Top Africa stories: Mugabes, Grace, Egypt

2017-09-12 08:37

Grace Mugabe at it again...

Bindura- Zimbabwe's controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe was at it again when she called for violence against former ruling Zanu-PF party members during a youth rally addressed by her husband in Bindura on Saturday.

The First Lady, who made headlines last month for assaulting a 20 year-old South African model that she found in the company of one of her sons Bellarmine Chatunga at a Sandton hotel, called on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's wife Auxillia to beat up any person expelled from the ruling Zanu- PF party whom she would have seen in the company of her husband.

At the rally, Grace accused Mnangagwa of interacting with expelled party members.

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Mugabes launch scathing attack on VP Mnangagwa

Bindura - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabeand his wife Grace on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning factionalism within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

This was the first time that Mnangagwa came under direct attack publicly for leading a faction calling itself "Team Lacoste" that is angling to take over power from Mugabe when he eventually leaves office. Another faction made up of young Turks calling itself Generation 40 is reportedly backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to torpedo Mnangagwa’s presidential ambition.

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Zim 'regaining its status as breadbasket of southern Africa', says Mugabe

Harare – President Robert Mugabe reportedly told a Zanu-PF central committee meeting last week that the country's economy was now recovering despite an on-going cash crisis, says a report.

According to New, Mugabe gave no detail on how the country's economy was recovering but said that the country was regaining its status as the breadbasket of southern Africa.

"We are going to leverage on diamonds and other minerals, alongside agriculture, so that together they drive our economic recovery trajectory. Our economy is slowly on the rebound, I am sure you will agree we are improving," Mugabe was quoted as saying.

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Campaign group claims Zimbabwe diamonds funding government repression

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's ruling elite has diverted the country's vast diamond riches to help fund repression by dodging sanctions and raising money for security forces, an anti-corruption campaign group alleged Monday.

In a report, Global Witness accused top security and political leaders of secretly profiting from the trade in the country's diamond reserves while depriving the impoverished nation of much-needed revenue.

The Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) spy agency is alleged to have held a concealed stake in a company active in the Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe, according to secret documents Global Witness said it had seen.

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Militants attack convoy in Egypt's Sinai, kill 18 police

El Arish - Islamic State militants ambushed a police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing 18 police and wounding seven others in one of the deadliest attacks this year in the restive region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Police and military officials said roadside bombs destroyed and set ablaze four armored vehicles and a fifth one carrying signal jamming equipment. The gunmen later opened fire with machine guns and commandeered a police pickup truck.

Among those killed were two police lieutenants. The wounded included a police brigadier general. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

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Grace Mugabe says 'drunk, unhinged' Gabriella Engels attacked her with a knife

Cape Town – Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly denied that she assaulted a young South African model Gabriella Engels, 20, after she allegedly found her with one of her two sons Bellarmine Chatunga at a hotel in Sandon last month.

According to a statement dated August 17 and seen by Reuters, Grace dismissed Engels' version of events as "malicious allegations" and maintained that she was attacked after "going to help her sons".

The first lady portrayed herself as the victim after intervening on behalf of her sons Chatunga and Robert jnr who were "in trouble with a drunken young woman".

Grace Mugabe

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Somali troops flee to Kenya to escape Shabaab attack

Mogadishu - Somali soldiers, some of them wounded, fled across the border into Kenya during an attack by Islamic militants on the town of Bulo Hawo on Monday, security sources said.

At least 12 people died when fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab group attacked the border town, according to witnesses, while many soldiers fled westward a few kilometres to the Kenyan town of Mandera.

"We have several of the soldiers from Somalia who ran to Kenya after the attack," said Mohamud Saleh, regional coordinator for north eastern Kenya. "Some are injured and have been taken to hospital."


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