Top Africa stories: Mugabe's son in law in court, survivor of Tanzania ferry disaster speaks out

2018-10-24 06:01

PICS: Mugabe's son-in-law appears in court… he's facing kidnapping charges – reports

Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore has appeared at the Harare Magistrates' Court, facing charges of kidnapping, reports say.

According to a Facebook post by the state-owned Herald newspaper, Chikore was at the court on Tuesday and was in the company of his wife Bona Chikore-Mugabe, his lawyer Jonathan Samkange and police detectives.

"Mr Simba Chikore arrived at the Harare Magistrates court early this morning in the company of his wife Bona Chikore-Mugabe, lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange and police detectives," read part of the post.

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Mugabe's son-in-law, charged with kidnapping airline official, gets bail

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe's son-in-law Simba Chikore, who is facing kidnapping charges, has reportedly been granted $30 bail by a Harare magistrate and ordered not to interfere with witnesses.

Chikoro appeared in court on Tuesday after he surrendered himself to the police, said a report by the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

The case was postponed to November 7, said the report. 

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WATCH: 'My family had planned my funeral,' says survivor of Tanzanian ferry disaster

A man who survived the Tanzanian ferry disaster that killed over 200 people last month has revealed how his family had already arranged for his burial when news broke that he had been rescued.   

According to Associated Press, Engineer Augustine Cherehani was found inside the capsized ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria.

The badly overloaded ferry capsized in the final stretch before shore on September 20, as people returning from a busy market day shifted and prepared to disembark.

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Over 80 injured in Algerian football violence

Over 80 people, including 30 police officers, were injured after fans invaded the pitch at an Algerian first division match at the weekend, according to official sources on Monday.

Clashes erupted at Saturday's top-flight game between CA Bordj Bou Arreridj and MC Alger (MCA) around 200km south-east of Algiers.

A doctor reported up to 50 people "were admitted to hospital", but none with serious injuries. The three most serious cases involved fractures.

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Zimbabwe opposition leader seeks dialogue on economic crisis

Zimbabwe's opposition leader on Tuesday called for the creation of a "national transitional authority" to deal with a worsening economic crisis amid shortages of basic items such as drugs and fuel.

Nelson Chamisa, who narrowly lost July's election, accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of excessive borrowing and lacking ideas to solve Zimbabwe's biggest crisis in a decade.

Chamisa also plans to go ahead with a rally on Saturday that party officials have indicated could include a mock "inauguration" in protest of the disputed vote.

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Amid currency chaos, Zim central bank suspends top officials

Zimbabwe’s central bank has suspended four top officials for allegedly fuelling the black market trade in scarce US dollars that has caused recent upheavals in the economy. 

The suspension came after a controversial former ruling party supporter, Acie Lumumba, levelled allegations against the four in a video posted on Facebook over the weekend. (Watch the video below)

Lumumba alleged the four - Mirirai Chiremba, Norman Mataruka, Gresham Muradzikwa and Azvinandawa Saburi - were part of a cartel controlling the allocation of foreign currency and bond notes to traders on the black market, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.  

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Tsetse fly out of Zimbabwe's hot Zambezi valley

The tsetse fly - an insect that transmits trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness - could soon die out in Zimbabwe's Zambezi Valley due to rising temperatures, a study said on Tuesday.

The study based on 27 years of data from the country's northern Mana Pools National Park suggests that temperature increases over the last three decades have caused major declines in local populations of tsetse flies.

"If the effect at Mana Pools extends across the whole of the Zambezi Valley, then transmission of trypanosomes is likely to have been greatly reduced in this warm low-lying region", said Jennifer Lord, lead author of the study and post-doctoral fellow at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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