Top Africa stories: Nelson Chamisa, Mawarire, Burundi

2018-06-08 08:13

Zimbabwe opposition vows new currency pegged to SA rand

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa vowed on Thursday to revive the country's moribund economy and to introduce a new currency pegged to the South African rand if he gets elected next month.

Zimbabwe's economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade suffering low growth, high unemployment and a severe liquidity crisis that has seen people queue for hours to withdraw limited cash.

"By 2023 we want a double digit economic growth and a US$100bn economy by 2029," Chamisa told supporters in the capital Harare as he launched the opposition's manifesto for the July 30 election.

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Zimbabwe pastor Evan Mawarire sues police for $65 000 – report

Zimbabwean Pastor Evan Mawarire has reportedly "filed a $65 000 lawsuit against the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for unlawful arrest and detention at the height of his anti-government protests last year".

According to NewsDay, Mawarire filed the summons on Tuesday this week.

Mawarire, who is head of a small church in Harare, shot to prominence two years ago when he posted a video to Facebook of himself drapedin the Zimbabwe flag, voicing his frustrations about the economic hardships and hopelessness facing many Zimbabweans.

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Burundi president promises to step down in 2020

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said on Thursday he would not run for another term, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power.

"I will not go back on my word. Our mandate ends in 2020," Nkurunziza said in a speech to supporters and diplomats in the central region of Gitega.

His announcement came shortly after he signed into law a new constitution that could enable him to rule until 2034.

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Zimbabwe opposition pledges $100bn economy if it wins vote

Zimbabwe's main opposition party announced on Thursday it will create a $100bn economy within a decade and re-establish ties with Israel - a major foreign policy shift - if it wins July 30 elections.

The MDC-T, which has re-energised under 40-year-old leader Nelson Chamisa, launched its election manifesto while the state broadcaster, which is closely aligned with the ruling party, provided rare live coverage.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power in November when longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down under pressure from the military and ruling party, has promised free and fair elections in a country with a history of disputed polls. 

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PICS: Woman opens home to dozens of children orphaned by war

Hundreds of children have been orphaned by rebel attacks in remote Democratic Republic of Congo and many end up in Marie Charline Mutsuva's care.

The 65-year-old, abandoned by her husband because she couldn't have children of her own, has taken in more than 100 youths over the past four years. Resources are so stretched that at times she sells her possessions, but she carries on, saying: "I have family again."


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PICS: Social media clash as MDC's Chamisa dresses like Julius Malema

Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa's security details reportedly had a torrid time trying to disperse his supporters, who jostled to take pictures with him as he marched through the streets of Harare dressed like EFF’s Julius Malema.

Chamisa together with thousands of his supporters flocked the city centre in Harare on Tuesday, as opposition parties called for electoral reforms ahead of the July 30 general election.

The MDC Alliance is a seven-party opposition coalition in Zimbabwe led by Chamisa.

Chamisa handed over a petition to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

According to New, Chamisa "arrived at Africa Unity Square around midday clad in a red work suit and a red helmet which is the Economic Freedom Fighters (Malema’s party) trade mark, dressing sending thousands of coalition supporters into jubilation".

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'Mugabe party' backs MDC's Chamisa – report

Zimbabwe's recently formed political party, the National Patriotic Front (NPF), is reportedly backing the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa in the forthcoming election.

According to NewsDay, a number of top officials within the party that is believed to be backed by former president Robert Mugabe, turned up for the MDC Alliance protest march in Harare on Tuesday, and pledged to back Chamisa's candidature in next month's presidential election.

NPF's spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire sent the crowd into a cheerful mood when he chanted the MDC slogan, before saying: "We will be voting for president Chamisa."

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'Electoral playing field perfectly level... opposition enjoying democracy,' says Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that the electoral "playing field is perfectly level", following the uninterrupted demonstration by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance in Harare on Tuesday.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said that opposition parties were now enjoying democracy and were supposed to be happy that they were able to express themselves freely.

"They are enjoying democracy which exist in this country," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

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