Top Africa stories: 'Bloody clashes' expected in Zim, Mozambique

2018-06-05 06:30

'Bloody clashes' feared in Harare as Zanu-PF, MDC set for Tues marches – report

"Bloody clashes" are feared in Zimbabwe on Tuesday, as the ruling Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC) have both called demonstrations in Harare.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Zanu-PF has called for a "solidarity march" for its presidential candidate, Emmerson Mnangagwa and the MDC, on the other hand, has called for a march "to press for electoral reforms".

Zanu-PF's move to demonstrate on the same day as the MDC has angered the opposition, with one of the alliance's co-principals, Tendai Biti, saying that this is an attempt by Zanu-PF to frustrate them from genuinely demanding poll reforms.

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Mnangagwa's security 'breached again' – report

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's security was reportedly breached "during a recent Zanu-PF youth interface rally in Gweru after a losing candidate tried to grab his hand while he was on stage".

According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, sources close to the development said that the security breach had landed three members of Mnangagwa's close security unit into trouble.

Government officials said that a daring losing Zanu-PF candidate from Masvingo, identified as Moses Mavusa, attempted to get a picture with the president "after sneaking through barricades to reach the main stage at an open space in Gweru".

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Mnangagwa 'making empty promises', says US senator

A United States senator has reportedly accused Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa of making "empty promises" and  "deliberately delaying the implementation of electoral reforms in order to disadvantage opposition parties in the forthcoming polls".

According to NewsDay, Senator Chris Coons, said that Mnangagwa had failed to deliver on his promises, and as a result, was creating an unequal ground for his rivals in the upcoming July 30 elections.

Coons said that conditions for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe did not meet the Southern African Development Community (SADC) standards.

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'Zanu-PF will still be in power after elections,' says Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly declared that his ruling Zanu-PF party will still be in power after the July elections.  

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Mnangagwa also described the opposition parties as "barking puppies" who would not mount any significant challenge to Zanu-PF.

Speaking to thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at Pfupajena stadium in Chegutu, Mnangagwa claimed that he had already won the election.

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182 inmates at large after Nigeria jail break: govt

More than 180 inmates in a medium-security prison in central Nigeria were at large after unidentified gunmen opened fire on the facility, the government said on Monday.

The attack happened late on Sunday at the jail in the Tunga area of the Niger state capital, Minna. Guards were overpowered and inmates were able to escape.

"Out of the 210 inmates that escaped from prison custody, 28 have been re-arrested while 182 are still at large," Nigeria's interior minister Abdurrahman Dambazau told reporters.

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Mozambique's new opposition leader goes into hiding

The new leader of Mozambique's main opposition has followed the lead of his predecessor and gone into hiding in the forests of the country's interior, his party said on Monday.

Ossufo Momade has been living in the remote Gorongosa mountains like the former leader of the rebel-turned-opposition Renamo movement, Afonso Dhlakama, who had lived there until his death on May 3.

Dhlakama led Renamo, created in 1976, through a brutal civil war against the Marxist-inspired Frelimo government until the conflict ended in 1992. The 16-year war devastated the economy and left one million people dead.

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Missing $15bn diamond revenue: Fears Mugabe might spill the beans

Zimbabwe's intelligence services is reportedly anxious about the ongoing investigation into the  diamond sector, with the bosses fearing that ex-president Robert Mugabe could spill the beans if he is forced into a corner over the country's missing $15 billion diamond revenue.

A Mines and Energy parliamentary committee led by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has tried in vain to bring the nonagenarian to answer questions over his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe lost $15 billion in revenue due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the diamond sector.  

Mugabe, who was ousted from office in November after 37 years in power, last week failed – for the third time - to attend the hearing without giving reasons.

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