Top Africa stories: Namibian Luggage train 'gone with the wind', Zim says 'bye' to maize imports

2018-10-18 07:15

WATCH: Namibian airport workers struggle to stop a runaway luggage train being blown across the tarmac

Namibian airport workers had a hard time trying to stop a runaway luggage train that was being blown across the tarmac on Sunday, The Namibian reports.

"... Strong winds at the Hosea Kutako International Airport triggered a spectacle in which four officials chased after a train of four runaway luggage trolleys which were heading towards a stationary plane at full speed," the report said.

The paper quoted the Namibian Airports Company (NAC)'s spokesperson Dan Kamati as confirming that the incident occurred on Sunday around lunchtime.

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Zimbabwe says 'bye bye to maize imports' as farmers 'deliver over 1m tons' – report

Zimbabwe is reportedly now "food secure" and is likely not going to import maize as farmers have delivered over 1 million tons to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) after a "successful Command Agriculture Programme".

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, GMB officials said they expected at least 1.2 million tons of grain to be collected as farmers continued to bring in their produce to its depots.  

GMB general manager Rockie Mutenha said they had so far received 1.1 million tons of maize since the beginning of the marketing season in April and were expecting more maize to be delivered.

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PIC: 'Chatty and jovial' Zim VP back in Zim after receiving medical treatment in SA

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly returned home from South Africa where he was receiving medical treatment.

AFP reported on Monday that Chiwenga was in South Africa receiving treatment for injuries sustained during a blast at a ruling party rally in June.

A grenade blast at an election rally in the second city of Bulawayo killed two people and narrowly missed President Emmerson Mnangagwa while leaving Chiwenga with apparently superficial injuries.

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LATEST: 'No foreign rescue plan' for Africa's kidnapped billionaire

Tanzania will not seek foreign assistance in its investigation over the abduction of Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, a minister has reportedly said. 

According to Daily Nation, Tanzania's deputy minister of home affairs, Hamad Masauni, said this as he responded to calls for the government to allow an independent investigation into the billionaire's kidnapping.

The report quoted Masauni as saying that independent investigators "would help vindicate the government over speculation it may have been behind such incidents".

Mohammed Dewji

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Six Tanzanian schoolchildren killed in lightning strike

At least six children were killed and 25 injured on Wednesday when lightning struck a primary school in northern Tanzania, a local government official said.

The lightning hit Emaco Vision primary school, in the mountainous Geita region, during the morning.

"It was about 09:00, six pupils were killed and 25 were injured," said regional education coordinator Yese Kanyuma.

Lightning

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Mnangagwa, Chamisa dialogue plan 'collapses', Zim churches say

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has reportedly said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival Nelson Chamisa are "seemingly not ready to compromise" their political positions, making it difficult for the two leaders to hold a dialogue.

ZCC, according to reports, has been trying to mediate between the two warring parties since the country's disputed polls in July.

According to NewsDay, ZCC met with the MDC leader early this month, and was "waiting for him to sign some documents" before moving ahead with its plans.

Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa

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