Top Africa stories: Mugabe ally's son, DRC

2018-06-04 08:41

'Zanu-PF supporters have invaded my farm,' claims Mugabe ally's son

The son of former president Robert Mugabe's ally has reportedly accused Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF supporters of invading his farm after his father recently defected to the National Patriotic Front (NPF) party.

Former army brigadier, Ambrose Mutinhiri, quit Zanu-PF earlier this year to protest the removal of Mugabe. He was reported to be the leader of the new Mugabe backed political outfit

Mutinhiri, a veteran of the 1970s war against white minority, was a provincial affairs minister of Mashonaland east province. 

Mutinhiri resigned from parliament recently, citing the military intervention that pressured 94-year-old Mugabe into stepping down in November as his reason for cutting ties with the ruling Zanu-PF party.

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$15bn diamond loot: 'Leave Mugabe alone,' says opposition party

Zimbabwean opposition, the National People's Front (NPF) party, has reportedly taken a swipe at the Mines and Energy parliamentary portfolio committee over its attempt to have former president Robert Mugabe, 94, explain the country's missing $15 billion diamond revenue.

The committee led by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has tried in vain to bring the nonagenarian to answer questions over his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe lost $15 billion in revenue due to corruption and foreign exploitation in the diamond sector.  

Mugabe, who was ousted from office in November after 37 years in power, last week failed – for the third time - to attend the hearing without giving reasons.

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Grace Mugabe ally held for exiting Zim unlawfully – report

A Grace Mugabe ally, who recently returned home from self-imposed exile, has been arrested and arraigned before the Harare magistrate's court  for allegedly exiting the southern African country unlawfully in November, a report said on Friday. 

The former local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere landed back in Harare about a week ago after at least six months in exile following a military takeover that resulted in ex-president Robert Mugabe’s ousters last year.

Kasukuwere was allegedly a key member of the G40 faction in the ruling Zanu-PF party that orchestrated the sacking of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president in early November.

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Zimbabwe opposition plans election reform protests

Zimbabwe's main opposition said it plans street protests in the capital Harare on Tuesday to demand electoral reforms to ensure upcoming polls are free and fair.

Voters cast ballots on July 30 to choose a president, lawmakers and municipal councillors, in the country's first elections since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

"We will be flooding the streets," said Tendai Biti, spokesperson of the main opposition alliance the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"We want free, fair, credible elections," he said on Friday.

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DRC slammed over 'arbitrary' activist detentions

Supporters of five pro-democracy campaigners held without trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo since December demanded on Friday that the activists be released - or at least face a judge.

The group's lawyer Shabani Lukoo blasted the five activists' "arbitrary" detention by security forces and said they had been tortured.

"Carbone Beni, Mino Bopomi, Cedric Kalonji, Grace Tshunza and Palmer Kabeya, all active members of the pro-democracy citizen movement Filimbi, were arbitrarily arrested by special services agents" between December 23 and 31, Lukoo said.

"It has been clearly established that since their arrest they have each suffered degrading and inhuman treatment.

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'Protesting wives win backpay for husbands' – report

A cash strapped coal mining company in Zimbabwe has reportedly agreed to pay its workers' salary arrears after the miners' wives staged a four months long protest. 

According to News Deep, Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) - a company partly owned by government - brokered the deal with the women after months of tense protests outside the mining company's offices.

HCCL's workers had not been paid their full salaries since 2013. As a result, hundreds of women had to find work "just to keep their children fed".

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