Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Mugabe ex-deputy, Nigeria

2018-01-17 08:30

Grace Mugabe 'supported her ageing husband's decision to resign', says former aide

Harare – Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband's "decision to resign", Robert Mugabe's former spokesperson George Charamba has reportedly revealed.

Reports indicated that Grace had previously held her own presidential ambitions, as she reportedly led a campaign to get the then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa out.

She was a key figure of the G40 faction that, until November 15, had the upper hand within the ruling Zanu-PF party. 

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Mugabe's ex-deputy 'doesn't deserve exit package... he deserted his post', war vets claim

Harare – Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko amid accusations by the country's war veterans that he deserted his government position. 

Mphoko lost his job after the new administration led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over following the resignation of ex-president Robert Mugabe in November. 

Mphoko was the second deputy appointed in 2014 by Mugabe, along with current president Mnangagwa. 

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Mugabe 'desperately tried to reappoint his ex-deputy at the height of massive street protests'

Harare - An aide to former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has revealed how generals warned him to step aside as protests against him grew, or face being "lynched" like Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.

Massive street protests against 93-year-old Mugabe erupted after the military briefly took power in November following the veteran leader's sacking of then-vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mugabe subsequently resigned after apparently striking a deal with the army and supporters of Mnangagwa who then succeeded Mugabe

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UN says 100 000 people in Central African Republic need aid

New York - The UN says some 100 000 people in the Central African Republic city of Paoua urgently need humanitarian aid following clashes between armed groups.

 UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday that over 60 000 people have taken refuge in the city near the border with Chad as a result of the fighting and 40 000 live there.

 Dujarric said "should armed groups continue clashing and attack other villages, the number of displaced people in Paoua could potentially double or triple."

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Police: Kenyan Catholic priest arrested for sodomy

Nairobi - A Kenyan police report says a Roman Catholic priest is in custody for allegedly sodomizing a man.

Police said on Tuesday that villagers in Muranga County in central Kenya had been monitoring the priest whom they suspected of being gay and alerted local authorities when an 18-year-old man went into the priest's quarters on Monday.

Police said they found the two in the priest's bedroom and after interrogation they admitted to sexual relations.

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Nigeria army releases 244 who denounced Boko Haram

Maiduguri - Nigeria's army released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group, Nigerian army officials said on Tuesday.

Those released on Monday included 118 adult males, 56 women, 19 teens and 51 children, according to operation commander Major General Rogers Nicholas, who said they were freed after participating in a de-radicalisation program.

One of the released females said she was accused of being a cook for Boko Haram and was held by Nigerian authorities for about a year.

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