Top Africa stories: MDC can't pay legal bills, Namibia land reform

2018-10-02 08:00

'Extremely excessive': Zim opposition can't pay its legal bills from election challenge

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party says a $3.2 million bill charged to them by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lawyers in the election challenge is “extremely excessive”.

Movement for Democratic Change Alliance Secretary General Douglas Mwonzora told the state-run Sunday Mail: “Our lawyers are going to contest it.”

The MDC and its leader Nelson Chamisa have to foot Mnangagwa's legal bill because Chamisa lost a Constitutional Court challenge to the July election result.

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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'Choose investors who'll add value': Botswana's Ian Khama tells Zim leader Mnangagwa

Former Botswana president Ian Khama has warned Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa to only allow in investors who’ll create employment for significant numbers of Zimbabweans.

In quotes carried by Daily News on Sunday, Khama told a Confederation of Zimbabwe Industry Investment Forum in the second city of Bulawayo last week: "Every government is responsible for finding ways of creating employment for its people and not for creating employment for outsiders." 

Ian Khama

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Zim has 'immense potential to become Africa's breadbasket', says VP Chiwenga

Zimbabwe has "immense potential to become Africa’s breadbasket", the country’s vice president Constantine Chiwengwa has reportedly said.

Chiwengwa said this in a speech read on his behalf at the official opening of the Victoria Falls Agricultural Show, said the state-owned Sunday News.

Chiwenga said that if farmers embraced government policies such as the "Command Agriculture and maximise use of local resources", Zimbabwe would regain its status as the continent’s breadbasket.


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Namibia follows SA with land reform pledge

Namibian President Hage Geingob vowed on Monday to push ahead with land redistribution, echoing the government of neighbouring South Africa, where the issue has become a fierce political battleground.

Namibia, which was ruled by colonial Germany and then apartheid South Africa until 1990, has large swathes of agricultural land, as well as major diamond and platinum mining industries.

"Many Namibians were driven off their productive land," Geingob said at the opening of a national conference in Windhoek to discuss new land policy.


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Nigeria's Buhari sets out pitch for re-election in keynote speech

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari on Monday made his final independence day address to the nation before elections next year, effectively setting out his government's manifesto as he seeks a second term.

The 75-year-old former military ruler is currently the only candidate in the running to secure the presidential ticket of his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

The APC national convention is expected to endorse him this weekend at the same time as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party picks its challenger.

Muhammadu Buhari

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