Top Africa stories: Mugabe's absence noticed at his rural home, Mohamed Salah statue

2018-11-07 08:00

Mugabe abroad 'for past month'... absence noticed at rural home: report

Former president Robert Mugabe is leading a life of seclusion at his Harare mansion and seldom visits his rural homestead amid reports he’s been abroad for the past few weeks, a newspaper reports.

"Reports indicate Mugabe has been out of the country, in Singapore, for at least over a month," the privately-owned Standard said.

Meanwhile some villagers in Kutama, around an hour's drive west of Harare, are puzzled by the prolonged absence of their most famous clansman.

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Mugabe, wife Grace 'are human rights violators', group says

A rights group has reportedly said that Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are human rights violators - in a new report.

According to the privately-owned Standard newspaper, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission's (ZHRC) 2017 report, said the Mugabes used the ruling Zanu-PF party youth interface rallies - before their dramatic fall - to attack and denigrate their perceived political opponents.

"(They) grossly undermined Zimbabwe's founding constitutional values and principles, including the rule of law and recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of each human being," ZHRC chairperson Elasto Mugwadi was quoted as saying. 

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Zim needs $40m to compensate white farmers – report

Zimbabwe's land and agricultural ministry is reportedly seeking $40m to compensate former white farmers, with the government promising to pay half of the amount. 

According to NewsDay, speaking before the land portfolio committee last week, finance ministry director Peter Mudzamiri said they had received only $20m from government despite asking for $40m which would have enabled them to pay at least 50 former white farmers in the 2019 financial year.

"We only got $20 million, but the $40 million that we bid for was just an estimate looking at how many farmers we are going to pay. Our focus here is that we are looking at paying 50 former farmers in 2019," Mudzamiri was quoted as saying.


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PICS: Salah statue in Egypt criticised for poor resemblance

A bronze statue of Mohamed Salah unveiled on Monday at an international youth gathering in Egypt has been criticised for its poor resemblance to the Liverpool striker.

The statue depicts Salah with a disproportionately large head and small arms stretched in the celebratory pose the 26-year-old Egyptian took in the latter part of last season.

The figure, made by artist Mai Abdullah, has Salah's trademark curly hair and is standing on what appeared to be a pot for plants.

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Joyce Banda 'is the most trusted political leader' in Malawi

A survey has reportedly revealed that former Malawi president Joyce Banda is the "most trusted" political leader in the southern African country, despite being mired in the worst corruption scandal dubbed Cashgate.

According to Nyasa Times, Malawi's Institute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor), Banda was leading in being a trustworthy politician ahead of the current president Peter Mutharika and other political party leaders.

The survey showed that Banda received only 32% trust rating.

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Another Mugabe minister arrested – reports

Zimbabwe's former Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira has reportedly been arrested on a corruption related charge.

According to, New, it is not clear where the charge emanated from, but reports indicated that he was accused of an offence he committed during his tenure as ICT minister.

The report said that Mandiwanzira was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.


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Prince Charles condemns slavery, climate change in Africa

Britain's Prince Charles is condemning the slave trade during a stop in Ghana, saying that the atrocity has left an indelible stain on the world's history.

On the third day of his visit to the west African country where many slaves were sent to the Americas, Prince Charles gave a public lecture. He told Ghanaians that all nations around the world must now work to eradicate all forms of modern slavery.

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