Top Africa stories: Chamisa appears before Motlanthe commission, Boko Haram

2018-11-28 08:02

Zimbabwe opposition leader Chamisa appears before Motlanthe commission

Zimbabwe's opposition leader distanced his party on Monday from post-election protests on August 1 in which six people were killed and several others wounded after soldiers opened fire.

Testifying during an inquiry probing the killing of the six people, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa said his party was not a perpetrator but rather a victim of state-sponsored violence.

"History is replete with examples of how we were victims of violence," Chamisa told the commission of inquiry chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe, a former president of South Africa, denying claims that the six victims died after being attacked by MDC supporters.

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Zimbabwe's MDC sets date for nationwide anti-govt protests – report

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change party, is reportedly planning to hold nationwide demonstration on Thursday against the worsening economic conditions in the southern African country.

According to NewsDay, MDC party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume confirmed the protests date, adding that the party has since issued a notice to the police.

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Boko Haram 'hacked 4 farmers to death before my eyes': witness

Boko Haram jihadists have killed four farmers near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, in the latest bloodshed in the restive region, witnesses and a local militia leader said on Monday.

Dozens of fighters believed to be loyal to Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a group of farmers working in their field near Jiddari-Polo on Monday, said the farmers who survived the attack.

They said the Islamists hacked their victims to death and left another farmer with severe injuries.


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Malawi investigates deaths of at least 22 hippos at national park – reports

At least 22 hippos have died in Malawi in two months, raising fears that the wild animals could become extinct in the southern African country, according to a report.

Malawi24 quoted wildlife authorities as saying that they noticed carcasses of  hippos floating on Shire River in Liwonde early last month.

The Director of Parks and Wildlife Brighton Kumchedwa expressed shock at the massive deaths, adding that it was the first time to have 22 hippos dead in the country in a very short period.


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Chamisa's rivals given 'final warnings' – report

Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party officials accused of plotting to oust Nelson Chamisa from the party's leadership have reportedly been given "final warnings", ahead of the national elective conference next year.

According to Daily News, MDC insiders said Chamisa saved the accused officials, who included party general secretary, Douglas Mwonzoro, and deputy president Elias Mudzuri, from being expelled.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed the development, but did not mention any names, the report said.

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