Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa on land, Ebola, Zim granny gets death threats

2018-07-25 08:17

Mnangagwa admits Mugabe's chaotic land reforms 'robbed Zim of its breadbasket status' – report

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly admitted that the country's controversial land reform programme carried under former president Robert Mugabe's government caused serious shortages in "farm productivity".

According to Daily News, speaking to white Zimbabweans over the weekend, Mnangagwa said that the controversial land seizures robbed the country of its breadbasket status.

He said, however, that land grabs were "now a thing of the past".

Mnangagwa said that the remaining few white farmers were now secured, as the government had in recent months allowed them longer leases.

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WATCH: Zim granny gets death threats after she vows to vote for MDC's Chamisa, says report

A video of a Zimbabwean granny pledging to vote for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has reportedly now turned her into a target after she received death threats.

In a video, that has since gobe viral on social media, the unidentified old woman, speaking in the local iSiNdebele language, says that although she supports another presidential candidate who leads an MDC splinter group, Thokozani Khupe, she would rather vote for "Khamisa (Chamisa)" as he stands a good chance of winning against the ruling Zanu-PF party's Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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But, after the video went viral, the old woman is reportedly now living in fear because of death threats from unknown people, the privately owned New reports.

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Of prophets, ghosts and wizardry – a colourful guide to the Zim elections

It's the final countdown to Zimbabwe's landmark elections on July 30, the first without Robert Mugabe. The run-up to this election hasn't been without its colourful features, including church prophecies, banned symbols of the occult and claims of legions of ghost voters.

Popular church 'foretells Mnangagwa victory'

The hugely-popular Johane Marange Apostolic church has prophesied victory by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on July 30. Mnangagwa, dressed in the flowing white robes of the church, attended its annual festival in diamond-rich Marange district this month.

The 250 000-strong church is a useful constituency for any politician to court. In Mnangwagwa's case, this church's prophesy that his victory in the July 30 polls is "guaranteed", as reported by the state-run Sunday Mail, may give him a boost.


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Ebola infects woman's husband, sons, a year after she recovered: study

A woman who survived Ebola in July 2014 may have infected her husband and two sons more than a year later, said a study on Tuesday, highlighting the need for "continued surveillance".

The seeming virus "flare-up" killed one of the boys, a 15-year-old, according to research findings published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal.

The boy tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, on November 19, 2015, and died four days later, it said.


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Zimbabwe economy desperate for election turn-around

Zimbabwean factory manager Sifelani Jabangwe is a survivor of the Mugabe years, overseeing a company that stayed in business through hyperinflation, the national currency being abandoned and an exodus of investors.

Now he hopes that next week's election will mark a turning point if the vote brings in a legitimate government that can relaunch the shattered economy after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Jabangwe's company, James North Zimbabwe, is the country's largest producer of industrial protective wear and tarpaulins, specialising in protective gloves and shoes.


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