Top Africa stories: Chamisa's inauguration, Nigeria's 'rainmaker'

2018-09-13 08:14

Zimbabwe's Chamisa will be arrested if he carries out 'inauguration': minister

Zimbabwe’s justice minister says opposition leader Nelson Chamisa faces arrest if he has himself “sworn in” as president this week.

Chamisa has said he will be “inaugurated by the people” at the party’s 19th anniversary celebrations in Harare on Saturday.

But Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said what Chamisa's MDC Alliance is planning to do is “a serious breach of the law”. He said only the country’s chief justice is allowed to inaugurate a president.

Nelson Chamisa

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WATCH: Most decorated African Olympian with a record 7 medals is Zim's new minister of sports

Zimbabwe's newly appointed Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Kirsty Coventry, 34, says she feels "honoured" to be part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new cabinet. 

The seven times Olympic medalist, was among 20 new cabinet ministers who were sworn-in during a public ceremony attended by their families and senior government officials on Monday, reported the state owned Herald newspaper.

Mnangagwa delighted many Zimbabweans by naming the former Olympic champion swimmer as one of his ministers.

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Public gatherings banned in Zimbabwe capital over cholera

Zimbabwe on Wednesday banned public gatherings in the capital Harare following a cholera outbreak which has claimed at least 21 lives and left hundreds of people ill over the past week.

The outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare, has prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city.

"In light of the declaration of the state of emergency, the police in Harare will not allow any public gatherings," police spokesperson Charity Charamba said in a statement.

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Zim President Mnangagwa 'is now his own man'

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's new cabinet signifies his determination to "reset the government's compass", as he hopes to turn around the country's deteriorating economy, an analyst has reportedly said.

According to Daily News, University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure believed that the president was now "his own man" and was not beholden to the military chiefs and Zanu-PF heavyweights who assisted him in gaining power last November.

The report quoted  Masunungure as saying that Mnangagwa was now "flexing his muscle" and also dispelling views that he was weak.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Zimbabwe bombing incident probe: 'We're being sidelined,' police claim

Police in Zimbabwe are reportedly being left out in the ongoing investigations into a bombing incident that took place at a Zanu-PF rally in June and left at least two people dead and several others - including senior party officials - injured.

According to Daily News, unnamed police sources said the investigations into the deadly bombing were still "inconclusive" despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa's claims that those responsible were now known. 

Mnangagwa told his supporters in August that suspects behind the bombing incident were now known and were to be dealt with after the country's election period was concluded.


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WATCH: Zim MP takes HIV test to counter accusations he had the virus

A Zimbabwean independent legislature, Temba Mliswa, has reportedly taken a public HIV test in response to what he described as unfounded media allegation that he had the virus.

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According to BBC, Mliswa also denied Twitted accusations that he had been "having sex" with underage girls.

“I do not usually respond to social media slurs. It has been been peddled that I have been in the habit of consorting with underage girls. I categorically deny such frivolous claims with the contempt they deserve," Mliswa was quoted as saying.


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WATCH: 'Rainmaker' claims to control Nigeria's weather

In certain parts of Nigeria, 'rainmakers' or 'rainpushers' are held in high regard. But can they control the rain?

Godwin Onasedu from Ifiteduna village in Anambra state says he is a rainmaker.

"If I say it should start raining now, it'll rain. If I say stop, it will stop.

Godwin Onasedu

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