Top Africa Stories: Zim, Nigeria, Kenya

2017-10-05 06:00

Mugabe’s deputies in an unprecedented public spat – report

Harare – An unprecedented rift among President Robert Mugabe’s two deputies has reportedly unfolded, with Phekezela Mphoko accusing Emmerson Mnangagwa of undermining the president’s authority by alleging he was poisoned at a political rally in August.

In a statement, Mphoko alleged that Mnangagwa was also using his poisoning scare to cause tribal divisions for political expedience within the ruling Zanu-PF party, reported New Zimbabwe.com

He added that Mnangagwa's claim was a "calculated" challenge to President Mugabe’s "public account that Mnangagwa’s medical doctor ruled out poisoning" as the cause of his "traumatising vomiting and diarrhoea" experience at the August 12 rally. 

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Kenya marathon postponed due to political tension

Nairobi - Kenya's highest profile marathon, due on October 29, has been postponed to late November over fears of political unrest around the country's re-run presidential election expected on October 26.

The Nairobi Marathon, a road race which has often been a platform for young Kenyan athletes to launch their international careers, will now be held on November 26.

"This revised date is to give runners ample time to participate in both the election and the marathon," race organisers said.

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WATCH: Zim rangers kick, hit elephant during ‘capture for Chinese client’ - paper

Harare - A video has emerged of Zimbabwean parks rangers in the main Hwange National Park capturing young wild elephants, allegedly for export to China.

The video, published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, provides a rare insight into a practice that has been condemned by animal rights groups.

The paper claimed the capture took place on August 8. That claim has not been verified.

In the first part of the video, national parks staff are seen running through the bush to reach a sedated young elephant. Then the animal is wrapped in tarpaulin, bound with ropes, and loaded onto a tractor-drawn trailer.

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Rights group slams arrest of journalist over Grace Mugabe 'used underwear' story

Cape Town - A rights group has slammed the recent arrest of Zimbabwean daily newspaper journalist Kenneth Nyangani, adding that this was “a deliberate tactic to harass and intimidate him and other journalists in order to deter them from doing their work”.

This follows reports that the police in the southern African country have arrested the journalist after he reported that a ruling Zanu-PF MP distributed used underwear to supporters on behalf of First Lady Grace Mugabe in the eastern city of Mutare on Monday.

In a statement on Tuesday, Cousin Zilala, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe, demanded Nyangani’s “immediate and unconditionally release and all charges against him dropped”.

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Nigeria’s ex-first lady urges Buhari to end ‘unjustified witch-hunt’

Lagos – Nigeria's ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's wife has lashed out at the anti-graft agency boss Ibrahim Magu for conducting what she described as an “unjustified witch-hunt” against her, says a report.

According to the Vanguard newspaper, in a statement Patience Jonathan claimed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was following a sinister script to embarrass and browbeat the former first family.

She added that unlike other ex-first ladies her family and charity projects were being subjected to microscopic scrutiny by the [President Muhammadu] Buhari administration.

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University of Nairobi closes after violent clashes

Nairobi - The University of Nairobi has closed following a series of violent clashes between the administration, students and police.

The top Kenyan university, with more than 84 000 people enrolled, announced that students had until 09:00 on Tuesday to leave their residence hall.

This meant students had less than 12 hours to move out. Many of them refused to leave until they got their fees back.

Students took to social media to complain about the university's closure, fearing for consequences on their studies. 

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SA, Zim must work together to fight cyber-attacks - Mugabe

Pretoria - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabehas urged his country and South Africa to stand together to protect their economies against cyber attacks.

During his opening remarks at the annual Bi-National Commission between South Africa and Zimbabwe held in Pretoria, Mugabe said cyber attacks were being used as a means to undermine the economies of the two countries and that this should be guarded against.

"I think together we should protect our economies from those trying to destroy them," said Mugabe.

Zimbabwean Minister of Defence Sydney Sekeramayi said at the forefront of the cyber attacks were the British.

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