Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa, Mugabe, Boko haram

2018-02-22 14:16

Tensions 'intensify' between Mnangagwa and army commanders - report

Harare – Tensions are reportedly "intensifying" between Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the "military clique surrounding him". 

According to The Zimbabwe Independentnewspaper, senior government sources indicated last week that military elements within the ruling Zanu-PF had "serious political ambitions". It was believed that they wanted Mnangagwa to serve one term - if he won the upcoming elections - before handing over to his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.

Mnangagwa appointed Chiwenga, who led the military takeover that helped end ex-president Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule, as one of the country two vice presidents in December.

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Mugabe 'finally' sends condolence message to Tsvangirai's family – report

Harare – Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe has reportedly "finally broken his silence" and sent a last minute condolence message to his late rival, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's family.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the message from Mugabe was confirmed by the Movement for Democratic Change's acting president Nelson Chamisa just before the coffin of Tsvagirai was lowered into his final resting place in rural Buhera, 220km south of Harare, on Tuesday.

Chamisa said the message was private and could not be read in public.

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Mugabe's nephew 'reacts angrily' as AU supports Mnangagwa' – report

Harare – Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has reportedly reacted "angrily" after the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat praised the Zimbabwean government for the country's "peaceful political transition" last year.

Mahamat was on a three day visit to Zimbabwe, where he met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who according to the state-owned Herald newspaper "apprised him of measures being taken by his government to ensure free and fair elections".

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No lavish birthday celebrations for Mugabe as he turns 94 today – report

Harare – Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe is reportedly not going to have his regular extravagant birthday celebrations this year despite the 21st of February being declared a public holiday.

Born on February 21, 1924, Mugabe trained as a teacher and taught in what was then Rhodesia and Ghana before returning home to join the guerrilla war against white-minority rule.

He became prime minister after Zimbabwe attained its independence from Britain in 1980. He later became president in 1987.  

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Scores of girls 'missing' after new Boko Haram school attack

Kano - Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potentially scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago.

Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack.

The jihadists gained worldwide notoriety in April 2014 when they abducted 276 girls from their school in Chibok, in neighbouring Borno state. A total of 112 are still being held.

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PICS: Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

Harare - Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe is celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude, far from the lavish affair of years gone by.

The government that removed him with military assistance in November has declared February 21, Mugabe's birthday, a national holiday.

But there are no signs of past celebrations, no giant cakes or thousands of supporters wearing clothing with Mugabe's image, no live state television broadcasts.

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'Bitter succession struggle' as Zim bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

Buhera - Thousands of Zimbabweans gathered Tuesday to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai who was one of Africa's most admired politicians and lived to see the fall of his political nemesis Robert Mugabe.

"We are celebrating a hero," said the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party's acting president Nelson Chamisa.

Morgan Tsvangirai

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