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2017-02-06 20:00

Nigeria's Buhari extends UK stay for health reasons

Abuja - Nigeriaan President Muhammadu Buhari is to prolong his stay in London pending the result of health tests, his spokesperson said on Sunday in a statement which will do little to quash rumours he is unwell.

Femi Adesina said Buhari had written to the National Assembly on Sunday "informing them of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors".

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Congolese pay last respects to opposition head in Brussels

Brussels - Thousands of members of the Congolese diaspora gathered in Brussels on Sunday to pay their last respects to their nation's opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in the Belgian capital last week.

After a three-day funeral wake, Tshisekedi's coffin was put on display for several hours in a large hall made available by city authorities, near the famous Atomium tourist attraction, AFP journalists said.

Etienne Tshisekedi

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WATCH: Zim bus stuck in 'big' pothole

Harare - Zimbabwe's infamous potholed roads now have their own Twitter account.

The account, @Zimpotholes is not too popular yet. It has 58 followers after it was only started this weekend.

Heavy rains in the past two weeks have worsened potholes in some parts of the country. This weekend a video was uploaded to YouTube showing a bus stuck in a big pothole in Mbare, Harare's oldest township.

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Nigerians protest against Buhari's govt despite 'cancellation'

Lagos – Hundreds of protesters have turned up for the #IstandwithNigeria protests march that was organised by famous musician 2face, despite last minute cancellation, BBC reports.

The popular Afro-Pop artist, whose real name is Innocent Idibia, last week called on Nigerians to march on February 6 to protest the worsening economic conditions in a country frustrated by galloping inflation and sluggish growth.

The police, however, said on Thursday they would not allow the march to go ahead because "hoodlums are planning to hijack" the protest.

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Botswana: Opposition forms coalition to challenge Ian Khama's party in 2019 polls

Gaborone – Opposition groups have reportedly come together to form a coalition to challenge President Ian Khama’s Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 2019 elections.

The BDP has been in power since 1966.

According to eNCA, four parties - the Botswana National Front, the Botswana Movement for Democracy, the Botswana Congress Party, and the Botswana People's Party – came together as "a response to a plea by the people for the opposition to stop splitting votes and work together".

Ian Khama

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Man,63, kills colleague with metal bar over unpaid water debt

Harare – A Zimbabwean man, 63, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for killing a colleague with a metal bar over a water debt, says a report.

According to New Zimbabwe, Nicholas Takavarasha, a caretaker at a city property in Gweru, attacked his colleague Trevor Gezana, a car washer, with a metal bar after he failed to settle a water bill.

Takavarasha had demanded that Gezana pay his water bill before he could continue using the water in his car wash business. The deceased, however, promised to settle the debt the following day.

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