Top Africa stories: Kenya, Mugabe, Liberia

2017-11-01 06:00

Odinga says Kenya election 'must not stand'

Nairobi - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga vowed on Tuesday not to accept a "sham" election, declaring he would push for a fresh vote through a campaign of civil disobedience and peaceful protest.

He did not indicate whether he would file suit again at the country's paramount court to have the election annulled.

In his first reaction since his rival Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of last Thursday's presidential ballot, Odinga denounced the vote that he had boycotted as a "charade."

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Mugabe's food security doctorate 'is a thoroughly ill' and 'not funny joke'

Harare – Zimbabwe's opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has described as "thoroughly ill", the granting of an honorary doctorate in agricultural Sciences to President Robert Mugabe by the Lupane State University (LSU), says a report.

According to New, the MDC said that the LSU's honour of the veteran leader was "not a funny joke".

The conferment, the report said, was done at the university's 8th graduation ceremony on Friday in Lupane. 

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Rhodesians must 'come back and rebuild Zimbabwe', war vets say

Harare – Zimbabwe's former freedom fighters have reportedly called on Rhodesians "scattered across the world" to come back and rebuild the southern African country.

According to New, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) said that the current government led by President Robert Mugabe had failed.

"We want them (Rhodesians) to be part of the next governance in Zimbabwe because this country has been run on a scotched earth policy by the G40. We want it to recover and for us to build a new country," ZNLWVA’s chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa was quoted as saying.

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Morocco holds regional meeting on migration

Skhirat - Morocco is hosting a regional meeting on migration aiming at developing an African agenda on the issue.

The three-day meeting gathers representatives of African states, the United Nations, the African Union, NGOs and academics.

Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said during the opening speech on Monday that the set of informal sessions aims to "open the dialogue between the diplomat and the civil society, the researcher."

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Kenyan man arrested over Australian wife's murder released

Nairobi - A Kenyan court has released a man whom police had called the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged Australian wife.

Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira had been in custody for a week after being arrested in connection with Gabrielle Maina's murder.

Police had detained the men for seven days to complete investigations.

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Liberia's Sirleaf hits back at vote 'interference' claims

Monrovia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday hit back at claims by her own vice-president that she had interfered in the election to choose her successor by meeting polling officials at her residence.

Vice-President Joseph Boakai came runner-up to former international footballer George Weah in the October 10 presidential election, triggering a runoff round as neither man won a majority of the votes.

The ruling Unity Party, backing Boakai, said on Sunday it would join two other parties in lodging complaints with the National Elections Commission (NEC) over what it termed Sirleaf's "interference with the electoral process", along with other issues of "massive systematic irregularities and fraud".


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In US, 'both Mugabe, Tsvangirai wouldn't be allowed to contest'

Harare – Zimbabwe's presidential hopeful Nkosana Moyo has reportedly dismissed both President Robert Mugabe and his long-time challenger Morgan Tsvangirai as unfit to contest the 2018 presidential elections.

According to New, Moyo said this while speaking to young people in Harare, months after launching his presidential bid. 

The Alliance for People's Agenda (APA) candidate said that both Mugabe and Tsvangirai should by now have exited the political scene due to their health problems.  

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