Top Africa stories: Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, I Coast

2016-10-07 18:50

Kenya's controversial election commission quits

Nairobi - The election commission that oversaw Kenya's flawed 2013 polls and was tarnished by a corruption scandal will receive a $2m pay-off in return for agreeing to leave office early, local media reported on Thursday.

The nine commissioners will share the pot of cash, according to local newspaper reports.

Statements issued by both the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the government said they had "agreed on the terms for a dignified vacation from office for current IEBC commissioners".

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Zim ex-VP Mujuru offers to compensate former white farm owner

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's former deputy president, now leader of the opposition Zimbabwe Peoples First (ZimPF) party, Joice Mujuru, has reportedly offered to compensate the former owner of her Alamein Farm, also known as Ruzambo Farm.

The farm is situated about 72km outside of Harare.

According to NewsDay, Mujuru met with the former farm owner Guy Watson-Smith at a London hotel on Thursday where they discussed modalities for compensation. 

Reports indicated that Watson-Smith was demanding $1. 47m for infrastructure developments.

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Zim's VP suggests bond notes will be 'a currency', contradicting Central Bank - Report

Harare - So who do you believe?

Zimbabwe's vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has just undone weeks of careful PR by the beleaguered central bank chief by saying the about-to-be-introduced bond notes will be a currency, if a report by the official Herald newspaper is to be believed.

Faced with mounting public resistance to the notes, Reserve Bank Chief John Mangudya has frantically been trying to back-pedal. In recent days, he's told sceptical Zimbabweans that the bond notes are just an export incentive and they'll only encounter them in the form of change.

That is not what Mnangagwa, touted as a possible successor to President Robert Mugabe is saying.

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Renewed protests indicate need for probe in Ethiopian stampede – AI

Addis Ababa - Humanitarian group, Amnesty International, has called for a probe into a deadly stampede that occurred in Ethiopia last weekend. 

At least 52 people were crushed to death during an anti-government protest at a massive religious festival.

The country's Oromo community had gathered on October 2 in the town of Bishoftu near the capital Addis Ababa to their Irreecha) thanksgiving) ceremony to mark the end of the rainy season.

Fresh protests, however, erupted a day after the deadly stampede. 

Amnesty International said that the renewed protests underlined the need to probe the stampede. 

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I Coast opposition attacks 'undemocratic' new constitution

Abidjan - At least 23 opposition parties in Ivory Coast on Thursday denounced as "undemocratic" President Alassane Ouattara's new draft constitution, claiming it would jeopardise peace in the country.

Ouattara, 73, was re-elected to a second five-year term in October 2015 promising to draft a new constitution, notably suppressing a clause on national identity that has fuelled bloody civil conflict.

Other proposals include setting up a vice presidency and a senate of which a third of members would be nominated by the president.


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Morocco vote pits Islamists against liberal party

Rabat - Moroccans vote in parliamentary polls on Friday, five years after an Islamist-led government took office following Arab Spring-inspired protests that toppled regimes across the region.

The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) aims to fight off a liberal opposition which says it wants to roll back the "Islamisation" of Moroccan society.

But the real power will remain in the hands of King Mohammed VI, the scion of a monarchy that has ruled the North African country for 350 years.

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