Top Africa stories: Mugabe 'has hardly faded away', Ethiopian prophet

2018-07-24 08:20

Guess who's still a factor in Zimbabwe's election? Mugabe

Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe has been forced out but he's hardly faded away. Ahead of this month's historic election, dozens of people in T-shirts with his image danced to anti-government songs while vowing revenge.

The 94-year-old Mugabe, who led this southern African nation through 37 turbulent years before his dramatic, military-backed resignation in November, has emerged as a player ahead of the July 30 vote — on the side of the opposition.

A visit by The Associated Press to the largely rural province of Masvingo found that anger over Mugabe's removal has been channeled into supporting candidates who challenge the ruling Zanu-PF party that he long controlled.

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'Prophet' arrested after 'failing to bring a dead man back to life'

An Ethiopian man claiming to be a prophet capable of resurrecting the dead, has reportedly been arrested after he failed to "bring back a dead man back to life". 

According to BBC, health worker and self-proclaimed prophet, Getayawkal Ayele approached the grieving family of the deceased Belay Biftu, in the small western town of Galilee, in the Oromia region.

Ayele allegedly told the family that he could raise Biftu - who had already been buried - from the dead, just like the biblical resurrection story of Lazarus who was brought back from the dead by Jesus.

The family agreed to dig up the body of Biftu.

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EXCLUSIVE: Zimbabweans in SA hope for 'free, fair' elections

Zimbabwe is set to go to the polls to elect the country's next president on July 30. News24 spoke to some Zimbabweans living in South Africa.

"I hope for free and fair elections. My hopes are that the results will reflect the will of the people."

These are the views of 33-year-old Wilson Manyonga, who left Zimbabwe in 2005 to study actuarial science at the University of Cape Town.

Manyonga was one of thousands of Zimbabweans who left their homes in the early to mid-2000s amid growing economic and political pressure, as former president Robert Mugabe’s rule grew more oppressive.

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One week to go! Political temperatures in Zim remain high

As Zimbabwe draws to its first ever election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot paper, but not necessarily his Zanu-PF party, the political temperatures across the country are increasing at an exponential rate, particularly in the capital Harare.

This is to be somewhat expected as the ouster of Mugabe through a military coup has ushered a plethora of candidates for the forthcoming harmonised election, where some of them clearly don’t have any backing what so ever and as some pundits have said, their only motivation is to appear on the ballot paper, which they will keep for posterity.

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Zim tourism 'enjoying a rebound... tourists returning to majestic Victoria Falls'

After nearly two decades in the doldrums, Zimbabwe's tourism sector is enjoying a rebound, with visitors returning in droves to see the majestic Victoria Falls and explore unspoilt safari reserves.

The number of foreign visitors to Victoria Falls, the southern African country's flagship destination, jumped nearly 50% in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2017, the tourism minister says.

Countrywide, arrivals rose by 15% to 554 417, according to treasury statistics.

Political and economic turmoil under longtime autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe had wrecked the sector, but authorities and tourism operators now believe the industry has a new lease of life.

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