Top Africa stories: Africa's tallest tree, Mugabe, Nigeria

2018-06-14 08:30

WATCH: Is this Africa's tallest tree?

A German scientist Andreas Hemp says a tree he discovered in Tanzania is Africa's tallest. It is a rare species called Entandrophragma Excelsum and it stands 81.5m tall. 

According to BBC, Hemp says he discovered the tree, which is about 600-years-old, some 20 years ago but he recently had the equipment to measure its height.

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Missing $15bn diamond revenue: Mugabe off the hook for now until parliament reconstitutes after polls

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who twice failed to turn up in parliament to give evidence on corruption in the diamond mining industry, is off the hook until parliament reconstitutes after general elections in July.

A committee of lawmakers want the 94-year-old former ruler to explain his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe lost US $15bn in revenue due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the diamond sector.

"As a committee we recommended that the former president needs to clear the air on the $15bn worth of diamond revenue that he said went missing. But parliament will not be sitting as members are busy with elections," Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, a lawmaker and member of the mines and energy committee, told AFP.

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PIC: 'We turned into criminals to raise exam fees,' 2 teen boys say after being arrested

Two Nigerian teenagers who were paraded by police in Imo state on Tuesday for attempted robbery reportedly said that they  resorted to crime to raise exam fees.

According to Punch, the teenage boys, Emmanueal Ewudu and Chinwe Nwaane – both aged 15 – were paraded together with 23 others for various crimes, including kidnapping and burglary.

The two were arrested after they broke into one Mrs Chigozie Ohajiogu in Akokwa, Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State. Their intention was to rob her, but they failed after her cry forced they to flee.

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EXCLUSIVE: Media in Zimbabwe 'is failing to play its role effectively'

Award winning Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, has criticised the state of the media in the southern African country ahead of crunching election on July 30.

In an interview with News24, the renowned documentary maker said that both the private and state-owned media in Zimbabwe were failing to play their roles as they seemed obligated to take sides in their coverage.

"The problem is not only within the state-owned media - it's on both sides. They both feel obligated to pick a side in how they are reporting. They simple do not understand the tenets of fair reporting, they lack impartiality. It will take time before the media is able to deliver on its mandate," said Chin’ono.

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Mugabe's stepson facing eviction over rent arrears

Former Zimbabwean ruler Robert Mugabe's socialite stepson is facing eviction from a property over rental arrears dating back three years, court documents seen on Wednesday by AFP showed.

The property's owners - the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council - have applied to the High Court to evict Russell Goreraza from a property in a posh Harare suburb of Highlands and recover nearly US$66 000 in back rent.

Goreraza, a businessman in his early thirties with a reputation for parties and luxury cars, is a son of Mugabe's wife Grace from her first marriage.

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Opposition tells Mnangagwa to stop writing new manifestos 'daily' as he reveals 'new Zim pledge card'

Zimbabwean opposition has reportedly criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for "writing new manifestos daily" after he produced a "new Zimbabwe pledge card" in an attempt to woo voters in the forthcoming election.

In a Facebook post, Mnangagwa said that the new "pledge card" was aimed at enabling Zimbabwean citizens to hold his government to account over the next five years - should he win the upcoming elections.

Mnangagwa launched his Zanu-PF manifesto in May in which he vowed to repair the shattered economy and take annual GDP growth to 6%, bring in $5bn foreign investment a year and build 1.5 million new houses.

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