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2017-12-06 06:00

First 10 days in office have been 'hectic', says Zim’s new leader Mnangagwa

Harare – Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly described his first 10 days in office as "hectic", but remained optimistic that his new team of ministers will turn around the economy of the country.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said this during a brief interview following the swearing in of 21 Cabinet ministers at the state house in Harare on Monday.

"It has been hectic, but I believe that with my team we will stand up to the challenge," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

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Zim army chief Chiwenga 'could be tipped for VP post' – reports

Harare – Zimbabwe's army chief Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly earmarked for one of the country's two deputy president posts, a reports say. 

According to Daily News, the army chief was likely going to be elevated to the vice presidency seat during the forthcoming Zanu-PF congress this month.

Chiwenga was widely believed to have orchestrated the military take over last month, which resulted in former president Robert Mugaberesigning after 37 years in power. 

Constantino Chiwenga

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Grace Mugabe 'a mad woman with no brains was in charge of Zim', says war vets boss

Harare – Zimbabwe's war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa has reportedly said that the millitary's intervention, which resulted in former president Robert Mugabe relinquishing power two weeks ago was a "counter coup" to former first lady Grace Mugabe's "bedroom coup". 

According to a New Zimbabwe.com report, Mutsvangwa maintained that there was no coup in the southern African country. 

"There was no coup. There was a counter-coup... The coup was carried out by Grace when her senior husband was losing his faculties and sleeping all the time," Mutsvangwa was quoted as saying.

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WATCH: Mugabe ally's mansion with '50 bedrooms' guarded by armed soldiers

Harare – A video of a mansion belonging to Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe's ally Saviour Kasukuwere, who was the minister for local government in his administration, has emerged on social media.

In the video, the mansion, which is described by one social media as a "monster" is seen being guarded by soldiers, who are milling about and remarking with bemusement at the possible cost of the property.

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Nigerian state gets 'happiness minister'

Lagos - It has been ranked among the happiest places in the world despite widespread unrest, political crisis and recession. Now one Nigerian state has a minister in charge of contentment.

The commissioner for happiness and couples' fulfilment is the brainchild of Rochas Okorocha, governor of the southeastern state of Imo.

Okorocha, who was previously widely criticised for using public funds to erect statues of prominent African leaders, on Monday appointed his sister to the post.

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Sierra Leone opposition 'satisfied' with police chief sacking

Freetown - Sierra Leone's opposition on Monday said it welcomed the replacement of the country's police chief following his sacking amid accusations of institutional political bias and endemic corruption.

Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu was reassigned to an ambassadorial post in neighbouring Liberia after being removed from duty last week, and replaced with Richard Moigbe, his deputy.

The decision by President Ernest Bai Koroma -- who has not commented on the matter -- came after pressure by the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) over the arrest of their party spokesman Lahai Lawrence Leema and the detention of several more supporters.

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