Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa's planned impeachment, Kenya

2018-06-01 07:00

Zim President Mnangagwa: 'Mugabe sympathisers are plotting to impeach me'

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed he has unearthed a plot to impeach him soon after elections by disgruntled Zanu-PF party parliamentary candidates.

According to NewsDay, Mnangagwa said this at a Zanu-PF healing and reconciliation workshop in Harare on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa said that the alleged plot involved party members sympathetic to former president Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa came to power following an army operation that led to former Mugabe's resignation on November 21. The army said it was targeting "criminals" around Mugabe.

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Zim's Mnangagwa to get 70% of vote says poll, but MDC dismisses findings as 'propaganda'

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa would win 70% of the vote if elections were held now, an opinion poll by an obscure lobby group said Wednesday.

The Pan-African Forum Limited (PAFL) said in contrast Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa would only win 24% of the vote. 

"Emmerson Mnangagwa is the most preferred candidate to be the president of Zimbabwe," the forum said. The respondents were asked the question: "If elections were to be held today, which presidential candidate would you vote for?"

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'MDC will never rule Zimbabwe,' says controversial Mnangagwa aide

Zimbabwe's outspoken deputy finance minister, Terrence Mukupe, has once again told the country's opposition parties that they would never rule, adding that he is not apologetic over his recent army remarks.

Mukupe recently made headlines when he told the ruling Zanu-PF supporters in Harare that the army would never allow the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Nelson Chamisa to rule the country.

Makupe said that the army would never allow "a child" to govern the country after forcing Robert Mugabe to resign last year.


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'I bit the apple on the iPhone': Zimbabweans rise to the #ChamisaChallenge

Zimbabweans on social media have taken up the #ChamisaChallenge, a tongue-in-cheek response to opposition leader Nelson Chamisa's claim at a weekend political rally that he advised Rwanda on its progressive IT policy.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame tweeted on Wednesday that he'd never met Chamisa.

Chamisa politely responded with a photograph of the two shaking hands at a conference in Geneva when Chamisa was IT minister in Zimbabwe’s 2009-2013 coalition government. 

Nelson Chamisa

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MDC threatens to stage nationwide protest... claims voters' roll has 'suspicious centenarians'

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, has reportedly threatened to stage a country wide demonstration on June 5 in a bid to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to agree to electoral reform demands.

According to New, MDC spokesperson Thabita khumalo said the party had been forced into a corner by Mnangagwa's "intransigence and goal shifting" over electoral reforms for the July 30 vote.

Khumalo said that her party was not happy with the reforms that were signed into law by Mnangagwa in recent weeks.


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Hugs and apologies between Kenyan political rivals

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, opposition leader Raila Odinga and their deputies on Thursday exchanged hugs and apologies, cementing their pledge to promote unity after a fractious and bloody election.

The unusual scene unfolded at the country's annual national prayer meeting.

It came eight months after Kenyatta's re-election in a drawn-out poll that divided the nation and left at least 92 dead, according to rights groups.

Longtime rivals Kenyatta and Odinga in March shook hands and pledged reconciliation in a move that stunned the nation, as well as members of Odinga's opposition alliance who said they had not been consulted.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga

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Uganda slaps tax on social media users to curb 'gossip'

Ugandan users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media will from July have to pay a daily tax, according to a new law which rights activists said on Thursday was a bid to stifle free speech.

Uganda's parliament passed a law late on Wednesday imposing a tax of tax of 200 shillings ($0.05) a day on users of so-called "over the top" services which publish content bypassing traditional distributors.

The new law does not spell out how the tax would be applied and collected in practice.

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