Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa says won't copy Mugabe, Melania Trump

2018-09-26 08:00

'I won't copy Mugabe': Mnangagwa tells US media

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he won’t emulate his predecessor Robert Mugabe by clinging to power, and may even give opposition leader Nelson Chamisa an official role, a newspaper reported.

Quoting recent comments by Mnangagwa to US media on his trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, the Daily News said the 76-year-old had no qualms about stepping down.

“We have now limited the terms of the president just to two terms… I will abide by that without any iota of resistance at all,” Mnangagwa said. 

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WATCH: Zim leader Mnangagwa reveals how he 'cheated death'

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly again narrated his narrow escape from death after he was poisoned during the power struggles inside his ruling Zanu-PF party last year.

Mnangagwa told CNN that he was helped by his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, who arranged for a military helicopter after the mysterious poisoning at a Zanu-PF rally in Gweru in August last year.

Mnangagwa suffered poisoning at a rally organised in support of former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, NewsDay reported at the time. 

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Melania Trump to discuss Africa trip Wednesday in New York

Melania Trump plans to announce details about her October trip to Africa during an appearance this week in New York.

The White House says the first lady will discuss the trip at a reception she's hosting on Wednesday during the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York. She'll address spouses of visiting heads of state, heads of foreign delegations, members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and representatives from the US Agency for International Development.

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WATCH: US investors 'showing interest in Zimbabwe', says finance minister

Zimbabwe's finance minister Mthuli Ncube has reportedly said that American investors are showing interest in the southern African country, following a meeting with them in New York.

According to Daily News, Zimbabwean officials met with at least 100 international investors and institutions on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in the Big Apple.

The meeting, which included the Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Merill Lynch, JP Morgan at the Zimbabwe Investor Forum, was led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the report said.

Mthuli Ncube

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WATCH: South Sudan doctor wins UN refugee prize

A South Sudanese doctor, who runs an overcrowded hospital with a dimly-lit surgical theatre and no regular supply of general anaesthetics, on Tuesday won the UN refugee agency's prestigious Nansen award.

Evan Atar Adaha's Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 144 000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighbouring Sudan, UNHCR said.

The hospital's X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using "ketamine injections and spinal epidurals" instead of general anaesthesia, the agency said.

Evan Atar Adaha

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