Top Africa stories: Man kills worker's wife and 2 children, Zim cholera

2018-09-20 08:00

Man shoots dead worker's wife, 2 children over stolen groundnuts

A Zimbabwe man has shot dead his worker’s wife and two young daughters in a row over stolen groundnuts, a report says. 

The unnamed suspect from Buhera, eastern Zimbabwe, fired his worker last week for allegedly stealing groundnuts and maize from his house, reports the state-run Herald.

The worker, Farai Mandigo, his wife and two daughters, aged four and one, couldn’t immediately find transport and stayed on at the house. On Sunday, after an argument, the owner fired several shots at Mandigo, who ran to a police station to report the incident.

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Zim soldiers, riot police force vendors off the streets amid deadly cholera outbreak

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly issued a banning order against vendors across the capital, Harare, following a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 30 lives in recent weeks.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, at least two cabinet ministers issued the banning orders on Monday.

“As way of improving the general sanitation in the city [of Harare] it has become imperative that all types of vending be banned with immediate effect,” newly appointed local government minister July Moyo was quoted as saying.

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New name, same flaws in eSwatini election, say critics

Political parties cannot be involved, there are no campaign rallies and the king wields absolute power, choosing the prime minister and cabinet: a parliamentary election in eSwatini is a vote like no other.

Opposition activists in the tiny southern African country formerly known as Swaziland say Friday's election is a mockery of democracy and reveals how its 1.3 million citizens have long lived under a repressive regime.

Around 540 000 eligible voters must choose from candidates who have no party affiliation and who are almost all loyal to King Mswati III, one of the world's last absolute monarchs.

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Zim court drops charges against taxi-driver who called Mnangagwa a 'dog' - report

A Zimbabwean man who reportedly called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog" has been freed by a court after the state failed to prove its case.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, David Ndlovu - a taxi driver - was arrested earlier this year after calling Mnangagwa a dog in the second city of Bulawayo.

Passing judgement on Monday, however, magistrate Gladmore Mushowe said the state had failed to prove the allegation.

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ESwatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy

The tiny country of eSwatini, until recently known as Swaziland, is ruled by a playboy king with many wives and supreme control over a nation struggling with poverty and HIV.

Ahead of parliamentary elections on Friday, here is some essential background about the landlocked kingdom wedged between South Africa and Mozambique.

King in control

King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 when he was only 18, four years after the death of his elderly father, Sobhuza II.

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