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2017-08-01 20:37

'Crucial' Kenya election official tortured, killed days before vote

Nairobi - An official crucial to running Kenya's presidential election next week has been found tortured and killed, the electoral commission chairperson said on Monday, as concerns grew that the East African nation's vote again would face dangerous unrest.

Wafula Chebukati helped identify the body of Christopher Msando at the city morgue and said he had injuries to the neck and head. Mssando had been reported missing a few days ago.


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Zim man jailed 9 years for selling belt made from python skin worth $2 000

Harare - A Harare man has been jailed for nine years for trying to sell a belt made from python skin worth $2 000, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Twenty-nine year-old Kingstone Gwenzi was arrested last month in Harare’s Budiriro suburb by detectives acting on a tip-off, said the state-run Herald.

“Police officers spotted Gwenzi at Budiriro 1 shops where he was looking for buyers,” the paper said.

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'Discipline your unruly sons first if you are a competent mom,' angry war vets tell Grace Mugabe

Harare – Zimbabwean war veterans have reportedly challenged the First Lady Grace Mugabe, who claims to be the "mother of the nation" to show that she is a "competent mom" by "disciplining her unruly sons".

"She can't be a mother to 14 million Zimbabweans when she is failing to [control] just two sons," national war veterans' secretary general Victor Matemadanda was quoted as saying by New Zimbabwe.com

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Migrants storm border fence from Morocco into Spain

Madrid - At least 200 migrants stormed a high fence between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta early on Tuesday, with 73 managing to get through in the latest incident at the border, authorities said.

A spokesperson for the central government's representative office in Ceuta, on Morocco's northern coast, said 18 people were "slightly" injured, including 15 migrants and three policemen.

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Rwanda's Paul Kagame: visionary, despot, or both?

Kigali - Paul Kagame is revered for stopping Rwanda's genocide and engineering what admirers call an economic miracle, but his critics see a despot who crushes all opposition and rules through fear.

The 59-year-old former guerrilla fighter is seeking a third term in office in August 4 polls after voters massively approved a constitutional amendment allowing him to run again and potentially stay in office for another two decades.

Kagame frames his run as a duty to his country; however the move angered international allies whose patience has worn thin with a man once held up as a shining example of successful post-colonial leadership in Africa.

Paul Kagame

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