Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zim opposition leader arrested

2018-06-27 08:01

Picture of Grace Mugabe in workout gear and flashing the V-sign goes viral on social media

A picture of former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe flashing a V-sign has gone viral on social media.

The picture, which she took while wearing a workout suit, is among several other pictures where she is seen with her son, Robert junior, and another unidentified man.

Some suggest that the pictures were taken in Singapore where Grace's husband Robert Mugabe, 94, was reportedly receiving medical treatment.

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NewsDay reported last week that Mugabe was "rushed" out of the country after his health "suddenly deteriorated".

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EXCLUSIVE: Zim bomb explosion 'is the start of a general trend of violence ahead of elections'

The bomb blast that occurred at a ruling Zanu-PF party rally in Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, over the weekend "is the start of a general trend of violence" ahead of the country's elections, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said.  

The explosion rocked the White City Stadium where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing thousands of his supporters.

Mnangagwa managed to escape unhurt, while at least 49 people, including the president's two deputies were injured.

Reports also indicated that at least two people died of their injuries.


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WATCH: Police arrest Zim opposition leader

A Zimbabwean opposition presidential candidate has reportedly been arrested after he demanded the resignation of Justice Priscilla Chigumba from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Chigumbu is the head of ZEC.

According to ZW, the leader of 1980 Freedom Movement party, Dr Francis Danha was arrested during the signing of a peace pledge in Harare by all political parties participating in the forthcoming election. 

Zimbabwe is set to go to the polls On July 30.  


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WATCH: Social media reacts as Catholic church suspends rapping priest

A Catholic priest in Kenya, Father Paul Ogallo, 45, has reportedly been suspended from leading public mass for a year because he rapped to his congregation during sermons.

According to Kenyan Daily Nation, some of the church officials had an issue with Ogalo's style of preaching.

Heads of the local diocese suspended him for a period of a year for alleged misconduct, the report said.

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Zim blast: People suffered 'serious life-threatening injuries'

A blast that narrowly missed Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a pre-election rally has claimed two victims, a senior medical official said Monday.

"Unfortunately we have lost two people as a result of the incident on Saturday," Solwayo Ngwenya, clinical director of the city's Mpilo hospital, told AFP.

"People suffered serious life-threatening injuries. Some are undergoing surgery as we speak."

The second fatality was announced several hours after local media reported a first death from the attack.

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Zim rally blast: 'Deal with internal squabbles peacefully', opposition tells Zanu-PF

Zimbabwean opposition parties have called on the ruling Zanu-PF to "deal with its internal squabbles peacefully", while condemnation over a suspected plot to kill President Emmerson Mnangagwa poured in from regional leaders.

This followed Saturday's explosion at a Zanu-PF campaign rally where Mnangagwa addressed his supporters.

According to NewsDay, although opposition parties condemned the blast, they also suggested that the attack was caused by internal Zanu-PF squabbles.


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