Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Hichilema, Lesotho

2017-09-01 08:17

No Grace, no Mugabe at #GraceMugabe solidarity march

Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabeand his under fire wife Grace on Wednesday snubbed a rally that was organised by their ruling Zanu-PF party faithful to show support  for the First Lady, who is facing a backlash for assaulting a 20 year-old South African model.

Zanu-PF supporters marched through the streets of the capital to their party’s headquarters.

Instead of being at the rally that was attended by thousands of his loyalists, president Mugabe chose to officiate at a conference of teachers that was being held about 100m away from where his supporters were gathered.

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Maimane's detainment highlighted Zambia's problems - Hichilema

Cape Town – Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says the involvement of Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane in his own detainment helped highlight the plight his country is facing.

Maimane was prevented from leaving his plane in Zambia when attempting to visit Hichilema in jail during his court trial in May. Maimane claimed he and colleagues were manhandled and eventually forced to leave the country.

Hichilema and Maimane told the media in Parliament on Thursday that Africans needed to unite to fight against dictatorships and oppression on the continent.

Hakainde Hichilema

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Zambian opposition leader says arrest was political

Cape Town - Zambia's main opposition leader on Thursday condemned his four-month imprisonment for alleged treason as an abuse of the criminal justice system by his political opponents.

Hakainde Hichilema was released from custody two weeks ago after being detained for allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade.

"It is not because the police have done an investigation, it is because a member of the ruling party has instigated the police to arrest this citizen," Hichilema said.

Hakainde Hichilema

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'Stop aiding Zanu-PF,' Tsvangirai's MDC tells registrar general

Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai has called on the country's electoral commission to ensure that all eligible Zimbabweans are able to register to vote. 

In statement, MDC's spokesperson Obert Gutu also called on the country's registrar general Tobaiwa Mudede to ensure that the three months national mobile registration exercise for national identity cards, birth and death certificates in preparation for voter registration was carried out fairly across the country. 


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'Excessive force' used to evict villagers from 'farm meant for Grace Mugabe'

Harare - The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has slammed the police for using "excessive force" to evict villagers from a farm reportedly given to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The commission, which was sworn in by President Robert Mugabe a year ago, carried out a probe into the evictions at Arnold Farm that began in March.

The commission said it had interviewed villagers at the farm, just north of Harare, who "highlighted that those who carried out the demolitions purported to be members of the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) acting on instructions from the First Lady to evict the complainants".

Grace Mugabe

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Lesotho's ex-deputy PM 'flees to SA after death threats' – reports

Maseru – Lesotho's former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing has reportedly fled the country after receiving death threats.

According to SABC, Metsing "feared for his life".

BBC report said that he had fled to South Africa. 

Tensions remained high in the mountain kingdom after the killing of Prime Minister Tom Thabane's estranged wife.

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Mugabe slams SA, Nigeria over slain Gaddafi – reports

Victoria Falls – President Robert Mugabe has criticised the 2011 decision made by African countries that voted in favour of a resolution by western countries to invade Libya resulting in the killing of Libyan long time leader Muammar Gaddafi, reports say.

According to Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper, the nonagenarian described the decision to support Nato's "no fly zone" as "shameful and disgraceful".

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