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2017-08-08 06:17

WATCH: Zim VP faces tough time in parliament over Grace Mugabe outbursts

Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition lawmakers last week gave Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa a tough time in parliament when they sought assurance on the country’s governability following First Lady Grace Mugabe’s recent outburst against senior Zanu-PF and government officials, a report says.

Grace recently told Zimbabwe's vice presidents at a campaign rally in Chinhoyi that they were serving at her husband's will. 

Emmerson Mnangagwa

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MUGABE'S NEPHEW REVEALS: 'Swords now out' for Zim VP Mnangagwa

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's succession maze has reached a crescendo, with his nephew revealing that "swords are now out" for the nonagenarian’s deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who allegedly wants to take over from the veteran leader.

Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, who also doubled as the southern African country’s youth and indigenisation minister, charged that the vice president’s allies were misleading the nation that Mnangagwa was going to be Mugabe’s successor.

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EXCLUSIVE: Collapse of ICC case 'is a reason for fear of violence ahead of Kenya polls'

Nairobi - Fears of violence in Kenya’s upcoming election could partly be attributed to the collapse of the International Criminal Court’s case against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, who are running mates in Tuesday’s election for a second term.

David Ogutu, an opposition councillor candidate in Kibera, Nairobi, said during the elections in 2013 the case at The Hague for crimes against humanity for the 2007-2008 post-election violence against the two was still ongoing. "People felt the only way justice could be found was at The Hague," he said.

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Kenyans take no chances ahead of high-stakes election

Nairobi - In recent days, the queues of early morning travellers at Nairobi's long-distance bus stations have been thick with people seeking to leave the city.

In supermarkets, the aisles are cramped with shoppers pushing convoys of trolleys stacked high with provisions.

In the runup to Tuesday's elections the signs were clear: a tight race and a history of political violence meant many Kenyans were taking no chances, choosing to head for the sanctuary of their ethnic heartlands for the election period.

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Kenya court says it will deal with any post-election dispute

Nairobi - The chief justice of Kenya's top court says the judiciary will resolve any disputes that might arise from a tightly contested election on Tuesday.

David Maraga, president of Kenya's Supreme Court, said on Monday that "we are ready to deal" with any problems after the vote pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against main opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Maraga spoke after meeting former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is among international observers who will be monitoring the election.

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Gunfire close to central prison in DRC capital

Kinshasa - Sustained gunfire broke out on Monday close to the central prison in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, residents and activists said, three months after a wave of attacks and mass jailbreaks began.

"For about an hour, there's been shooting around the Makala prison, there's no more traffic and the avenues are empty here in Selembao," the poor city centre district where the prison stands, Emmanuel Cole, a prisoners' rights activist, said.

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