantes have slaughtered seven people suspected of trying to obtain and drink human blood as part of magic rituals.

The vampire rumours sweeping the country's southern region have forced authorities to impose a night-time curfew, restricting movement to 10 hours from 07:00 (05:00 GMT) until 17:00 (15:00 GMT).

Peter Mutharika

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Embattled Zim VP accuses ex-Mugabe spin doctor of spying for CIA

Harare – Zimbabwe’s embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly accused President Robert Mugabe’s former spin doctor, Jonathan Moyo, of being a spy deployed by America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to destroy the ruling Zanu-PF party from within.

In a leaked dossier sent to Mugabe, the embattled vice president alleges that Moyo was working closely with Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, through the Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans Association (COZWA), to destroy the ruling party from within, New Zimbabwe reports.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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'Sheer lunacy': Zimbabweans mock cabinet reshuffle

Harare - Zimbabweans on Tuesday took to social media to pour scorn on a cabinet reshuffle announced by President Robert Mugabe late on Monday.

The cabinet changes are seen as weakening the influence of perceived Mugabe successor, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and strengthening the hand of the G40 faction aligned to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa was stripped of his oversight of the justice ministry. Two of his perceived political allies were dropped from the cabinet: war veterans minister Tshinga Dube, and labour minister Prisca Mupfumira. Mupfumira was replaced by Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao.

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