Top Africa stories: Mugabe 'was warned about coup', toddler dies from zebra cobra snake bite

2018-11-15 08:00

Mugabe 'was forewarned about the coup that toppled him from power', former aide

Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe trusted his then deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa and ex-defence force chief Constantino Chiwenga more than those who "warned" him that the two were plotting a coup against him, his former aide has said.

According to NewsDay, Mugabe's former spin doctor and close ally Jonathan Moyo said the veteran politician never believed that Mnangagwa and Chiwenga would "betray him". 

Moyo said that Mugabe had truly believed that his two protégés would never turn against him.

Emmerson Mnangagwa and Constantino Chiwenga

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Zim ruling party officials search for Mnangagwa successor just 4 months after polls: report

Some senior Zanu-PF officials are trying to find a successor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa just four months after he won elections, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ruling party sources said some officials were worried Mnangagwa won't see through more than one five-year term in office because of poisoning he suffered at a ruling party rally in 2017.

"This group is worried that Mnangagwa might not finish his current term due to the poisoning… and they are thus looking at having a successor in case that happens," one unnamed source told the private Daily News

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2-year-old toddler dies from zebra cobra snake bite in Namibia – report

A 2-year-old toddler reportedly died just outside the capital Windhoek in Namibia after he was bitten by a zebra cobra snake last week.

According to The Namibian, Deon Heunis de Wet died in a private hospital where he had been admitted.

Deon's father said that his son was bitten around 21:00 on Thursday last week when he was sleeping.


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MDC's Chamisa 'faces arrest' for inciting post-election violence – report

Zimbabwean police have reportedly said they are now close to arresting opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Nelson Chamisa for inciting violence that led to the deadly military crackdown, which left six people dead.

On August 1, armed soldiers were deployed in the capital, Harare, to suppress a protest against delays in announcing results of the country's first elections without former ruler Robert Mugabe.

Gunfire erupted and six people died, Associated Press reported. 

President Emmerson Mnangagwa set up a commission of inquiry, headed by former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe, to probe the killings.

Nelosn Chamisa

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MDC MP held for calling Mnangagwa 'a dog incapable of leading Zim' - report

A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker has reportedly been arrested after he called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog incapable of leading the country".

According to New, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) national executive member, Joel Gabhuza – who is also Binga South lawmaker - was charged with undermining the authority of the president.

Gabhuza allegedly made the remarks during a funeral service in Binga. He criticised the residents for voting for Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF party on July 30. 


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Ugandan police say 10 students killed in arson attack

Ugandan police say 10 students have been killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school dormitory in central Uganda.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said on Wednesday that a tenth victim succumbed to his wounds while being admitted at a local hospital.

The Ministry of Education said 40 other students "escaped with injuries of varying degrees" from the fire that swept through the dormitory early on Monday.


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