Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Buhari, Obasanjo

2017-07-25 20:44

Handler killed by tame bull elephant in Vic Falls

Victoria Falls - An experienced elephant guide has been charged and killed in Victoria Falls by a tame bull elephant used for safari rides, a company official said on Monday.

The guide's death was a "tragic event", said Brent Williamson, the managing director of safari company Adventure Zone.

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'It's better to give a little bit now than lose everything,' Zim farmer warns SA white farmers

Harare – Zimbabwe's Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has reportedly urged white South African farmers to agree to a deal to share land with the black majority to avoid suffering the same fate as their Zimbabwean counterparts who were violently evicted from their properties. 

According to New Zimbabwe, CFU President Peter Steyl said that it would be better if South African white farmers gave away a little bit of their land now than to risk losing everything later.

"They are facing the same situation in South Africa. I would tell them: it's better to give a little bit now than lose everything when things go too far," Steyl was quoted as saying.


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'I saw the hand of God': Grace Mugabe on her freak accident

Harare - Grace Mugabe says she "saw the hand of God" last week after her leg was run over by her husband's armour-plated limousine.

In her first public comments on the "freak accident", the 52-year-old First Lady said it was "a miracle" she could still walk.

"I am telling you I was run over by the armoured car… My leg was crushed and I thought I was not going to walk the rest of my life," she said, in comments carried by the state-run Chronicle

Grace Mugabe

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One dead after illegal miners invade Zim diamond mine: report

Harare - One person has died and at least two others have been injured in eastern Zimbabwe after security guards opened fire on a group of illegal miners, a report said.

Around 200 villagers cut their way through a fence and tried to invade the mine’s diamond sorting room armed with machetes and wrenches, said the state-run Herald.

Guards at the mine run by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) fired warning shots, but were forced to fire on the group when it continued advancing, an unnamed source told the paper.


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'Press is like a nagging wife that should be tolerated,' says Nigeria's Obasanjo

Pretoria - The press is like a nagging wife that should be tolerated, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said.

Speaking at a French Embassy launch of a French translation of "Making Africa Work", a book he co-authored, Obasanjo defended media freedom after the Zambian high commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, accused journalists of creating crises by putting the spotlight on problems.

Olusegun Obasanjo

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Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

Abuja - Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, his office said on Tuesday.

Muhammadu Buhari has been on indefinite medical leave in the British capital since May 7 and until Sunday had not been seen, sparking a flurry of rumours he was dying or even dead.

His office at the weekend published a photograph of the 74-year-old head of state meeting a delegation of state governors at Nigeria's diplomatic residence in London.

Muhammadu Buhari

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'Herd boy hero': Cattle herder saves passengers from horror crash

Harare - An unnamed cattle herder is the unlikely hero of Zimbabwe’s latest horror traffic accident, after he doused burning passengers with water and rescued 14 from the flames of the wreckage.

Eleven passengers were burnt beyond recognition in the head-on collision that occurred on Monday afternoon in the northern Mvurwi district, state media reported.

"Both cars caught fire upon colliding and the accident happened at a curve," police spokesperson Charity Charamba told the state-run Herald. The accident involved a Nissan Caravan carrying 21 passengers, and a Honda CRV carrying four people.

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