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2017-09-07 08:19

'Whip your children,' Zim youth leader urges Grace Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party youth leader has encouraged Grace Mugabe to use a whip on her errant "children", after the first lady was accused of whipping South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable last month.

Kudzanai Chipanga said the Zanu-PF youth members were Grace Mugabe’s children, and she had the right to discipline them physically.

"Yes, children do go astray sometimes amai (mother)," Chipanga said, in comments carried by

"It's your right as our mother to discipline us in every manner possible even flogging us with a whip," he said, speaking in Shona.

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SADC: Killing of Lesotho army chief 'an inexcusable barbaric and heinous act'

Maseru – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has described the killing of Lesotho's military chief Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, as an "inexcusable barbaric and heinous act".

In a statement on Wednesday, the regional bloc said that it had "learnt with deep shock, sadness and dismay" about the assassination of Motsomotso. 

Motsomotso was shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks on Tuesday, in an apparent assassination set to revive instability in the mountainous African kingdom.

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Grace Mugabe is nowhere near 'excellency' status, Zim lawyer says

Harare – A well-known Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, has reportedly castigated the State for "wrongly" addressing First LadyGrace Mugabe as "Her Excellency", saying that she was nowhere near the "excellency" status.

According to NewsDay, Mtetwa made the remarks while applying for the removal of her client, war veterans’ secretary general Victor Matemadanda from remand. Matemadanda was accused of insulting the authority of President Robert Mugabe.

"The State witness, Benius Murira, in his affidavit, stated that Matemadanda insulted Her Excellency Dr Grace Mugabe. Surely Your Worship, the First Lady is not Her Excellency," Mtetwa was quoted as saying.

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Kenya's electoral body changes team to oversee new vote

Nairobi - Kenya's electoral commission has announced changes in its top personnel to oversee the running of the new presidential election on October 17.

A statement on Tuesday by Chairperson Wafula Chebukati named six officials to run the new vote that was ordered by the Supreme Court after it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

The appointments appear to be in response to opposition leader Raila Odinga's demands for reforms to the electoral commission before the new election.

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Death toll from Nigeria cholera rises to 21: official

Kano - The death toll from a cholera outbreak in restive northeast Nigeria has risen to 21, with most of the victims living in a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence, the health ministry said Tuesday.

On Saturday, the ministry had said the cholera toll was 14 in the town of Maiduguri, with most of the victims living in a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

"As of 4 September, 21 deaths have been reported," the Borno state health ministry said Tuesday, as the toll mounts.

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WATCH: Rights group finds 'assembly line' of torture in Egypt

Cairo - An international rights group says Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has given a "green light" to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with "almost total impunity."

In a 63-page report released on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says Sisi, a US ally who was warmly received at the White House earlier this year, is pursuing stability "at any cost", and has allowed the widespread torture of detainees despite it being outlawed by the Egyptian constitution.

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