Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Uganda

2018-08-24 07:28

Remove Mugabe's 'dirty' name from main airport, Zim war vets demand

Zimbabwe's 1970s war veterans have reportedly demanded that government renames the country's main airport, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Mugabe unveiled a plaque to commemorate the renaming of Harare International Airport after himself a week before his unceremonious removal from power last year.

The change of name was an "honour", the 93-year-old then president said, after he drew open some gold curtains covering the commemorative plaque to the flourish of music from a police brass band.

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Uganda drops weapons charges against jailed pop star

Ugandan military prosecutors on Thursday withdrew weapons charges against the jailed pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president, but he faced potentially more serious charges of treason in a civilian court.

Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, had been charged last week with illegal possession of firearms for his alleged role in an incident in which President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones.

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PICS: Uganda's pop star-turned-lawmaker now facing treason charges

A Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president was charged with treason in a civilian court on Thursday, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges.

The new charge was bound to bring fresh outrage from Ugandans and global musicians after Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, alleged he had been severely beaten while in detention. The government denies it.

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Ssentamu has emerged as an influential critic of President Yoweri Museveni, especially among youth, after winning a parliament seat last year.

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Zimbabwe arrests Mnangagwa critic over Facebook post

Zimbabwean police have arrested a critic of Emmerson Mnangagwa on charges of insulting the president in a Facebook post, lawyers said on Thursday, highlighting allegations of a crackdown on government opponents.

Munyaradzi Shoko, a well-known critic of Mnangagwa, was held after he posted statements on Facebook saying the president's name was "generally associated with evil and devilish deeds."

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda said Shoko was arrested on Wednesday.

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WATCH: African migrants cheer as they storm border of Spanish enclave

Another 100 African migrants have managed to force their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Wednesday. 

They were cheering as they ran towards the temporary reception centre - most of them being young men.

More than 3 800 migrants have crossed the Moroccan border into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla so far this year, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

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