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2016-11-30 20:29

Kenyan leader Kenyatta 'in hot seat' over opposition tweet

Nairobi – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the hot seat with his citizens after posting a comment on Twitter, that created a fierce backlash on social media.

According to Kenyans, Kenyatta was on a presidential tour in central Kenya on Tuesday when he posted a photo of Kerugoya residents with the caption: "Addressed residents of Kerugoya and asked them to compare Jubilee's development track-record with that of the opposition."

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New token notes no relief for cash-short Zimbabweans

Harare - A token currency issued in Zimbabwe this week to ease critical cash shortages has brought little relief as desperate customers queue for hours to withdraw money while some traders reject the new notes.

The central bank on Monday issued $10m in US dollar-equivalent "bond notes", ignoring resistance from citizens and companies who feared a return to the days of hyperinflation.

But a day later, taxi driver Adrian Nyakusvipa said the new currency had brought no relief to his painfully slow business.

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I've capacity and experience to succeed Dlamini-Zuma – says AU chair hopeful

Cape Town – Senegal's African Union Commission hopeful Professor Abdoulaye Bathily, 69, has met with President Jacob Zuma, as the race to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma hots up.

Speaking during an interview with News24, Bathily said that he met with president Zuma on Monday, as he lobbied for support from across the continent.

"I met with president Zuma and some of the ANC members so that I could introduce myself to them. I stand for the unity of Africa and so I know quite a number of Africa's struggle movements," Bathily said.  

Abdoulaye Bathily

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'Pluck a leaf from Castro and resign', Mugabe told

Harare – Zimbabwean opposition party, Zapu, has called on President Robert Mugabe to pluck a leaf from the late former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and step down.

During the time of his failing health, Castro decided to retire from politics in 2008, a move that Mugabe has been urged to emulate, News Day reported on Tuesday.

Castro died on Friday after a long battle with illness. He was aged 90. 

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 Mugabe: Castro 'not only a man of words, but also a man of action'

Havana – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly paid a "special tribute" to Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, who died last week on Friday at the age of 90.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mugabe described Castro's death not only as a "loss" to the people of Cuba, but a great "loss" throughout developing African countries.  

Mugabe said that Castro was among the few allies of the oppressed people of South America, as well as those who were fighting colonial rule on the African continent.

The nonagenarian has also said that Castro was not only a man of words, but also was a man of action.

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Gambia opposition leader hails 'unprecedented' support

Banjul - Gambian opposition leader Adama Barrow said on Tuesday he believed his coalition would sweep the presidential election in two days time following unprecedented rallies nationwide, and urged President Yahya Jammeh to go peacefully if he loses power.

The businessman emerged from obscurity to become the flagbearer of all The Gambia's opposition parties bar one after mass arrests of supporters from the largest anti-government grouping in April.

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