Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Grace flown to Singapore, DRC's Bemba

2018-09-18 08:12

Ailing Mugabe, wife Grace flown to Singapore in private jet chartered by cash-strapped Zim govt

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, have reportedly been flown out of the country for "emergency" medical checks in Singapore.

The Mugabes left on Sunday on a flight chartered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, New Zimbabwe.com reported.

Mugabe, 94, and Grace, 53, have “been struggling with poor health, regularly travelling to the southeast Asian country for medical attention”, the report said.

Grace Mugabe

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Mugabe son-in-law investigated over new Zim airline deal: report

Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law is being investigated by a special anti-corruption unit in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office, a newspaper reported Monday.

Simba Chikore, who is married to Mugabe’s daughter Bona, is allegedly under investigation over his role in negotiating the purchase of four second-hand Boeing 777 aircraft from Malaysia Airlines, said the private NewsDay.

"He (Chikore) is being investigated for his role in the deal, but it seems the whole issue could suck in Mugabe himself or better still, his wife (former First Lady Grace)," an unnamed source close to the investigation told the paper. 

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Anger on social media as Mnangagwa govt charters private jet for ill Mugabe and wife Grace

Zimbabweans have reacted angrily on social media after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government reportedly chartered a plane for former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, who flew to Singapore over the weekend for medical checks.

The Mugabes left on Sunday on a flight chartered by Mnangagwa’s government, New Zimbabwe.com reported.

Mugabe, 94, and Grace, 53, have “been struggling with poor health, regularly travelling to the southeast Asian country for medical attention”, the report said.

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ICC to sentence DRC's Bemba in bribery case

Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba is to be sentenced on Monday by international judges for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial, which led to him being excluded from running for the Democratic Republic of Congo president.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague acquitted the businessman-turned-rebel leader on appeal for war crimes and crimes against humanity three months ago - but a second minor case has continued to haunt him and his political ambitions.

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At least 23 dead in weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia

Ethnic violence in Ethiopia left 23 people dead at the weekend, state media reported on Monday, as protests against the killings gripped the capital Addis Ababa where an angry crowd gathered in the city centre.

The state-owned Ethiopia News Agency (ENA) said an organised mob carried out a spree of murder and looting in and around Burayu town, leaving 23 people dead and 886 displaced, citing Oromia regional police commissioner Alemayehu Ejigu.

ENA reported that over 70 people had been arrested.

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