Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Botswana, Kenya

2017-10-10 07:11

Mugabe orders Harare clean-up

Harare - President Robert Mugabe's government has threatened a blitz on Harare’s street vendors, similar to one that left hundreds of thousands of people without homes or jobs 12 years ago.

On Saturday, Mugabe said that even the city centre's roads named after him and Tanzanian liberation icon Julius Nyerere were "covered with dirt" and that vendors were selling goods "everywhere".

"Down with that indiscipline, they must go to their designated areas" he said, in quotes translated from Shona by the private Daily News.

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Botswana govt aggressive, intolerant towards media - rights group

Cape Town – A media rights group has accused the government of Botswana of being aggressive and intolerant towards the media, as a hearing against a privately-owned newspaper kicks off on Tuesday.

The Lobatse High Court will hear a case in which the southern Africa country’s Attorney General is seeking to interdict the Sunday Standard from publishing information relating to investigations by the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crimes.

The case concerns the constitutionality of section 44 of the Corruption and Economic Crime Act, which states that any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse publishes details of an investigation, shall be guilty of an offence.

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Zanu-PF youth leader: ‘Maintain Mugabe’s legacy’

Harare – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF Youth Secetary, Kedzanayi Chipanga, has urged young people to preserve President Robert Mugabe's legacy.

This amid reports that the veteran leader has been invited to an international festival of youth and students in Russia next week, says a report.

According to the state owned Herald newspaper, Mugabe was expected to speak at the October 15 festival alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chipanga said Mugabe was being recognised for his anti-imperialist views.

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Kenya police killed 35 in August poll violence: rights group

Nairobi - Thirty-seven people were killed after Kenya's August elections, and all but two of the cases were caused by "excessive" force by police, a human rights watchdog said on Monday.

Previous tolls from the disputed elections - since annulled by the Supreme Court - had not exceeded 24, and until now there were few details on how the deaths occurred.

In a 262-page report, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) said 35 of 37 deaths it documented between August 9-15, were due to "excessive use of force by police".

The remaining two were due to "civilian aggression".

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Anglophone runs for president in French-majority Cameroon

Yaound - A prominent lawyer from Cameroon's English-speaking minority will stand in next year's presidential election, he announced on Sunday, days after deadly clashes involving the anglophone community.

Akere Muna, former vice president of the NGO Transparency International, said he would promote "zero tolerance for corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favouritism".

Muna's announcement comes following protests in the country's restless English-speaking region which have left at least 19 people dead.

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