Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Senegal, Nigeria

2017-08-01 12:32

'You are serving at Mugabe's will,' Grace tells hubby's VPs

Chinhoyi - Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has warned her husband's deputies that they risk losing their jobs if they do not perform to the expectations of the 93-year-old leader.

Addressing thousands of ruling Zanu-PF supporters at a rally held on Saturday at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, the First Lady said vice presidents served at President Robert Mugabe's will.

This came at a time when one of Mugabe's deputies, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was reportedly leading a faction within the ruling Zanu-PF party that was angling to take over power when the nonagenarian eventually left office.

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WATCH: Video shows shaky Mugabe being led to seat

Harare - Heartbreaking or proof of his party's cynicism?

This clip of ageing president Robert Mugabeshows him being led to his seat - and there's no mistaking his 93 years.

Mugabe is shown taking hesitant steps onto the podium for a rally in Chinhoyi on Saturday.

Amid cheers, the longtime Zimbabwe president appears to lean on an aide. He then sits gingerly down on a leather sofa as his wife Grace places his hat back on his head.

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Senegalese vote in election that brought back ex-leader

Dakar - Voters in Senegal are casting ballots in a legislative election that has brought the country's former longtime leader back to the political scene.

Ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, now 91-years-old, has been leading his loyalists' efforts to win seats in Sunday's election.

Wade was president from 2000 to 2012, when he was defeated by current President Macky Sall. He returned from France this month to campaign in the parliamentary contest, though critics accuse him of re-entering Senegalese politics to try and pave the way for his son to return as well.

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At least 41 gay men arrested in Nigeria

Lagos - At least 41 men suspected of harbouring homosexuality acts were arrested at a hotel in Nigeria over the weekend, a report says.

According to Fellow Press, the suspects were rounded up on Saturday at Weigh Bridge hotel in Owode Onirin area of Lagos State.

Police spokesperson Olarinde Famous-Cole confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspects were soon going to appear in court.

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Avian flu hits Zimbabwe poultry farm again

Harare – An avian flu outbreak has again hit a poultry farm near the capital Harare in Zimbabwe, says a report.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the department of veterinary services director, Dr Josphat Nyika said the farm was already under quarantine following an earlier outbreak there in May.

Nyika said that the quarantine was going to be extended for three months "until the disease is completely resolved".

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Opposition cries foul as Senegal holds tense vote

Dakar - Senegal voted in a tense general election Sunday, with ex-president Abdoulaye Wade accusing his successor of engineering problems with the ballot to thwart an opposition victory.

The vote to elect a new parliament is seen as a test run for President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 presidential election and follows a campaign marred by violence.

The first results are due early on Monday in the west African nation, where more than 6.2 million people are registered to vote.

Abdoulaye Wade

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